2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop

Registration for the 2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop is now open!

Register now to join us in beautiful Coogee Beach, NSW on 1-4 August 2024.

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.


The workshop program is available here. Please note the program is correct at the time of publication.

Invited speakers

Dr Liz Ryan

  • Dr Liz Ryan

    School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University


Registration is now open for the 2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research workshop. Register online to secure your spot!

Registration is open to all ANZCA and FPM members, and members of the Clinical Trials Network and Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network. ANZCA and FPM fellows and trainees can register online using their college ID. All other members including research coordinators and allied health members can also register online. Once you have registered you will be provided with a college ID number and prompted for a password. You will also be able to use your ID number and password to register for future meetings. 

If you have not previously registered for an ANZCA or FPM event online, you can create a new account online. You can then use your college ID number and password to login and register for both this event and future events.

Registration includes in-person meeting registration; interactive workshop; catering (tea and coffee on arrival, morning and afternoon tea and lunch); welcome reception; and conference dinner. Additional tickets for the conference dinner can be purchased for an additional cost. All registration fees are quoted in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. 

  • Full registration (ANZCA and FPM fellows and all other medical practitoners): $A1342.
  • Reduced fee registration (Allied health professionals, ANZCA and FPM trainees and research co-ordinator): $A792.

If you're unsure which registration category you are eligible for, please contact the meeting organiser by email.

Social program

New research coordinators' information and mentoring session
New research coordinators, especially those attending the CTN workshop for the first time, will be invited by Gillian Ormond to participate in this session. The session aims to create a welcoming environment where new coordinators can meet their regional mentors in small groups and learn about the Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network and Clinical Trials Network in preparation for the weekend.

This session will take place at Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach Thursday 1 August from 5-6pm. For further information, contact Gillian Ormond. 

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 and is a discounted rate of $A33 for attendees.
Emerging investigators networking breakfast and moderated scientific poster session
A networking session will be held onsite on Friday 2 August at 7.30-8.30am. This is a great opportunity to meet peers and share your research ideas ahead of the weekend. 

The moderated scientific poster session aims to provide a platform for emerging investigators to showcase their research, facilitating interaction with peers and mentors, and enhancing collaborative opportunities ahead of the weekend. See below for further information to submit an abstract for the scientific poster session. 

This is a ticketed event and delegates will need to register for this event during registration at a cost of $A33. 

Welcome reception
The welcome reception will be held on Friday 2 August at 5.15-7pm onsite at Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach. Enjoy a selection of delicious canapés and drinks whilst networking with other delegates. The cost for is included in the registration fee for all delegates. 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 7-10pm 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 of $A165.

Call for abstracts - New research proposals

The call for abstracts for new research proposals is now open!

The full guidelines and application form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Goulding at [email protected]

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.

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 during the main workshop. 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. 

Call for abstracts - Poster session

In 2024, we have introduced a new initiative, a moderated scientific poster session. Authors are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for a poster presentation. This call for abstracts is separate from the new research proposal sessions included in the workshop program (see above).

The scientific poster session aims to provide a platform for emerging investigators to showcase their research, facilitating interaction with peers and mentors, and enhancing collaborative opportunities.

Invitation to submit an abstract to present a scientific poster
We invite abstract submissions featuring original research for poster presentations at the workshop. Selected authors will present their posters during the Emerging Investigators Session on Friday, 2 August 2024, starting at 7:30 am. All other accepted posters will be displayed throughout the workshop. This call for abstracts is separate from the new research proposal sessions included in the workshop program (see above).

Important dates and deadlines

  • Call for abstracts closing date: Friday 21 June 2024.
  • Abstract author notification: Mid July 2024.

Submission guidelines

  • Originality: The abstract submitted must be the investigator’s original research.
  • Number of submissions: Authors may submit more than one paper.
  • Eligibility: Authors must be listed on the CTN Emerging Investigators’ mailing list and/ or be an FPM or ANZCA fellow or trainee to be eligible to submit a poster featuring original research. Contact Paige Druce for further information eligibility by email.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt: Upon submission, authors will receive confirmation by email from Paige Druce within three business days. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the meeting organiser by email.
  • Mode of presentation: A number of authors will be selected to present their posters during in the Emerging Investigators Session at the 2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop on Friday 2 August 2024 starting at 7.30am. All other authors who have their poster accepted will be invited to display their poster at the workshop. Authors who have been accepted for an oral presentation will be required to submit their poster in a PDF version by Thursday 18 July. Authors will be allocated a three minutes to present their poster at the lectern, where their poster will be projected on the main screen. There will be no allocated Q&A time.
  • Registration: All presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the 2024 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop, including the Emerging Investigators Session, prior to Thursday 18 July. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the final program.
  • Publication: Abstracts may be published in the meeting app and on the ANZCA website.

A copy of the abstract submission form is available here.


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’


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.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

More information will be made available soon.


Register your interest with us via email to sponsor the workshop.


2024 CTN Strategic Research Workshop proudly supported by Spiral Software.


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

    Coogee Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach

Last updated 12:13 23.05.2024