2023 Combined SIG Meeting

The 2023 Combined SIG meeting was held on 23-25 June 2023 on the Gold Coast. Thank you to all our speakers, session chairs and delegates who attended and contributed to the meeting's success.

OnDemand registration is now available for anyone who can't make it in-person.The recordings from the plenary sessions will be available one week post the meeting to view. OnDemand registration is open until 31 July 2023. All registered delegates will have access to watch any of the OnDemand content until 31 July 2024.

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

This year’s meeting is convened by the Medical Education SIG. The theme is “Turning Tides” set on the iconic Gold Coast with its beaches and surf.  We hope that some of the challenging topics facing our profession will be navigated during our time together. 

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

  • Beyond cultural competence
  • Inclusion
  • Change management
  • High performance team training
  • How our profession needs to adapt

The program will include plenary lectures, panel discussions and a variety of workshops focusing on the skills fundamental to practice, including coaching skills for medical educators, how to write research, and managing acute severe behavioural disturbance.

Based at the friendly and stylish QT hotel, a great place to network with colleagues and enjoy participating in some thought-provoking and stimulating education.

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier holiday destinations. Famous for its surf breaks, stunning beaches, theme parks, shopping, nightlife and hinterland.

We look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast.

Professor Kirsty Forrest and Dr Kara Allen
Convenors, Combined Special Interest Group Meeting 2023

Location and venue

The meeting will be held at QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Phone: +61 7 5584 1200


Please click here to view the meeting program.

Invited speakers

Our invited speakers include:

Professor Subha Ramani is a general internist and educationalist. She completed a Masters in Medical Education at University of Dundee and PhD in Health Professions Education at Maastricht University. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, her leadership roles include: Faculty Lead for Global Perspectives and Community at the Brigham Education Institute; Director, Program for Research, Innovations and Scholarship, Department of Medicine; and Director of Evaluation and the Scholars in Medical Education Pathway for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at BWH.

Professor Ramani is a member of the AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) Executive committee, chairs the Fellowship Committee and directs the ESME-CT course. She is recognized internationally for her faculty development initiatives and scholarship.  She has several peer reviewed publications in medical education journals and scholarly interests include: mentoring, feedback, clinical teaching, mind-set, emotional intelligence and application of theory to educational practice.

Associate Professor Tanisha Jowsey is a leading researcher in culture, communication, and experiences within clinical environments. Her research has investigated patient and clinician experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including operating theatres, medical wards, and general practices. She was born in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Waimakariri river eases her worries. Tanisha is Associate Professor of Medical Education and Professionalism at Bond University. Tanisha gained her doctorate in public health and medical anthropology at the Australian National University, specialising in intersections between patient experiences of time and chronic illness. Tanisha is currently involved in several projects exploring interfacing cultures within operating rooms. 

Dr Nicole Gray is a Registered Psychologist, and Human Factors specialist, based in Brisbane, Australia (Turrbal & Jagera Country). She is a passionate advocate of a systems-based approach to optimising human performance in high risk organisations. Nicole has worked for many years in applied psychology and human factors across a range of safety critical industries, and is known for her commitment to evidence based, pragmatic solutions for organisations, teams and individuals. 

Nicole is Head of Australian Operations for The Keil Centre: psychologists and ergonomists working to keep people safe and healthy at work.

Social program

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

Meeting cocktail reception, Friday evening
On Friday evening the meeting cocktail party will be held on the roof top at the Kurrawa Surf Club from 6.30pm.

Kurrawa Surf Club is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Broadbeach. Here you can enjoy substantial canapes and drinks in a causal atmosphere overlooking the ocean. Coaches will transport you from QT Hotel to the surf club and return you at the conclusion of the reception.
Tickets can be purchased at the time of registrations. 

Cocktail reception, Saturday evening
A cocktail reception will be held at QT Gold Coast immediately following the the Saturday sessions. This is included in your registration, please remember to indicate your attendance at this function.

Cost and registration

OnDemand registration is now available to purchase online. 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.

  • 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: $810
Retired registration: $220
OnDemand: $220


The meeting will include the following workshops:

  • Get it write. How to write your research for success with journals
  • Coaching
  • Acute severe behaviour disturbance 
  • Get it Write. Overcoming writer’s block

Please note, all workshops will be held onsite at the QT Gold Coast.


We have been able to secure a special rate for delegates at QT Gold Coast. If you wish to book accommodation at one of  their properties, please follow the below instructions:

  1. To access your special rates please visit www.qthotels.com
  2. Select QT Gold Coast, enter your dates from 20/06/23 – 29/06/2023 and number of people and click ‘GO
  3. Click ‘I have a code
  4. In the ‘Block Code’ field enter your booking code: ANZCA23
  5. Click ‘UPDATE
  6. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen

Please note: No rooms are being held, all bookings are subject to availability 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 seriously. Please visit the QLD Government website for the latest updates.

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

We 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)

Transitioning to the new 2023 CPD program
We recognise your continuing professional development (CPD) has needed to pivot in the past few years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Your resilience, innovation and dedication to professional development was clearly demonstrated with your ability to upskill to support your patients and yourselves. This innovation extends to the in-person and virtual offerings at the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG meeting.  

Updated 2023 CPD program
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) have changed their registration and recertification requirements. So that you continue to meet the updated requirements, the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will adapt from the start of 2023. Full details are available on our dedicated CPD page.

Fellows and CPD participants that have transitioned to the new annual CPD program will note CPD values as ‘2023 CPD’ in the below program. This identifies the CPD category/sub-category, activity and hours, in line with the updated program.

For example, 2023 CPD: Knowledge and skills – short format learning – 1.5 hours.

Transitioning from the 2014 CPD program
Given our unique triennial structure, the transition to the new annual CPD program has been staggered, with 2021-2023 and 2022-2024 trienniums in 2023 still under the 2014 CPD program in 2023.

Fellows and CPD participants are still in a triennium (2021-2023 and 2022-2024) will note CPD values as ‘2014 CPD’. This identifies the CPD category, activity and credits.

For example, 2014 CPD: Knowledge and skills – short format learning at two credits per hour.

Attendance in CPD portfolio by June 2023
Participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will automatically have their attendance auto populated to their CPD portfolio in June 2023.

ANZCA and FPM CPD participants with full registration will receive 12.5 hours/credits under the Knowledge and skills – learning sessions for the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG meeting program.

Not a participant of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program?
If you’re not participating in our CPD program, please check with your respective college/provider regarding your CPD classifications. Post-event, you may request an electronic certificate of attendance for CPD evidence from the ANZCA events team.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #CombiSIG23


If you would like to be involved in the Combined SIG meeting, the HCI prospectus is avaiable here.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    23 June - 31 July

  • Time


  • Location

    Surfers Paradise Qld

Last updated 11:21 28.05.2024