2024 FPM Symposium

Registration is now open!
We would like to extend an invitation to join us in Brisbane for the 2024 FPM Symposium. The theme of the meeting is "Illuminating". We consider this an opportunity for us to reflect on the science that underpins the practice of pain medicine and raise awareness of the importance of access to high quality, evidence-based, pain management solutions in achieving brighter futures for our patients. 

Topics we will explore include cutting edge adolescent pain research, advances in acute pain management, novel approaches to chronic widespread pain, and the role of lifestyle factors in pain management. We’ll also shine a light on the challenges and complexities of pain management in the presence of substance use and functional neurological disorder. 
There will be thought-provoking content from international, national and local experts on cutting-edge science, techniques to enhance your practice, sustainability, well-being, education and research. Our CPD program will be enhanced to cater for the new changes in activity required. To round off the day we encourage you to attend the FPM Symposium reception and take in the magnificent rooftop views of the city from the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).  
We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane! 

Dr Zoe Vella and Dr Rob Park 
FPM ASM Scientific Convenor and FPM Symposium Convenor 




View the program here.

As part of the 2024 ANZCA ASM, a number of pain medicine sessions and workshops will be offered before (Thursday) and after (Saturday-Monday) the Symposium. To view the program click here.


The state-of-the-art conferencing facilities at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) are surrounded by a vibrant river city which is renowned as a paradise for art lovers, hosting a wealth of wildlife and nature. It is the gateway to the Sunshine and Gold Coast attracting local, interstate, and international delegates. The BCEC provides a beautiful, purpose-built, and environmentally sustainable venue for educational sessions and exhibition spaces.


Register for the FPM Symposium in-person package here 

Register for the FPM Symposium onDemand package here 

We are no longer offering a combined registration for the ASM and FPM Symposium. If you wish to register for both meetings, you will need to complete two separate registration forms. If you wish to register for the pain medicine days as part of the ASM please select the two-day registration category and choose Saturday and Sunday.


Early-bird closes 

at 11.59pm AEDT  
11 March 2024  

From 12 March 2024   

On day   
From 3 May until 30 June 2024   

In-person packages

FPM Symposium full in-person registration  




FPM Symposium trainee*, retired fellow and other non-medical practitioner in person registration**  




FPM Symposium reception  



FPM Symposium ASBD workshop  



onDemand packages (registration closes 30 June 2024)     

FPM Symposium full onDemand registration  




FPM Symposium trainee*, retired fellow and other medical practitioner onDemand registration**  




All prices quoted are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST.  

* A verification letter from your institution/hospital is required to qualify for the trainee rate. Final confirmation will be subject to ANZCA and FPM approval.  
**Other non-medical practitioners, for example nurses, technicians, research assistants with a specific interest in anaesthesia and/or pain medicine, who wish to attend the FPM Symposium will be considered with documented support from their research group/department.

Terms and conditions for registration:  

  • Each registrant should complete a separate registration form. A photocopy of the registration form is NOT acceptable.  
  • Registration forms received without payment will not be processed. Please do NOT send cash.   
  • A letter of confirmation will be sent by email upon receipt of your registration form and full payment. Any changes or alterations must be made in writing to the FPM Symposium registration secretariat.  
  • All cancellations must be made in writing to the FPM Symposium registration secretariat. Refund for cancellation of registration will be made and subject to the following deadline and administrative charge:
Cancellation date Administrative charge
On or before Friday 23 February 2024 Ten weeks from start of ASM and FPM Symposium. Full refund less an $A100 cancellation fee.
Friday 8 March 2024 Eight weeks from start of ASM and FPM Symposium. Refunds will be issued, less a cancellation fee of 30 per cent of the registration rate.
Friday 5 April 2024 Four weeks from start of the ASM and FPM Symposium. Refunds will be issued, less a cancellation fee of 50 per cent of the registration rate.
Friday 19 April 2024 Two weeks from start of ASM and FPM Symposium. No refund available.


  • Refunds will not be granted on failure of visa application.
  • Substitution is permitted provided notification in writing is received prior to two weeks from meeting start date.
  • The program is subject to change without prior notice.
  • In the event that the FPM Symposium cannot run in-person your registration will automatically be transferred to a onDemand registration.
  • If you would like to change your registration type from in person to an onDemand you must notify us in writing on or before Thursday 28 March 2024. After this date, changes cannot be made to your in-person registration.
  • The information provided in this form will only be used for the purpose of processing your registration and communicating with you on matters related to the FPM Symposium. You have rights of access and correction with respect to your personal data held by us. If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact the FPM Symposium registration secretariat.
  • Where there are extenuating circumstances a refund outside of these terms may be considered by and at the discretion of the FPM Symposium registration secretariat. 

OnDemand package:  
Can’t make it to Brisbane? An FPM Symposium onDemand package is available for you to view recorded content from the scientific program. The onDemand package will be available to watch in your own time from 14 May 2024. You will be sent a personalised link on 14 May 2024 to access the content.

What does the FPM Symposium onDemand package include?  

  • The package includes unlimited onDemand access to the scientific program. 
  • These scientific sessions will be available for you to watch in your time from 14 May 2024.   

What this package does not include:   

  • This package does not include a live stream of the scientific program. You will not be able to join any of the scientific sessions live on the day. No content will be streamed during the FPM Symposium. Workshops will not be recorded and must be attended in real time.  

How do I access content, when do I receive my login details to the FPM Symposium online event platform and how long will I have access?   

  • You will be able to access the recordings from the scientific program via the FPM Symposium online event platform and mobile app.  
  • A personalised link and login details for the FPM online event platform and mobile app will be emailed on 14 May 2024.  
  • The FPM online event platform and mobile app will be available to access content recordings for 12 months from 14 May 2024.   
  • You can make your own plans for leave over a 12-month period to view content and to record your own participation in the ANZCA CPD program. Click here for further information on how to log CPD for post event viewing of content.  



Once you have registered for the Symposium you will receive a confirmation email with a link to book accommodation. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the FPM Symposium registration secretariat.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Social function

FPMSA01 FPM Symposium reception
Date: Friday 3 May 
Time: 7-10pm  
Location: Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Stanley Place, South Brisbane  
Cost: $A135pp

This year’s reception will be held at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which is conveniently located just a short 10-minute walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC). GOMA offers the added advantage of stunning rooftop views of the city skyline. As the day comes to a close, we invite you to unwind and take in an array of spectacular art, relax with a glass of fine wine in hand and enjoy a selection of delectable food. This reception provides a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with old friends and colleagues while also meeting some new fresh faces.


FPMS01: Management of acute severe behavioural disturbance (ASBD) 
Facilitated by Dr Galina Gaidamaka 
Date: Friday 3 May 
Time: 7-8.30am 
Location: BCEC 
Cost: $A55pp 

This 90-minute workshop, an ANZCA/FPM CPD Emergency Response Activity, will focus on assessment and management of acute behavioural disturbance, including interventions to de-escalate aggression and the safe care of patients who require sedation. The workshop is recognised by the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for “Emergency response – Acute Severe Behavioural Disturbance (ASBD)”.

Please note that places are limited.


Meeting regulatory changes
In 2023 the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) changed their registration and recertification requirements. To ensure you continue to meet the updated regulatory requirements, the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program has embedded innovative opportunities - with full details available on our dedicated CPD page.   

In-person attendance in CPD portfolio in June 2024
Participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program who register for the in-person registration will automatically have their attendance auto-populated to their CPD portfolio in June 2024. ANZCA and FPM CPD participants with full in-person FPM Symposium registration will receive 6 hours under Knowledge and skills – learning sessions activity for the FPM Symposium program. Additional sessions or workshops will indicate specific CPD values (for example emergency response activities).  

onDemand package
ANZCA and FPM CPD participants who purchase an FPM Symposium onDemand package will need to manually record their CPD hours under Knowledge and skills – learning sessions activity. Due to security purposes, the onDemand functionalities do not allow for autopopulation into the CPD portfolio.  There is no live stream of any FPM Symposium content. The FPM Symposium onDemand package will ensure those unable to attend in person, still gain access to the content, which will be available from 14 May 2024.  

How can I claim CPD hours for viewing content post-meeting?  
In-person delegates and participants that have purchased an FPM Symposium onDemand package can claim post-meeting content viewing. This viewing will need to be manually updated to your CPD portfolio. Participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim time spent on online learning under Knowledge and Skills – learning sessions. When recording time in your CPD portfolio, suitable evidence could be a certificate of attendance/ participation/completion, written confirmation of registration or screen shot of online resources.

Emergency responses  
The acute severe behavioural disturbance (ASBD) satisfies a CPD emergency response requirement. 

Not a participant of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program?
If you’re not participating in our CPD program, please check with your respective college/provider regarding your CPD classifications. Post-event, you may request an electronic certificate of attendance for CPD evidence from the ANZCA events team. 


ANZCA is committed to minimising the health impact of climate change and promoting environmental sustainability and has taken measures to reduce its environmental impact. Learn more about ANZCA’s sustainability initiatives here.

What we're doing to reduce our carbon footprint at the 2024 FPM Symposium

  • As part of the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability, we’ve eliminated printed registration brochures, handbooks, and pocket programs from the FPM Symposium. 
  • Promoting the onsite FPM Symposium mobile app and our ANZCA online event platform. 
  • In most cases we use digital signage and where possible single use signage has been eliminated. If printed signage is required, we ensure it is printed on recycled material and can be recycled. 
  • The 2024 FPM Symposium lanyards are made of bamboo which is a renewable resource and eco-friendly product that will break down over time. We’ll have dedicated recycling stations in key areas at the convention centre. 

What you can do to reduce your carbon footprint at the FPM Symposium 

  • Make sure you recycle your lanyard! Look at out for the recycling stations. 
  • Pack, take and use your own keep cup and water bottle to the FPM Symposium.  
  • Where possible, reuse hotel linen, as this will help save water. 
  • Choose to offset the carbon emissions of your flights. Most airlines offer this for a small fee. 
  • At time of registration, choose to offset your in-person conference experience. The 2024 FPM Symposium will be offset to Greenfleet. Learn more here

How BCEC and our suppliers are working for better outcomes

  • The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is committed to work practices with sustainable values and environmental and community focused outcomes meeting the requirements of the EarthCheck Company Standard. 
  • As an official #eatqld partner, BCEC is passionate about the promotion of local and sustainable produce. To learn more about BCEC’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, please visit their website. 

Carbon offset – why your registration contribution matters
We’re offering delegates the option to purchase carbon offset credits to help us reduce our carbon footprint and minimise the impact of the FPM Symposium. 
Where does my offset go?
ANZCA has again partnered with Australia’s first carbon offset provider and environmental not-for-profit, Greenfleet to take climate action and reduce the carbon footprint of the 2024 FPM Symposium. Greenfleet plant legally protected biodiverse native trees in Australia, that address critical deforestation and biodiversity loss, protect our climate, reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and restore critical habitat for wildlife.

The event offset with Greenfleet covers the average carbon footprint of a person attending an in-person event. It considers the transport to and from the event, the average utility use, food consumption and waste management for a one-day event. When you offset your emissions, your contribution directly enables Greenfleet’s reforestation projects. 

At time of registration, you have the option to contribute an extra $A2 to offset your carbon footprint for the day of the meeting.

Greenfleet offsets carbon emissions on behalf of our supporters by planting native, biodiverse forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests remove carbon from the atmosphere, conserve biodiversity and build critical habitat for our wildlife. Greenfleet has been delivering climate action for over 25 years. Since 1997, they have planted more than 10 million native trees across 500 legally protected forests that will remove 4 million tonnes of carbon throughout their lifetime. 

You can learn about Greenfleet’s projects and see where they are growing here.

Our supported charity

In lieu of gifts and on behalf of all FPM Symposium speakers, presenters, facilitators and contributors, the 2024 FPM Symposium convenors have chosen to support the Blue Knot Foundation.

A donation of $500 will be made to the organisation. 

The Blue Knot Foundation are the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. That means that they advocate for and provide support to people who have experiences of complex trauma, and those who support them, personally and professionally.

If you wish to donate to the Blue Knot Foundation, please click here.


For more information regarding sponsoring and exhibiting at the FPM Symposium, please view the HCI prospectus here.

Social media

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Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    3 May

  • Time


  • Location

    Brisbane BCEC

Last updated 13:53 28.02.2024