2022 Combined SIG Meeting

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the Wellbeing, Communication, Medical Education and Leadership & Management Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at this year’s Combined SIG meeting in tropical Cairns.

This year’s meeting is convened by the Wellbeing SIG. The theme is “Show Up, Be Seen; Courageous Conversations in Cairns”. We are looking forward to robust conversations about the issues facing our workforce today, as well as challenging ourselves to create solutions together.

We are joined by some of our profession’s thought leaders to explore themes such as:

  • Addressing burnout
  • Complexity in culture change
  • Gender equity
  • Clinical leadership

The program will include plenary lectures, panel discussions and a variety of workshops focusing on the non-technical skills fundamental to practice, including mental health first aid, coaching skills for medical educators, leaders and wellbeing advocates, peer support, hypnotic communication skills and managing acute severe behavioural disturbance.

Crystalbrook Riley is a beautiful state-of-the-art venue, and Cairns is the ideal laidback location to network with colleagues and enjoy participating in some thought-provoking and stimulating education.

We look forward to seeing you in Cairns.

Dr Kushlani Stevenson and Dr Joanna Sinclair
Convenors, Combined Special Interest Group Meeting 2022

Location and venue

The meeting will be held at the Crystalbrook Riley, 131-141 Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870. Phone: +61 7 4252 7777

At Crystalbrook, they believe in Mindfully Safe stays. This means they have upped the ante on hygiene, as you would expect, but also, that they place an equal emphasis on travel-safe wellbeing for the mind.

#ResponsibleLuxury. At Crystalbrook Collection Hotels and Resorts they aspire to protect the environment and create sustainable experiences that enhance, rather than compromise the guest experience.


Please click here to view the meeting program.

Invited speakers

Our invited speakers include:

Associate Professor Rhea Liang – General and Breast Surgeon and immediate past Chair of the Operating with Respect Education Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Associate Professor Liang researches, advocates and consults widely in diversity and equity issues.

Associate Professor Jane Munro – Senior Medical Adviser, COVID-19 Response Division, Victorian Department of Health; Paediatric Rheumatologist. Associate Professor Munro co-founded the Pandemic Kindness Movement during COVID and is passionate about improving healthcare worker wellbeing.

Dr Bethan Richards – Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer; Director, Sydney Local Health District WellMD Centre; Head of Department of Rheumatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales. Dr Richards has extensive experience and a passion for developing mentoring, teaching and medical wellbeing programmes.

Ms Fiona Fitzgerald – Workforce Wellbeing Program Lead, Beamtree and Health Roundtable. An experienced registered nurse, Fiona has introduced and led the implementation of the Well-Being Index across a growing number of Australian and NZ healthcare organisations as part of her work for the Health Roundtable.

Social program

Social activities during the meeting if you wish to attend are:

Welcome drinks, Friday evening
Welcome drinks will be held at Paper Crane, Crystalbrook Riley immediately following the first day's sessions. This is included in your registration, please remember to indicate your attendance at this function.

Meeting cocktail reception, Saturday evening
The meeting cocktail reception will be held at Pacha Mama, level three at Crystalbook Bailey. Guests will enjoy a substantial casual style cocktail reception by the pool in this fabulous rooftop location. Bailey is a four minute walk from the meeting venue.

Tickets for the cocktail reception can be purchased at time of registration. 

Cost and registration

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

Non-members can now register online too. Once you have completed your registration you will be provided with a college ID number and prompted for a password. This will allow you to register online for future meetings as well.

We encourage all delegates to register online. However, we have a  registration form available if needed.

  • Your registration will include the welcome reception, lunches and tea breaks.
  • Workshops tickets can be purchased when completing your registration.
  • Additional tickets for social functions can also be purchased for your guests.

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

Full registration: $990
Allied health professionals/trainee/research co-ordinator registration: $814
Retired registration: $220


The meeting will include the following workshops:

  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • Getting started with coaching: skills for medical educators, leaders and wellbeing advocates
  • Acute severe behaviour disturbance 
  • Developing an anaesthetic peer support program
  • Hypnotic communication skills for anaesthetists

Please note, all workshops will be held onsite at the Crystalbrook Riley.


The Crystalbrook Collection has three accommodation options available in Cairns. If you wish to book accommodation at one of  their properties, please follow the below instructions:

  • When booking online, please enter THECROWD in the PROMO CODE field, which may offer 10% discount, subject to availability.
  • The easiest and quickest way is to book online, alternatively, you can call 1300 002 050 (same number for all 3 hotels) or email:
  1. riley@crystalbrookcollection.com          
  2. bailey@crystalbrookcollection.com
  3. flynn@crystalbrookcollection.com

We have been able to secure a special rate for delegates at the nearby Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort.  Available between 8 – 12 September 2022.

  • Standard Room - $315.00 per night- Room only
  • Standard Pool View Room – $335.00 per night- Room only
  • Deluxe Room – $345.00 per night- Room only
  • Deluxe Pool View Room - $365.00 per night- Room only 

Full buffet breakfast can be added for an additional $25.00 per person when confirmed at time of booking. Or, if guests decide to have breakfast while there, it will be $35.00 per person.
We encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible as these rates will be released on the 25 August 2022 (14 days prior).

Please note: No rooms are being held, all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.
Booking Method:
For bookings please contact the Reservations Team on +61 7 4080 1888 (ext#1) or email h0534@accor.com

Please mention the ‘2022 Combined SIG Meeting’ or quote confirmation #493950 at the time of booking to be given the discounted rate.

Credit card details are required at time of booking.

COVID-19 information

We take our responsibility to ensure the safety of our members, contributors, visitors, and staff at all our meetings, including the Combined SIG meeting seriously. We will continue to monitor and engage with the Queensland Government to deliver COVID-safe event for everyone. Please visit the Queensland government for the latest updates.

We recommend that all delegates, staff, contractors, participants and visitors involved in the meeting are vaccinated.

ACE 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.

Code of conduct

ACE is committed to a respectful and safe environment for all interactions inclusive of its conferences and meetings.

Our Combined SIG meeting is governed by all relevant ANZCA policies in relation to professional behaviour and conduct, including in relation to bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

Our Combined SIG meeting is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. Sexual language and imagery or the use of personal photos without permission is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Respectful behaviour is expected at all times from all participants. Appropriate behaviour respects difference and diversity, respects privacy, and handles disagreement politely. Honesty and fair dealing is expected.

Obtaining consent to quote others, use presentations or take photographs is appropriate and shows the respect expected of participants of the Combined SIG meeting.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to an ACE events person or the meeting convenor.

Alternatively you can make a report via email here. All personal details will remain confidential, issues raised will be investigated and necessary action taken to prevent a recurrence.

Sustainability at SIG events

As part of the ACE'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 the special interest groups meetings.
The SIG meeting 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 Keep Cups and use the water stations for re-filling water bottles.

ACE 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)

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 and Wellbeing CPD education sessions for one credit per hour. Workshops and small group discussions for two credits per hour. 

Emergency response
Workshop 3 satisfies the Acute Severe Behavourial Disturbance (ASBD) emergency response activity.

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.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #COMBISIG22


If you would like to be involved in the Combined SIG meeting, you can view the HCI prospectus. For further information, please contact the meeting organiser.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

ANZCA Educators Program

Why not start your Combined SIG experience a little early?

Register for our popular teaching course, the ANZCA Educators Program, also in Cairns in September. Find out more.

  • Date

    9 September - 11 September

  • Time


  • Location

    Cairns Qld

Last updated 10:58 29.02.2024