Join us on Australia’s stunning Sunshine Coast for the seventh annual Australia and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) Symposium.

The theme this year is “NAPping in the sun”, and we are pleased to announce that our international key note speaker, Professor Nigel Harper, will be presenting the findings of the largest ever clinical audit of perioperative allergy and anaphylaxis (NAP6, National Audit Program, UK), for which he was the clinical lead.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency with an approximate incidence of one in every 5000 operations, so this symposium is relevant to anyone with an interest in perioperative allergy and anaphylaxis, including anaesthetists, immunologists, allergists, technologists and nurses.

Dr Richard Scolaro and Dr Rochelle Ryan
2018 ANZAAG Symposium

Summary of events
Friday September 14, 2018
  • Sunshine Coast Medical Education anaphylaxis workshops (8am-midday and 1-4pm)
    Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Saturday September 15, 2018
  • ANZAAG Symposium (9am-5pm)
    Water Lily Room, Novotel Twin Waters
Sunday September 16, 2018
  • ANZAAG members: The long breakfast, AGM, and open forum (8am-midday)
    Water Lily Room, Novotel Twin Waters
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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, July 30, 2018

View the abstract guidelines here .

Submit abstracts via email to Sarah Chezan (

Anaesthetic Crisis Management Workshop

Please note: The workshops are currently sold out. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please contact the meeting organiser Sarah Chezan on

The Anaesthetic Crisis Management Workshop will be held at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute, a modern, purpose built simulation facility. The workshop will be designed and facilitated by Sunshine Coast Medical Education, a team of practicing specialist anaesthetists who have expertise in medical education and simulation. They provide medical education and training to medical professionals that is relevant, up-to-date, and of high quality.

Pre-reading – will be emailed prior to the workshop. Click here to access this now.

The workshop will include
  • Multi modal learning
  • A presentation reinforcing the main aspects of the pre-reading and the workshop
  • A group presentation on the use of the ANZAAG Cognitive Aids
  • 2 case based discussions
  • 2 team based high-fidelity simulations with debriefing on technical and nontechnical skills.

Each participant will participate in one simulation and observe another.

Visit their website to learn more about Sunshine Coast Medical Education, their courses and to access other resources. We look forward to seeing you at the ANZAAG Symposium.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Transport will be arranged to and from Novotel Twin Waters. Maximum 32 participants (18 per workshop). This workshop has been accredited by the ANZCA CPD program under the anaphylaxis emergency response category.

Social functions
A welcome function will take place from 5-6pm on the deck outside the Water Lily Room immediately following the symposium on Saturday, September 15. This function will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to socialise.

The conference dinner will be held from 6.30-10.30pm on Saturday September 15 at The Loose Goose offering European-influenced Australian cuisine prepared using fresh local produce.

ANZAAG Annual General Meeting 2018
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Keynote Speaker

Professor Nigel Harper

Professor Harper is Clinical Lead for the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) 6th National Audit Project (NAP6): Perioperative Anaphylaxis, which will be reported in May 2018.

Professor Harper is Honorary Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Manchester University, and Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He developed the first UK Anaesthetic Reaction Clinic held jointly with an immunologist in Central Manchester, and continued the clinic for more than 20 years, working closely with the Clinical Immunology Department. He has published and lectured widely on the subject of anaphylaxis.

Professor Harper represented the RCoA on the Royal College of Physicians Working Group following the House of Lords report on the provision of allergy services. He chaired the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Safety Guideline, Suspected Anaphylaxis during Anaesthesia, and served on the NICE Anaphylaxis Guideline Development Group.

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

Register Online  

For non-ANZCA members
Download Registration Form

A group rate is available for delegates at the conference venue, Novotel Twin Waters. It is strongly recommended reservations be made as soon as possible to ensure you secure the discounted rates. Please download and complete the booking form and send this directly to Novotel Twin Waters.

This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants as follows:
  • Knowledge and skills activities:
    Lectures - one credit per hour. Workshops - two credits per hour.
ANZCA members will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio.

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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