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 will be hosting a poolside welcome reception at the meeting venue on Friday evening and the meeting dinner on Saturday evening promises to be spectacular with our delegates enjoying a meticulously organised sunset event with a curated five-star menu complemented by the beautiful Top End backdrop.
We look forward to seeing you in Darwin.
Dr David Rowe and Dr Brian Spain, Co–convenors

This meeting is proudly supported by:

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.

In lieu of speaker gifts we will be making a donation to Purple House who offer remote dialysis, social support, aged-care and NDIS services, and run a bush medicine social enterprise called Bush Balm. Since the opening of the first dialysis clinic in Kintore in 2004, Purple House now runs 19 remote clinics and two mobile dialysis units called the Purple Truck, which allows patients to head back home to visit family, for festivals, funerals and other cultural business.


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, held on the lawn at Mindil Beach Casino, promises to be spectacular with our delegates enjoying a meticulously organised sunset event with a curated five-star menu complemented by the beautiful Top End backdrop.

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

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

Pre and post touring information

When it comes to raw beauty and pristine wilderness, the Northern Territory offers business events delegates the space and freedom to do things differently. Our iconic landscapes provide the ideal backdrop for delegates to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings and to reconnect. Whether it’s canoeing through magnificent gorges, witnessing the power of a mighty waterfall, swimming in crystal clear water holes, or marvelling at ancient Aboriginal rock art, the NT will leave you feeling invigorated, enriched and inspired. 

For delegates and their families wishing to to experience the Northern Territory, please visit the websites below for more information:




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 12:43 6.12.2023