Important information:
Cancellation of 2020 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health Perioperative Medicine Symposium

Dear delegate

Last night the scientific committee met to discuss the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health Perioperative Medicine Symposium. We made the difficult decision to cancel this meeting inclusive of the workshops in the best interests of everyone’s safety.

The majority of our international speakers are now unable to attend, and whilst most of our local speakers and workshop facilitators are willing to support our symposium, there is a growing sense of heightened concern.

We believe that caution is the parent of safety, and we now have a significant responsibility to minimise any possible risks of exposure to COVID-19 to our delegates, support staff, industry and their teams, and to our speakers. With so much work invested in this symposium over many months, it is a bitter disappointment for all of us.

We will make up for it next year with a better and bigger meeting.

Please note, a full refund for your symposium registration and/or workshops will be given. We are working with our registration partners on the way forward here and we ask you for your patience whist we navigate this. 

We will likely run some workshops in the second half of the year and will keep you informed.

Importantly, please save the date for 29 March to 1 April 2021 (the week prior to Easter) for a planned back-to-back 4th World Prehabilitation conference and ERAS-Australia conference.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and for understanding the difficult and unprecedented situation we are all in the middle of.

Kind regards

Professor Bernhard Riedel and Associate Professor Laurence Weinberg


The 2020 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health Perioperative Medicine Symposium “Exploring new heights of excellence in perioperative medicine” will be held from March 20-23 in Melbourne.

It will cover current best practice across a broad range of topics in perioperative medicine along with providing a range of workshops on Friday and Sunday of the program.


The scientific program will be held at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre on Saturday March 21.

In addition to the symposium there will be a number of workshops held on Friday, Sunday and Monday at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health, Melbourne. These are hospital based workshops covering key skills and scenarios in medicine. Workshops range from cardiac arrest, CPET, simulation and transthoracic echo.

Current sold out workshops

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre:

Friday March 20

Cardiac Arrest and Anaphylaxis



Sunday March 22

SDM and communication masterclass

Cardiac Arrest and Anaphylaxis


Austin Health

Friday March 20

Vortex and airway CICO masterclass


If you would like to be placed on the waitlists for any of the above workshops, please contact



We have five international keynote speakers attending; Professor Adrian Gelb (US), Professor PJ Devereaux (Canada), Dr Carl Waldmann (UK), Professor Javier Garcia Fernandez (Spain) and Dr Claire Macaulay (Scotland). Local speakers will include Professor Guy Ludbrook, Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, Dr Nicholas Chrimes and Professor Karin Thursky.

For further information on speakers and to view their bios, please click here.


Workshops will be held on Friday March 20, Sunday March 22 and Monday March 23 at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health.


Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

305 Grattan Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Austin Health

145 Studley Road

Heidelberg VIC 3084



All prices quoted are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST

Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health Perioperative Medicine Symposium registration entitles the registrant to meeting registration, tea breaks and lunch breaks on Saturday March 21, 2020.

  • Symposium (full) $803

  • Symposium (reduced rate - nurse, consultants) $407

  • Retired anaesthetists $220


Please note:

  • Workshop costs are at an additional price to the registration fee.

  • You are able register for workshops and not attend the Symposium on Saturday.


To register for the 2020 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Health Perioperative Symposium, please click here.


Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this event under the Knowledge and Skills activity learning sessions. Certificates of attendance will be available for those claiming study leave.

The cardiac arrest, anaphylaxis, major haemorrhage and CICO workshops are recognised by the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for emergency response training.



The Peter MacCallum & Austin Health Perioperative Symposium gratefully acknowledges the healthcare industry who have generously supported this meeting.

Platinum sponsor:









Speaker sponsors:








Bronze sponsor:


Other sponsors:


This meeting is delivered by the ANZCA in-house professional conference organiser.  For further information, please contact:

ANZCA Events team
P: +61 3 9510 6299

630 St Kilda Road

Melbourne VIC 3004

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #Peri20Melb


Contact Us

Perioperative Surgical Home
Workshop Organisers

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

305 Grattan Street, Melbourne

Phone +61 3 9510 6299