2017 Spring Meeting


This September join the Faculty of Pain Medicine in Torquay for our three-day annual Spring Meeting. This year’s theme is “Transcending pain: ride the next wave”. International and Australian experts will explore consciousness and pain, surgery and placebo, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, acute pain and assisted dying legislation.

The international invited speaker, Dr Luis Garcia-Larrea, is a medical doctor who has specialized in clinical neurophysiology, with additional degrees in psychology and statistics. His current position is Research Director at the INSERM Head, Central Integration of Pain (NeuroPain lab) Center for Neuroscience of Lyon, France.

The meeting will be held at RACV Torquay, which stands at the gateway to Victoria’s world-renowned Great Ocean Road. Join us for a dynamic meeting as we explore leading edge medicine with a format which will include workshops, emergency response activities, and masterclass sessions.

The meeting will be held from September 22-24, 2017.

I look forward to welcoming you to Torquay!
Dr Jacquelyn Nash


Registrations are now open. Please register here.


This dynamic three-day program will bring together delegates from a range of specialities. An initiative this year, we are offering a variety of workshops and masterclass.

To view the program, please click here.


All workshops will be held off-site at the University Hospital, Geelong on Friday 22 September. Transportation will be arranged from RACV Torquay return.

W01A: Cardiac arrest CPD emergency response activity
Facilitator: Dr Amutha Samuel
This workshop meets the criteria for the FPM/ANZCA emergency response cardiac arrest activity. Participants are supported through developing skills to enable recognition and treatment of a cardiac arrest in an adult patient. This workshop will underscore the importance of crisis resource management principles, advanced life support (ALS) guidelines, and effective communication and teamwork.
Venue: University Hospital, Bellerine St, Geelong.
Time: 8-10am
Cost: $121
Maximum capacity: 20 people
W02A: Acute severe behavioural disturbance
Facilitator: Dr Stephanie Oak
Be involved in this one time workshop designed to road-test and collaborate on the first FPM emergency response activity on acute severe behavioural disturbance. Contribute to the design of this planned emergency response activity before it is rolled out online to Fellows of the Faculty, and score CPD points for your input.
Venue: University Hospital, Bellerine St, Geelong.
Time: 8-10am
Cost: $44
Maximum capacity: 12 people
W03A: CICO CPD emergency response activity 
Facilitator: Dr Amutha Samuel
This hands-on workshop will cover algorithms, equipment and human factors as participants prepare for and respond to a simulated CICO situation. This session meets the criteria for FPM/ANZCA CPD Program emergency response “can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate” (CICO) training.
Venue: University Hospital, Bellerine St, Geelong.
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Cost: $121
Maximum capacity: 20 people
W04A: Pre-exam trainee clinical examination practice
Facilitator: Dr Diarmuid McCoy
This unique workshop allows candidates to experience hands on clinical examination practice with live models and receive feedback and suggestions for improvement from mock examiners. The aim of this workshop is to assist candidates in their preparation for the clinical examination components of the final examination and long case examination and refine techniques and knowledge to increase chances of success.
Venue: University Hospital, Bellerine St, Geelong.
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Cost: $44
Maximum capacity: 25 people


All masterclasses will be held on site at the RACV Torquay on Sunday 24 September.

Career Progression
Facilitator: Dr Chris Hayes
An informative Masterclass offering invaluable insights from the Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine into career development strategies. Discussion to include the navigation of career upgrade and all that flows with such a transition, such as managerial tasks, human resources, medical budgets, service redesign, leadership excellence and health advocation.
Maximum capacity: 10 people
Cost: $25
Transition to retirement
Facilitator: Dr Tony Weaver
Join highly esteemed Fellow Dr Tony Weaver to explore the topic ‘transition to retirement’. Examine such areas as mentorship, educational, leadership, medico-legal and other roles in medicine, lifestyle decisions to promote satisfaction after retirement, financial considerations, and professional choices.
Maximum capacity: 10 people
Cost: $25
Exam success
Facilitator:  Dr Suzanne Cartwright
Need to pass the Fellowship examination? This is the session for you. Facilitated by previous merit winners, strategies for exam success will include planning and preparation for the written examination, tips and advice for the oral VIVA and OSCE components.
Maximum capacity: 20 people
Cost: $25
Facilitator: Dr Tania Gibbie
Mindfulness is the term used to describe the practice of concentrating exclusively on what you are doing, rather than allowing yourself to be distracted by other thoughts. It's the single-minded focus you need when you're learning a new skill. This mindfulness masterclass session is led by an experienced practitioner who will help you to learn and integrate mindfulness techniques into aspects of your life; there will be guided experiential practice and some theoretical teachings.
Maximum capacity: 20 people
Cost: $25
Spin class plus
Facilitator: Mary Exton
Participate in a group fitness class for delegates at the on-site spin studio to get your heart pumping and start the day on a high. This spinning class will be physiotherapist led, it will focus on endurance, high intensity and recovery and explore the effect of attentional processes on your experience of exercising.
Maximum capacity: 20 people
Cost: $25
A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the RACV Torquay. It is strongly recommended reservations be made as soon as possible to ensure you secure these discounted rates. Please call the reservation desk on 03 5261 1600. Advise staff that you are booking accommodation for "2017 Faculty of Pain Medicine Meeting" or block id number "3507917".

RACV Torquay
1 Great Ocean Rd, Torquay VIC 3228
T: +61 03 5261 1600

Social functions
There will be a welcome reception on Friday September 22 at the RACV Torquay. Beverages and canap├ęs will be served to delegates and guest ticket holders.
A conference dinner will be held on the Saturday evening at the RACV Torquay. Pre-dinner drinks will be served followed by a delicious three-course meal.
Delegates are encouraged to attend and enjoy the evening with colleagues and friends.
Optional activities
We have arranged activities to explore the coastal region and get a taste of what there is to offer. All activities will run on the afternoon of Saturday September 23 from 4-6pm. 

Torquay Experiences are optional activities open to delegates, their partner and/or family. Please purchase tickets at time of registration.

OA01: Golf
The 18-hole, par-71 course was redeveloped by Ogilvy Clayton, the Melbourne design team headed by Geoff Ogilvy. It features wide-open couch fairways, undulating greens, fescue roughs, wetlands and ocean views. Tee off following the final Saturday session, nine holes from $58 including club hire, limited spots available.

$25 for 9 holes,
$25 to hire clubs
$32 for cart hireMaximum capacity:  28 people

OA02: Learn to surf - Torquay Surf Academy
The thrill of catching your first wave is something everyone should experience! Pull on a wetsuit, have fun and learn to surf in a casual atmosphere. The TSA crew will show the group the right way to catch and surf waves and have a lot of fun along the way. $60 per person, all equipment is provided.
Cost: $66
Maximum capacity: 20 people   
OA03: Surf Coast Walk
 Explore surfing evolution and surf culture origins on this walk past Torquay and Jan Juc surf beaches; the 'classroom' for the next generation of surfers. Peer out from Rocky Point over the many surf breaks, sheltered bays and wild headlands that gave the Surf Coast its name. Breathtaking views can also be admired from Yellow Buff and at Point Danger where an Anzac Memorial is perched high above the ocean on the headland.
Cost: complimentary
Maximum capacity:  n/a

One Spa - RACV Torquay
One Spa provides luxurious treatments - treat yourself to a relaxation massage, a geisha tub soak or one of the many beauty treatments. Facilities include a steam room and traditional Hammam, a heated spa pool and a revitalising plunge pool. Please call (03) 5261 1685 to make an appointment or email onespa_torquay@racv.com.au. Appointments are limited.  

OA04: Bellbrae Estate Wines -Cellar Door
Come and enjoy wine tasting, share a cheese platter, have coffee and browse our selection of local gourmet foods in a relaxed and beautiful setting. Family friendly, wheelchair accessible and with plenty of space for the kids to roam, enjoy a glass of one of our award-winning wines in our beautiful vineyard only five minutes from Bells Beach. Bus transfer arranged, booking required. 
Cost: $22
Maximum capacity: n/a

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
2017 ANZCA CPD program credits.
This event can be claimed by ANZCA CPD participants under the following categories:
Knowledge and skills ‘Presentations, Lectures’ – 1 credit per hour
Knowledge and skills ‘Short Courses, Workshops’ – 2 credits per hour
Emergency response - CICO
Emergency response - Cardiac Arrest
ANZCA/FPM members will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio following the meeting.

Healthcare industry sponsorship and exhibition opportunities 

We acknowledge the generous support of our major sponsors:

We are inviting organisations to consider the benefits and opportunities associated with becoming involved as a sponsor or exhibitor of the FPM Spring Meeting. The Organising Committee recognises the need to strengthen and enhance partnerships and is committed to bringing the interest of both parties together to build strong and worthwhile relationships. For more information and a copy of the prospectus, please contact Ms Eleni Koronakos. 
For further details about the meeting, please contact the meeting secretariat:

Eleni Koronakos
Email: fpm@anzca.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9510 6299
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