CTN Strategic Research Workshop

Registration for the 2021 ANZCA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Strategic Research Workshop is now open!

The ANZCA CTN welcomes you to the 2021 ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop to be held in Brisbane, Queensland, 5-8 August 2021. We are pleased to offer a hybrid meeting allowing for delegates who cannot travel to Brisbane to virtually attend the core program scheduled on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August. 

This event brings together experienced and early career researchers, medical professionals and research co-ordinators from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

ANZCA members can register online using their ANZCA ID number. Non members of ANZCA are encouraged and welcome to attend the meeting too, please complete the registration form in the download section to the right of this page.


  • 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.

Location and venue

The 2021 ANZCA CTN Strategic Workshop will be held at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.

  • Venue address: Corner Ann and Roma Street, Brisbane City Qld 4000
  • Venue contact details: +61 7 3229 9111

Registration options

In light of the uncertainties caused by COVID, the CTN is offering a hydrid meeting to allow delegates to attend virtually who cannot travel to Brisbane the ability to still watch presentations, engage in discussions and contribute to the development of new research proposals and group discussions. If you can no longer travel to QLD, we will swtich your registration from an In-person registration to a virtual registration and refund you the difference. 

Virtual registration
The CTN core sessions (trial updates, keynotes, panel discussios and new research proposals) will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August from 9.30am to 4pm AEST. Delegates who opt for the virtual registration can watch presentations and actively engage in discussion. The LOLIPOP and TRICS-IV trials start-up meetings will be scheduled immediately following the core program to also allow for delegates to attend these sessions virtually. 

In-person registration
We encourage as many of our members to attend the meeting in-person to allow for important networking opportunities that continue into the social program. In-person delegates will also have the opportunity to attend our interactive workshops that will take place on Sunday 8 August from 8am to 12.30pm. 


The program is still being finalised and will be updated regularly.

Professor Andrew Davidson and Dr David Highton

Keynote presentation by Professor Kerrie Mengersen
Horizons of Bayesian Data Science 
Bayesian modelling, analysis and data-focused decision-making are now standard spanners in a medical researcher’s toolkit. This way of thinking has opened many hitherto locked doors into a variety of medical insights. However, when does a spanner become a hammer, or turn into a flying saucer? In this presentation, I will discuss some of the topics in Bayesian statistics that are of current interest, including adaptive design, the inclusion and impact of prior information, quantifying and communicating statistical uncertainty, personalised modelling and analysis. The relevance of these topics in practice will be illustrated through a range of case studies, noting that sometimes it’s helpful to step to the left to see the horizon.  

Program outline
Thursday 5 August

Time (AEST) Event Host / speaker
12.00 – 2.30pm Anaesthesia Research Co-ordinators Network Sub-committee meeting (closed meeting) Ms Allison Kearney
6 – 9.30pm Anaesthesia Research Co-ordinators Network networking dinner at Santa Monica (all trainees, research co-ordinators and allied health delegates welcome) Ms Allison Kearney
7 – 10pm Women in research dinner at Malt Dining (all FPM/ ANZCA fellows and trainees delegates welcome) Professor Kate Leslie AO

Friday 6 August

Time (AEST) Event Host / speaker
7.30 – 9am Research Committee meeting (closed meeting) Professor David A Scott
8 – 9.30am Registration, networking, tea and coffee
9.30am – 4pm In person and hybrid program
Plenary session: Welcome, CTN update, CTN trials updates, new research proposals, keynote presentations and panel discussions.
Convenors: Professor Andrew Davidson and Dr David Highton
9.30 – 9.37am Welcome and house keeping Professor Andrew Davidson and Dr David Highton
9.37 – 9.45am CTN update Ms Karen Goulding
9.45 – 10.15am Keynote presentation: Horizons of Bayesian Data Science  Professor Kerrie Mengersen
10.15 – 10.45am Keynote presentation: Implementaton science Professor Jed Duff
10.45 – 11.15 am Morning tea
11.15 – 12.30pm We never stop learning, our trials update; three lessons apiece Professor Kate Leslie AO
11.15 – 11.23am ROCKet Professor Philip Peyton
11.23 – 11.31am CLIP-2 Professor Michael Reade
11.31 – 11.39am VAPOR-C Professor Bernhard Reidel
11.39 – 11.47am POISE-3 Dr Tom Painter
11.47 – 11.55am Chewy Dr Jai Darvall
11.55am – 12.03pm NATO Dr Lachlan Miles
12.03 – 12.11pm HAMSTER A/Prof Susan Humphreys
12.11 – 12.19pm T-REX Professor Andrew Davidson
12.19  – 12.27pm MASTERSTROKE Dr Doug Campbell
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 1.38pm ITACS Professor Paul Myles
1.38 – 1.46pm TRIGS Professor Paul Myles
1.46 – 1.54pm DECS-2 Dr Stefan Dieleman
1.55 – 2.20pm Research methodology presentation on Directed Acyclic Graphs and clinical trials Dr Amy Gaskell and Dr Jamie Sleigh 
2.20 – 2.45pm Keynote statistician presentation TBC
2.45 – 3.05pm Afternoon tea
3.05 – 4.05pm New proposals and progress reports (selected from free abstracts)
4.10 – 5.30pm LOLIPOP trial start-up meeting (all virtual and in-person delegates welcome) Professor Tomas Corcoran, Dr Andrew Toner, Ms Gillian Ormond, Ms Natalie Hird and Ms Pauline Coutts
6.30 – 9pm Cocktail welcome reception, the Fantouzzo (in-person delegates only)

Saturday 7 August

Time (AEST) Event Host / speaker
7.30 – 9am CTN Executive meeting (closed meeting) Professor Andrew Davidson
7.30 – 9am Emerging Investigators breakfast.  Dr Jennifer Reilly
9 – 9.30am Coffee and networking
9.30am – 4pm In person and hybrid program
Plenary session:  New research proposals, keynote presentations, panel discussions and plenary close.
Convenors: Professor Andrew Davidson and Dr David Highton
9.30 – 10.30am 
Beyond PADDI panel: lessons learnt and PADDI goes Bayes
Professor Tomas Corcoran and Professor Tim Houle
10.30 – 10.37am Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network update Ms Allison Kearney
10.37 – 10.45am ANZCA Research Foundation update Mr Rob Packer
10.45 – 11.15pm Morning tea
11.15 – 12.35pm New proposals and progress reports (selected from free abstracts)
12.35 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 2.30pm New proposals and progress reports (selected from free abstracts)
2.30 – 2.50pm Afternoon tea
2.50 – 3.50pm Embedded and registry trials; better and cheaper, too good to be true?  Chair: Professor Paul Myles
Speakers: Dr Jennifer Reilly, Dr Derryn Gargiulo (TBC) and Professor Andrew Davidson
3.50 – 3.55pm Meeting close Professor Andrew Davidson
4 – 5.30pm TRICS-IV trial start-up meeting (all virtual and in-person delegates welcome). Professor David A. Scott and Ms Bhavita Patel
6.30 – 10pm Conference dinner, Riverlife (in-person delegates only)

Sunday 8 August

Time (AEST) Event Host / speaker
8 – 10am Research co-ordinators workshop: stakeholder management in recruiting patients to clinical trials (in-person delegates only) Ms Allison Kearney
10 – 10.30am Morning tea
10.30am – 12.30pm Getting started in CTN trials (in-person delegates only) Dr David Highton
Confirmed speakers
Auckland City Hospital Professor Tim Short and Ms Davina McAllister
Goulburne Valley Health Ms Natasha Pearson
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (QLD) A/Prof Victoria Eley
Gold Coast Unversity Hospital (QLD) Dr Rachel Bourke
Prince of Wales Hospital (NSW) Professor Michael Bennett and Ms Priscilla Marneros
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee (QLD) Dr Sarah Bowman and Ms Allison Kearney
Flinders Medical Centre (SA) Dr Jason Koeber
12.30 – 1pm Lunch

Invited speakers

We will continue to update the program with our confirmed speakers. 

Local speakers


In-person workshops

The in-person workshops will run on Sunday 8 August from 8am to 12.30pm.

These interactive workshops are designed for all in-person delegates to attend and participate in group discussions. 

Workshop #1: Research co-ordinators' workshop: stakeholder management in recruiting patients to clinical trials
When: Sunday 8 August, 8-10am

An interactive session discussing real life scenarios experienced by research teams to manage different stakeholders involved in the recruitment of participants to CTN trials. This session will include presentations, role plays of real life scenarios and a panel discussion to cover themes such as the patients' right to consent to clinical trials to dealing with competing interests by team members including surgeons, anaesthetists and investigators. 

Workshop #2: Getting started in multi-centre research and getting a clinical trial off the ground 
When: Sunday 8 August,10.30am-12.30pm

Are you interested in multi-centre research and want to learn how other teams have got clinical trials off the ground and built a research culture? Come along to this interactive session to learn from our experienced and emerging research teams on how they have managed to overcome hurdles in funding, resources and time management. We encourage all delegates to attend to share their experiences and provide advice to our emerging researchers and new teams.

Social program

We've organised an exciting line up of social events for delegates attending in-person. 

Research co-ordinator networking event
The research co-ordinator networking event will be held at Santa Monica on Thursday 5 August at 6-9.30pm. This event has been subsidised by the college and is included in the Allied Health, Research Co-ordinator and trainee registration fee. 

Women in anaesthesia research dinner
This event will take place at the Malt Dining on Thurdsay 5 August at 7-10pm. This event is open to all fellows and trainees and is an additional fee. 

Welcome reception
The welcome reception will be held at Fantauzzo in the famous and busy Howard Smith Wharves on Friday 6 August at 6.30-9pm as a cocktail style function. This event has been included for all in-person delegates. 

Emerging investigators breakfast
An Emerging investigators breakfast will be held on Saturday 7 August at 7.30-9am. All delegates welcome. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Conference dinner
The conference dinner will be held at Riverlife on the riverfront at Kangaroo Point on Saturday 7 August at 6.30-10pm. This event is included for all in-person delegates. 

Registration costs

In-person registration
Registration fee includes registration, lunch and refreshments, welcome reception and conference dinner, and the Research co-ordinator workshop and Getting started in CTN trials in-person workshops. It also includes the Research coordinator networking function for Trainees, Allied health and Research co-ordinators.

Full Registration: AU $1056
Trainee / Allied health / Research co-ordinator registration: AU $572 

Please note: We have a limit on in-person registration numbers due to current social distancing requirements and therefore encourage delegates to register as soon as possible. If you are no longer able to attend any of the social functions after the time of registration, please contact the meeting organiser by email. This will assist with maintaining an accurate register for COVID requirements and managing catering numbers. 

If you can no longer travel to QLD, we will convert your registration from an In-person registration to a virtual registration and refund you the difference. 

Virtual registration
Registration fee includes registration and access to the full day program on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 of August where core CTN sessions will be scheduled (keynote presentations, panel discussions, new CTN proposal selected from free abstracts, CTN trial upates and trial start-up meetings). You will need to register individually regardless if you are watching in a group environment.  Online delegates will be able to actively contribute to the discussion through the online event platform.

Full Registration: AU $693 
Trainee / Allied health / Research co-ordinator registration: AU $363


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Pullman Brisbane. We strongly recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible to secure these discounted rates. Please book your accommodation when you register.

Please contact the group reservations department via email or telephone +61 7 3222 1125 and mention the ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop.

  • Pullman Deluxe King $A200 room only, per room per night.
  • Mercure Superior Queen $A150 room only, per room per night.

Full buffet breakfast is available in Goldfinch Restaurant for an additional $A39 per person per day or alternately if pre-booked and prepaid it is a reduced rate of $A25 per person per day.

Rooms are limited, please book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio within 14 days of the conclusion of the meeting.

ANZCA and FPM CPD Program approval
This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories.

Knowledge and skills activities
Lectures for one credit per hour. Workshops and small group discussions for two credits per hour.

If you're not a member of our CPD program
Delegates who are not participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program should check with their respective colleges regarding CPD.

Call for abstracts

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
Free abstract submission deadline: Monday 5 July 2021
Author notification of abstract acceptance: Monday 19 July 2021

Please note: 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. We ask that you register for the meeting prior to submitting an abstract as in-person delegate as places are limited due to social distancing requirements.

Abstract selection 
The purpose of the CTN workshop is to help in the design of high quality trials that translate into safe and effective practice in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine. Proposals must therefore be directly relevant to this goal. Note that proposals for pilot work may be considered provided the pilot is specifically designed to gather information that would assist in the design of a larger trial. The primary aim of the CTN is to support multi-site trials however in exceptional circumstances the CTN workshop may consider single centre trials. Note that proposals that describe purely observational studies with only indirect relevance to future trials will not be considered.

Abstracts will be triaged for presentation based on the following guidelines:

  • The new proposal focuses on the preparation of a clinical trial – preferably a multi-site trial.
  • Abstracts must state three key and specific issues where the presenters seek feedback from the group at the workshop. This would usually be around issues of design, methodology or feasibility.
  • Proposals will be prioritised on the basis of those likely to benefit the most from the discussion at the workshop, 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 have arisen since the trial started.
  • The proposed trial must involve ANZCA or FPM fellows in key leadership roles. Preference will be given to trials where the chief principal investigator is an ANZCA or FPM fellow.

Presentation guidelines
Presenters will be allocated a session time for their presentation. A maximum of six 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 30 per cent of your allocated session time to present the proposal, with the remaining time reserved for discussion with colleagues attending in-person and virtually.

The chair of the session will provide further guidance ahead of the meeting.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #CTN21

You can also follow the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network @CTN_ANZCA

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    5 August - 8 August

  • Time

    6:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location

    Brisbane, Brisbane

Last updated 17:22 23.06.2021