Spring Colorectal Meeting 2021

10-09-2021 - 11-09-2021

Adelaide, SA

We would like to cordially invite you to be part of the CSSANZ Spring Meeting this September in Adelaide. The last 12 months have provided unprecedented challenges for everyone with a global pandemic, however, we believe that the tide has changed. With the excellent public health measures in Australia and New Zealand and the advent of widespread vaccination, we feel that the time is right to gather together with our surgical and nursing colleagues and our industry partners for a conference.

We will have a broad and diverse program with sessions examining

  • Artificial Intelligence and Future Technology in Colorectal Surgery,
  • Recent Advances in Management of Colorectal Cancer,
  • Challenges in Management of Anal Disease,
  • Update on management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, &
  • Novel approaches in management of Pelvic Floor and Functional Bowel Disorders

The meeting with be held in a hybrid format* with the main conference to be held at the Crowne Plaza in Adelaide, South Australia, a new venue with excellent conference, catering and accommodation facilities, with a hub planned for New Zealand, and the ability for speakers to pre-record presentations and for speakers, industry and delegates to also participate virtually. Our meeting will include a diverse faculty with local, regional and international highly acclaimed speakers. 

Conference Website:

Registration Link: 


For queries please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 07 3368 2422.

Adelaide in Spring is a spectacular location with a vibrant city centre, and wonderful surrounding tourist destinations including some of Australia’s best wine regions and it will be an excellent destination for guests and local attendees.

We hope to see you there,

Liz Murphy, Philippa Rabbit, Paul Hollington, Chris Lauder Tiong Sia, Mark Lewis, Michelle Thomas, James Moore & Andrew Luck

* if you are unable to attend in person due to government restrictions, we will refund the difference for you to attend online


Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2022

21-02-2022 - 24-02-2022

Auckland, NZ


The Tripartite Colorectal Meeting will be held in Auckland in 21 - 24 February 2022.

We are delighted to confirm it will be delivered in a hybrid event format, offering both an in-person meeting, as well as full programme participation online.

We have plenty of space to accommodate everyone and look forward to travel restrictions opening to allow our colleagues to come to New Zealand in 2022.  We are aware however uncertainty continues, and are pleased to be able to offer assurance that all can participate in the hybrid Meeting.

Both in-person and online participants will present abstracts, access the sessions, engage in live question and answer forums, and connect with colleagues through the online platform.

The Programme Committee has reengineered the programme for a hybrid audience, with revised timing to suit European and North America time zones, and a comprehensive line up of keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and concurrent symposia, including the Stomal Therapy programme

Please review the draft programme  The full programme will be available shortly. 

Call for Abstracts is Open

Be quick - the deadline is 26th July 2021. If you have submitted an abstract for the Meeting you will receive updates from The Conference Company regarding the further submission processes when confirmed. 

Registration is Open

View the registration information

Early Bird closes 15th November 2021


We look forward to highlighting a comprehensive programme in 2021.

Ian Bissett and the Organising Committee

 For more details please see



CORE SKILLS: Intro to Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Workshop

26-08-2021 - 26-08-2021

University of Western Australia

Registrations have now opened on CTEC's Core Skills workshop on Thursday 26 August 2021 - suitable for RMOs, Service Registrars and Junior Trainees in General Surgery.

CTEC’s Core Skills: Introduction to Laparoscopic Colorectal Skills Workshop is a highly practical workshop aimed at providing RMOs, Registrars and Junior Trainees with a greater understanding and improved level of competence in the basic techniques required for laparoscopic colorectal surgery.   

This workshop aims to provide participants the opportunity to gain knowledge of dissection techniques and vessel control, consolidated by practical sessions in laparoscopic colorectal surgical set up, techniques and dissection.  It will provide hands-on familiarisation with equipment participants may have received little exposure to in the clinical setting.  


Participants will deepen their understanding and skills in the following areas - 

Practical Sessions including Use of Animal Tissue and Simulation Models:

  • Practical Laparoscopy: Appendicectomy model and cholecystectomy
  • Demonstration: Bench top stapling: principles of stapling devices and end to end anastomosis
  • Laparoscopic Procedural Exercises: Right hemi-mobilisation +/- appendicectomy, left colon mobilisation and laparoscopic ileostomy formation +/- closure
  • Practical open exercises: Small bowel anastomosis (hand sewn and stapled) and end-to-end colon anastomosis

Presentation Sessions:

  • Basics of Laparoscopic Surgery I: Ergonomics, entry techniques, trocar and instrument placement and the role of the assistant
  • Basics of Laparoscopic Surgery II: Dissection principles, vessel control and energy devices (harmonic, ligasure and diathermy)
  • Anastomotic Principles: Sutured anastomosis, stapled anastomosis and anastomotic leak and risk factors
  • Appendicectomy: Techniques and complications
  • Colonic mobilisation


Resident Medical Officers, Service Registrars and Junior Trainees in General Surgery.  It is beneficial for participants to have laparoscopic and suturing experience. Those wishing to increase their experience prior to the workshop are welcome to contact CTEC to organise free practical sessions in CTEC’s Research and Skills Practice Lab.  

CONVENOR: Mr Andrew Finlayson

FEE: WA Participant: $865 ; Non-WA Participant: $910

Registrations are available via the CTEC web site:

Workshop Flyer

For more information please contact John Linehan, CTEC Senior Course Co-ordinator, on (08) 6488 8049 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting

12-10-2021 - 15-10-2021

AGITG Annual Meeting 2021

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Convenor: Professor Stephen Ackland

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.

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The Alfred Hospital Intensive Course in General Surgery

29-10-2021 - 30-10-2021

The Alfred Hospital Intensive Course in General Surgery will be held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park, in Melbourne, Victoria, on Friday 29 October and Saturday 30 October 2021.

This course appeals to all general surgeons regardless of their subspecialties or career stages.  

For more information please see Alfred21 - Program at a Glance

APFCP 2021

25-11-2021 - 28-11-2021

Virtual Meeting

The Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctopgy  Meeting, APFCP 2021, will be held in the form of Virtual Meeting from Thursday, 25 November to Sunday, 28 November 2021.

Under the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee of APFCP 2021 believes that Virtual Meeting will be a safe and suitable way for everyone in the current situation. To encourage more participants to join APFCP 2021 as well as 12th ASSR, we also decided that this year’s congress will be free for all virtual participants.

Please encourage your colleagues, society members to submit an abstract and register for free to participate in this most important meeting for coloproctologist in the Asia-Pacific region.  

For more details the website is