Combined ANZ Colorectal Surgical Meeting 2017

17-11-2017 - 18-11-2017

The Spring Colorectal Surgical Meeting and the Sydney Colorectal Surgical Meeting will be combined for 2017. A joint meeting will be held on Friday 17- Saturday 18 November 2017 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. You can register for this event by completing the online registration form at Alternatively you can complete the delegate registration form in the Provisional Program and register via post.


Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group 19th Annual Scientific Meeting

04-10-2017 - 06-10-2017

Cairns Convention Centre, Australia

The AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting serves not only as a forum for the presentation of state-of-the art overviews on the pathobiological and clinical aspects of GI cancer, but also affords the opportunity to the Australasian scientific community to explore future directions for research and collaboration.  The meeting provides GI cancer researchers and specialists with the opportunity to present their research and discuss the current challenges and recent innovations in a multidisciplinary setting. There will be a combined day with the ANZGOSA Annual Meeting on 5 October.

Convenor: Associate Professor Eva Segelov

For further information please visit:


Flyer: AGITG and ANZGOSA Joint Annual Meeting 2017

TAMIS: Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery Workshop


Workshop Description

Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) gives the colorectal surgeon the ability to expand their skills to include the use of local excision from the distal rectum to the mid and proximal rectum. TAMIS enables the resection of lesions in the rectum using advanced access devices and standard laparoscopic instrumentation. The workshop will include hands-on training using bovine tissue, didactic sessions with video and live surgery. Registration is limited to 10 participants to maximise the hands-on-experience.

Workshop Objectives

Learn how the GelPOINT path transanal access platform enables Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) for the treatment of rectal neoplasms. Explore tools and techniques including: 

  • Indications for TAMIS
  • Anatomy as it relates to TAMIS
  • Operative instrumentation and room setup
  • Patient selection, benefits, risks and challenges
  • Pre-op protocol
  • Anaesthesia considerations
  • Patient positioning
  • TAMIS technique
  • Post-op patient treatment


Please note that attendance at a TAMIS workshop will be a prerequisite for any TBCRS Fellows who wish to be considered for participation at a possible taTME Workshop in their 2nd year of the training programme.


Thursday 19th October 2017

Venue: Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital & Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF)

City: Brisbane, Australia

Director: David Clark

Faculty: Carina Chow and Cherry Koh

Registration and Fee

Please contact Nadine Gowen, Director Branding & Clinical Education for additional information.

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Perioperative Medicine Congress

02-11-2017 - 04-11-2017

The sixth annual Australasian Perioperative Medicine Symposium will be held in Manly, Sydney in collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This year's meeting aims to build on a collaborative approach to perioperative care, with specific emphasis on perioperative care of the cancer patient.


This year's meeting has attracted fantastic international and national speakers who are leading the way in perioperative medicine, and keynote speakers from a range of specialties including anaesthesia, surgery, intensive care, pain medicine, medicine and palliative care. The program incorporates many topics of practical clinical interest that delegates are able to apply in their own clinical practice.


For more information, including speaker and registration details, click here to visit the meeting website.

Click here to download the Program.

The Alfred General Surgery Meeting 2017

03-11-2017 - 04-11-2017

Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

The theme of the meeting is Practical Updates for General Surgeons highlighting how I do it sessions and updates on controversial important and common areas. The organising committee have put together an outstanding program which should appeal to all general surgeons regardless of their subspecialties.

The invited speakers include Professor Enders Ng, Hong Kong; Professor T. Clark Gamblin, Wisconsin USA; Mr Saxon Connor, Christchurch; Professor Frank Frizelle, Christchurch and Professor Christobel Saunders, Perth as well as an extensive local faculty from The Alfred Hospital who will provide additional perspectives to the presentations and panel discussions.

Early registration closure: 29 September 2017.

For more information, including registration and program, visit the meeting website

Doctors Assisting in the Solomon Islands

03-11-2017 - 03-11-2017

Charity Ball

The DAISI (Doctors Assisting in the Solomon Islands) Charity Ball will be held in Sydney on 3 November 2017.

All money raised goes towards surgical equipment for Kilu 'ufi hospital in the poorest and most populous province of the Solomon Islands. Tickets can be obtained for this event by visiting

2017 Rectal Cancer Symposium

10-11-2017 - 10-11-2017

Epworth HealthCare's General Surgery & Gastroenterology Clinical Institute presents the 2017 Rectal Cancer Symposium.

Friday 10 November: 8.30am – 5.00pm at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne.

International Guest Speaker
Dr Megan Costedio, MD FACS
Cleveland Clinic, Department of Colorectal Surgery
Interstate Guest Speaker
Associate Professor Andrew Stevenson, MBBS, FRACS
Director of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Brisbane Hospital

Also, featuring a host of eminent local speakers, this meeting for practising colorectal surgeons, senior trainees and nurses  will cover a range of topics including:

  • Trends in Current Management
  • How I do it Session
  • Robotics - Current Status
  • Difficult Cases

To register, or to view the Program and Speaker profiles please go to -


For further information contact Amanda Christie - Clinical Institute Coordinator

Phone: +61 3 9426 6952
Fax: +61 3 9914 8760
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A.L. Polglase Visiting Professorship in Colorectal Surgery

13-11-2017 - 13-11-2017

Save the date

The 2017 A.L. Polglase Visiting Professor Dinner Lecture will be held on Monday 13 November at L'Hotel Gitan, Prahran VIC.

The dinner lecture will begin at 7pm and will be presented by David Larson, Chair of Colorectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. 

Advanced Techniques in Minimally Invasive Colectomy Workshop - November 2017


Hand Access Laparoscopic Surgery (HALS) and Single Incision Surgery.

Workshop Description

This is a one day workshop designed for advanced laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgeons who wish to explore Hand Access Laparoscopic Surgery (HALS) and Single Incision Surgery. The course covers HALS for splenic flexure mobilisation and total colectomy, as well as Single Incision right hemi-colectomy. The programme includes hands-on cadaveric training, didactic and video sessions. Registration is limited to 5 participants to maximize the hands-on-experience. 

Workshop Objectives

Learn how the GelSeal advanced access platforms enable Minimally Invasive Surgery. Explore tools and techniques, including:

  • Instrumentation
  • Camera operation
  • Trocar placement
  • Indications and limitations
  • Visualisation and instrument manipulation
  • Anastomotic methods
  • Patient selection, benefits, risks and challenges​


This programme has been structured to provide an optimal learning experience in advanced laparoscopic colon resection surgery, while providing the opportunity to perform advanced laparoscopic, single incision surgery and HALS techniques. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity.

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Venue: Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF)

City: Brisbane, Australia

Director: Andrew Stevenson

Registration and Fee

Please contact Nadine Gowen, Director Branding & Clinical Education for additional information.

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Core Skills:  Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Skills Workshop

24-11-2017 - 24-11-2017

University of Western Australia, Perth

The University of Western Australia’s Clinical Training and Evaluation Centre (CTEC)’s Core Skills: Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Skills Workshop is a highly practical one-day cadaveric workshop aimed at providing participants with the most efficient techniques for advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery, including safe colon mobilisation and techniques for vessel control. 

Registrations are available via the CTEC web site:

Brochure available here: Core Skills Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Skills Workshop

Further Information
John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T: +61 8 6488 8049
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Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease

28-11-2017 - 01-12-2017

Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease (28-30 Nov)  and Professor Robin Phillips’ Festschrift (1 Dec)


The 15th Annual International Congress 28th–30th November 2017, St Mark’s Hospital, London

With visiting professors Professor Mike Kamm from Australia and Professor Søren Laurberg from Denmark. This congress will offer a variety of cutting edge symposia including:

  • ‘Food, glorious food’
  • IBD at the margins – the young, the old and the pregnant
  • Biofeedback and beyond
  • IBD and cancer
  • Getting the best outcomes for our colorectal cancer patients
  • Live endoscopy and operating

Professor Robin Phillips’ Festschrift 1st December 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians, London

Celebrating a life in surgery, symposia will include:

  • Complex fistula
  • Anorectal transplantation
  • Functional surgery
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Fissures
  • Haemorrhoids

Get in touch and secure your place now. St Mark’s Hospital, Northwick Park, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Telephone: +44 (0)20 8235 4046/8


European Colorectal Congress 2017

04-12-2017 - 07-12-2017

St Gallen, Switzerland

The ECC 2017 will take place from 4-7 December 2017 with the main topic:

Multidisciplinary Management for Colorectal Disease

Further details are available on the congress website:


Abdominal Radiology Group of Australia and New Zealand (ARGANZ) Annual Meeting 2018

23-03-2018 - 25-03-2018

Crown Promenade Hotel


Victoria, Australia

For more details about this meeting please  click here

Meeting speakers are Professor’s Anwar Padhani and Paul Sidhu – from the Institute of Cancer Research and Kings College London respectively. The 3- day meeting will begin with Beginner and Advanced Workshops on the rectum, liver, prostate, and gynaecology. These themes will continue through the meeting, with a combination of plenary and concurrent sessions. The Mendelson Research Prize is available for both oral and poster proffered trainees papers. Trainees can also attend the ‘hot seat’ School of ARGANZ breakfast session with abdominal examiners.

17th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology (APFCP 2019)

07-03-2019 - 10-03-2019

Save the date

The 17th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology (APFCP 2019) will be held on 7-10 March 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

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International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT)

20-03-2019 - 23-03-2019

Save the Date

International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT)


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Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2020

24-02-2020 - 28-02-2020

The Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2020 is the pre-eminent event for global leaders in colorectal surgery.

Please join us in Auckland for this meeting. Details can be found at Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2020.