ANZSGM ASM 2018 Cutting Edge: Optimising the Journey for Older Surgical Patients 27-29 June 2018 Sydney Australia

We are excited to announced the ANZSGM 2018 speakers!

Professor Tony Broe AM

Ewen McPhee

Tony is a geriatrician and neurologist. He currently heads the Ageing Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia and is Conjoint Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of NSW. He is a founding member and Past President of the Australian Geriatrics Society - now the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM), Past President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (AASBI). Tony has written some 200 papers and 20 book chapters on healthy ageing, brain ageing, dementia and on health and ageing in Aboriginal Australians. Tony has set up multiple health services in Neuroscience, Geriatric Medicine, Aged Care, Brain Injury and Community Medicine. He has translated his recent research into health policy, services, prevention and capacity building with Aboriginal partner organisations.

Gideon Caplan

Caplan is Director of Post Acute Care Services and Director of Geriatric Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital, a Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW and the President of the Australasian Delirium Association. 

His research involves:

1. developing and rigorously testing new health services, he has been a chief investigator on 6 investigator-initiated RCTs, and

2.the pathophysiology of delirium, where he works with a consortium of international investigators.    

Professor Jacqueline Close

Professor Jacqueline Close is a consultant geriatrician working in orthopaedics and general surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.  She has provided direct clinical care to older people in the surgical setting for the last 20 years and continues to explore new ways to deliver care to older people in this setting.

She is the Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia. Her primary research areas include falls in people with cognitive impairment and dementia and particularly the relationship of cognitive function to postural stability, falls and fractures. She has an epidemiological interest in the impact of falls and injury to health service use and the way in which health services are designed to prevent and manage falls and injury in older people. This includes exploring variation in practice within and between hospitals. She has published over 150 peer reviewed research articles.

She is a founder and Co-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry, was the lead author on the Australian and New Zealand Guideline for Hip Fracture Care and chaired the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care topic working group which led to the production of the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard in 2016. She sits on a number of State and National committees in relation to Aged Health and is the Immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.

Professor David Le Couteur

David Le Couteur is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Sydney, Scientific Director of the Ageing and Alzheimers Institute (Concord Hospital), Director of the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (University of Sydney)  and Senior Staff Specialist Physician in Geriatric Medicine at the Concord RG Hospital in Sydney. In 2016 he was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for distinguished service to medicine as a clinical pharmacologist and geriatrician, particularly through a range of advisory roles and academic research activities. In 2017 he was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. From 2018 he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gerontology Biological Sciences.

Professor Anand Deva

Professor Anand Deva is the Program head in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at Macquarie University. He is also co-director of the Surgical Infection Research Group at Macquarie University, which undertakes research into the prevention of surgical and medical device infection. Additionally, he holds a visiting medical officer position at Sydney hospital.

Professor Deva is considered a leading academic and has published widely on issues related to wound healing and surgical infection, especially in relation to implantable medical devices. He has been a consultant to both government and biomedical companies and is a frequent invited speaker at both local and international meetings. More recent research has focused on improving delivery of health care services with the recent award of a NSW State innovation grant to establish a novel integrated care program in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. He is director of the not for profit integrated specialist education and research foundation dedicated to improving the access of Australians to quality healthcare.

He has served on the Australasian Training Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been mentor to numerous local and international doctors who have worked alongside him in fellowship positions.

Professor Anand Deva graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 and was awarded first class honours and the University Medal in Medicine. After completing internship and residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, he was admitted into advanced training in General Surgery in 1994 and completed a Masters of Surgery in 1996 investigating the disinfection and sterilisation of surgical instruments. He commenced advanced training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 1996 and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) in 2000. He has received numerous awards and prizes that recognise his contribution to research and teaching. These include the Luhr travelling fellowship, the Noel Newton Medal, The Gordon Gordon Taylor Medal and the John Ham Medal.

Dr Peter Fahmy, MBChB PhD FRACP

Dr. Peter Fahmy is an interventional and structural cardiologist at Norwest Hospital (Sydney).

Dr. Fahmy was awarded his Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 2004. He then completed his cardiology advanced training at MonashHEART (Melbourne) and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2011. Dr. Fahmy was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 2015 for his research in prevention of sudden cardiac death. Dr. Fahmy spent two years at Vancouver General and St Paul’s Hospitals, Vancouver, Canada where he trained in interventional and structural cardiology, in the world leading institutes in coronary artery and structural heart disease by pioneers in the field.

He has been the lead team member involved in setting up the transcatheter aortic valve replacement program at Norwest Hospital.

He has published and co-authored many manuscripts and presented at multiple international and national conferences.

Sarah Hilmer, MBBS FRACP PhD

Sarah Hilmer (MBBS FRACP PhD) is Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Staff Specialist in Aged Care at Royal North Shore Hospital, and conjoint Professor of Geriatric Pharmacology at the University of Sydney.  She leads a program of translational research in ageing and pharmacology at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research.  Her research interests include the clinical pharmacology of frailty, optimising prescribing for older people with dementia, polypharmacy, deprescribing and the Drug Burden Index, a measure of the functional burden of an older person’s medications.  She is Chair of the Geriatric Pharmacology Sub-Committee of the Clinical Division of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, Chair of the Editorial Committee of NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, and serves on the Economic Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.  Her clinical, research and policy work all aim to optimise medicines for older people.

He has been the lead team member involved in setting up the transcatheter aortic valve replacement program at Norwest Hospital.

He has published and co-authored many manuscripts and presented at multiple international and national conferences.

Dr Lewis Holford

Dr. Lewis Holford is an Interventional Specialist Pain Medicine Physician. He is the Director of the Northern Pain Centre and a VMO at the Michael J Cousins Pain Management and Research Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Dr Holford has specialist qualifications in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia. He obtained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2006. He underwent subspecialty training in Pain Medicine and completed an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist Fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management and Research Centre and was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine in 2007.

Dr Holford’s field of interest is the use of minimally invasive intervention technologies as a component of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of persistent pain with the goal of relieving pain and improving function and quality of life. He specialises in the use of spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency procedures and regenerative therapies in the treatment of a comprehensive range of pain conditions including complex spine pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and persistent pain following surgery.

Professor Susan Kurrle

Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney and at Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW, and she holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She has had a longstanding interest in diagnosis and management of dementia, and has developed memory clinics in both urban and rural settings. Since 2012 she has led the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre which focusses on research and implementation projects dealing particularly with the care aspects of dementia and currently has 31 projects underway across Australia. Recent work includes development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines for management of dementia, and implementation of a model of care for people with delirium and dementia in acute hospitals. She was a member of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal for 21 years and continues to work in the area of capacity and supported and substitute decision making.

Professor Andrew McLachlan

Professor Andrew McLachlan is a pharmacist, academic and researcher with experience in clinical pharmacology, research into variability in response to medicines and the quality use of medicines. He is the Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care) in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Centre for Education and Research on Ageing at the University of Sydney and Concord Hospital, Sydney. Andrew is the chair of a human research ethics committee and is the Director of a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing. Andrew is involved in Australian government committees related to medicines policy, evaluation, regulation and antidoping. 

Clinical Associate Professor Sue Ogle

Clinical Associate Professor Sue Ogle is a geriatrician and Head of the Department of Aged Care at Royal North Shore Hospital. She completed a Masters in Medical Humanities, University of Sydney in 2013. Sue co-edited an anthology of poems on ageing, ‘Falling and Flying’ (2015). She is co-editor of Reflection for the Australasian Journal on Ageing.

Dr Chrys Pulle, MBBS FRACP

Dr Pulle is a Staff Specialist Geriatrician who specializes in Orthogeriatrics and Cognitive Impairment. He is Director of Dementia Clinical Trials at Prince Charles Hospital.

Dr Pulle’s inpatient work is in management of Orthogeriatric patients in the Hip Fracture Unit since establishment in 2010. The unit is a multi-disciplinary shared model of care between Orthopedic Surgery and Geriatric Medicine and admits all patients with this diagnosis and pelvic fractures from the Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Brisbane. The internationally acclaimed unit is renowned for research in optimizing nutrition in frail elderly acute hip fracture patients.

David A Scott

David A Scott is Director of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and is a Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Melbourne. He has a PhD in the neuropharmacology of neuropathic pain. He is also President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and is a strong advocate for a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to perioperative care.

Over the last decade, his research has focussed on outcomes - including blood management, safety of postoperative opioids, and the cognitive effects of anaesthesia and surgery – particularly delirium and dementia. His clinical and research interests more broadly include cognitive change, regional anaesthesia, acute pain management, and cardiac and vascular anaesthesia. He has been a Chief Investigator on a number of nationally funded research grants particularly focusing on cognition in the elderly, and has presented nationally and internationally on many of these topics with over 90 published papers and book chapters. He has also been a co-editor of the internationally endorsed Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence book for its last three editions. 

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman  holds a position in  the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University and he has been a faculty member at St Anne’s College Oxford University and  Auckland University . He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research and clinical practice and teaching  and  has over 100 publications including 24 book chapters. He is a board member of Wounds Australia, an executive board member of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society and The International Wound Infection Institute. He was the inaugural  Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies and is President elect of the Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems. He is associate editor of the International Wound Journal, a member of the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research,Chronic Wound Care Management and Research and is a member of the advisory committee for Post Graduate Wound Care education at Monash University. He was awarded an OAM in the Queens birthday Honours in 2006 for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician. He was recognised at the 2008 World Wound Healing Congress in Toronto with a life time achievement award for his work in wound management.

Professor Janette Vardy

Professor Janette Vardy is a medical oncologist working as a clinician researcher at the Concord Cancer Centre, University of Sydney. After completing a Clinical Research Fellowship and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, she returned to Australia in 2007 and together with Dr Haryana Dhillon established the Survivorship Research Group at the University of Sydney.   Her main areas of research are Survivorship and Quality of life, with a particular interest in cognitive function and physical activity in cancer survivors.  In 2013 she established the Sydney Survivorship Centre at Concord Cancer Centre.

Louise Waite

Louise Waite is a Senior Geriatrician at Concord Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.  Publications include over 100 peer-reviewed papers, 50 of these being in the last 5 years. She has been a chief investigator on the NHMRC funded Concord Hormones and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP) study and has co-authored over 50 papers from this study. Her research focus is dementia, focusing on pre-clinical syndromes that predict dementia. She is a clinical lead for the Cognitive Disorders Clinic at Concord Hospital, a state wide multi-disciplinary clinic for the assessment, diagnosis and management of dementia and cognitive disorders.

Michael Whishaw

Consultant Physician in Aged Care Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Consultant Continence Physician at Royal Park Continence Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital and with Royal Melbourne Hospital Urology Department.

Past National Vice-President of Continence Foundation of Australia, and on the Scientific Organising Committee of 5 CFA National Conferences on Incontinence, including as Chair in 2011.

Special interests in incontinence in older adults, nocturia, urodynamics and neurogenic bladder.

Current research interest in nocturia.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts open:
Monday, 27 November 2017

Early Bird Registration Opens:
Monday, 4 December 2017

Call for Abstracts Closes:
Friday, 23 March 2018

Notification of Abstracts:
April 2018

Close of Early Bird Registration:
Friday, 27 April 2018

27 - 29 June 2018


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