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Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) responds to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Over the past week the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) team, representing the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) has come together to discuss the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on all regional continuing medical education (CME) and special interest group (SIG) events that were scheduled in the coming months.

More and more hospitals and health services are relying on our fellows, members and trainees to help prepare for and manage the outbreak of COVID-19 and importantly to provide the very best of care for our communities. There is simply not enough time in these clinicians’ busy days to either convene or attend CME or SIG meetings.

Also recognised and taken into consideration is the unacceptable risk of spreading the infection amongst delegates and the subsequent lengthy quarantine period that would be required, creating an unacceptable risk to our front line clinicians and the capacity of health systems in both Australia and New Zealand.

As such we have made the difficult decision to postpone the CME and SIG events scheduled to take place in June, July and August, 2020 and have started work and planning to move these meetings to 2021. Postponement later into 2020 was discussed and deemed unworkable.

The list of meetings that have been postponed are:

CME events

NSW ACE Winter meeting 'Anaesthesia – a bit of everything' – 13 June 2020, Sydney

Queensland ACE meeting 'To infinity and beyond: Hot topics for the 2020s' – 25 July 2020, Brisbane

VIC ACE meeting: Melbourne winter anaesthetic meeting – 25-26 July 2020, Melbourne

ACT CME - Scan and Ski Workshop 2020 - Regional ultrasound scanning workshop for peripheral nerve blocks – 6-8 August, Thredbo

TAS CME - Tasmanian Winter Meeting 'Links to the future' – 22 August 2020, Barnbougle

SIG events

Rural SIG meeting 'Connecting the Islands' – 5-7 June 2020, Airlie Beach

Combined SIG meeting 'Failing to succeed' – 10-12 July 2020, Cairns

Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting 'Perioperative care: All about the team' – 13-15 August 2020, Gold Coast

The CME and SIG secretariats from ANZCA and the ASA are now working on providing information to all those who had registered for these meetings and have prepared a series of frequently asked questions to provide you with accurate information.

Those delegates who have already registered will receive further correspondence along with information on the process of refunds. All registered delegates for any of the postponed meetings will be offered a full refund. The best way to make contact at present is to email the events team and your email will be directed to the most appropriate secretariat for action.

We do ask for your patience as we work through the complexities of cancelling the meetings and please be assured that our professional team has a comprehensive and detailed plan to manage all contingencies. In addition to this communication, over the coming weeks our teams will also be contacting all people involved with the meetings, ranging from our presenters through to our suppliers.

In regard to any ACE meetings post August 2020, including those linked with the ASA / NZSA Combined Scientific Congress (October 16-19, Wellington), we continue to closely monitor advice from the Australian and New Zealand governments and their relevant health authorities. Also remember to check the ACE website and follow ACE, ANZCA, ASA and NZSA on social media for updates. It is expected a decision about the CSC will be made and communicated by May 2020.

I would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of work, thought and detailed activities undertaken by all involved in these CME and SIG meetings and also the disappointment they must now be feeling. Know that your work is greatly valued and we are looking forward to celebrating this work in 2021. This is obviously a difficult time for all conferences and all specialties, but we hope postponing till next year will allow this global pandemic to settle and for our front line clinicians to have rested and recovered.

We will be grateful for your continued support and we hope to see you at our ACE meetings in 2021. Thank you all for your understanding during what is a challenging and unprecedented time.

Dr David Elliott

ACE Chair


Available Opportunities  

Opportunities for Anaesthetic Consultants and Specialty Doctors 

Various locations throughout Scotland

NHS Scotland currently employs a workforce of over 163,000 staff across Acute, Primary Care, Community, and Health and Social Care Partnerships with many of their staff working across our 274 hospitals, which include large teaching centres, district general hospitals and smaller community based hospitals.

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Joining ACE Special Interest Groups 

How to participate

There has been a change to the membership criteria for joining a Special Interest Group (SIG). This change was approved by the ACE Executive in May and discussed at the ACE meeting held at the 2018 ANZCA ASM.

The change opens membership of SIGs to specialists from all medical disciplines and is to be representative of the collegiate and collaborative nature of medicine and the multidisciplinary work of many SIGS. Importantly all members of the SIG (inclusive of SIG executive) will now have voting rights.

Associate membership has also subtly changed and is open to non-medical specialists who are not eligible for general SIG membership. This may include associate members of the ASA and NZSA and/ or allied health professionals. Associate membership requires endorsement from the SIG executive committee.

If you are interested in establishing or joining a SIG please contact the special interest group coordinators or download and return an application form.

Please visit the SIG meetings page for details of upcoming meetings.

For further information visit the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Committee.

Email ANZCA Events team

Phone: +61 3 9510 6299

Our new branding

You will have noticed that this website has a new logo – ACE, which stands for Anaesthesia Continuing Education. This will start appearing on special interest group (SIG) and other continuing medical education (CME) meeting collateral as part of a push to enhance the activities of the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Committee.

ACE Committee will continue as the governing committee that promotes and coordinates combined CME activities in anaesthesia and related disciplines on behalf of ANZCA, the ASA and the NZSA.

The new logo has a contemporary look and feel and the “circle” element was created to represent the three bodies within one group with the use of white sectional lines of different thicknesses demonstrating the overlapping relationships of the organisations while maintaining equality for each.

Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Quarterly Enews

Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Quarterly enews is distributed quarterly to the anaesthetists of Australia and New Zealand. The ACE enews provides a calendar of anaesthesia related events and continuing medical education (CME) activities in anaesthesia and related disciplines in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. If you would like to promote your events, please submit your details here or contact ACE website administrator.


Welcome to the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) website!


Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Committee is a tripartite body governed by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists.

ACE Committee was established to promote and coordinate joint continuing medical education (CME) activities in anaesthesia and related disciplines in Australia and New Zealand.

ACE Committee is a great resource if you're looking for events to attend or need help organising and promoting an event of your own. It's also home to 17 Special Interest Groups, so if you have a special interest in any area of anaesthesia, you'll find a group representing it here!


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