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 


2019 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting
November 7-9, 2019 
Brisbane Sofitel, Brisbane 

Registrations are now open.  Please click here to register for the meeting.


Prehabilitation and CPET workshop
This workshop will focus on using cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) for preoperative risk stratification and prehabilitation (optimization of modifiable risk factors) of the surgical patient. It could serve as a “primer” for anyone intending to attend a more formal CPET workshop in Melbourne or the United Kingdom.

Prehabilitation involves proactive patient management prior to surgery with exercise programs, smoking cessation, correction of anaemia and nutritional interventions to help cope with the stress of surgery, within the context of delivering on the value proposition of perioperative medicine.

The CPET workshop will run prior to the Perioperative SIG meeting from November 6-7, 2019 at the Sofitel Brisbane.

To register for the CPET workshop, please click here. For further information on the CPET workshop, please visit the event website.

SDM Workshop - PLEASE NOTE THE SDM workshop is now sold out.
The Shared Decision Making (SDM) workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge to communicate effectively with patients about their values and beliefs in the context of upcoming surgery. This paves the way for further advance care planning discussions. Given we are seeing increasing complex surgery being performed in high risk patients with multiple comorbidities, this is an area of importance facing all clinicians involved in the care of perioperative patients. This workshop will help to facilitate these difficult conversations by providing participants with a simple communications model they can utilise in their daily practice. This is a course that will benefit any perioperative health care worker interested in implementing a shared decision making model into their workplace, where the direction of a patient’s treatment journey is jointly determined by the patient and their physician.

The SDM workshop is now sold out. For further information on the SDM workshop, please contact the SIG secretariat.



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







Dr Jeremy Fernando

Chair, Perioperative Medicine SIGEMAIL



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



Executive Portfolios
Dr Jeremy Fernando
Dr Vanessa Beavis
Council Representative
 MemberDr Nicola BroadbentHigh Risk Clinic Development
 MemberAssociate Professor Ross KerridgeNetworking
 Member       Dr Sean McManus    PoM Qualification
Dr Dick Ongley
Fellowship Liaison
Professor David Story
Dr Joel Symons
 MemberDr Jill Van Acker
Meeting convenor 
 Patient Blood Management representativeDr Kerry GunnPatient Blood Management
Dr Ming Loh
Geriatric/RACP Liaison
 Junior Trainee Representative
Trainee Representative               

Other Portfolios
NameExecutive Portfolios
Dr Manson KuPoM Newsletter
VacantWeb Development



The Executive of the Perioperative SIG will meet on the following dates in 2019:

An AGM will be held during the Perioperative SIG meeting in Brisbane on November 7-9.

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