2023 Tasmanian ACE Annual Scientific Meeting

Welcome to the Tasmanian combined ANZCA/ASA Annual Scientific Meeting for 2023. The theme for our meeting is “Making connections” and after several pandemic disrupted years, we are inviting delegates to remake connections in the airway management, perioperative and pain medicine fields, and to build connections with the sustainable future of anaesthesia.

From the Grand Chancellor Hotel overlooking the picturesque Hobart harbour, we offer delegates the opportunity to engage with a broad range of sub-specialty experts. The program we present includes an exciting line up of interstate and local speakers.

Our perioperative session will explore complex perioperative patient optimisation and care, as well as the complex issue of futility. This session features Professor Bernhard Riedel from the Peter Mac Centre, Dr Liz Crowe, a renowned advanced clinical social worker, and Tasmania's own perioperative expert, Dr Emily Munday.
Pain specialist, Dr Suyin Tan from Nepean Hospital will be guiding us through the connections of analgesia and anaesthesia in a patient’s journey, with local anaesthetist Dr Harry Laughlin discussing the contribution of regional anaesthesia. 
Our scientific session will cover airway and onco-anaesthesia updates from Professor Reny Segal, from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, local airway expert Dr Jack Madden and Professor Bernhard Riedel, respectively.

Our ANZCA and ASA Presidents will provide an insight to the last busy year of change and we will be hosting an open discussion around sustainability in anaesthesia to close the day’s events.

Our workshop sessions on Sunday will provide delegates with a variety of options to add to their CPD, and extend their learning and knowledge. Highlights include an exciting communication workshop presented by Dr Liz Crowe, and a hands-on comprehensive airway workshop presented by Dr Savas Totonidis and Professor Reny Segal.

Beyond our conference experience, Hobart has an enormous variety of fun activities for you to enjoy! Make a holiday of your journey south to Hobart and make connections with this gorgeous island - take the ferry out to MONA, hike a trail around the stunning kunanyi/Mt Wellington and enjoy a meal in one of Hobart’s world class restaurants. And for the adventurous delegates, step beyond the Hobart city limits for more adventures on the East Coast, Derby and beyond!  We invite you to discover a bit of Tasmania and welcome you to our meeting.

Dr Stephanie Cruice & Dr Jana Vitesnikova 

Location and venue

For the first time, the meeting will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.  Both the scientific program on the Saturday and workshops on Sunday morning will be held in this popular conference destination. The hotel is in the midst of a large variety of waterfront accommodation, allowing comfort and ease to attend the meeting as well as easy access to the Saturday night social event at Aloft Restaurant. 

Hobart is busy this time of year and we encourage delegates to book accommodation as soon as possible.


Click here to download the program.

Invited speakers

Delegates will hear from a fantastic line-up of speakers. You can find full details in the event program.

We would like to thank the speakers and workshop facilitators who have donated many hours of their time to organise, prepare and present at this meeting.


The meeting will include the following workshops (scroll down for further detailed information on workshops):

  • Cardiac arrest workshop (CPD Emergency response)
  • ​Anaphylaxis masterclass (CPD Emergency response)
  • Communication masterclass
  • Regional anaesthetic workshop
  • Advanced airway skills
  • Medical history and historical walking tour Hobart - meeting at the Hotel Grand Chancellor with the walk starting outside the Royal Hobart Hospital in Campbell St and continuing through the city down into Salamanca Place, before finishing at COMA (the Collection of Medical Artifacts) at the historic Semaphore Cottage. Along the way you will discover details of Hobart’s medical and colonial history, stories of the first surgeons and their convict assistants and how Royal Hobart Hospital developed into the institution we know today.”

Communication Masterclass (Session B only)

Join our expert faculty led by keynote speaker Dr Liz Crowe for this great opportunity.  We promise it will be unlike any communication training you have experienced before. This workshop will explore who you are as a communicator, active listening, listening as part of assessment and when to talk and when to listen. We will challenge the way you communicate in different situations. There will be a strong focus on remaining empathic and connected to those you are communicating with, teaching you how to attune yourself to individuals and groups to maximise communication outcomes. We will provide you with a framework of how to structure difficult and awkward conversations that will leave you empowered and confident. Liz Crowe’s communication workshops have received excellent feedback since 2015, and we are delighted to be able to offer it in Tasmania.


Advanced Airway Skills Workshop (Sessions A&B)

Join keynote speaker Professor Reny Segal and our team of local airway experts for hands-on practice and problem-based learning. Participants will rotate through stations covering key aspects of awake tracheal intubation including topicalization and sedation, flexible bronchoscopy, awake laryngoscopy, and logistics and ergonomics. Come to learn contemporary approaches, practice these skills, and get expert advice to tweak your technique.


Anaphylaxis Masterclass (Session A only)

Mat Yarrow leads the local Anaesthetic Allergy Clinic, following up patients with suspected intraoperative anaphylaxis.  Through a series of cases, clinic anaesthetists will facilitate the group through discussion of recognition, treatment, and follow-up of suspected anaphylaxis.  Bring your questions and cases with you to make the most of this face-to-face opportunity with experts in the field!

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this workshop as an anaphylaxis emergency response activity in their CPD portfolio.


Regional Anaesthesia Workshop (Sessions A&B)

This workshop will cover trunk, neuraxial, and upper and lower limb regional anaesthesia techniques. Participants will rotate through practical workstations with expert facilitators and live models. Suitable for participants seeking to learn new block techniques through to those wanting tips and tricks from regional gurus, this workshop will help any anaesthetic doctor pursue your mastery of regional anaesthesia.


Cardiac Arrest Workshop (CPD Emergency Response Activity) (Sessions A&B)

Participants will receive pre-reading for this activity.  After a refresh of theory, algorithms, and rhythm recognition, participants will rotate through Advanced Life Support scenarios in small groups.

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim these courses as a cardiac arrest emergency response activity in their CPD portfolio.

Walking tour

Starting and Finishing at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, along the way you will discover details of Hobart’s medical and colonial history, stories of the first surgeons and their convict assistants and how Royal Hobart Hospital developed into the institution we know today.

If workshops are full and you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email us.


Poster Prize

The session is an excellent chance to share both local and interstate research and audit results and to gain recognition for the hard work that goes into all these projects.
Please click here for the poster presentation guidelines and regulations. It is worth noting that submissions, including audits, do require appropriate ethics approval.

Social Program

The conference social event will be held at the renowned Aloft Restaurant (Brooke Street Pier). This will be a stand-up cocktail event showcasing Tasmanian produce and beverages overlooking the Hobart waterfront. The social function is included in the registration with guests attending for $165 per person.

You will need to select the option to attend as a conference delegate and select guest if you would like a guest to attend.

The event runs from 6pm - 9pm on Saturday 25 February 2023.  Dress is smart casual.

Cost and Registration

Registration is now open. Register online with your college ID.

All other delegates including allied health members and other medical specialties can also register online. Please select “Create a new account” and enter your details. Once you are set up, search for the event and register. You will also be able to use your ID number and password to register for future meetings.

All registration fees are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.

  • Fellows: $550
  • Trainees, retirees and allied health: $418


  • Advanced airway skills workshop: $209
  • Anaphylaxis masterclass: $99
  • Communication masterclass: $209
  • Regional anaesthesia: $209
  • Cardiac arrest workshop: $209
  • Walking tour: $66

Trainees can register to attend the Trainee Day only at $99 or if you register for the ASM, the Trainee Day meeting  is included in your registration.

Social function
Your registration includes attendance at the cocktail function at Aloft Restaurant. 

Terms and conditions


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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

ANZCA and FPM CPD Program
This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the practice evaluation, knowledge and skills, or emergency responses categories.

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

Emergency responses activities
Where the outline states that the workshop satisfies an Emergency Response CPD requirement, the workshop will be prospectively recognised as suitable to be claimed as an emergency response activity eg Can’t intubate and can’t oxygenate (CICO).

Not a participant of the ANZCA and FPM CPD program?
If you’re not participating in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program, please check with your respective college/provider regarding your CPD classifications.

Social Media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #ACE23TAS


For more information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact us.

COVID-19 information

ANZCA believes in the safety of our members, contributors, visitors, and staff at all our meetings, seriously. We will continue to monitor and engage with the Tasmanian Government to deliver COVID-safe event for everyone. Please visit the relevant Tasmanian guidelines for the latest updates. We recommend that all delegates, staff, contractors, participants and visitors involved in the meeting are vaccinated.

The Tasmanian ACE ASM will not be liable for any loss or damages to delegates that are caused by factors beyond our control, including but not limited to any imposed or potentially imposed COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations. We recommend all delegates carefully check the details of any insurance coverage you may hold, as well as the specific terms and conditions of your travel and accommodation bookings.

If you are travelling from overseas, please visit the Australian government website. We encourage you to visit this site regularly to keep up to date on restrictions and requirements

Contact Us

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  • Date

    25 February - 26 February

  • Time


  • Location

    Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Last updated 10:56 30.11.2022