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Thank you to all those who participated and contributed to the ASA NZSA Combined Scientific Congress 2015.

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Welcome from the Convenor

On behalf of the Organising Committee it gives me great pleasure to invite you to Darwin for the ASA/NZSA’s Combined Scientific Congress. A combined congress of our two Societies occurs approximately every 5 years – this will be the 74th ASA Congress  and the 7th Combined Congress.
Our intention with the scientific programme is always to challenge, enthuse, educate and enhance your working life. As David Elliott will fill you in further, I will only say that we are combining an extensive programme of refresher course lectures, concurrent lecture  sessions, workshops, small-group discussions, and research and poster presentations. In addition, we will continue to look to support our non-medical attendees, especially with our series of basic life support workshops, which we encourage our delegate spouses/partners, exhibitors and sponsors to utilise.
Our International, Australian and New Zealand Invited Speakers are Debra Schwinn from Iowa, BobbieJean Sweitzer from Chicago, Alicia Dennis from Melbourne, Kelly Byrne from Hamilton and Martin Smith from London. They bring a wide range of topics to enlighten us with and you will be certain to find much of interest. Of special interest is our Kester Brown Lecturer, John West, from San Diego, whose contribution to our understanding of respiratory physiology is unparalleled. His visit will be a highlight in all our careers.
But our working life is only part of our existence. Our social programme is designed to enhance the appeal of trekking north, maximising the outdoor lifestyle and laid-back nature of the Top End. Some of you will be familiar with the very large crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove but come and get up-close and personal again; watching the sunset at Mindil Beach Markets before browsing for dinner and gifts is quintessential Darwin; and our Gala Dinner will be top-end casual for an open-air tropical night under the stars – bring your loudest  clobber.
You will find many suggestions for pre- and post-congress holiday opportunities on this website, for those of you wanting to take more of a break. For those from southern Australia and New Zealand, Darwin and the Northern Territory in September are sublime.
Please continue to visit the website and read the email adverts as they arrive for up-to-date information. If you are not an ASA or NZSA member, please consider joining. But failing that, please register your interest on the website, so you can join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  
We look forward to greeting you in Darwin next September.
Dr Piers Robertson
Convenor ASA/NZSA CSC 2015

Presidents' Welcome

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to Darwin for our Combined Scientific Congress from 12-15 September 2015.

This unique event will combine the best that our Societies have to offer in anaesthesia education, research and science.

Two very experienced and able convenors, Dr Piers Robertson as overall Convenor and Dr David Elliott as Scientific Convenor, are putting together this unique event and we have no doubt that, together with their CSC Organising Committee, they will assemble an excellent, relevant and stimulating scientific programme.

Darwin provides a unique backdrop in which to fulfil all those other important needs associated with such an event. We hope its warm, tropical and welcoming atmosphere will help renew old friendships, facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas and information, build collegiality and continue to foster the strong, productive and longstanding relationship between our Societies. 

To assist with this, the social programme is revisiting Crocosaurus Cove to reacquaint you with some of the Territory’s more endearing (!) creatures, but also takes in the amazing Mindil Beach with its markets and sunsets, culminating in a Gala Dinner on the lawns of SkyCity. 

This meeting will at the very least offer material and content to fulfil your unique continuing professional development and self-directed learning needs and enhance your practice. But just as importantly, we hope it will strengthen the many ties that bind our Societies and reaffirm for us all what a privilege it is to be part of our unique profession.

We truly look forward to welcoming you.

Dr Guy Christie-Taylor
Australian Society of Anaesthetists      
Dr Ted Hughes
New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists


ASA NZSA Combined Scientific Congress 2015 Organising Committee

CSC Convenor and Treasurer: Dr Piers Robertson
Scientific Convenor: Dr David Elliott   
Workshop Coordinator: Dr Brian Spain    
Small Group Discussion Coordinator: Dr Peter Smith
Social Events Coordinator: Dr Andrew Fenton
NZSA Representative:  Dr David Kibblewhite      
GASACT Representative: Dr Brigid Brown
AV Coordinator: Dr Dan Holmes  
Committee Member: Dr Vida Viliunas

ASA Senior Events Coordinator:

 Ms Katie Fitzgerald
ASA General Manager – Marketing & Communications: Ms Nicola Morgan

Important Dates


Registration Opened 3 April 2015
Call for Papers Closes 15 May 2015
Early Bird Registration Closes 3 July 2015