2021 Rural SIG meeting

Join us for the 2021 Rural Special Interest Group (SIG), and the Mackay Anaesthetic Community at the Coral Sea Marina Resort in Airlie Beach, Queensland.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 meeting, the Rural Special Interest Group (SIG), and the Mackay Anaesthetic Community welcome you to the 2021 Rural SIG meeting to be held at the Coral Sea Resort in Airlie Beach, Queensland, 11-13 June.

Nestled on the coast of beautiful tropical North Queensland, Airlie Beach is a relaxed resort town that is well known for its vibrant alfresco restaurants, waterfront parks, and palm-fringed beaches. A perfect break from city life, its idealistic location also offers a full range of experiences including the natural attractions of the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef, historical sites, and underwater adventures.

We look forward to sharing the beauty of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands with you at the Rural SIG meeting next June!

Registrations will open in November 2020.

Dr Suresh Singaravelu, Convenor 

Location and venue

The Rural Special Interest Group (SIG), and the Mackay Anaesthetic Community will be held at the Coral Sea Marina Resort.

The Coral Sea Marina Resort is conveniently located along the scenic Bicentennial walkway, directly between the marina – which offers direct access to the incredible adventures awaiting you out on the water – and the small town of Airlie Beach with its eclectic mix of vibrant shops, restaurants, nightlife, beaches and lagoon.

Flying into Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is served by two local airports, the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine (PPP) and Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island (HTI).

Cruise Whitsundays operates daily ferries from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach, as well as other island resorts. Airports in either Mackay or Townsville are also situated approximately two hours of driving distance from Airlie Beach.


The program will be available in November 2020.

Invited speakers

We will have a great line-up of speakers from different specialties and disciplines to educate us on rural topics. 


The meeting will include the following workshops:

  • ANZCA accredited CICO workshop.
  • Ultrasound for Regional Anaesthesia workshop.

Social program

There will be plenty of social activities during the meeting if you wish to attend.  

Welcome drinks, Friday night
Welcome cocktail drinks will be held at the Lure, Abell point marina. Lure is a five-minute boardwalk from the main meeting venue. This is included in your registration.

Meeting dinner, Saturday night
The meeting dinner will take place on the lawn at the Coral Sea Marina Resort. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at time of registration. 

Optional recreational activities can be selected at the time of registration:

  • Photography workshop (complimentary). 
  • Early morning Yoga (complimentary).
  • Beach volleyball (complimentary). 
  • Sunset cruise over the Whitsunday waters. Tickets $A44 per person.

Cost and registration

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

Registration will include welcome reception; all lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Additional tickets for the meeting dinner and optional activities can be purchased at time of registration. All registration fees are quoted in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. 


Accommodation options will be available in November 2020.  This will include accommodation at the Coral Sea Marina Resort and various other local resorts.

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
This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within 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.

Emergency responses activities
Where the outline of a workshop states that the workshop satisfies an Emergency Response CPD requirement, the workshop will be prospectively recognised as suitable to be claimed as an emergency response activity. This refers to workshops covering management of:

  • Can’t intubate and can’t oxygenate (CICO) 

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

Call for research posters

We invite abstracts of research and audit work relevant to anaesthesia in regional/remote areas for poster presentations at the meeting. The best posters will be awarded with the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation’s trophy and a Clinical Trial Unit trophy respectively.

Call for research posters will open in November 2020.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #Rural21


The sponsorship prospectus will be available in November 2020.


Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    11 June - 13 June

  • Time

    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Location

    Airlie Beach, Qld, Airlie Beach

Last updated 12:26 17.10.2020