ANZCA Virtual ASM : 29 April - 3 May 2022

Using social media at the ASM

A delegate's guide


Social media, particularly Twitter, can really help you get the most out of the ASM. For example, you can use it to:

•  Network with other delegates.
•  Exchange ideas.
•  Ask questions
•  Provide feedback.
•  Share conference content from others’ perspectives.
•  Participate in sessions you can’t attend in person.

We really want you to use social media at the ASM. Which is why this year we’ve made all sessions “open” for delegates to discuss on social media channels (primarily Twitter) unless otherwise advised.

The session chairs will flag any presentations, slides, or findings (for example, where content is confidential or sensitive) that are to be left out of the social media conversation. Please respect the wishes of your peers and colleagues in this regard.

Please also keep your social media conversations collaborative and respectful. The ASM is covered by ANZCA’s social media policy and you may also be subject to your hospital’s policies. The AMA has produced some really handy guidelines to help Australian and New Zealand medical practitioners use social media confidently and responsibly.

How to use the conference hashtag



Hashtags can be used to create a virtual network that can be accessed:

•  By anyone at any time.
•  On any device.
•  From anywhere in the world.

This makes them particularly handy for conferences! At the 2021 ASM, there were nearly 6000 tweets using the meeting Twitter hashtag to “join the conversation”. We’ll be using Twitter again in 2022, and we’d love as many of our speakers as possible to be part of the buzz.

If you already have a Twitter handle, please let us know what it is so we can invite you to join our “Twitter army”. The meeting hashtag – #ASM22PER – is already up and running, so follow that for the latest ASM updates. If you haven’t used Twitter before but are keen to give it a go, please let us know and our communications team will be more than happy to give you some pointers. It’s really easy, and a great way to get the most out of scientific meetings. We’ve registered it with the Healthcare Hashtags Project so anyone can follow the conversation online.

We’ve also provided some easy-to-follow instructions on setting yourself up on Twitter below.


How to join the conversation in six simple steps


Twitter is the ultimate conference tool. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, maybe now’s the time to take the plunge? It’s really straightforward.

Download our guide on ‘How to join in the conversation in six simple steps’ here.

Once you’ve set yourself up with a Twitter account, the next step is to “join the community”. Don’t worry, you don’t have to start tweeting yet if you don’t feel ready to. This is about building your network.

Start by following some key accounts. You can do this by clicking on the “handles” below and then clicking “follow”.

•  @ANZCA (the official ANZCA account).
•  @ANZCA_FPM (the official Faculty of Pain Medicine account).
•  @CTN_ANZCA (the official account for the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network).
•  @GKMuseum (the official account for the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History).
•  @VBeavis (ANZCA President Dr Vanessa Beavis’ personal account).
•  @ACE_ACECC (the official Anaesthesia Continuing Education hashtag)

Next, subscribe to the following “lists” we’ve set up under the ANZCA account. A list is a curated group of Twitter accounts.

List of fellows (an ever-growing directory of fellows who are on Twitter).
List of anaesthesia-related organisations and publications (this is a really good starting point for other accounts to follow).

Finally, here are some hashtags to look at. Hashtags (#) are used to index keywords or topics and allow users to easily follow topics they’re interested in. This can include events, and most conferences now – including the ASM and FPM Symposium – will have a unique hashtag.
•  #ASM22PER (the official ASM hashtag – also already up and running. So take a look at how people are using it).
•  #FPM22PER (the official FPM Symposium hashtag).
•  #ANZCAtrainees (a hashtag for trainee-related content).
•  #ANZCAfoundation (a hashtag for the ANZCA Foundation).
•  #anaesthesia (a common hashtag for anaesthesia threads from AU, NZ, UK and other countries using British spelling).
•  #anesthesiology / #anesthesia (the more common hashtags for US and Canadian content).

Facebook Live
Live broadcast of the College Ceremony.

Facebook’s live streaming service is a great way to share your special moments with family and friends. In 2021, thousands of people around the world tuned in to Facebook to watch our live broadcast of the Melbourne College Ceremony.

Details will be posted on the ANZCA Facebook page closer to the time, so don’t forget to follow us!

In 2022, the ASM will also be using Instagram so follow @anzca1992 and the #ASM22PER hashtag to stay up to date with the latest news. Don’t forget to tag us @anzca1992 in your pictures and stories during the ASM so we can share your experiences.