2021 Joint SIG Satellite Meeting

Please join us for the first joint Airway Management, Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine special interest groups virtual meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday 29 April, 2021 as a satellite event to the ANZCA ASM. 

We have a suite of excellent pre-recorded talks by national and international renowned speakers, covering airway, obstetric and perioperative topics.  The virtual day will run like the usual face to face meeting with pre-recorded presentations followed by a realtime live virtual panel. You’ll be able to send in questions you’d like the panel to answer just like in the usual meeting.
Airway Management: Dr Linda Beckmann and Dr Yasmin Endlich
Obstetric Anaesthesia: Dr Nicole Sheridan and Dr Ainslie Murdoch
Perioperative Medicine: Dr Joel Symons



The airway management program will touch on topical issues such as our progress towards a national difficult airway alert and patient protective airway database, use of 3D printing for airway management and teaching, adverse airway events and the latest on external laryngeal trauma.

No meeting would be complete without a mention of COVID; and we will hear about the UK experience from one of the giants in the airway world Dr Imran Ahmad. Rather than an end of day debate we will host various experts giving their ‘how to’ approach on common clinical airway scenarios. Topics covered will include airway ultrasound, paediatric high flow, videoassisted fibreoptic intubation and panendoscopy for the patient with a supraglottic tumour. 


The obstetric anaesthesia program will focus on topical issues around peri-operative care of the woman. As we progress into the 21st century, advances in medicine and shifts in societal norms including increasing body mass index and advanced maternal age means that we are seeing more complexities in the care of our obstetric women. Never has there been a more necessary time to increase collaboration with other medical specialties, standardise care pathways and provide holistic care to our women.

Specific topics we will cover include obesity, local practices as they relate to international guidelines and the high risk obstetric patient. We are fortunate to have Associate Professor Lisa Leffert, previous president of the Society of Obstetrics and Perinatology in the United States. Another area of focus of the day looking forward to the future of obstetric and anaesthesia care, is the sustainability and carbon footprint of our current health care practices.


Perioperative Medicine is about improving patient outcomes. This is achieved not only through building bridges between different specialties, but also building bridges internationally and looking at how past and present perioperative practice can inform future practice. We are fortunate to have two world-renowned international speakers, Professor Monty Mythen and Professor Ramani Moonesinghe who will discuss future directions of perioperative medicine as well as what we have learned from risk stratification.

Professor Anton Peleg and Trisha Peel will discuss the evidence surrounding infection control in the perioperative period with COVID-19 highlighting the importance of this. Dr Johnny Carruthers, and anaesthetist and anaesthetic allergy officianado will discuss his approach to perioperative anaphylaxis in the ‘how to” section.

Invited speakers

There will be a high calibre of local and international speakers at this virtual meeting including:

International speakers

Local speakers



The meeting program is now available to view and download

Cost and registration

Registrations open on Friday 15 January at 9am AEDT. All registration fees are quoted in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST.

Full registration: $A250
Trainee: $A150
Optional social activity - Virtual cocktail tasting evening: $A120

The registration fee includes access to the pre-recorded sessions and live panel discussions on Thursday 29 April, 2021. You will also have access to the website for 12 months after the virtual meeting.


Optional social activity

At the conclusion on the virtual meeting, there will be an optional virtual cocktail tasting evening to be held by The Drinks Directive & Imbue Distillery. Please note, they can only deliver in Australia.

The Drinks Directive was launched in October 2020 during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown in order to facilitate quality beverage experiences for those unable to go out to enjoy them in bars. 

With over six years experience working with many large scale and craft distilleries, judging cocktail competitions and creating recipes, founder Dean Schmideg decided he wanted to start supporting businesses in the beverage industry affected by the pandemic by collaborating with them and creating new avenues for their products. And so a little partnership with Mel & Mick Sheard from Eltham’s Imbue Distillery was formed, where Dean took their beautiful handcrafted products and designed a series of cocktails which have been put together to create the degustation on offer.

In forming this experience The Drinks Directive & Imbue Distillery have made the effort to support other Australian companies, producers and local distributors and look forward to sharing these and their beautiful bottled cocktails with you.

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.

If you are not participating in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program, please check with your respective colleges regarding CPD. A certificate of attendance is available on request.

Please note, in order to receive your CPD points, you are required to register for the Airway Management, Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group virtual meeting.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #JointSIG2021



The prosepctus for the joint Airway Management, Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group virtual meeting will be available shortly. 

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    29 April

  • Time

    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Location

    Virtual meeting, Melbourne

Last updated 14:15 19.01.2021