12 August 2016
Tasmanian surgeons will meet in Launceston this weekend for the
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) regional Annual
Surgical Meeting (ASM).
The meeting focuses on the theme 'Poles Apart', with a feature
medical presentation on the work of the Polar Medicine Unit of the
Australian Antarctic Division as well as talks from surgeons on
lung infection prevention, abdominal surgery and unknown genetic
RACS President Philip Truskett will be attending the meeting to
provide an update on pain management for surgeons - evidence and
The Tasmanian Minister for Health, Hon Michael Ferguson and his
opposition counterpart Rebecca White will also meet with surgeons
to discuss Tasmanian health issues.
Dr Roland Watzl, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Polar
Medicine Unit at the Australian Antarctic Division will give a
special presentation around Medical Support for Australia's
Antarctic Program. The Polar Medicine Unit runs one of Australia's
most remote, unusual and rewarding medical practices.
Dr Lauren Smithson will also present on her experiences with
cancer in rural Newfoundland, a presentation sponsored by MDA
National. Lauren is the Founder and co-President of the Society for
Young Rural Surgeons - a society dedicated to promoting Rural
Surgery as a career, as well as support and guidance for existing
Another feature speaker includes Anaesthetist Colin Chilvers who
volunteered with the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans
Frontières (MSF) in 2012. He will present on his time spent on MSF
missions in the countries of Nigeria, Pakistan, and Yemen.
The meeting will also include a number of awards being
presented, including the Covidien Education Grant - Best paper by
RACS Trainee, the Graeme Duffy Memorial Prize - Best paper by
registrar, intern or IMG, the Peter Braithwaite Memorial Prize -
runner-up to best paper presented by registrar, intern or IMG, and
the Peter Hewitt Memorial Prize - best paper by medical
The Tasmanian Annual Surgical Meeting will be held at the
Tramsheds Function Centre in Launceston and will run from Friday 12
August to Sunday 14 August.
Read the full program.
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