Invitation from the president and dean

Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to Brisbane for the 2017 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the Faculty of Pain Medicine Refresher Course Day.

The theme of the meeting is “Think big”, which reflects the aim to move outside the narrow focus that we sometimes find ourselves in, and also to acknowledge the growth of anaesthesia and pain medicine as specialities which are impacting on patients in significant ways for improved outcomes.

The program will be held at the award-winning Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is convenient and centrally located. The climate in Brisbane is of course very conducive to enjoying outdoor activities, socialising and dining, when not being engaged with the well planned scientific program.

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 UK, the US, and Canada. 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 contemporary and innovative scientific 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.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine has developed an inspiring program for the Refresher Course Day, entitled “Big specifics”, to be held on Friday May 12 at the same venue.

We look forward to welcoming you to the warm and friendly city of Brisbane for the 2017 ANZCA ASM.

ANZCA president

Professor David A Scott

FPM dean

Dr Chris Hayes

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