2022 Rural SIG meeting

It is with great pleasure that the Rural Special Interest Group (SIG) invites you to join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade, Darwin, NT on June 24-25, 2022 for our annual meeting.      
The title of the meeting “Top End tips for obstetric anaesthesia” sees a return to the popular theme of delivering high quality obstetric anaesthetic care by rural specialists and GP anaesthetists in rural and remote areas. Sessions will cover labour analgesia, anaesthetic management of caesarean sections, diseases of pregnancy and obstetric emergencies.
Our speakers will again be a mix of rural specialists, GP anaesthetists and obstetricians and invited obstetric anaesthesia experts. We are delighted to welcome Associate Professor Victoria Eley from The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and current chair of the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG as our keynote speaker.
There will also be a series of workshops that will focus on the ANZCA CPD emergency scenarios.
We look forward to seeing you in Darwin,
Dr David Rowe and Dr Brian Spain, Co–convenors

Location and venue

The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade, 116 Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800. Phone: (08) 8980 0800


Please click here to view the meeting program

Invited speakers

We will have a great line-up of speakers from different specialties and disciplines.

We would like to thank the all the speakers and workshop facilitators who donate many hours of their time to organise, prepare and present at the joint meeting.


Social program

There will be plenty of social activities during the meeting if you wish to attend.  

Welcome drinks, Friday night
Welcome cocktail drinks will be held at the poolside at DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade. This is included in your registration.

Meeting dinner, Saturday night
The meeting dinner will take place on the lawn at the Mindil Beach Casino Resort. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at time of registration. 

Cost and registration

Regisistration are now open. Register online with your college ID. If you don't have a college ID, please download the registration form. 

Registration will include welcome reception; all lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Dinner tickets and workshops tickets can be purchased when completing your registraiton. 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: $880
  • Allied health professionals/trainee/research co-ordinator registration: $660


The meeting will include the following workshops:

  • Major haemorrhage 
  • Anaphylaxis
  • CICO 
  • Ultrasound guided blocks

Please note, all workshops will be held onsite at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade.

COVID-19 information

As a professional medical college, we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of our members, contributors, visitors, and staff at all our meetings, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade. We see this as one of our highest priorities. We’re working with the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, other meeting partners and stakeholders, and we continually monitor and engage with the Northern Territory government to deliver COVID-safe events for everyone. 

There are a number of factors, including COVID-19 that are out of the control of ACE and may require a change to the event/meeting plans. It is important that all delegates acknowledge there are inherent risks associated with attending any event/meeting including but not limited to border closures or other travel restrictions being imposed; requirements for quarantine or self-isolation and / or; the sudden cancellation of the meeting.

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 have any questions we would be happy to discuss. Please email events.

We’d like to reassure you that we’ve worked hard on contingency plans in regard to the running of the Rural SIG meeting including hybrid and fully virtual options and will communicate these as early as possible to give you the opportunity to make informed decisions or change plans if required. No matter what the climate, your Rural SIG meeting will go ahead!

We will continue to add to this page as our plans for the Rural SIG meeting evolve.

COVID-19 vaccination
In line with Australian and Northern Territory government and ANZCA guidelines, anyone attending the meeting will be required to be double vaccinated. All delegates, staff, contractors, participants and visitors will be required to provide proof of full vaccination on entry to the meeting, at time of registration. Contact the events team if you have vaccine exemption documentation.

This measure aims to protect our colleagues, contributors, visitors, participants and staff as we work to ensure a COVID-safe meeting.

  • Acceptable proof of vaccination status includes as per the NT Government COVID-19 Digital Certificate uploaded to phone wallet.
  • Official Australian Immunisation Register certificate.
  • Printed COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Medicare.
  • Medical exemption with valid, original letter signed and issued by a specified medical practitioner class ID.
  • Official New Zealand COVID-19 vaccination documentation. For further information visit the NZ Unite against COVID-19 website.

Code of conduct

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

Our Rural 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 Rural 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 Rural 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.


Rooms are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade. We strongly recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible.

Please note, there are two DoubleTree Hotels in Esplanade.There are next to each other. The meeting venue is DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade.

Available Rooms - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

Available Rooms - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin

Available Rooms - Hilton Darwin

The Hilton Darwin is around a 10 minute walk to the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade.

June in Darwin is peak season. Please find a list of other accommodation venues that are located near ther DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade.

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.

Emergency responses activities
Where the outline of a workshop 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. This refers to workshops covering management of: Can’t intubate and can’t oxygenate (CICO) 

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 #RuralSIG22


The organising committee gratefully acknowledges the below sponsors and exhibitors for their support.

If you would like to be involved in the Rural SIG meeting, please download a copy of the sponsorship prospectus here.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    24 June - 25 June

  • Time


  • Location

    DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade, Darwin, NT, Darwin

Last updated 16:52 13.05.2022