2023 Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting

On behalf of the Obstetric Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) we are delighted to invite you to our next meeting, ‘Challenges and choices in obstetric anaesthesia’, to be held in Sydney from 3-4 May 2023. This is a satellite meeting to the ANZCA ASM taking place at the same venue - the Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC) - from 5-9 May. 

We aim to provide a high quality, content-rich and impactful meeting that will disseminate new concepts, knowledge and best practice through lectures, case presentations, panel discussions, research sharing, and debate. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of assembled delegates, an expert group of international and local specialists will share contemporary insights in how to best navigate a range of challenging conditions and situations encountered in the obstetric setting.

Keynote international speakers include Dr Nuala Lucas, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK, President-elect of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA), and Associate Professor Lawrence Tsen, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, United States, and former President of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). Both bring a wealth of clinical and research experience and expertise, and they look forward to meeting and engaging with delegates.

Local expert presenters and faculty include Dr Allan Cyna (Adelaide), Professor Alicia Dennis (Melbourne) and Professor Michael Paech (Perth).

The scientific program is broad-ranging and will include presentations, panel discussions and debate on a range of topics including failed neuraxial block, communication challenges, medico-legal pitfalls, and contemporary management of the obstetric general anaesthetic. New knowledge and innovations in the specialty recently published in scientific journals will be shared in a ‘What’s hot?’ session, and current research findings will be presented in the ‘Michael Paech Research and Innovation Prize session’ along with a prize awarded for the best submission.

There will be a welcome reception held in the HCI area at ICC Sydney on the first evening of the meeting for delegates and our sponsors to catch up, re-connect and share a drink. On Thursday evening, there will be a harbour cruise from Darling Harbour to the Deckhouse at Woolwich Bay to enjoy a substantial cocktail reception style dinner overlooking the stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney!

Dr Matt Rucklidge
Convenor, 2023 Obstetric SIG meeting


The Call for abstracts is now closed. Authors will be notified in late February if their abstract has been accepted.

In 2023, we will be taking abstract submissions for the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting for consideration for the Michael Paech Prize.
The Michael Paech Prize recognises excellence in either original research, service evaluation, or quality improvement relevant to obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia. A prize of A$1000 will be awarded to the author of the abstract judged to be the best of those submitted in terms of originality, scientific rigor, and quality of presentation. The abstract will be published in the meeting app.
Abstract guidelines
Please visit the full abstract submission guidelines, including eligibility guidelines for awards and prizes. Abstract submissions will close at 11.59pm (AEDT), Sunday 15 January 2023
Authors will be notified in late February whether their abstract/s have been accepted for the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG meeting. If you have not received any correspondence please check your junk folder first, otherwise please contact the events team by email. All accepted authors are required to register for the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting no later than Friday 3 March 2023 otherwise their abstract may be withdrawn from the program and Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG satellite meeting proceedings.


The meeting will be held at Sydney’s environmentally sensitive International Convention Centre (ICC). The ICC Sydney features superb facilities, beautiful contemporary design, and spectacular views of Darling Harbour with the cityscape beyond. 


If you require dates outside of the dates shown in the accommodation section of the registration portal, please note your preferred dates in the 'Special Requirements' section. The Delegate Services Team will contact the hotel directly and advise you of availability.


Registration is now open. Click here to register.

2023 Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG meeting Prices

Early-bird closes 3 March 2023

Standard 4 March 2023 onwards

On day 6 May 2023 onwards

Full in person registration




Trainee* and other medical practitioner in person registration**




Retired registration

$A165 $A286 $A380

Meeting cocktail style dinner



Full virtual registration




Trainee* and other medical practitioner virtual registration**




Retired virtual registration

$A110 $A220 $A330

All prices quoted are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST.
* A verification letter from your institution/hospital is required to qualify for the trainee rate. Final confirmation will be subject to ANZCA and FPM approval.
**Other medical practitioners, for example nurses, technicians, research assistants with a specific interest in anaesthesia and/or pain medicine, who wish to attend the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG meeting will be considered with documented support from their research group/department.

I’m a virtual delegate what do I get access to?

We understand that not everyone can attend the meeting in-person. All sessions will be recorded and will be available on the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG meeting virtual event platform from 16 May 2023. You will be able to purchase a registration until 30 June 2023 and the content will be available to watch onDemand for up to 12 months post the meeting. There will not be a live stream of the sessions.


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.


The prospectus for sponsorship opportunities is now available. Please reach out to events@anzca.edu.au if you have any questions at all.

Social functions

Wednesday will include a welcome reception for delegates to catch up for a drink following the first day’s sessions in the HCI area at the meeting venue. 

On Thursday evening you will be treated to a cruise from Darling Harbour to the Deckhouse at Woolwich Bay for a substantial cocktail reception style dinner overlooking the stunning views of Sydney harbour.

Social media

Follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #OBSIG23SYD and join in the conversation.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    3 May - 4 May

  • Time


  • Location

    ICC Sydney, NSW

Last updated 14:40 13.02.2023