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

Watch Party FAQs

Our ASMs are about coming together as one. To share our ideas and experiences. To spend time with our friends and make new ones along the way. To showcase our cities. And to celebrate in style.

Unfortunately, we can’t welcome all of you to our host city this year. But we can bring a bit of Marvellous Melbourne to YOU!  And all you need to do is find a few fellow delegates; somewhere with a smart TV; and, ideally, access to a printer. Then download our Watch Party Planner Pack and you’re good to go!

What's a watch party?

Some experiences are exponentially more enjoyable when we share them. Footy matches and firework displays, for example; or watching Eurovision…

In fact, we’ve been throwing watch parties of one kind or another since the dawn of time. We just didn’t have a word for it until 2018!

Watch parties are about getting together with like-minded people to share an experience. They give us the opportunity to express our opinions and exchange our ideas. They energise and inspire us. They make us feel connected and engaged. And they’re also an excellent excuse for a party!

The ANZCA ASM is one almighty watch party when you think about it. Admittedly, it’s not nearly as easy to orchestrate this year. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Or at least a workaround.

I'm interested. So... what's involved?

Hosting an ASM Watch Party is one of the simplest ways to simulate the shared experiences our ASMs are famous for. We’ve done the party planning. So all you really need to do is:

  1. Find fellow delegates from your hospital or local area.
  2. Pick a time and date to get together.
  3. Select a suitable place to host your party.
  4. And follow our step-by-step guide to planning your party.
Would I make a good Watch Party host?

Thanks to our wonderful Watch Party Pack, pretty much anyone with a smart TV and space for socialising could put on a primo party if they wanted to. Just remember to register for the ASM first so you’ve got something to watch!

Next steps

– Watch parties can be a great team bonding activity in terms of learning together as a team. And socialising too.

– Alternatively, you could ask your locally-based anaesthesia and pain medicine colleagues if they’d be interested in doing something and take it from there.

– And if you’re on Twitter or Insta… ask for ideas. And share your own. #ASM21Party

When should I hold it?

You’re welcome to hold a Watch Party at any point in the program. Or even come together after the ASM’s over, to watch selected content onDemand. But for the best experience, we’d recommend watching the live-streamed plenary sessions. Here are our top three picks:

#1 Opening plenary

Friday’s opening plenary would make perfect party viewing. Join us live from Melbourne at 6.30pm AEST for the official opening addresses from ANZCA President Dr Vanessa Beavis and FPM Dean A/Prof Mick Vagg, followed by our first three visiting speakers.

#2 Super Saturday

If you and your colleagues can’t make it to your local ENGAGE Hub for Super Saturday, why not make a day of it somewhere else? With two live-streaming sessions in the morning; two thought-provoking plenaries in the afternoon; and the College Ceremony kicking off at 6pm AEST, it’s the perfect day to get together.

#3 Q&ANZCA and the closing plenary

If you’re not all watch-partied out by Tuesday arvo, the Q&ANZCA session and closing plenary would make another great option.

Where should I hold it?

You only need three things (aside from an ASM registration, of course) to host a successful ASM Watch Party:

– Sufficient space and seating
– Access to a smart TV or screen
– Somewhere to serve food and drinks

Next steps

If you can’t host it in someone’s home, why not see what’s available in your workplace or explore venue hire options in your area?