Session speakers

We are pleased to announce the following speakers

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Dr Vanessa Beavis

Vanessa is the Immediate Past President of ANZCA, having just completed her 2 year term as President.

She is a specialist anaesthetist at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand. and is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Anaesthesiology at Auckland University. She is a liver transplant anaesthetist and while not doing that, is focused in improving the perioperative outcomes for patients.

During her time on college council, Vanessa has contributed to a wide range of college activities including as an examiner for the final fellowship exams, chair of the CPD committee, chair of the training and accreditation committee, founding chair of the Leadership and Management special interest group and the founding chair of the Perioperative Medicine special interest group. She was the inaugural chair of the Perioperative Medicine Steering Committee, tasked with (amongst other things), the development of the ANZCA Diploma of Perioperative medicine.

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Andrew Cameron

Andrew works at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland. His areas of interest are regional anaesthesia and anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery.

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Dr Yasmin Endlich

Dr Yasmin Endlich is a senior anaesthetic consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, a staff specialist for Adelaide Anaesthetic Services and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She is the chair of the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Data Committee (ANZTADC) webAIRS publication committee, the immediate past Australian Airway Management Special Interest Group chair and the South Australian Airway Lead.

Her interests include

  • anaesthetic incidence reporting and evaluation
  • managing the difficult airway in paediatric and adult patients
  • using advanced airway assessment techniques (ultrasound, nasendoscopy)
  • anaesthesia for trauma and maxillofacial procedures
  • Anaesthesia in low resource settings

She has been involved in multicentre incident audits and evaluations and presented her findings at national and international professional conferences. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Christian and their grown-up children, Sarah and David.

Dr Yasmin Endlich, Dr med univ, FANZCA, MMed, DCH

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Dr Pamela Flood

Professor Flood is a specialist Anesthesiologist in fellowship trained in both Pain Medicine and Obstetric Anesthesiology. She is a Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine she does her clinical practice, education and research.

Pamela’s current research and clinical practice is focused on woman’s health and related analgesic pharmacology. She is a past president and lifetime member of the International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology, and she is a senior editor of Stoelting’s Physiology & Pharmacology in Anesthetic Practice. Currently, she is co-investigator on a PCORI funded trial investigating the comparative effectiveness of pain cognitive behavioral therapy and chronic pain self-management within the context of opioid reduction.

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Dr Kerry Gunn

Dr Kerry Gunn is an anaesthetist with a special interest in in coagulopathy and massive haemorrhage management. Until recently he was the deputy clinical director (perioperative) at Auckland City Hospital. He chaired the Auckland Blood Transfusion Committee and is a member of the steering committee for Patient Blood Management committee of the National Blood Authority (Australia) and the ANZ Massive Transfusion Registry. He is also a member of the HQSC Commission’s Perioperative Mortality Review Committee. Kerry is clinical lead for the Commission’s trauma programme, critical haemorrhage project.” He is currently undertaking a project to embed PBM processes in Asian countries.

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Professor Guy Ludbrook

Guy Ludbrook is Professor of Anaesthesia at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Head of Acute Care Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

As a clinician, he practices anaesthesia in the private and public sectors, and is the medical lead of Advanced Recovery Room Care (ARRC) at the RAH.

As a researcher, he is director of a clinical trials unit, PARC Clinical Research, which runs approximately 25-30 industry or investigator-initiated trials at any given time. He conducts research into health systems improvement, with a focus on high value care.

As a health economist, he has an interest in the analysis of perioperative medicine in particular, to identify means to enhance patient outcomes and healthcare sustainability.

He sits on a number of national committees in relation to quality and safety, regulation, and perioperative medicine.

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Associate Professor Lachlan Miles

Associate Professor Lachlan Miles is a Staff Specialist and Deputy Head of Research in the Department of Anaesthesia at Austin Health, and an Honorary Principal Fellow of the Department of Critical Care at the University of Melbourne. His subspecialty clinical practice involves cardiothoracic and major hepatobiliary anaesthesia (including liver transplant) and peri-operative medicine. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2021. His thesis examined the identification and management of non-anaemic iron deficiency in patients undergoing cardiac and colorectal surgery. He is a previous winner of the Douglas Renton Medal for the Primary Fellowship Examination in 2010, the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Emerging Researcher Award in 2019, and the Gilbert Brown Prize, awarded by ANZCA for the best free paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting in 2020. He is an Editor of the journal Anaesthesia Reports.

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Professor Simon Mitchell

Simon works as an anaesthesiologist at Auckland City Hospital and is Professor of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland. He provides on-call cover for the diving emergency service in New Zealand. He is widely published with over 160 scientific papers or book chapters. He co-authored the hyperbaric and diving medicine chapter for the last four editions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal since 2019.

Simon has a long career in sport, scientific, commercial, and military diving. He was first to dive and identify three historically significant shipwrecks in Australia and New Zealand, including one in 2002 which was the deepest wreck dive undertaken at the time. He was elected to Fellowship of the Explorers’ Club of New York in 2006 and was the Rolex Diver of the Year in 2015.

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Alex Psirides

Alex is co-director of the tertiary ICU in Wellington and medical director of the aeromedical retrieval service. He trained in London, Australia and New Zealand and has been involved in the design and implementation of hospital rapid response systems in several countries. In this capacity he led the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s national ‘Deteriorating Patient’ programme between 2016-2021. Through this work, New Zealand has implemented a national evidence-based Early Warning Score, a standardised vital signs chart, a patient & family escalation system and a national shared goals of care approach to ensuring all treatment provided to in-patients is both wanted and warranted. He is interested in how hospitals (often fail to) recognise dying patients and thinks we could & should do better. His career highlight remains providing intensive care to a chimpanzee in Wellington Zoo. He died. Alex would have written more papers if he spent less time arguing with strangers on Twitter.

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David Sidebotham

David is a cardiac anaesthetist and intensivist working at Auckland City Hospital. His current interest is in statistics and probability theory. He is doing a BSc in mathematics and statistics by distance learning. David has authored several papers on the pitfalls of significance testing and flawed interpretation of randomised trials.

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Peter Waterhouse

Peter Waterhouse is the chair of the ASA’s Professional Issues Advisory Committee.

In this role he frequently encounters attempts by health insurers to exercise control over Australia’s healthcare system.

Peter will talk about what distinguishes traditional private healthcare from US-style managed care, and how our excellent outcomes can be maintained.

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Professor Paul Young

Prof Young is the co-clinical leader at Wellington ICU and Deputy Director at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. He is actively involved in the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG). His expertise in the design and conduct of large-scale multicentre RCTs in the field of Intensive Care Medicine and in clinical trial science methodology. He has published more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals including 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently leading a global 40,000-patient trial designed to establish the optimal dose of oxygen to use in patients receiving life support in the ICU.