2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop

Save the date for the 2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop! The workshop will be held on 1-4 August 2024 in Coogee, NSW.

This event brings together experienced and early career researchers, medical professionals and research co-ordinators from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to develop new clinical trial proposals and discuss the latest methodology. 
We look forward to seeing you in Coogee! 

Location and venue

The 2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop will be held at Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, 242 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034.


  • Strengthening the collaborative approach to multicentre research in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine.
  • Encouraging, promoting and mentoring researchers to engage in clinical research to improve patient outcomes.
  • Showcasing the recent achievements and research activity of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network.


Below is an outline of the program which will be updated on a regular basis and is correct at the time of publication.
Thursday 1 August

Time Event
11am-1pm Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network (ARCN) Sub-committee strategic planning session (closed meeting)
1.30-5pm CTN Executive strategic planning session (closed meeting)
5-6pm New coordinators introduction and mentoring session (closed meeting)
Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network Networking dinner

Friday 2 August
Emerging investigators networking breakfast (offsite)
Registration, networking and coffee

Plenary sessions
Plenary session 1: Keynote presentations
Plenary session 2: Interactive practical workshops for emerging researchers
Plenary session 3: Clinical trials development part 1 - selected from free abstracts
Plenary session 4: Research collaborative opportunities
Plenary session 5: Fostering research culture and stakeholder engagement

5-7pm Welcome reception, Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
Saturday 3 August
Networking and coffee
8.30am-4.15pm Plenary sessions
Plenary session 6: CTN trial updates
Plenary session 7: Clinical trials developement part 2 - selected from free abstracts
Plenary session 8: Network and strategic plan update
Plenary session 9: Running research departments
4.15-5.15pm DECIDE start-up meeting
Conference dinner, Coogee Surf Life Saving Club

Sunday 4 August
7.45-8.45am Trial feasibility and resourcing workshop - how to operationalise a trial protocol (all delegates welcome)
8.45-9.15am Morning tea and networking 
9.15am-11.30am Plenary (all delegates)
11.30am-12pm Lunch

Invited speakers

Dr Liz Ryan

  • Dr Liz Ryan

    School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University


Registration for the workshop will open in May 2024.

Social program

Anaesthesia research co-ordinators’ networking dinner
This function is open to allied health, trainees and research co-ordinators. Dinner will be held at Estate Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach on Thursday 1 August from 6-8.30pm.

Join us for a casual evening with great food, and uninterrupted views of Coogee’s iconic beach. Welcome drinks will be served outside on the terrace before heading inside for a sit down dinner. During the evening you will get a chance to meet with your mentors and network other research co-ordinators from around Australia and New Zealand.  The cost of the dinner is subsided by the college.
Emerging investigators networking session
A networking session will be held on Friday 2 August at 7.30-8.30am offsite at a local venue. This is a great opportunity to meet peers and share your research ideas ahead of the weekend. 
Welcome reception
The welcome reception will be held on Friday 2 August at 5-7pm onsite at Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach. Enjoy a selection of delicious canapés and drinks whilst networking with other delegates. The cost is included in the registration fee. Delegates are welcome to make their own arrangements for dinner after the reception. 
Conference dinner
The conference dinner will be held on Saturday 3 August from 6.30-10pm at the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, a short 3-minute walk from the conference venue. Enjoy spectacular views of Coogee Beach while mingling with colleagues and feasting on a range of delicious cuisines, served as interactive food stations. The cost is included in the registration fee for all delegates. Additional tickets for guests can be purchased for an additional cost.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open

The full guidelines and application form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Goulding at ctn@anzca.edu.au

Important dates and deadlines
Please note: Investigators intending to submit a proposal will be required to register to attend the workshop. A limited number of time slots have been reserved for free abstract presentations for each session. No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline date and all investigators will need to register for the meeting prior to abstract acceptance.

Call for abstracts closing date

  • Friday 21 June 2024

Abstract author notification

  • Mid July 2024

To develop new research proposals by CTN members who are planning to develop pilot or feasibility studies for large multicentre trials, or to submit grant applications for multicentre trials that will be run in the network of ANZCA-accredited training sites.
The purpose of these sessions is to consider proposals for high quality trials that translate into safe and effective practice in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine. Single-centre studies will only be accepted if they are specifically designed to lead to multi-centre research.
Abstracts will be triaged by the CTN Executive for presentation based on the following guidelines:

  • The grant application deadline.
  • The new proposal focuses on the preparation of a clinical trial (early concept development, feasibility study, pilot study, protocol development).
  • Proposals that are not clearly linked to a future clinical trial will not be sent for review.
  • Abstracts must state at least three key issues which you would like feedback from the group at the workshop.
  • Proposals will be selected by the reviewers who they think will benefit the most from the discussion with delegates and align with the strategic aims of the CTN.
  • Proposals will also be considered from principal investigators where they are seeking feedback on particular issues around the conduct of a trial that has already started in network.

Presentation guidelines
Presenters will be allocated a session time for their presentation. A maximum of five slides is allowed for each presentation which must include one slide on specific issues to discuss.
To allow for adequate discussion time to address protocol development and feasibility, presenters will need to allocate no more than 60% of your allocated session time to present the proposal, with the remaining time reserved for discussion with colleagues.
The chair of the session will provide further guidance ahead of the meeting. 


A discounted accommodation rate has been negotiated for delegates at Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach. We recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible to secure these discounted rates.

  • $300 per room per night (single occupancy) for Coogee Village Rooms including breakfast for one in Shutters restaurant.
  • Rates are subject to availability, so please book early to ensure you don’t miss out.
To secure your accommodation, delegates can book online or contact the hotel reservations team by email or by phone on 02 9315 7123 and quote the code ‘ANZCA CTN’

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

More information will be made available soon.


As part of the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability we have eliminated printed collateral and single use plastic. We no longer provide satchels, print programs or function tickets for our meetings.
The workshop program will be made available online and via the Mobile app. The college utilises digital signage and where possible single use signage has been eliminated. If printed signage is required we ensure it is printed on material that is or can be recycled. 
Since 2016, items we have eliminated from events include satchels, bottled water, and paper based tickets. Your support of these environmental changes has helped drive the success and strengthened the positive impact on our meeting footprint. We know working together, we will continue to do better.
Where possible we have eliminated plastic name badges and when these are required we source materials that have been treated with EcoPure®, an organic additive designed to enhance the speed of plastic decomposition in landfills. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own water bottles which can be re-filled at the water stations.
The college upholds a commitment to host events at venues that have a publicly available sustainability statement. We’ve worked with venues who have their organic waste converted to fertiliser and green electricity and have unused food given to people in need and diverting food waste from landfill.
We continue to strive towards fostering a more sustainable future for our members and the community.


More information will be made available soon. Register your interest with us via email to sponsor the workshop.

Social media

Join the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) by using the event hashtag #CTN2024.

You can also follow the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network @CTN_ANZCA.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    1 August - 4 August

  • Time


  • Location

    Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach Coogee

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