Local Surgeons gather in Launceston for their Annual Scientific Meeting

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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 colon cancer.

RACS President Philip Truskett will be attending the meeting to provide an update on pain management for surgeons - evidence and experience based.

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 Rural Surgeons.

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 student.

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.

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