2021 Combined SIG meeting

The Communication in Anaesthesia Special Interest Group (SIG) welcomes you to the 2021 Combined SIG meeting in tropical Cairns from 9-11 July. The Wellbeing, Leadership and Management, and Medical Education SIGs will be joining us in a stimulating and diverse exploration of “Failing to succeed”.

Registrations will open late 2020.

Location and venue

The meeting will be held at Riley Crystalbrook. This is a brand 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 will include 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.

The program will be available from late 2020.

Invited speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the Combined SIG meeting:

  • Dr Jennifer Klasen - Surgeon and PhD candidate at the school of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University Netherlands presenting her research on what trainees learn from failure.
  • Liz Crowe – Advanced Clinical Social Worker in the Paediatric ICU at Brisbane’s Children’s Hospital and PhD candidate at the School of Medicine University of Queensland speaking on failure and resilience.
  • Dr Rhea Liang – Surgeon and Chair of the Operating with Respect education committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons talking about diversity.


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.

Further detailed information about the workshops will be available in late 2020.

Social program

Welcome drinks, Friday night
The welcome reception will take place on Friday 9 July at the conclusion of the day's plenary session 'poolside' at Riley Crystalbrook.

Meeting dinner, Saturday night
The dinner will be held on Saturday 10 July 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.

Cost and registration

Registration will open in late 2020. Keep an eye out for the events e-newsletter for further information.

Registration will include welcome reception; all lunches, morning and afternoon teas; and 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.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Riley Crystalbrook. Accommodation will be open in late 2020.

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.

If you're not a member of our CPD program
If you don't participate in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program, please check with your respective colleges regarding CPD.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #Combi21


Sponsorship will be available late 2020.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    9 July - 11 July

  • Time

    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Location

    Riley Crystalbrook , Qld

Last updated 12:24 17.10.2020