71st National Scientific Congress

Pushing the Boundaries

29th September to 2nd October 2012 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

CPD Points
The “EEG. Its place in clinical practice” session (Tuesday) and “New Boundaries in Crisis Management” session (Tuesday) are eligible for Category 3 Level 1 CPD points at 2 points per hour.

The Q&A panel “The Cost of Healthcare - Pushing the Boundaries Too Far?” (Tuesday) and the presentation “An ECG refresher for the anaesthetist” (Saturday, Clinical Refresher Lectures) are eligible for Category 1 Level 2 credits at 2 points per hour.

The remainder of the clinical refresher session and the remainder of the lecture programme are Category 1 Level 1.

The SGDs and "workshops with no practical skills learning" are Category 1 Level 2 at 2 points per hour.

Workshops with practical skills and procedures are Category 3 Level 2 at 3 points per hour.

Congress Handbook
The 2012 NSC Handbook is available for download as a PDF (5MB). Download and view as a PDF or open in iBooks.

2012 NSC App
The 2012 NSC Web App is now availabl.
The app has session overviews, speakers details, information on functions and much more.

As the Convenor of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists’ 71st National Scientific Congress (NSC), it is my pleasure and great privilege to invite you to Hobart from the 29 September to 2 October in 2012.

The theme for the 2012 NSC is “Pushing the Boundaries”, and we will be challenging you to push the boundaries to becoming a better anaesthetist. The 2012 NSC will provide an extensive programme of workshops, small group discussions, invited international speakers, national speakers and panel discussions, including a Q&A session facilitated by Tony Jones. The NSC will offer sessions relevant to anaesthetists in both public and private practice. The 2012 NSC social programme will push your artistic and gastronomic boundaries with events including a cocktail reception at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the Gala Dinner featuring a degustation style menu complemented by Tasmanian wines.

We invite you to Hobart to not only take advantage of the NSC and all it offers for professional development, but to indulge in what Tasmania does best: the finest foods, exciting wines, cultural experiences and, of course, nature. Tasmania has a range of world-class experiences for all delegates; enjoy the outdoors in 7-star comfort at Saffire on the Freycinet Peninsula, push your artistic boundaries at MONA, immerse yourself in sustainable cooking at the
Agrarian Kitchen or explore the pristine beaches of Maria Island and much more.

If you are unable to extend your stay, the social programme will let you ‘taste’ Tasmania with each function showcasing our unique food and wines. We will also be offering an extensive range of tours during the meeting for partners and children.

On behalf of the NSC 2012 Organising Committee, I look forward to welcoming you to Hobart in 2012.

Dr Cameron Gourlay 
71st ASA NSC 2012

I am excited to offer you an invitation to attend the ASA National Scientific
Congress in Hobart.

Our International Invited Speakers for this meeting are Assoc. Prof. Kelly McQueen and Prof. Warren Zapol, both from the United States, and Prof. Pierre Diemunsch from France. Assoc. Prof. McQueen has an interest in the global burden of surgical disease and is currently Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach. Assoc. Prof. McQueen is heavily involved in pushing the boundaries for delivering high quality anaesthesia care on a global scale. Prof. Zapol has had a long and prestigious career in anaesthetic research, and was integral in developing the treatment of hypoxic human newborns with inhaled nitric oxide. He has also researched putting mice into suspended animation, and how this might be applied to astronauts on their way to Mars. After a long career pushing the boundaries of anaesthesia, he is now pushing them into the “final frontier”. Prof. Diemunsch is a past president of the European Society of Airway Management, and head of the largest anaesthetic research laboratory in France. He is heavily involved in pushing the scientific boundaries of our specialty. The Australasian Invited Speaker for our meeting is Assoc. Prof. Simon Mitchell from Auckland. He was awarded a PhD for his work on neuroprotection from embolic brain injury, but may be best known for his exploration of shipwrecks at extreme depths and the world record dive on the alleged wreck of the AHS Centaur. He is pushing the boundaries to ever greater depths!

Our excellent plenary lectures are well supported by a comprehensive and stimulating scientific programme. A diverse range of concurrent sessions will include refresher-style updates on topics related to perioperative medicine and those difficult to manage scenarios; the changing nature of our anaesthetic
practice; humanitarian aid, disaster relief and the provision of quality anaesthesia worldwide; the issues surrounding end-of-life decisions with a contribution from Dr Philip Nitschke; and a ‘Q&A’ style session discussing the cost of healthcare now and into the future. Hosted by journalist and ABC presenter Tony Jones, it promises to be a stimulating session and a fine way to conclude the Congress.

A wealth of challenging SGDs and workshops are also on offer, including the chance to drive some very expensive cars around a racetrack with the Mercedes-Benz Driver Training team!

I urge you to consider coming to the NSC in Hobart, to push your boundaries, and to accept the challenge to become a better clinician and a better person.

Andrew Ottaway
Scientific Convenor
71st ASA NSC 2012

Welcome to the 2012 National Scientific Congress (NSC) of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. We are privileged to have exceptional and renowned international speakers including, Assoc. Prof. Kelly McQueen and Prof. Warren M Zapol from the United States, Prof. Pierre Diemunsch from France and the Australasian Speaker, Assoc. Prof. Simon Mitchell from New Zealand.

The 2012 NSC theme is “Pushing the Boundaries”. With this in mind, the NSC Convenor, Dr Cameron Gourlay, together with the Scientific Convenor, Dr Andrew Ottaway, and the NSC Organising Committee, have assembled an excellent and broad scientific program. Cameron and his team will ensure boundaries are pushed not only academically but also in a range of other exciting activities outside the classroom. The entire programme is very exciting and I hope you will be able to make the most of your trip to Tasmania. You have the opportunity to attend workshops and small group discussions, panel discussions by invited international speakers and a range of national speakers.

I am particularly pleased to invite you to join me in my hometown of Hobart for this year’s NSC. Our social programme will deliver ample opportunity to meet and catch up with your colleagues and we have designed it to make the most of the exciting Hobart environment. I encourage you to make the Congress a ‘family affair’. There are many opportunities for you to explore Hobart and revel in the Tasmanian experience, before, during or after the Congress.

I look forward to meeting you during the Congress and particularly encourage you to attend the Annual General Meeting on Monday 1 October. Don’t forget to register for the remarkable Gala Dinner, which is also on the 1 October. Again I would like to welcome you to Hobart for what I believe will be a most exciting, educational and memorable Scientific Congress.

Dr Andrew Mulcahy
Australian Society of Anaesthetists


Organising Committee

  • Cameron Gourlay (Convenor)
  • Andrew Ottaway (Scientific Convenor)
  • David Brown
  • Stuart Day
  • Anna McDonald
  • Savas Totonidis
  • Richard Waldron
  • Peter Wright
  • Mathew Yarrow
  • Piers Robertson (Federal ASA)
  • David Elliott (Federal ASA)
  • Robert Campbell (Federal ASA)

GASACT Trainee Congress Organising Committee

  • Shaun O'Brien (Convenor)
  • Shona Bright
  • Mark Alcock
  • Anders Bown
  • Joey Walsh
  • Tin Win

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists

ASA LogoThe NSC is the annual meeting of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA).

The ASA is the only organisation in Australia acting exclusively for the benefit of Australian Anaesthetists.

The ASA offers members access to events, publications and resources. Committee members and ASA staff lobby government and work with other organisations to advance the interests of anaesthetists.

The ASA actively works to positively promote the profession and assist, educate and inform patients and other members of the public.

If you'd like to more information or you'd like to join the ASA, visit the Society's web site at: www.asa.org.au.

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Q and A Session

One of the ABC’s most experienced radio and television current affairs journalists, Tony Jones, will host a “Q and A” style session discussing the cost of healthcare now and into the future. See the programme for more details.

Run on Sunday

We have a map of the route on Google. The run will start at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, through Battery Point to Wrest Point. 5 and 10km options available.

Museum of Old and New Art

Slide Show

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Important Dates

Abstracts Due 15 June
Early-bird Closes 9 July
NSC 29 Sep.