ANZAST Rib Fixation Workshop

Sunday 9 May
8:30am – 4:00pm
Venue: VascuLab, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville
Cost: $880 incl. GST for ANZAST members; $1,100 incl. GST for non-members
Minimum: 12 participants
Maximum: 16 participants

This workshop is now FULL.

Trauma is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Australian and New Zealand populations up to the age of 45, and a significant contributor in the elderly trauma population. It is estimated that chest injury accounts for 25% of all trauma deaths and contributes to at least another 25%. Almost all chest trauma in our region is due to blunt mechanisms. Flail chest injury is a severe form of chest wall injury and is considered an immediate threat to life. It is also associated with significant morbidity and delayed mortality.

Rib fixation is now recognised as an effective form of management in selected patients with flail chest wall injury. As the burden of trauma increases in our community, the need for surgeons to develop their trauma surgical skills is also increased. The surgical management of severe chest wall injury is an area of specific interest across Australia and New Zealand.

Directed by Dr Jeremy Hsu, Director of Trauma at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, the ANZAST Rib Fixation Workshop is aimed at general, orthopaedic and thoracic surgeons. The workshop will suit surgeons who are looking to introduce rib fixation into their practice, as well as those looking to further develop their skills in an area, they may only have had limited exposure to.

The objectives of the workshop are to allow surgeons with experience in the management of trauma patients to develop the clinical and technical skills required to introduce rib fixation into their practice, and to allow surgeons with some experience in the technique to further develop their operative decision making and technical expertise.

These will be achieved by a program that includes:
• A review of the literature
• Patient selection
• Pre-operative planning
• Anaesthetic considerations
• Patient positioning and incision(s)
• Case presentations
• A review of the systems available and soon to be available across Australia and New Zealand
• Technique
• Hands-on opportunity to perform rib fixation with the various devices within a cadaver lab
• The post-operative considerations including analgesia
• The logistics of introducing rib fixation into your practice and hospital

The workshop will also give participants an opportunity to discuss research activities across Australia and New Zealand, with the aim to facilitate multi-centre collaboration.

Developing a Career and Skills in Academic Surgery (DCAS) Course

Monday 10 May
7:15am – 4:30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $250.00 incl. GST (physical), $100.00 incl. GST (virtual)

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In collaboration with the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Section of Academic Surgery (SAS), we invite you to attend this one-day course to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria on Monday 10 May 2021. With the intention to overcome the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic presents to live events, the 2021 DCAS course agenda has been altered to include virtual sessions. In 2021, the morning session will consist of a hybrid online and in-person format. The afternoon session – including breakout sessions – will only allow in-person attendance.

The course is intended for surgical trainees, research fellows, early-career academics, and surgeons who have considered involvement with the publication or presentation of academic work. This fully interactive course with a high faculty/participant ratio will help trainees acquire the skills required to satisfy the RACS research requirements and boost the academic content of their CV. The course covers topics ranging from identifying academic mentors to effective communication of novel research to achieving academic, clinical, and personal balance. Furthermore, this year will include talks on navigating the virtual academic environment and a discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academic Surgery.

GSA Trainees' Day - Vascular and Transplantation Surgery

Monday 10 May
8:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Please visit the GSA website for event updates.

Colonoscopy Update Workshop

Monday 10 May
8:30am – 3:00pm
Venue: RACS Melbourne Office, 250 – 290 Spring Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Cost: $77.00 incl. GST (physical registration), $33.00 incl. GST (virtual registration)

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This workshop, provided by the National Endoscopy Training Initiative (NETI) is designed to provide educational opportunities for skills improvement in colonoscopy and will be convened by Mr Iain Skinner.

Practical elements of colonoscopy technique, methods and tips for greatly increasing polyp detection rates will be dealt with in this workshop. It is an ideal adjunct to address any quality improvement issues raised by the Recertification Audit process and strongly promotes the ideal of high-quality colonoscopy.