Join us for the ninth Australian and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group (ANZAAG) conference. The theme of this virtual conference is “Challenging Anaphylaxis”.

The symposium, followed by an open forum session will be held virtually on Saturday 11 September 2021. For those wishing to travel and participate in person we will be hosting a watch party at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Our invited overseas speakers are Associate Professor Lene Garvey and Dr Louise Savic presenting on challenges and research from Europe.

Content from the meeting will continue to be available to all registered delegates until September 2022. If you unable to attend on the day, we will be accepting registrations for three months after the meeting.

I look forward to welcoming you to the symposium.

Dr Ben Krupowicz
2021 ANZAAG Symposium

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Keynote Speaker: A Prof Lene Heise Garvey

Lene Heise Garvey graduated in medicine from University of Bristol in 1994, specialized in Anaesthesiology in Denmark in 2006 and defended her PhD on “Allergic reactions during anaesthesia and surgery” in 2010. In 2012 she obtained a Subspecialization in Allergology. She is co-founder and head of the Danish Anaesthesia Allergy Centre, the National Reference Centre for investigation of perioperative hypersensitivity in Denmark, established in 1999. She shares her time between a position as Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and working as a consultant in the Allergy Clinic, where she sees patients in both General Allergy and Perioperative Allergy Clinics. She is a Board Member of the Danish Society of Allergology and the Drug Allergy Interest Group in EAACI and an active member of several EAACI task forces currently including Drug Provocation testing and Anaphylaxis guidelines. Her research interests include diagnosis, treatment and mechanisms of anaphylaxis, all aspects of perioperative hypersensitivity, allergy to chlorhexidine and other rare allergens, and drug allergy in general, with a special focus on risk stratification in penicillin allergy.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Louise Savic

Dr Louise Savic is a consultant anaesthetist with a clinical and research interest in drug allergy. She is the lead for perioperative anaphylaxis in Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and provides anaesthetic input for a regional anaesthetic allergy clinic. She performs high risk challenge testing to drugs including neuromuscular blocking agents, and also sees general drug allergy patients. Dr Savic’s research interests include teicoplanin allergy, management and incidence of perioperative anaphylaxis, and penicillin allergy de-labelling. She has been awarded grants for her work from the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia, and was recently awarded the Royal College of Anaesthetists & NIHR prize for clinical research. She has demonstrated the effective use of an abbreviated penicillin de-labelling pathway in surgical patients, and lead an international group of anaesthetists and allergists in the development of consensus guidelines for de-labelling of surgical patients. In a recent study she recruited over 26,000 surgical patients and anaesthetists to determine understanding of penicillin allergy and the potential barriers to de-labelling. Dr Savic currently chairs the BSACI penicillin allergy de-labelling guideline group.


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

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

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This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants as follows:

  • Knowledge and skills activities:
  • Lectures - one credit per hour. Workshops - two credits per hour.

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio within 14 days of the conclusion of the meeting.

If you are not participating in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program, please check with your 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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