2024 Rural SIG meeting

It’s with great pleasure that the Rural SIG invite you to join us at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru NT on 16-18 August 2024 for our annual meeting.      
The title of the meeting “Conundrums and challenges from the centre” focuses on many of the interesting and challenging cases and scenarios managed by rural specialists and GP anaesthetists in rural and remote areas. Sessions will cover challenges and conundrums in paediatrics, obstetrics, perioperative medicine, airway and a session on the great new training initiatives in rural and regional settings.
Our speakers will again be a mix of rural specialists, GP anaesthetists and invited paediatric anaesthesia experts. We’re delighted to welcome Dr Pete Howe from The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne as our keynote speaker.
We’ll also have a series of workshops that will focus on the ANZCA continuing professional development (CPD) emergency response scenarios.

The conference dinner will be the spectacular ‘Sounds of Silence’ under the desert stars. 
We look forward to seeing you in Uluru.
Dr Craig Mitchell and Dr Brian Spain, Co–convenors

Location and venue

The Rural SIG meeting will be held at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru, NT.

170 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872
Phone: 1300 134 044


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru. If you wish to book accommodation, please click here.

Please note: No rooms will be held and will be subject to availability at the time of booking.


The meeting will include the following workshops:

  • Obstetric Haemorrhage workshop: massive Haemorrhage resulting in cardiovascular instability or coagulopathy can develop in any area of routine anaesthetic practice. This workshop will fulfil the criteria for the ‘Major Haemorrhage’ emergency scenario by using simulation of Obstetric Haemorrhage scenarios to put the theory into practice.
  • Anaphylaxis workshop: anaphylaxis is a rare emergency, however it is recognised that optimising management of the crisis reduces morbidity. The workshop will take delegates through the AZAAG management guidelines (pre-reading required) utilising small group discussions to review the clinical presentation of anaphylaxis, the crisis management of various cases and the follow-up up of patients following a reaction.

  • Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate workshop: CICO is an Anaesthesia crisis that many people will only experience a few times in their career at most. This workshop will fulfil the criteria for the CICO Emergency Scenario of the ANZCA and RGA Emergency Skills CPD requirements covering how to avoid (where possible) and manage this life-threatening scenario.
  • Quality Assurance Discussion: structured small group discussion on difficult scenarios from participants at the meeting.


Sustainability at SIG events

What we're doing to reduce our carbon footprint at the meeting

  • Water stations made available at the venue, making it easier for delegates to use these while onsite to fill reusable water bottles.
  • 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.
  • Promoting the useability of the meeting onsite mobile app.
  • In most cases we use digital signage and where possible single use signage has been eliminated. If printed signage is required, we ensure it is printed on recycled material and can be recycled.
  • The meeting lanyards are made of bamboo which is a renewable resource and eco-friendly product that will break down over time. We’ll have dedicated recycling stations at the venue.

What you can do 

  • Make sure you recycle your lanyard! Look out for the recycling stations.
  • Pack, take and use your own keep cup and water bottle to the meeting. Filtered water stations and washing stations will be available at the venue.
  • Where possible, reuse hotel linen, as this will help save water.
  • Choose to offset the carbon emissions of your flights. Most airlines offer this for a small fee.

How the venue is working for better outcomes

  • Promoting and sustaining ecotourism is a priority for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. Read more here about how the team at Voyages works collaboratively with local communities to support sustainable environmental tourism practices. 

We continue to strive towards fostering a more sustainable future for our members and the community.

Code of conduct

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

The 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.

The 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 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.


If you wish to be an exhibitor at the 2024 Rural SIG meeting, please view the HCI prospectus here.

Social media

Join the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) by using #RuralSIG24.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    16 August - 18 August

  • Time


  • Location

    Uluru Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

Last updated 14:44 8.03.2024