Workshops

Optional workshops will take place during WAAG 2023 from Wednesday 15 March – Friday 17 March. Workshops have limited places and will sell out. We strongly recommend you book your workshop when you register for the conference so you do not miss out.

A waitlist has been enabled for each workshop so we can let you know if a space becomes available on a workshop that is currently full. No payment is required to secure your place on the waitlist for a workshop.

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Airway Tools Workshop

Time: Friday 17 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitators: Drs Claire McTernan and James Anderson

Do you like airway tools? Are you an airway tool? Come join a bunch of airway enthusiasts to discuss challenging cases and get hands on with a variety of old school and cutting-edge airway devices. Join in the debate for which device is best for each circumstance and practice using them on the mannequins.

Anaphylaxis Workshop 

Time: Wednesday 15 March 9:00am – 10:30am and Thursday 16 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart 

Price: $150
Facilitator: Dr Peter Platt

Dr Peter Platt is a senior Staff Specialist in Perth with a waning interest in cardiac and neuroanaesthesia. For 30+ years he has been involved with the only anaesthetic allergy clinic in Western Australia at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. In that time he has personally investigated and performed skin testing on over 1000 cases of suspected perioperative anaphylaxis. He has a special interest in the pathophysiology as it relates to the clinical management of perioperative anaphylaxis. He has co-authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and actively encourages and supports his junior colleagues in the Allergy Clinic as their workload increases.

This workshop will cover the pathophysiology behind anaphylaxis, and the presentation and treatment. There will be a look at what happens behind the scene with skin testing. The workshop follows the guidelines of ANZCA and is recognized as an emergency response activity in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program.

Can’t Intubate & Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) Workshop

Time: Wednesday 15 March 11:00am – 12:30pm and Thursday 16 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitators: Drs Gordon Chapman, Ted Velzeboer, Peter Garnett, Scott Douglas and Shaun O’Brien

This 90 minute workshop will cover the important CICO situation and will qualify for ANZCA Emergency Procedures CPD points. Bound to fill quickly.

Difficult Airway PBLD

Time: Wednesday 15 March 9:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $150
Facilitators: Drs Wim Smithies and Shaun O’Brien

This 90-minute problem-based learning session will deal with the anaesthetic management of some difficult airway cases.

Fibreoptic Skills Workshop

Time: Friday 17 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitator: Drs Holger Holldack

This 90-minute workshop is aimed at the anaesthetist who hasn’t done an awake fibreoptic intubation in a while and would like a refresher.

Participants will have the opportunity to refresh their basic technique and to pick up tips and tricks for scoping. This will includes tips for both the nasal and oral approach, and the sitting and supine patient. Delegates will have the opportunity to practice scoping mannequins and using intubating airways. There will also be a discussion on the options for topicalisation and a high fidelity virtual reality trainer for dexterity training.

Nasendoscopy Workshop

Time: Thursday 16 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $250
Facilitators: Drs Hayley Herbert, Anton Hinton-Bayre, Bridget Hogan and A/Prof Peter Friedland

Learn important nasendoscopy skills direct from ENT surgeons to improve the safety and comfort of awake fibreoptic intubations for practitioner and patient.

This engaging 90 minute workshop will cover relevant nasal anatomy, common pathology, basic assessment of vocal cord function and practical hints and tips for performing fiberoptic scopes through the nose. It will also include a live demonstration and mannequin based skills experience.

Delegates will get the option of pairing up to perform live nasendoscopy on each other. The cost of this workshop includes the disposable scope. Delegates are welcome to keep their individual scope.

One Lung Ventilation Workshop

Time: Friday 17 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitators: Drs Reza Yusoff, Gary Devine and James Preuss

This 90 minute highly practical and interactive workshop will serve as an essential refresher to those previously familiar with the techniques of One Lung Ventilation and an excellent hands-on introduction for those with little or no prior exposure.

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Paediatric Airway Workshop

Time: Wednesday 15 March 9:00am – 10:30am and 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitator: Drs Bojana Stepanovic and Kate O’Hare

The paediatric airway workshop is a skills and scenario based refresher for the occasional paediatric anaesthetist. Paediatric airway management can involve complex decision making and a balance of risks and benefits with the potential for rapid deterioration always in the background! We will cover paediatric airway anatomy, perform skills stations with neonatal and small child models, incorporate the use of airway adjuncts, videolaryngoscopy and cognitive aids, and then cover common paediatric airway emergency scenarios.

Dr Bojana Stepanovic is a paediatric anaesthetist at the Perth Children's Hospital and has completed her paediatric fellowship at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. She has an interest in education and is involved in the Rural Health West Airway Workshop program at sites across Western Australia.

Radiology Workshop 

Time: Wednesday 15 March 9:00am – 10:30am and Thursday 16 March 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $150
Facilitator: Dr Julian Soares

An interactive radiology workshop. This will include case-based anatomy and pathology, relevant to all specialties involved in airway management. The workshop will primarily involve CT and plain x-ray, with a focus on airway and pulmonary pathology.

Scotty's Airway Access & Ventilation Plan “web-a-daver”

Time: Wednesday 15 March 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $150
Facilitator: Mr Scotty Bolleter

Airway access and ventilation management are unquestionably vital to patient care. The solutions are sometimes debatable. Unfortunately (for all of us), we continue to ask the same airway and ventilation questions, yet still approach the problem with the expectation of a different outcome (which is a recipe for disaster). This session is about coming together to reframe the “access and application” issues by highlighting what’s needed for quantifiable change. To accomplish this deeper understanding we will use a "live video link" back to our Texas laboratory (for fresh human specimen anatomy, access, and ventilation) . . . which we term "web-a-daver"

Objectives:
• Compare and contrast algorithm usage for education & training - vs - emergent applications.
• Highlight education, training, and the experience needed for quantifiable change in airway access and ventilation management.
• Define the origins of flexibility in the face of “complex” airway challenges.

Tracheostomy Workshop

Time: Thursday 16 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitators: Drs Simon Hellings, Kate O'Hare and Hannah Roddy

This 90 minute interactive workshop is a refresher on the emergency management of patients with a tracheostomy or a laryngectomy.

It will also including a practical component with the equipment involved, including a familiarisation of different tracheostomy tubes, buttons and low fidelity simulations.

Ultrasound for the Surgical Airway

Time: Friday 17 March 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Price: $200
Facilitators: Drs James Wheeler, Dieter Kohrs and Tony Mattick

This 90 minute workshop will cover ultrasound of the airway, particularly with a view to guiding a needle accurately into the cricothyroid membrane.

The utility of the technique will be explored. Discussion, demonstration and a hands on component will be incorporated to ensure maximal learning. By the end you should be able to confidently identify the thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage, tracheal rings and cricothyroid membrane. The oesophagus, thyroid, overlying vessels and muscles will also be included. Tips on using ultrasound to mark the position of the cricothyroid membrane, and if necessary to guide a needle through it will be covered.

Come and try it!