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 


2020 Perioperative Medicine Symposium
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March, 2020
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Hospital
Theme: “Exploring New Heights of Excellence in Perioperative Medicine”
For further information, please click here.

2020 Perioperative Medicine SIG satellite meeting 
Thursday April 30, 2020
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
For further information and to register, please click here.

2020 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting
Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 August, 2020
Gold Coast, Queensland
Please contact the SIG secretariat for further information.


2019 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting
"Updates in PoM – 360°"
Held November 7-9, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane.
Please visit the ANZCA Events app to view presentation slides.  

2019 Prehabilitation and CPET workshop
Held November 6-7, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane.
Please visit the event website for further information.

2019 SDM Workshop
Held November 6, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane.
Please visit the event website for further information. 

The Perioperative Medicine SIG held two sessions at the 2019 ANZCA ASM. Please click here to visit the Virtual ASM.

2018 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting in association with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand
“Measuring, Managing and Minimising Risk”  
Held October 25-27, Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.
Please visit the meeting webpage to view presentation slides.

2017 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting in association with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
"Cancer surgery and perioperative medicine: Prehab to rehab”
Held November 2-4, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Sydney.
Please visit the meeting webpage to view presentation slides. 


September 2018

February 2019 

June 2019  

October 2019 


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







To join the Perioperative Medicine SIG, please download an application form or contact events on +61 3 9510 6299.



Executive Portfolios
Dr Jill Van Acker
Dr Sean McManus
Anaesthetist, Intensivist and GP
Fellowship and Trainee Liaison (TRIPOM rep)Dr Rajni LalAnaesthetistUK
PoM Qualification and EducationDr Joel SymonsAnaesthetistVIC
Symposium Convenor        Dr Nicola Broadbent    Anaesthetist New Zealand
Patient Blood Management
Dr Kerry Gunn
New Zealand
Newsletter Editor
Dr Jeremy Fernando
Anaesthetist and Intensivist
Physician Representative
Dr Catherine Gibb
Geriatric RepresentativeDr Ming Loh
Intensive Care RepresentativesDr Jeremy Fernando, Dr Sean McManus, Dr David Sturgess
Co-opted Networking and Liaison Officer
Dr Renee Franklin
Anaesthetist New Zealand
Co-opted General practice Liaison
Associate Professor David Sturgess 
Anaesthetist, Intensivist and GP               
Co-opted Surgery Liaison Vacant  
Co-opted FPM representation Vacant  

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