Invitation from the President and Dean

Dear colleagues,

The Sydney 2018 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the Faculty of Pain Medicine Refresher Course Day promise to be memorable events.

The theme of the meeting is “Reflecting on what really matters”, which encourages us to focus both on core and important clinical issues and also to extend ourselves to consider some of the more challenging aspects of our professional, and personal, lives.

The program will be held at the newly reconstructed Darling Harbour Convention centre, which is of course perfectly situated close to the features of both Darling Harbour but also the Sydney CBD and Rocks areas. The opportunities for networking, socialising and dining are wide open – when not taking part in the comprehensive scientific program with its plentiful workshops, presentations and plenaries.

Speakers have been invited from Australia, New Zealand, and around the world who will provide new and refreshing insights in a wide range of relevant areas. Our key international invited speakers represent excellence in practice from the US, UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong. For all contributors, we are very appreciative of the effort and planning that goes into each and every presentation, discussion and workshop.

We are indebted to the convenors and their organising committees, who have worked hard to develop a stimulating and creative scientific program.  The ASM continues to focus on gender equity across the program.


We are also grateful for the outstanding support of the healthcare industry, whose contributions help make this a successful and high quality conference, and provide us with the opportunity to get experience with the latest technology and medicines in a number of fields.

In keeping with the broad theme of “Reflecting on what really matters” The Faculty of Pain Medicine has developed an enlightening program for the Refresher Course Day, entitled “The dark side of the mind”, to be held on Sunday May 6 at the same venue.

We look forward to welcoming you to the always stimulating city of Sydney, for the 2018 ANZCA ASM.





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