Virtual ANZCA ASM live from Melbourne: 27 April - 4 May 2021 –


After a long wait and much anticipation, registrations are now open for the 2021 ANZCA ASM. We hope you have been checking the program and making your plans for the ASM week, looking at workshops to attend, marking off the sessions that interest you the most, and booking in your social plans.

To keep you in the loop and updated we have started a frequently asked question page for the 2021 ANZCA ASM. We will add to this page regularly and encourage you to also submit your questions so that we can deliver information that enables you to make the most of this re-imagined and groundbreaking ANZCA ASM in 2021.

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What will the 2021 ANZCA ASM look like?

The 2021 ASM will be a virtual meeting and we intend on bringing you all the usual ASM trimmings! Keynote presentations, interactive online workshops, and outstanding opportunities to fulfill all your CPD requirements will be supported by ENGAGE hubs in major centres around Australia and New Zealand. The ASM will have opportunities for face-to-face engagement and social interaction. It will be one to remember!

What does a virtual program look like?

Our priority is to provide a forum for our delegates no matter where you are in the world that facilitates discussion and engagement between participants and speakers via a high quality virtual conference platform. The virtual meeting will be designed to be as interactive as possible, offering plenty of opportunities for live questions, discussion, polling and networking. Check out the program here

Will sessions be recorded?

Content from the scientific program (evening of Friday 30 April through to the evening of Tuesday 4 May 2021) will be available for catch up viewing at a later stage. Workshop sessions will only be deliverable in real time, and not available for catch up viewing. This is to comply with CPD standards and requirements. Be sure to take note of this when confirming your attendance at sessions during the registration process.

How long will recorded content be available for viewing?

Registered delegates can catch up on 95+ hours of scientific program content to watch OnDemand. This content will be available for up to 12 months post ASM.

What is an ENGAGE hub?

The ENGAGE hub is a space for a virtual delegate of the ASM to attend in person and connect with their local community. They are open to registered delegates only with you being able to nominate an ENGAGE hub and your attendance at the time of registration. There is a fee to attend an ENGAGE hub.

ENGAGE hubs will be open for plenary sessions and select concurrent sessions with this streamed on the big screen. ENGAGE hubs are highlighted in the scientific program by  .

At other times we encourage you to join with delegates, watch and engage with sessions via your laptop, join in live Q and A and panel discussions and network. Please note ENGAGE hubs will not host or be open for workshops.

ENGAGE hubs will host the College Ceremony for each state, territory and/or region.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, please note that numbers may be restricted for ENGAGE hubs so we encourage you to register early.

– Where are they located? The hubs will be located in  Melbourne (our central host hub), Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and Auckland. Expressions of interest will be open for ENGAGE hubs in other locations.

– Is there a fee? A nominal fee of $A55 per day will be charged for those who want to attend a hub with light refreshments provided. Importantly we will ensure that we monitor numbers of delegates in the hubs so that we can keep you safe and meet COVID safe social distancing requirements.

– When will they be open? The hubs will be open on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon for the scientific program and evening for College Ceremony, and Sunday for the scientific program – timings for the ENGAGE hubs are highlighted in the program by  . The central host hub in Melbourne will run from Friday through to Tuesday.

What will the College Ceremony look like in 2021?

The College Ceremony will be held on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Importantly, we will continue the tradition of the college ceremony and welcome our new fellows, also hear from our orator, Professor Sharon Lewin and present the college medals and awards. In keeping with the twists and turns for 2021, new fellows will be able to present at our capital city ENGAGE hubs or virtually.

Dust off your frock, shine your shoes, and get ready.

When will registration open?

Registrations for the meeting will open on 15 January 2021 and we will post on our social media channels and on the ASM and ANZCA websites with a countdown. Cannot wait to have you on board.

What time zone will the program be in?

The time zone for the program will be in Australian Eastern Standard time. To check your time zone please click here.

What other changes will you see?

The FPM symposium scheduled for Friday 30 April will be delivered as a virtual meeting as will our Joint SIG satellite meeting presented by Airway Management, Obstetric Anaesthesia, and Perioperative Medicine on Thursday 29 April.

Workshops will run in the days prior to the main meeting days and throughout the scientific program providing access to valuable CPD.

Check out the program here.

If my abstract was accepted for the 2020 ASM will I need to re-submit it for the 2021 ASM?

Authors who submitted an abstract for the 2020 ASM and were accepted will need to re-submit their abstracts if they would like their abstract to be considered for the 2021 ASM.