On behalf of the Tasmanian organising committee we are pleased to invite you to attend the ANZCA
Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the FPM Annual Pain Medicine Symposium (formerly the Refresher
Course Day), taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday April 28 to Friday May 3, 2019.
Kuala Lumpur sets the scene for the theme of the meeting “New Worlds. Come Explore”. The city conveys
a sense of the old, as it is surrounded by ancient rainforests, but also provides a window into the future by
standing tall as a modern and energetic city that boldly represents a “new world”. Combine this with Kuala
Lumpur’s many exotic sounds, vibrant colours, top gastronomic offerings and amazing shopping, with a
little bit of imagination, delegates may virtually teleport to worlds that they have not explored before.
The meeting promises to be a truly international event with delegates from all over the world expected to
attend. In a first for an ANZCA ASM, the meeting will be co-badged with the Royal College of Anaesthetists
(UK), The College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland and the College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of
With this leap forward, the 2019 ASM has an exciting line up of international and Australasian experts who
will challenge and engage our minds about the new frontiers that face anaesthetists and specialist pain
medicine physicians. This experience will be augmented by pioneering talks that will expand our minds
about uncharted territory – on Earth and beyond! In the year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
we look at the medicine behind planned human space flight to Mars. Delegates will be able to attend high
quality plenary, major concurrent and special interest group sessions, showcasing the latest research and
clinical advances from Australasia and abroad. Hands-on workshops including emergency response training, masterclasses and small group discussions will complement a thought-provoking scientific program.
Situated at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s central business district, the state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur
Convention Centre (KLCC) will host the 2019 ASM. The centre spans five levels and overlooks the scenic
KLCC Park and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. An air-conditioned pedestrian walkway provides
convenient access to surrounding malls and accommodation options. The accompanying social program
has been thoughtfully planned to enable delegates to imbibe the essence of “Malaysia, Truly Asia”.
We truly hope that you can join us and we look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur!
Dr Joanne Samuel and Dr Colin Chilvers