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ANAESTHESIA 2012 - Current Themes

Saturday 20th and  Sunday 21st October 2012, Byron at Byron Resort and Spa Byron Bay NSW    


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North Coast GP Training is pleased to announce our second biennial Anaesthesia conference to be held at beautiful Byron Bay in October.  Following on from our successful Anaesthesia Update 2010, this one and a half day anaesthesia conference will review a range of key issues in contemporary anaesthesia practice for GP anaesthetists, GP anaesthesia trainees, their supervisors and associates.

Special focus will be brought to the practice of Obstetric and Paediatric Anaesthesia.

Keynote speakers will be prominent and influential Australian clinicians; Prof Michael Paech - Obstetrics, and Dr Patrick Farrell - Paediatrics.  They will be joined by local Faculty to present a series of updates in aspects of anaesthesia that are both practical and topical. The weekend will also feature an on-site Simulation Lab, as well as include break-out sessions for delegates incorporating workshops and PBLDs.

The conference is being held at the award winning Byron at Byron Resort and Spa in Byron Bay, Northern NSW.

This event will be a great opportunity to update your knowledge and skills, and to network with colleagues from across Australia.  Please set aside the time to join us in beautiful Byron Bay  in October 2012.

CONVENORS:   Dr Ian McPhee – Specialist Anaesthetist;   Dr Tim Francis – GP Anaesthetist;  Dr Christine Ahern, Director of Training, NCGPT

Enquiries: Amanda Shoebridge at NCGPT on 02 6681 5711 or

The Venue

Set within a stunning 45 acre rainforest, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa provides an atmosphere of lush tranquillity and the opportunity to completely relax and rejuvenate. Located only five minutes south of Byron Bay, the resort allows visitors to enjoy restaurants, shopping and vibrant atmosphere of this beachside township and then retire to a setting of peace and luxury.
Stroll along the boardwalks through the sub tropical rainforest and for access to Tallow Beach, perfect for a morning walk while the sun rises over the ocean. Relax by the 25m infinity pool or poolside sauna or experience the ultimate indulgence in the luxurious day spa. If you are feeling active you can play a game of tennis or work out in the fully equipped gymnasium. The resort also offers complimentary yoga each morning – the perfect way to start the day.

The spacious luxury accommodation comprises 92 one bedroom air conditioned suites. Each suite contains a kitchen, separate lounge and dining area, plasma TV as well as two enclosed balconies. Luxurious bathrooms have deep free standing bathtubs and separate shower and the California king beds ensure dreamtime really does exist. Each suite has been designed to capture the essence of being nestled amongst the sub tropical rainforest. For more details about the resort’s facilities check out the website:

CPD/PDP Points

Conference organisers will be applying to the RACGP and ACCRM to have the conference program attract CPD/PPD points.

The Rural Procedural Grants Program

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has contracted the RACGP and the ACRRM to jointly administer the Rural Procedural Grants Program. The Rural Procedural Grants Program provides financial assistance for procedural GPs in rural and remote areas to access relevant activities in order to assist them in maintaining or updating their skills.
The objective of the program is to support GPs in rural and remote areas to access a grant to attend relevant training, up skilling and skills maintenance activities. The program has two components:
  1. A grant for the cost of up to 10 days training, including the cost of locum relief to a maximum of $20,000 per GP per financial year for procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in rural and remote metropolitan areas (RRMA 2-7). GPs practising in RRMA 2 locations are subject to additional eligibility criteria     
  2. A grant for the cost of up to 3 days training, to a maximum of $6,000 per GP per financial year for GPs practising emergency medicine in rural and remote areas (RRMA 3-7) to attend approved skills maintenance and up skilling activities. 
GPs providing services in rural and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (e.g. locums, RFDS doctors) may be eligible for the program.
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Medicare Australia are jointly administering the program.
Under this arrangement ACRRM and RACGP assess the eligibility of GPs and training activities and Medicare Australia makes grant payments to the eligible procedural GPs.
Please note, you must be registered in Rural Procedural Grants Program before you attend an educational event for which you want to lodge a claim.
For further information please see the following websites: