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 from 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 in June!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the recent COVID breakout in Queensland, the resort has reduced the delegate capacity numbers. Registrations are currently closed however if you wish to be put on the waiting list, please email the events team. You will be notified once the restrictions are lifted.

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.


To visit the program, please click here.

Invited speakers

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


  • Dr Suresh Singaravelu

    Deputy Clinical Director in the Department of Anaesthesia, Mackay Base Hospital and Health Services

Invited speakers and workshop facilitators

COVID-19 Information

The college is monitoring the situation via Australian and New Zealand government websites where coronavirus (COVID-19) health alerts are regularly updated with the latest medical advice and official reports.

In the meantime, this event is going ahead as scheduled.

Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our fellows, trainees, international medical graduate specialists and staff, and we will act on any advice from our governments and keep our fellows and trainees informed of any developments in relation to infection control and our exams or meetings.

For information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please see the Australian Department of Health website.

Clinical information on coronavirus for anaesthetists can be found on the COVID-19 library guide.

ANZCA is actively engaging and working with our partners and this includes work with the venue on appropriate infection control during the event.
Queries about ANZCA events can be directed to events@anzca.edu.au


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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the recent Covid breakout in Queensland, the resort has reduced the delegate capacity numbers. Registrations are currently closed however if you wish to be put on the waiting list, please email the events team. You will be notified once the restrictions are lifted.


Coral Sea Marina Resort
Please note the Coral Sea Marina Resort is now SOLD OUT.  

For further options, we suggest  Wotif or Airbnb.



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 judged poster will be awarded with the Mackay Insititute of Research and Innovation Rolling trophy.

 Submission Guidelines
1. Originality. The abstract submitted must be of an original scientific nature and must not have been published previously or accepted for publication in whole, or in part, by any medical journals before May 11, 2021.
2. Number of submissions. Authors may submit more than one paper.
3. Acknowledgement of receipt. Upon submission, authors will receive confirmation by email.   
4. Mode of presentation. Presentations will be displayed in poster format. Posters will be prominently displayed in the meeting venue. When creating a poster it must be A2 size, portrait or landscape and in colour.
5.  Registration. All presenters are required to register and pay for the registration fee. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the final program.
6. Publication. Abstracts may be published on the ANZCA and ACE websites.
Abstract Format
1. Word limit. Abstracts must not exceed 400 words. A maximum of 3 tables or figures saved in JPEG/GIF/ TIF format with resolution of at least 300 dpi can be included in your abstract.
2. Abstract title. The abstract title must be in Initial Capital / lower case format, e.g. The online abstract submission. The title should be brief and descriptive.
3. Author information. Please include the first name in full and family name of the author(s) and do NOT include degrees or professional titles (Dr, PhD, Prof, MD, etc.).
4. Content. Each abstract must contain sufficient details for evaluation. Make the abstract as informative as possible. Clearly indicate the aims and conclusions supported by data. Results stated in the abstracts must be complete (though concise) and final. It is unsatisfactory to use statements such as 'data will be presented' or 'results will be discussed'. 

Organise the body of the abstract as follows: 
(a) Introduction
(b) Methods
(c) Results
(d) Conclusions, and 
(e) A limited number of references.

Use standard abbreviations and generic drug names. Place unusual abbreviations or acronyms in parentheses after first use. Do not identify author(s) or institution(s) in text.

The cut off date is 11 May 2021.

For further information, please contact events

Social media

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

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 14:18 18.05.2021