About the Perioperative Medicine Short Course
This course translates the latest evidence and guidelines to provide you with the knowledge and tools to feel confident you are providing the best perioperative care to your patients. Through 12 key topics in Perioperative Medicine, our goal is to provide an engaging learning experience through our interactive modules which include videos, podcasts, links to key papers / online resources and practical clinical scenarios delivered to you by experts in that field. Through our continuous editorial process, we deliver modules that inform you of the latest evidence base while highlighting the older publications that still guide current practice. At the end of the course, we hope you have gained a sound knowledge base and importantly we highlight the online resources we think are best to refer to when you face difficult clinical challenges. We welcome new but also returning participants who will benefit from an updated learning experience year on year.
- Consolidate and extend the scientific knowledge, skill-base and professional attributes required to underpin the delivery of excellent, evidence based clinical practice in the field of perioperative medicine.
- Develop a cohort of graduates who are well equipped to lead the implementation of high quality and safe practice in perioperative medicine into the future.
- Provide a solid intellectual basis for the development of perioperative medicine as an academic discipline and professional specialty.
- Support and promote the development of skilled practitioners capable of delivering best-practice perioperative medicine in all clinical contexts including remote and rural clinical practice.
- Contribute to the evidence-base of knowledge in perioperative medicine by the distillation, implementation or conduct of clinically relevant research.
- Develop a thorough understanding of the cost benefits of excellent perioperative care.
- Equip practitioners to analyse, and manage professional components of clinical practice in perioperative care including ethical and moral dilemmas.
Two courses offered
- Online Only course
- Online PLUS Block Day course (Consultants only)
Online Only Course: 12 Topics (one topic released each week), 4 hours per week (on average)
Block Day: Contact hours: 7.35 hrs (if you select the Online PLUS Block Day course)
- 13 week course (12 weeks of content and 1 week mid-course break).
- Online only, no on-campus attendance required.
- 12 topics (one released each week) which includes self assessment questions within the topics, designed as education materials.
- Course material is online with no face-to-face interaction with lecturers or course coordinators (unless consultants register for the single Block Day session).
- Allows for flexibility in work patterns – lectures and reading material can be viewed at own pace (once released) and at any time.
- Topics are released one week in advance of the scheduled release date for those who would like to work slightly ahead of schedule.
- Certificate of completion emailed at the end of the course.
For the Online Only course
Anyone who is interested in Perioperative Medicine with a minimum Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) can register for this course.
However, we recommend participation is best suited for the following specialties
- Pain Specialists
- Emergency Physicians
- General Practitioners
For the Online PLUS Block Day course
* Only Consultants can register for this option
* A copy of fellowship certificate should be provided
Many Clinicians caring for surgical patients are challenged by the growing complexity of these patients, particularly their perioperative management.
Pre-admission clinics are responding, and perioperative medicine is becoming an emerging field and this course will address deficiencies in this area.
This course will be conducted by Monash University (Central Clinical School - Alfred Hospital), in conjunction with the Alfred Hospital's Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.
Online Only course
There are 12 topics (one released each week) which are reviewed Online.
- 6 Topics (including self assessment questions) - First 6 weeks
- 1 week mid-course break
- 6 Topics (including self assessment questions) - Second 6 weeks
Online PLUS Block Day course
COVID-19 Information: Given the unpredictability of COVID-19 and any subsequent border closures, the 2021 Block Day may be impacted and/or cancelled. For registrants affected, refunds will be provided for the Block Day portion of their course fee (in addition to the standard refund policy on the payment site). Should the Block Day be cancelled, a replacement online webinar may be offered for a small fee to all registered participants.
In addition to the Online Only course, the Block Day is included (additional fee applies).
The Perioperative Medicine Short course Block Day is a single day to interact with specialists in the field of perioperative medicine. We provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the online course to case studies and introduce other important areas in Perioperative Medicine.
We are delighted to welcome a very experienced faculty to provide high quality sessions.
All catering is provided including an on-site barista.
Please note that the Short Course Block Day is only open to consultants (proof will be required at the time of registration). However, consultants and trainees can enrol for the Online Only course of participation.
Saturday, 13 November 2021
8.00 AM to 5 PM (contact hours 7.35 hours)
Where is the day held?
The Block Day session will be held at the following location:Central Clinical School,
The Alfred Centre
99 Commercial Road
P:+61 (0)3 9903 0958
Please click here to view the Alfred Hospital Map. Please follow the red-dotted line in the map
Block Day Activities*
- Small Group Sessions
- Advance Care Planning in the Perioperative Period – Dr. Matthew Richardson
- Pre-operative investigations – Dr. John Reeves
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea – Professor Matthew Naughton / Dr. Glenn Downey
- The Cardiac Patient for non-cardiac Surgery – Dr. Sesto Cairo
- Perioperative Anticoagulation / Transfusion - Dr. Amanda Davis
- Perioperative Diabetes - Prof. Dave Story
- Perioperative Care of the Elderly Patient - Dr. Margot Lodge
- Lecture plus panel Q&A
- Perioperative Smoking Cessation - Dr. Ashley Webb
- Perioperative / Enhanced Recovery Pathways – 'Are they worth it?' - Dr. Tom Poulton
*Please Note: Topics and speakers are subject to change. 2019 Block Day Timetable shown.
2021 Block Day timetable to be confirmed.
The Block Day is conducted over 9 hours from approximately 8 AM till 5 PM.
Students are divided into small groups (between 10 and 14) and rotate through the case studies.
Typically there are 6 rotations of approximately an hour each.
What is included on the day?
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included as well as an all-day complimentary barista.
Parking and transport is NOT included.
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
ANZCA CPD Category: Short course, workshops, problem-based learning discussions and small group discussions.
NB: Small group learning which may include teaching or learning a new skill, and which has an interactive and/or hands on component. For example, advanced life support (ALS) course, Emergency Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course, the ANZCA Educators Program, Regional Anaesthesia skills course and scientific meeting workshops and problem-based learning discussion (PBLD) sessions.
Credits: Two credits per hour.
Evidence: Certificate of attendance and/or completion.
For further information please contact:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call: +61 (0)3 9510 6299
Hours: 9am-5pm AEST/AEDT, Monday-Friday (excluding public and college holidays).
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
CPD Recognition is currently being reviewed.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
Contact the College directly once course completed for CPD points.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
CPD recognition is currently being sought. To be confirmed.
March 2021: Online Only and Online PLUS Block Day courses
Week Date Topic Name Lecturer Tuesday 12 January 10 AM AEST Registrations opens Sunday 14 March Registration closes 12pm Monday 15 March Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting 1 Monday 22 March The Cardiac Patient for Non-Cardiac Surgery Dr Andrew Silvers 2 Monday 29 March Perioperative Anaemia
Dr Toby Richards
3 Monday 5 April Pulmonary Disease Dr Kovi Levin 4 Monday 12 April Thromboprophylaxis Dr Amanda Davis 5 Monday 19 April Coronary Artery Disease & Hypertension Dr Sesto Cairo 6 Monday 26 April Sleep Apnoea Professor Matthew Naughton Monday 3 May Mid-Course Break 7 Monday 10 May Pain Medicine
Dr Tim Hucker
8 Monday 17 May Diabetes Professor. David Story 9 Monday 24 May Cardiac Failure Dr Angeline Leet 10 Monday 31 May Perioperative Elderly Medicine Dr Yana Sunderland 11 Monday 7 June Renal Disease Dr Owen Roodenburg 12 Monday 14 June Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient A/Prof Bernhard Riedel Friday 18 June 5 PM AEST Close of Short Course – All the topics have to be reviewed to obtain the short course certificate Saturday 13 November 2020 Block Day for participants who have selected block attendance
(open only to consultants)
Monday 21 June Course completion and website access disabled
August 2021: Online Only and Online PLUS Block Day courses
Week Date Topic Name Lecturer Tuesday 12 January 10 AM AEST Registrations opens Sunday 8 August Registration closes 12pm Monday 9 August Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting 1 Monday 16 August The Cardiac Patient for Non-Cardiac Surgery Dr Andrew Silvers 2 Monday 23 August Perioperative Anaemia
Dr Toby Richards
3 Monday 30 August Pulmonary Disease Dr Kovi Levin 4 Monday 6 September Thromboprophylaxis Dr Amanda Davis 5 Monday 13 September Coronary Artery Disease & Hypertension Dr Sesto Cairo 6 Monday 20 September Sleep Apnoea Professor Matthew Naughton Monday 27 September Mid-Course Break 7 Monday 4 October Pain Medicine
Dr Tim Hucker
8 Monday 11 October Diabetes Professor. David Story 9 Monday 18 October Cardiac Failure Dr Angeline Leet 10 Monday 25 October Perioperative Elderly Medicine Dr Yana Sunderland 11 Monday 1 November Renal Disease Dr Owen Roodenburg 12 Monday 8 November Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient A/Prof Bernhard Riedel Friday 12 November 5 PM AEST Close of Short Course – All the topics have to be reviewed to obtain the short course certificate Saturday 13 November Block Day for participants who have selected block attendance
(open only to consultants)
Monday 15 November Course completion and website access disabled
Prof. Paul MylesPaul Myles is Professor and Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and at Monash University, Australia. He is an Australian NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, an Editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, an Editorial Consultant for The Lancet, and an editorial board member of Anesthesiology and Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Dr. Jonathan NicholsonDr. Jonathan Nicholson is an anaesthetic specialist at The Alfred. He undertook a fellowship in Intensive Care and Perioperative Medicine at The Alfred where he helped evolve the perioperative service through the establishment of formal post operative reviews of the high risk surgical patients. His interests include medicine and quality improvement in the post-operative period, trauma anaesthesia and retrieval medicine.
Prof. Toby RichardsToby Richards is an academic Professor at the University College London and practising Vascular Surgeon. He has a strong interest in Patient Blood Management (PBM). Prof Richards has international collaborations in Australia. As part of the Western Australia Patient Blood Management Team, implementation of a PBM programme has produced a year on year reduction of blood transfusion.
Prof. David StoryProfessor David Story is Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit within the Melbourne Medical School. He promotes research and teaching at the 14 hospitals affiliated with the University of Melbourne, and has two particular research interests: first, strategies to reduce complications after surgery and anaesthesia; and second, acid-base disorders and the underlying pathophysiology.
Prof. Bernhard RiedelBernhard is the Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, with an honorary academic appointment at the University of Melbourne. Previous academic and clinical appointments included: Professor and Deputy Chair in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre; Professor in Cardiac Anaesthesia at Vanderbilt University (USA); and Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, London. UK.
Prof. Matthew NaughtonProfessor Matthew Naughton is head of the General Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Service, within the Department of Allergy Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital and Monash University. His research has focused on sleep, cardiopulmonary disease and non-invasive positive airway pressure.
Dr. Lloyd RobertsDr Lloyd Roberts is an anaesthetist and intensivist undertaking a critical care ultrasound fellowship at the Alfred Intensive Care Unit in Melbourne. His interests include echocardiography, teaching and perioperative medicine.
Dr. Owen RoodenburgDr Owen Roodenburg is Deputy director of the Intensive Care, and Head of the Trauma ICU. Owen is Supervisor of training for the College of Intensive Care Medicine (Alfred) and is interested in high quality teaching and learning in medical practice. Acute Kidney injury, and Renal Replacement therapy in ICU are among some of Owen's clinical interests he is responsible for at the Alfred ICU.
Dr. Sesto CairoDr Sesto Cairo is a specialist Anaesthetist at the Alfred. His main clinical interests are in Neuro and Cardiothoracic anaesthesia incorporating heart and lung transplant and transoesophageal echo. He has recently been Supervisor of Anaesthetic Training and developed a web based registrar assessment tool. Sesto is a Fellowship Examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Dr. Andrew SilversDr Andew Silvers is a specialist Anaesthetist.His clinical interests are Cardiothoracic anaesthesia incorporating heart & lung transplant, transoesophageal echocardiography, acute trauma resuscitation and in particular haematological implications of trauma and massive transfusion. He also has interests in the preoperative risk assessment and risk modification prior to major surgery.
Dr Amanda DavisDr Amanda Davis is a haematologist at The Alfred Hospital. She spent 2 years in Boston in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship Program in Transfusion Medicine. During her 2nd year of fellowship she performed research into the biology of ADAMTS13, the enzyme responsible for cleavage of von Willebrand factor. She has a strong interest in Transfusion Medicine as well as bleeding and clotting disorders.
Dr. Timothy HuckerDr Timothy Hucker is a qualified pain specialist and anaesthetist, who works at the Peter MacCallum cancer hospital as well as the Alfred Hospital. He has a strong interest in pain medicine and pain education.
Dr. Angeline LeetDr Angeline Leet is a Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Cardiologist, with additional interests in echocardiography, ventricular assist devices, cardiac dyssynchrony and myocardial fibrosis.
Dr. Yana SunderlandDr Sunderland is a Geriatrician who works at Northern Health in Victoria. She has in interest in peri operative medicine in older people and helped to establish the PRIME service there in 2010.
Dr. Kovi LevinDr Kovi Levin is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician. He has been working as a specialist in the Lung Transplant Unit at The Alfred Hospital since August 2015.
This is only available to past Perioperative Medicine Short Course participants i.e. the course needs to have been completed prior to taking out an annual subscription.
- Course material can be reviewed online for 12 months at any time.
- The subscription can be taken out any stage post-course completion.
- Access to the self assessment questions within topics designed as educational materials.
- Access to current course content.
- AUD $225 (inc GST)
2021 Registrations Now open
Tuesday, 12 January 10 AM AEST - for both March and August courses
- March Course - Sunday, 14 March
- August Course - Sunday, 8 August
Register Online Only Course AUD $1400 (inc GST)
COVID-19 Information: Given the unpredictability of COVID-19 and any subsequent border closures, the 2021 Block Day may be impacted and/or cancelled. For registrants affected, refunds will be provided for the Block Day portion of their course fee (in addition to the standard refund policy on the payment site). Should the Block Day be cancelled, a replacement online webinar may be offered.
Register Online PLUS Block Day Course AUD $2200 (inc GST)
- Up to four weeks before the Course
- 100% Refund
- Two to four weeks before the Course
- 50% Refund
- Less than two weeks before the Course
- No Refund
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