AuSPEN Education Events

AuSPEN are holding two educational events in early 2019:

         * The St Marks & AuSPEN Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Course, which will be held on 8th and 9th March in Melbourne
         * ESPEN Life Long Learning sessions, which will be held on 26th and 27th February in Brisbane and Auckland.

Topics include

   Nutrition support in the perioperative period and
   Approaches to parenteral nutrition

Please visit for more details

11th ARGANZ Meeting

08-03-2019 - 10-03-2019

Registration is now Open for the 11th ARGANZ Meeting (Abdominal Radiology Group of Australia and New Zealand)

SKYCITY Convention Centre
Auckland New Zealand. 

Keynote speakers are Assoc. Prof Koenraad Mortele, Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School and Chief of Abdominal Imaging, BID Medical Centre, Boston, USA. He will be joined by Asst. Prof Alessandro Furlan, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Chief of Body MRI, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA.

As well as international speakers, there will be a strong Australasian faculty, including Dr Chris McKee, Dr Adrian Balasingam, Dr Mark Goodwin, Dr Helen Moore, Dr Bridgette Sutton, Dr Justin Hegarty and Dr Jessica Yang.

ARGANZ  2019  Annual Meeting | 


17th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology

14-03-2019 - 17-03-2019

The Congress programme has been tailored to provide ample opportunities for delegates to network as well as visit the exhibition

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Congress President: Prof. April Camilla Roslani

See their website for details:

View promotional video at this link: 

The APFCP has established itself as a prestigious meeting focusing predominantly on advancing the science and practice of colorectal surgery.

Brisbane Functional Colorectal Conference

15-03-2019 - 16-03-2019

Brisbane Functional Colorectal Conference

Stamford Plaza, Brisbane, Australia
Conference Website:
Conference Secretariat: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or +61 7 3368 2422

As dedicated pelvic floor units are being set up across the world there is an increase in interest in this field and an ever-enlarging array of treatment options for patients with defecatory dysfunction.

On March 15-16 2019, a group of highly regarded speakers promise an exciting meeting with current controversies, debates and real-life case discussions.

Guests include Carolynne Vaizey from St. Marks, Bruno Roche from Geneva, Peter Christensen from Denmark, Carlo Ratto from Rome and Gabriele Naldini from Pisa, all of whom are heads of well known academic pelvic floor units and are widely published.

Carolynne Vaizey will speak on outcome measures in pelvic floor surgery. Bruno Roche has novel ideas on the role of puborectalis repair in incontinence and will also talk on his experience of pudendal nerve release for chronic pain. Peter Christensen will discuss irrigation options as an expert in this field. Carlo Ratto has a particular interest in techniques for faecal incontinence including Sphinkeeper, and Gabriele Naldini will talk about the latest technology in STARR surgery.

Australian and New Zealand presenters include Rowan Collinson, Andrew Stevenson, Caroline Wright, Greg O’Grady and Darren Gold.

The meeting will feature workshops on transanal irrigation techniques, biofeedback, EMG, rectal balloon testing, STARR technique and the Integral Theory of pelvic floor dysfunction – and much more. We would be delighted to welcome you to Brisbane in March.

Kind regards,

Andrea Warwick and Chris Gillespie
Conference Committee

INSiGHT and NZSG - 2019 InSiGHT meeting

20-03-2019 - 23-03-2019

Nau mai, haere mai – Welcome
On behalf of the International Society of Inherited Gastrointestinal Tumours (InSiGHT) and the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology (NZSG), you are invited to the 2019 InSiGHT meeting being held for the first time in New Zealand, in Auckland.
On Wednesday 20 March we will begin with informal drinks and registration. The official opening and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand) will be on Thursday morning prior to beginning the two and half day scientific programme.  We have an exciting line up of international speakers to help address some of the topical issues in the etiology, diagnosis, clinical and endoscopic management of familial gastrointestinal cancer.
The welcome reception is on Thursday at the waterfront Maritime Museum and the meeting dinner, preceded by a Mihi Whakatau (welcome) on Friday evening at the Auckland Museum set in the scenic Auckland Domain.
The meeting venue is the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, located in the heart of Auckland.

For more details and registration please see InSiGHT website


IBD Surgical Symposium

29-03-2019 - 29-03-2019

St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

International Keynote Speaker: Dr Jim Church, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

The one-day symposium, featuring national and international experts, will focus on an array of controversial and difficult areas of IBD; in particular, Ileal Pouch Surgery and Abdominal Crohn's Surgery.

International Speakers

Prof Bo Shen - Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, US 
Prof Simon Travis - Oxford University Hospital, UK

Please visit this link for furtehr inforamtion: 


11th International EFR Congress

24-04-2019 - 27-04-2019

In 2019, the 11th EFR Congress (European Federation for coloRectal cancer) will be held in cooperation with the 6th Biennial ECTA Meeting (Eurasian Colorectal Technologies Association).

EFR has again secured a renowned international faculty and opinion leaders across colorectal surgey, IBD and oncology. 400-500 participants from Europe, Asia and the US are expected.

For further information, please visit 

AASTN 2019

19-05-2019 - 22-05-2019

42nd National Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses Conference

The full program includes four exciting Pre-Conference workshops held on Sunday 19th May, followed by the Welcome Reception with our 2019 sponsors and exhibitors. Monday to Wednesday features Invited Speaker plenary sessions and concurrent breakouts, including presentations on Stoma, Wound, Continence, Technology, Paediatrics and much more. 

Early Bird rates for this conference are available now until midnight 27th March. 

The conference will be held at the Sydney Masonic Centre centrally located near World Square with loads of nearby accommodation, dining and shopping options and just a short walk to Darling Harbour. The 'vivid' themed Gala Dinner on Tuesday evening will be held at the Jones Bay Wharf with spectacular views over the Sydney Harbour. 



Introduction to Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery: Workshop

01-08-2019 - 01-08-2019

CTEC is pleased to advise that registrations are now open for its 2019 Core Skills: Introduction to Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery workshop, to be held on Thursday 1st August 2019.

This workshop is a highly practical workshop aimed at providing RMOs, Service Registrars, Registrars and Junior Trainees with a greater understanding and improved level of competence in the basic techniques required for laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Participants must have laparoscopic suturing experience to be eligible for this workshop.

It 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.


Practical Sessions Including Use of Animal Tissue and Simulation Models

Bench top stapling: principles of stapling devices 
Small bowel anastomosis
Laparoscopic suturing
Laparoscopic appendectomy exercise
Laparoscopic right hemi mobilisation
Laparoscopic loop ileostomy formation

Demonstrations and Practical Set up for Laparoscopic Exercises

Trocar placement
Instrument choice and placement
Clips / stapling


Entry techniques
Role of the assistant
Sealing vessels: staplers, clips and energised sealers
Dissection techniques and vessel control. Includes: blunt and sharp dissection; energised dissection; sealing vessels - staplers, clips and energised sealers and patient preparation

Case discussion: Critical points during surgery


WA Participants: $715
Non-WA Participants:  $750

Learn more at this link    


2019 AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting

21-08-2019 - 23-08-2019

Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group 21st Annual Scientific Meeting
Adelaide Convention Centre

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.  

Details can be found at this link: 

ESCP Vienna 2019

25-09-2019 - 27-09-2019

The European Society of Coloproctology is delighted to announce their annual meeting will be held in Vienna in 2019.

For more information, visit their website at


2019 Spring Colorectal Meeting with General Surgeons Australia Annual Scientific Meeting

24-10-2019 - 26-10-2019

A combined colorectal and general surgical meeting in Hobart, TAS

The 2019 Spring Colorectal Meeting will be a combined meeting with the General Surgeons Australia Annual Scientific Meeting at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania, from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 October 2019. More details to follow...

St Mark’s Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease

27-11-2019 - 29-11-2019

St Mark’s Hospital & Academic Institute are delighted to announce the 17th Annual Congress: Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease. The event will take place from 27th to 29th November at Royal College of Physicians, London.

Our visiting professors for 2019 will be: Sebastian Biondo (Centro Médico Teknon,Barcelona), Siew Ng (Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong) and Neil Shepherd (Cheltenham General Hospital).

This congress will offer a variety of cutting edge symposia including:
• Biomarker-led therapy for IBD
• Dealing with emergencies, including diverticulitis and lower GI bleed
• Quality in rectal cancer surgery – what is it and how to achieve it

For further information, please visit our website or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

There is a discount of £25 for full registrations received before 1st October 2019.


Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2020

09-11-2020 - 12-11-2020

The Tripartite Colorectal Meeting, 9-12 Nov 2020, Auckland, NZ

Please join us in Auckland for this major colorectal meeting.  For more details please see