2019 Spring Meeting



This dynamic three-day event will bring together delegates from a range of specialties including pain medicine, anaesthesia, rehabilitation, palliative care, psychiatry, general practice and allied health professionals.

Our international visitor Dr Amitabh Gulati is an anaesthesiologist and pain medicine physician practicing in New York City. He is an associate professor and director of chronic pain, specialising in interventional cancer pain management, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr Gulati is the program director of the Weill Cornell pain management fellowship in New York City. He regularly gives lectures and teaches at workshops on topics involving ultrasound guided pain procedures, interventional procedures in cancer pain management, and neuromodulation techniques for oncologic pain. His research involves the use of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of neuropathic pain and the study of interventional paradigms for cancer pain medicine. Dr Gulati is involved in multiple educational societies as teaching faculty or board member in the field of pain medicine. He is the president of the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasound (WAPMU).

The meeting will be held at The Byron at Byron, Byron Bay, New South Wales from October 18-20. 


We will be holding workshops on Friday October 18 from 8am until 12.30pm, prior to the start of the meeting.  Please click here for further detailed information about the workshops.

Meeting app

We are excited to launch our meeting app.  For the latest information on the program, please download the meeting app.  Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you download the meeting app.


Social functions

All delegates and guest ticket holders are invited to join us at a welcome reception on the evening of Friday October 18 at The Byron at Byron
The meeting dinner will be held on the Saturday evening onsite at the beautiful Restaurant Lawn

Optional activities

Our local organising committee would like to encourage all our delegates to experience what Byron Bay has to offer. Some recommendations to consider include: 
  • Surfing lessons. Whilst in Byron Bay, you must try your balancing coordination! We recommend you book in advance with "Let's go surfing". They offer surfing lessons in small groups, max of 7 participants so you will have loads of hands on help. 
  • Byron Bay whale watching. Ecounter astonishing humpback whales in their natural habitat as they migrate past the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. 
  • Byron Bay Night Vision Walk, Eco tours. Imagine exploring the Australian rainforest at night, searching for nocturnal wildlife without disturbing them with a torch? Arguably one of the best uses for military technology found to date. See gliders and other nocturnal marsupials in the rainforest.
  • Byron Bay Lighthouse and Hinterland tour. Visit the oldest settlement in the Byron Bay hinterland, the historical little town of Bangalow. Walk your way up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse for the most spectacular 360 degree ocean and hinterland views. Enjoy world class beaches and watch dolphins and whales (June to October) from the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland.


Our special group rate has been very popular at The Byron at Byron and is now sold out! We encourage you to look at alternative accommodation options.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

This event can be claimed by ANZCA and FPM CPD Program participants within the knowledge and skills category. Please visit the website for more information. 

Organising committee

Dr Glen Sheh, Convenor
Dr Raj Anand, Committee member
Dr Roopa Gawarikar, Committee member
Dr Chris Hayes, Committee member
Dr Jane Standen, Committee member 

Healthcare industry sponsorship and exhibition opportunities 

We invite you to consider supporting this Spring Meeting. We hope that you find the meeting focus and demographic suitable for your company’s participation.

Download a copy of the sponsorship prospectus to find out more.

We acknowledge the generous support of our major sponsor:



For any queries, please contact the meeting organiser:

Eleni Koronakos
Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA
T: +61 3 8517 5308
F: +61 3 9510 6786
FPM ANZCA, 630 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia

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