Join us in Perth for the eighth Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium.

The theme this year is “Perioperative allergy – A sensitive subject”. The main meeting on Saturday September 7, 2019 will be a day of interesting and highly relevant talks for anyone involved in perioperative care of patients, but especially anaesthetists. The morning sessions are shared with ASCIA, and will be of relevance to immunologists who have an interest in perioperative drug hypersensitivity.

Our invited speaker is Dr Tomaz Garcez, an immunologist from Manchester University in the UK who was a key contributor to the NAP6 audit of perioperative anaphylaxis.

We look forward to welcoming you to Perth.

Dr Paul McAleer, Dr Alison Brereton and Dr Nagesh Nanjappa
2019 ANZAAG Symposium

Summary of events

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Friday September 6, 2019

Anaphylaxis, Airway and Advanced Life Support Emergency Response Workshops
Perth Children’s Hospital SIM Centre

This half day will enable registrants to complete two emergency response workshops each of 90 minutes duration. Registrants will all complete an anaphylaxis workshop, and either an airway or an advanced life support workshop. These workshops will take place at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Simulation Centre. Facilitated by leaders in the management of anaphylaxis, airway crises and ALS, there will be 36 places in total. Registration is open to ANZAAG symposium delegates. Transport will be provided from Parmelia Hilton.

ASCIA/ANZAAG drug hypersensitivity session
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

This session links into the ASCIA conference running from September 3-7, 2019. There is an extra cost to attend this session which brings together experts in the broader field of drug hypersensitivity and will be of interest and relevance to all immunologists, anaesthetists and associated providers who work in perioperative allergy.
Please use this registration form to register for the joint ASCIA session. To visit the 2019 ASCIA conference website, please click here .

Saturday September 7, 2019

ANZAAG Symposium
Parmelia Hilton, Perth

Invited Speaker: Dr Tomaz Garcez
Tomaz graduated from Aberdeen University in 1997 and completed postgraduate general professional training in Cardiff (adult medicine) and higher specialist training in Bristol (immunology and general internal medicine). He was appointed to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) as consultant immunologist in July 2011. Tomaz leads the clinical and laboratory immunology service in CMFT. Tomaz is the elected Chair of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN) and holds a seat on the immunology and allergy Clinical Reference Group (CRG – NHS England). He is a member of the medical advisory panel for PID UK and represented the Fatal Anaphylaxis Register on the Royal College of Anaesthetists National Audit Project 6 Steering Panel. Tomaz represents the UK on the European Network for Drug Allergy Task Force on Perioperative Hypersensitivity and on an international collaboration exploring Perioperative Hypersensitivity.

Sunday September 8, 2019

The big breakfast, open forum case discussions and morbidity and mortality.
Parmelia Hilton, Perth

ANZAAG AGM (closed meeting).
Please note, this meeting is for ANZAAG members only.
If you would like to join ANZAAG as an associate member, please indicate this when you register.
To add an item for discussion to the agenda, or to notify meeting attendance or apology please email ANZAAG.

ANZAAG Symposium Posters
This year we will again be including a poster prize. Authors are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. Successful abstracts will be published in the meeting app. Authors will need to print their poster (AO size 841 x 1189 mm) to be displayed at the symposium. The author/s of the best poster will be awarded a prize.

Abstract submission deadline: By 5pm, August 30, 2019

View the abstract guidelines here .

Submit abstracts via email to Sarah Chezan (

Clinical Patient Audit Session

This year the ANZAAG Symposium will include the opportunity for anaesthetists to participate in a clinical patient audit that will earn them 20 CPD practice evaluation points.

The topic of the audit will be about self-reported allergies by patients in the perioperative period. Participation will require each participant to collect and submit simple data from 20 consecutive patients in June or July. The pooled data will give a snapshot of the prevalence and relevance of reported allergies perioperatively and will be discussed at this session during the symposium on Saturday afternoon.

To be a part of this audit to earn 20 of those difficult-to-get practice evaluation points, just select this option at the point of registering for the meeting. Details of how to collect the data will be emailed to you by the end of May. This will require you to apply for local ethics approval, but this can be easily obtained with a simple form for this type of de-identified data audit.


The meeting is now open for registration and can be completed via the ANZCA portal.

Register Online  

For non-ANZCA members, please download a registration form.

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Social Fuctions

A welcome function will take place from 5-6.30pm at the Parmelia Hilton immediately following the symposium on Saturday.

The symposium dinner will be held Saturday from 7-10.30pm in the Catalina Room, Matilda Bay Restaurant located on the edge of the beautiful Matilda Bay, where you will be treated to stunning views of the Perth skyline.


A group rate is available for delegates at the conference venue, Parmelia Hilton, Perth. We strongly recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible to ensure you secure the discounted rates. You can book online  or call the reservation team on +61 8 9215 2000 to make a reservation. The group code GANZP must be quoted to access the special rate and a credit card number will be required to guarantee the reservation. The rooms will be available to book until the August 16, 2019.


ANZCA and FPM members will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio by the end of September 2019.

ANZCA and FPM CPD Program approval
This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories.

Knowledge and skills activities
Lectures - one credit per hour.

Emergency responses activities
Registrants for the half day workshops will complete two ANZCA accredited emergency response workshops each of 90 minutes duration. All workshop participants will be eligible to claim an anaphylaxis workshop, and either an airway or an advanced life support workshop.

Clinical Patient Audit Session
Anaesthetists who participate in the clinical patient audit session will earn 20 CPD practice evaluation points.

Note: Delegates who are not participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program should check with their respective colleges regarding CPD.


For further information please contact the meeting organiser:
Sarah Chezan
Senior Events Officer
630 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne Australia
T: +61 3 9093 4982

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