2021 Combined SIG meeting

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please be advised that we have postponed this meeting until 1-3 October. Same city, same venue, same amazing program. We hope you can join us for this fantastic meeting.

The Communication in Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) is very excited to be holding an in-person meeting for the 2021 Combined SIG in tropical Cairns from 1-3 October. The Wellbeing, Leadership and Management, and Medical Education SIGs will be joining us in a stimulating and diverse exploration of “Failing to succeed”.

The program includes plenary lectures, concurrent sessions and a variety of workshops focusing on the non-technical communication skills fundamental to practice including mental health first aid, managing acute severe behavioural disturbance and resilience for clinicians.

Our invited speakers include Associate Professor Rhea Liang (Aus) and from the USA, Professor Lara Varpio, Associate Professor Will Bynum and Associate Professor Meredith Young.

So start planning your winter getaway in tropical far north Queensland and register today for this fantastic meeting!

Registration is now open! ANZCA members can register online using your ANZCA ID number. Non members of ANZCA are encouraged and welcome to attend the meeting too, please complete the registration form in the download section to the right of this page.

Location and venue

The meeting will be held at Riley Crystalbrook. This is a new state-of-the-art venue, and Cairns is the ideal laidback location to network with colleagues and enjoy participating in some thought-provoking and stimulating education.


The program includes plenary lectures, concurrent sessions and a variety of workshops focussing on the non-technical communication skills fundamental to practice including Mental Health First Aid, Managing Acute Behavioural Disturbance and Resilience for clinicians.

Invited speakers

Delegates will hear from a fantastic line-up of speakers. You can find full details of their presentations in the event program.

Invited speakers


The meeting will include a range of workshops and two acute severe behavioural disturbance emergency response workshops that will fulfil the ANZCA and FPM continuing professional development requirements.

Social program

Welcome drinks, Friday night
The welcome reception will take place on Friday 1 October at the conclusion of the day's plenary session at Paper Crane, Riley Crystalbrook.

Meeting dinner, Saturday night
The dinner will be held on Saturday 2 October at Salt House Restaurant perched in a priceless location on the marina, boasting mountain, ocean and Trinity inlet views. Additional tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the time of registration.


Registration is now open and includes meeting registration, the welcome reception; all lunches, morning and afternoon teas; and the meeting dinner.

Additional tickets for social functions can be purchased for your guests. All registration fees are quoted in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST.


Accommodation at the meeting venue Riley Crystalbrook. If Riley is full there are rooms and apartments available at the nearby Bailey and Flynn Crystalbrook hotels.

Please call to book on 1300 002 050 (same number for all 3 hotels) and quote “SIG Meeting” when booking to receive the special group rate.

Or email:

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
ANZCA and FPM CPD participants can claim the following credits in 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.

Wellbeing CPD education sessions for one credit per hour.
Emergency responses activities
Acute Severe Behavioural Disturbance (ASBD) for one Emergency response activity.

If you're not a member of our CPD program
Delegates who are not participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program should check with their respective colleges/providers regarding CPD.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #CombiSIG21


Exhibitor opportunities are available for this meeting.  Please contact events for further information.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    1 October - 3 October

  • Time

    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Location

    Riley Crystalbrook , Qld

Last updated 10:07 26.07.2021