ANZAAG Symposium
Saturday September 16, 2017 (9am–5pm)
Maritime Room, Princes Wharf, Auckland

Associated Events
Friday September 15, 2017
  • Anaphylaxis Crisis Management Simulation Workshop (8.30am-12pm)
    Middlemore Hospital Simulation Unit, South Auckland
    ** Workshop now full **

  • Special Combined Meeting
    Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and ANZAAG (1pm–5pm)
    Viaduct Events Centre, Viaduct Precinct, Auckland
    Please note: The Friday afternoon combined meeting is included in the ASCIA 2017 conference registration - ASCIA conference delegates do not need to register separately for this session.

Sunday September 17, 2017
  • ANZAAG AGM (8am–12pm)
    Maritime Room, Princes Wharf, Auckland
Please click here to view the full program.

To register for this meeting please contact the event organiser
Hannah Sinclair via email ( or call +61 3 9510 6299.

Convenor's Welcome
Perioperative anaphylaxis is an unpredictable life threatening emergency that occurs on average one in every 5000 anaesthetics/operations in Australasia. The 2017 symposium theme “Perioperative drug hypersensitivity – working together to keep patients safe” is a topic of interest and relevance to all involved in the management and investigation of these patients. This scientific meeting will cater for anaesthetists, immunologists, allergists, technologists and nurses.

The ANZAAG Symposium follows on from The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Annual Conference which takes place in Auckland from September 13-15, 2017, at the Viaduct Event Centre. ANZAAG delegates will be able to register for the combined ASCIA/ANZAAG session on perioperative drug hypersensitivity on Friday afternoon and ASCIA delegates will be able to register for the ANZAAG symposium on Saturday.

The ANZAAG Symposium will cover four themes; the mechanisms that underpin anaphylaxis, the changing face of perioperative drug allergy as new drugs and substances that trigger anaphylaxis are being recognised, a session focusing on antibiotic allergy and how this is best avoided and optimising the performance of operating room teams treating anaphylaxis.

We are proud to have two distinguished international speakers who will be presenting the core of our scientific program. Associate Professor Lene Heise Garvey is the Director of the Danish Allergy Centre in Copenhagen. Lene is qualified in both anaesthesia and immunology and has published extensively in the field of perioperative allergy. Professor Werner Pichler is based in Berne and has co-authored more than 200 publications and several books on drug hypersensitivity. He is the founder of ADR-AC GmbH – Analysis and Consulting, a firm that provides advice about drug hypersensitivity reactions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland.

Dr Peter Cooke and Dr Karen Pedersen
2017 ANZAAG Symposium

ANZAAG Symposium Posters
For the first time the ANZAAG symposium is going to include posters. Authors are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. Successful abstracts will be published in the online conference booklet. Authors will need to print their poster (A0 size - 841x1189mm) to be displayed at the Symposium.

There is the opportunity for posters to be displayed at the ASCIA meeting as well as the ANZAAG symposium.

The best poster will be awarded a prize.

Abstract submission deadline: August 15, 2017

All presenters must be registered to attend the meeting.

Please click here to view the abstract guidelines.

Submit abstracts via email to

Anaphylaxis Crisis Management Simulation Workshop
Friday 15 September 2017
Middlemore Hospital Simulation Unit, South Auckland

This half-day session is designed to give participants a multifaceted opportunity to learn about and practice anaphylaxis crisis management. The session starts with a short tutorial. Participants will then be divided into groups of six and rotate around three stations, two simulation stations and one informal case based discussion with an anaphylaxis expert. Coffee and morning tea provided. Transport will be arranged into the city afterwards. Maximum 18 participants. Registration open to ANZAAG registrants.

This event has been accredited by the ANZCA CPD Program under the Emergency Response Category.

Social functions
A welcome function will take place from 5-6pm, immediately following Friday’s sessions at the ASCIA Conference, and will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to socialise.

The Conference Dinner will be held on Saturday September 16 at the fabulous Euro Bar located at the Viaduct Harbour, immediately following the day’s sessions at the Maritime Room.

ANZAAG Annual General Meeting 2017
The ANZAAG AGM will be held in the Maritime Room, Auckland on Sunday September 17. To add an item for discussion to the agenda, or to notify meeting attendance or apology please email ANZAAG

Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor Lene Heise Garvey MB CHB, PHD

Associate Professor Lene Heise Garvey graduated in medicine from University of Bristol in 1994 and specialised in Anaesthesiology in Denmark in 2006. She completed her PhD on “Allergic reactions during anaesthesia and surgery” in 2010 and has since achieved a Subspecialization in Allergology. She is co-founder and chief physician of the Danish Anaesthesia Allergy Centre, the National Reference Centre for investigation of perioperative hypersensitivity in Denmark, established in 1999. She is a consultant in the Allergy Clinic, Herlev and Gentofte Hospitals, Denmark and shares her time between a half-time post-doc research position and seeing patients in both Anaesthesia Allergy and General Allergy Clinics. She is an active member of several task forces in the Drug Allergy Interest Group in EAACI and is currently heading a task force on perioperative hypersensitivity. Her research interests include all aspects of perioperative hypersensitivity, treatment and mechanisms of anaphylaxis, allergy to chlorhexidine and other rare allergens.

Professor Werner Joseph Pichler

Professor Werner studied medicine in Innsbruck, Austria, trained as an Immunologist in Vienna, Austria and at the NIH/Bethesda/USA. He became an Internist and Clinical Immunologist by training in the division of Clinical Immunology at the Medical School Hannover, Germany, where he soon became a lecturer in clinical immunology. Since 1984 he works in Bern, Switzerland, where he is professor for Clinical Immunology and Head of the Allergy Division. His research is focused on drug hypersensitivity, where he co-authored more than 200 publications. He recently edited the book: Drug Hypersensitivity, Karger 2007 and is editor of two other books on drug hypersensitivity. He is the founder of ADR-AC and serves as advisor for clinical questions and in planning the tests and experiments. He is also acting as consultant for presumed drug allergic reactions in phase 1-3 studies.

Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
A Special group rate is available for delegates at the Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. It is strongly recommended reservations be made as soon as possible to ensure you secure these discounted rates.

Please visit and search for Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Then enter the code BGPG in the preferential code area. The agreed rate will then be available for booking.

Please note:
  • rate is subject to availability and it can be closed at any time due to availability
  • if booked outside the symposium dates only the best available rate will become available.
  • All Black/Springbok rugby game is on Saturday 16th September in Auckland - this may impact on availability of accommodation

This event is claimable by Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists CPD participants within the following categories:
Knowledge and skills activities - Lecture sessions one credit per hour
Emergency Response Category - Simulation Workshop

For further information please contact the meeting organiser:
Hannah Sinclair
Senior Event Officer
630 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne Australia
T: +61 3 9093 4989

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