Spring Colorectal Meeting 2018

25-10-2018 - 27-10-2018

Fremantle WA

It gives us great pleasure, on behalf of CSSANZ and the Colon & Rectal Surgery Section, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, to invite you to the Spring Colorectal Meeting 2018. The meeting is being held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia from 25th to 27th October 2018.

In addition to local speakers, we have invited three international experts that will bring great knowledge and insight to a rich and rewarding program. They are Professor Andrew Renehan of the Christie Hospital (UK), Professor Paris Tekkis of the Royal Marsden Hospital (UK) and Professor Larissa Temple of the University of Rochester Medical Centre (USA).

The weather is usually very pleasant in late October and the social program will include welcome drinks at the historic Fremantle Prison and the conference dinner at the Fremantle Maritime Museum where the Australia II winning America’s Cup Yacht is on display.

We look forward to welcoming you to Fremantle in October 2018. 

Greg Makin and Michael Warner

Convener and Academic Convener
Spring CME
Fremantle 2018


Core Skills: Introduction to Colorectal Surgery Workshop


Core Skills: Introduction to Colorectal Surgery is a highly practical workshop aimed at providing Service Registrars and junior trainees in General Surgery with a greater understanding and improved level of competence in the basic techniques required for laparoscopic colorectal surgery. 

Practical sessions utilise specialised colorectal laparoscopic models with tissue inserts, animal tissue models and laparoscopic simulators. This includes:

  •          Bench top stapling: principles of stapling devices and end to end anastomosis
  •          Small bowel anastomosis
  •          Laparoscopic appendectomy exercise
  •          Laparoscopic right hemi mobilisation
  •          Laparoscopic loop ileostomy formation

Demonstrations and practical set up for laparoscopic exercises includes trocar placement, instrument choice and placement, dissection, manipulation and clips/stapling. Comprehensive presentations will be given on dissection techniques and vessel control, ergonomics, entry techniques, sealing vessels, the role of the assistant, and more.

Please see the attached brochure for further workshop details.



Colorectal Cancer Conference 2018

16-08-2018 - 17-08-2018

12th Colorectal Cancer Conference – A Multidisciplinary Approach

The international guest this year is Dr George Chang from The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr Chang will present the Jack Mackay Plenary Lecture and have wonderful insights to share over the two days.

The multidisciplinary approach to lower gastrointestinal cancer management remains the cornerstone of the approach of the conference involving medical practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals and laboratory researchers. The program will cover state of the art clinical practice, including current areas of controversy, immunotherapy including what is on the future horizon. 

Please see the Conference Website for further information.




AGITG 20th Annual Scientific Meeting

31-10-2018 - 02-11-2018

Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group 20th Annual Scientific Meeting

Brisbane Convention Centre

Convenor: Professor Eva Segelov


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.

Please press the following link for more information .



Advanced Techniques in Minimally Invasive Colectomy Workshop - November 2018

15-11-2018 - 15-11-2018

A one day workshop designed for advanced laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgeons

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 10 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.

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018

Venue: Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and University of Melbourne

City: Melbourne, VIC

Director: Alexander Heriot


Registration and Fee: Please contact Nadine Gowen, Director Clinical Education Australia & New Zealand, Applied Medical, for additional information.


2018 Sydney Colorectal Surgery Meeting

17-11-2018 - 17-11-2018

The 2018 Sydney Colorectal Surgical Meeting will update you on continuing controversies, recent advances and future directions in colorectal surgery. You will have the opportunity of meeting some outstanding personalities including two international experts, Dion Morton and Brij Agarwal. The PROGRAM offers something for everyone, be they surgeons, stomal therapists and trainees alike. Registration for the meeting is now open via the following link: REGISTRATION 



Advanced techniques for ventral rectopexy Workshop

18-11-2018 - 19-11-2018

Ventral rectopexy workshop

Cook Medical Vista: Advanced techniques for ventral rectopexy with Biodesign

The faculty for these workshops is once again being led by A/Professor Andrew Stevenson and also includes Dr Carina Chow. Additional faculty is to be confirmed.

18-19 November 2018, BRISBANE

To pre-register, please go to

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Core Skills:  Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Skills Workshop


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.


Trainees will deepen their understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • Demonstration and Cadaveric Practical Sessions
  • Safe laparoscopic colorectal dissection techniques
  • Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy
  • Laparoscopic high anterior resection (left hemicolectomy)


  • Ergonomics
  • Entry techniques
  • Trocar and instrument placement
  • Dissection techniques and vessel control
  • Blunt and sharp dissection
  • Energised dissection
  • Sealing vessels, staplers, clips and energised sealers
  • Patient preparation
  • Case discussion
  • Critical points during surgery.

Please see the attached brochure for further workshop and fee information.


European Colorectal Congress 2018

03-12-2018 - 06-12-2018

St. Gallen, Switzerland

The 12th European Colorectal Congress will be held from 3-6 December 2018 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. 

Topics include:

  • Personalized Colorectal Surgery
  • New Technologies
  • Complications in Colorectal Surgery

Further details are available on the congress website:


DAISI Charity Ball - Doctors Assisting In South-Pacific Islands

07-12-2018 - 07-12-2018

Charity Ball to raise funds for hospital in Solomon Islands

DAISI Charity Ball on Friday 7th December at The Sydney Hilton Hotel raising money for Kilu'Ufi hospital in the poorest province of Malaita, Solomon Islands.

For more details and how to buy tickets please see DAISI Charity Ball

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

14-03-2019 - 17-03-2019

Save the date

The 17th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology (APFCP 2019) will be held on 14-17 March 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

For more information please visit:


INSiGHT and NZSG - 2019 InSiGHT meeting

20-03-2019 - 23-03-2019

2019 InSiGHT Meeting

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 (from 4.00pm) 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 meeting will finish at Saturday lunchtime.
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, where you will find yourselves a short walk from the harbour waterfront in the midst of the fantastic culture, dining and events happening throughout the city.

For more details and registration please see InSiGHT website


2019 AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting

21-08-2019 - 23-08-2019

Dates Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd August 2019. Further details to follow.

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...


Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2020

09-11-2020 - 12-11-2020

The Tripartite Colorectal Meeting 2020, Auckland, NZ - Please note the date has now changed to 9-12 Nov 2020.

Please join us in Auckland for this meeting.  Please note the date has now changed to 9-12 Nov 2020. For more details please see