Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group

Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group


1. To improve patient safety and outcomes 

2. To share knowledge and collaborate with specialty groups

3. To develop the specialty of perioperative medicine with various craft groups



ERAS - The Perioperative Medicine SIG will hold a session at the upcoming 2018 joint ANZCA ASM and RACS ASC, on May 10, 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney, at 2-3.30pm. Sessions are as follows:

Do we need a formal ERAS program, or just give good care? - Professor Tim Pawlik
Does each component of ERAS matter equally, or can we just choose a few to implement? - Professor Monty Mythen @montymythen
Does preconditioning for surgery actually work? - Professor David Story
What should we be measuring after implementing an ERAS program? What outcomes matter to patients? - Dr Julie Marosky Thacker @JKMThacker



2017 Perioperative Medicine SIG in association with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

"Cancer surgery and perioperative medicine: Prehab to rehab” Was held on November 2-4, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Sydney.
Please visit the meeting webpage to view presentation slides.


2017 Business meeting: The Perioperative Medicine SIG held a business meeting on Wednesday May 4 following the SIG session



Advance CPR decision-making in the hospital setting

The Government of Western Australia Department of Health have created a number of resources to support these discussions.


Part A  

Part B

Part C


Advance CPR decision-making - Facilitators Guide

Appendix 1 - Decision making framework

Appendix 2 - CPR survival rates

Appendix 3 - Two questions

Appendix 4 - Recommended language


Perioperative Medicine - The Pathway to Better Surgical Care

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

Animated Film

Vision Document



Journal watch

Journal watch provides a list of topical and relevant literature in the field of perioperative medicine. 


Article of the month

Effect of prehabilitation on objectively measured physical fitness after neoadjuvant treatment in preoperative rectal cancer patients: a blinded interventional pilot study. West et al, 2014.


Other recent articles of interest include:


• POISE 2: Aspirin in Patients Undergoing Non-cardiac Surgery NEJM March 2014 

This trial examines the substantial variability in the perioperative administration of aspirin in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. It looks at those patients who are already on aspirin and those who are not.


• Elderly and Frailty Anaesthesia January 2014, Supplement 1

Professor David Story and other look at frailty and the risk of anaesthesia in elder patients presenting for surgery. The entire supplement focuses on the elderly and anaesthesia.


• Learning from mistakes in clinical practice guidelines: the case of perioperative β-blockade

This article reviews the ‘scientific’ development of perioperative beta-blockade and looks at the history of how this science was interpreted and the mistakes that resulted.



Below is a list of current texts relevant to perioperative medicine


• Perioperative medicine, Steven Cohn

• Preoperative Assessment and management, Bobbie Jean Sweitzer



Monash University and the Alfred Hospital Perioperative medicine short course and masters program:


• The short course provides a solid background to trainees and specialists who are looking to provide optimal care to patients in the perioperative period 


Mayo clinic annual ‘Overview of Perioperative Medicine’


The University of Melbourne Ultrasound workshops and courses








1.Perioperative Medicine and anaesthesia fellowship, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

Twelve month fellowship provides trainees a solid ground in perioperative management of high-risk patients. Candidates will divide their clinical time between clinical medicine and anaesthesia.


Contact details:

Dr. Jamie Smart

Supervisor of Training

Department of anaesthesia and perioperative medicine 

The Alfred hospital

Prahran, Melbourne

P:+ 61 3 9076 3176



2. Sir Charles Gairdner hospital Perioperative medicine fellowship

Six month fellowship in perioperative medicine, including preoperative assessment and optimisation from elective outpatient to acute inpatient settings and management though the perioperative period. The department also offers training in focused point of care echocardiography, which may be complemented by a university certificate or diploma during the fellowship. This can be undertaken during the rostered non-clinical time. Prior fellows have combined this with 6 months of one of the other fellowships our department has to offer, or 6 months in the hospital's intensive care unit, which can be applied for separately.


Contact details:

Dr. Matthew Brbich

Department of Anaesthesia

Sir Charles Gairdner hospital

Nedlands, Western Australia 6009

P: +61 8 9346 3011



3. Perioperative Medicine Fellowship, North Shore Hospital, Auckland.

Twelve month fellowship with a focus on cardiopulmonary exercise testing, review of complex patients, preoperative anaesthetic assessment, research and clinical anaesthesia. Fellowships commence in the second week of December each year.


Contact details:

Dr Nav Sidhu

Dept of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

North Shore Hospital


P: +64 9 486 8900



 The 5th Annual Australasian Symposium of Perioperative Medicine in 2016 in association with ANZGSM 


October 20-22, 2016,Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, Noosa, Qld. Theme: "The elderly surgical patient; What matters in the end".

For further information please contact Events.

The 4th Annual Australasian Symposium of Perioperative Medicine 2015

"The post-operative period: From recovery into the unknown"

October 15-17, 2015

Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, Noosa, Qld.

Please visit the meeting website to view the presentations

2014 Perioperative Medicine SIG and College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) Meeting 

'Futile surgery: Avoiding unnecessary harm" 

Held September 12-13, 2014, Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, Noosa, Qld.

 Please visit the meeting website to view the presentation slides.



Dr Jeremy Fernando

Chair, Perioperative Medicine SIG




Membership of the Perioperative Medicine SIG is open to Fellows, members of the ASA and NZSA. Fellows of other Colleges, practitioners and allied health professionals are encouraged to participate as associate members. To join the Perioperative Medicine SIG, please download an application form.



Dr Jeremy Fernando
Dr Vanessa Beavis
Dr Dick Ongley
Associate Professor Ross Kerridge
Professor David Story
Dr Joel Symons
Dr Nicola Broadbent  
Dr Jill Van Acker
 ANZSGM Rep Co-opted
Dr Ming Loh
 Junior Trainee Representative
Dr Alexander McCann   



The committee is currently looking for representation from NT, SA and Tas.



The Executive of the Perioperative SIG will meet on the following dates in 2016:

Monday 7th March, 6pm - Teleconference
Wednesday 4th May, 3pm NZ Time - business meeting at the ANZCA ASM
Friday 21st October - AGM in Noosa


For further information contact Events or phone +61 3 9510 6299 or visit the ANZCA website.