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Clinical meeting Wednesday 19th July

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren.)

  • Date: Wednesday 19th July
  • Time: 5.30 for 6.00pm
  • Topic: Myasthenia gravis and anaesthesia – is it all now just a non-event?
  • Presenter: Peter McLaren
  • Venue: Pindara Boardroom.

The topic is a case presentation and review of the literature by me on ‘myasthenia gravis and anaesthesia – is it all now just a non-event?’ I would hope that others might also have contributions to the discussion. The venue is the boardroom, Pindara Hospital. Note that this is located in the main hospital at the end of the corridor leading from the main entrance in Allchurch St. 5.30 for 6. Food and drink supplied. Sponsored by Stephen Shields from MSD, the distributers of sugammadex, who will give a short presentation from 5.45. Surgeons interested in the topic are welcome to attend.

Pindara Grand Rounds – Thu 15th June 2017


WHEN: 6.15pm – 9.00pm Thursday, 15 June 2017

WHERE: The Lakeside Terrace, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise


  • 6.15pm Registration & welcome drinks
  • 6.40pm Dinner served
  • 7.00pm Presentation#1 Dr Dan Robinson (ENT)
  • 8.00pm Presentation#2 Dr James Reidy (Orthopaedics)
  • 9.00pm Close

RSVP is essential.


I have checked with the college and you can claim 2 hours (4 credits) under “Practice Evaluation – Case Discussions/Conferencing”. Participation certificates are handed out on the night, please contact Kathryn O’Reilly at for enquiries.

AnSafe Meeting Friday 21st April

(posted on behalf of Alison Herdman)

The next Ansafe Meeting will be held on the Friday after Easter which is April 21st.

The meeting will be held as usual at the Southport Anaesthetic Services HQ at Minnie St and will start at 6pm promptly.

If you have any agenda items for Pindara, GCPH, GCSH or any issue which is bothering you please email me directly, or;

  • For Pindara James Derrick
  • For GCPH Adrian Skidmore or Stuart Green
  • For the GCSH Phil Lo
  • JFH have their own Anaesthetic Meetings which are chaired by Di Sapwell but very often Pindara issues are Ramsay issues so items overlap. Andrew Cairncross is the Anaesthetic MAC representative at JFH

You can also submit agenda items online from the GCAPE AnSafe page.

Alison Herdman.

Clinical Meeting, Friday 3rd March

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren)


Although I distributed notices of these dates earlier, I apologise for this late reminder. This Friday, Helen Crilly will present several cases of anaphylaxis that profile the presentation and management of this gut-tightening anaesthetic emergency. The venue is the boardroom of Pindara Hospital, situated at the end of the main entrance corridor. 5.30 for 6. Food and drink supplied. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

The sponsor will be Nicole Marr from Teleflex, who are the current marketing agents in Australia for the LMA range of products. LMA have recently released a couple of new and exciting (well, for me, anyway) products.


Peter McLaren

Pindara Grand Rounds

Attendance counts towards ANZCA CPD – claim 2 hours (4 credits) under “Practice Evaluation – Case Discussions/Conferencing”

WHEN: 6.15pm – 9.00pm Thursday, 16 February 2017

WHERE: The Lakeside Terrace The Arts Centre Gold Coast 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise


6.15pm Registration & welcome drinks

6.40pm Dinner served

7.00pm Presentation#1 Dr Bhaskar Chakravarty

8.00pm Presentation#2 Dr Scott Blundell and Dr Catherine Stewart

9.00pm Close

RSVP is essential. Registrations close Monday 13 February 2017.

Clinical meeting, Wednesday, 8th February, 2017

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren)


The first meeting of 2017 will be a combined one with the O&G specialists. The topic is hypertension in pregnancy, but other items in the interplay of light betwixt the specialties may also be raised.  It is on a Wednesday night. There was no room at the inn (Pindara) and so it will be held at SAS rooms, suite 12, 82-86 Minnie St, Southport. 5.30 for 6pm. Specialists from both Pindara and GCPH are invited. Food and drink supplied. Please RSVP for catering purposes. (

The sponsor will be Donna Williams from Masimo. They not only market some innovative oximeters, but also a non-invasive device for tracking trends in a patient’s Hb post-operatively.

Reminders will go out closer to the time.

Best wishes for a happy and safe festive season!

Peter McLaren

Education Meeting Friday 4th November

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren)


The final clinical meeting of 2016 is what I call: “what I’ve learnt this year.” It originally came about as there seemed not enough people with contributions to a journal club or conference reports, so I combined them. Case reports are fine too as they usually involve a literature review; in fact, they will get us better CPD points! It doesn’t need to be a 10 minute talk; snippets are fine.

Stuart Greenway from Admedus will be the sponsor. Amongst other things, they supply portable, disposable LA infusion pumps that may offer advantages over the elastomeric ones and a range of regional block needles.

The venue is the boardroom at the end of the front entrance corridor at Pindara. 5.30 for 6. Food and drink supplied. Please RSVP for catering purposes.


Peter McLaren

AnSafe Meeting – Friday 14th October

(Posted on behalf of Alison Herdman)

Dear All,

The next AnSafe Meeting will be a combined business meeting and M&M.

It will be on Friday October 14th 5.30pm to start at 6pm.

The venue is once again the SAS HQ which is 84 Minnie St Southport.

Please email me with any M&M case you think would be of interest to present.

The GCPH Emergency Alarm issue will be discussed and we hope that representatives from the GCPH Exec will be present.

For other items to go on the agenda please contact me, Stuart Green, Adrian Skidmore, or Ian Cameron, or submit via the AnSafe web page.


Alison Herdman

Education Meeting Friday 2nd September

Meeting sponsored by Holly Weir from Seqirus, Australian distributors of Caldolor.

(Posted on behalf of Peter Cook)

Hi all,

I hope everyone is well.

As discussed with Peter McLaren and Hugh Stephens, the September clinical meeting on Friday afternoon 2/9/16 1730 for 1800 at Pindara Hospital Board Room is going to be a combined anaesthesia and intensive care meeting. The first part of the talk will be about non-paediatric anaesthetists and intensivists and their role in paediatric resuscitation – how can we safely resuscitate kids who we may not be accredited to anaesthetise electively? This come from some challenging cases we have had a Tweed Public recently. It is less of an issue in private but could occur in Pindara ED or kids who deteriorate on the paeds ward but it is also an issue that wise and experienced anaesthetists should have vision of and may be able to help address at a political level.

The second part of the talk is on the perioperative management of the septic patient and this will involve a case study not from the Gold Coast. My point here is that non-bleeding patients with severe sepsis should be expeditiously resuscitated, lined and given antibiotics prior to source control in theatre. The operating theatre is not the venue for rapid but titrated therapy preop and these patients should be admitted to intensive care for this prompt treatment. A relevant article is here: 

The title for my talk is:

“Anaesthetists and Challenging Scenarios: Paediatric Resuscitation and Severe Sepsis”

Board Room Pindara


1730 for 1800

You are all welcome. Please RSVP to Peter McLaren for catering.



Education Meeting Friday 12th August

(Posted on behalf of Peter McLaren)

Hi Guys,

Our next meeting is on ‘perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis’. The speaker is Andrew Jones in his role as steward of antibiotic practice at Pindara Hospital.

The sponsor is Riad Silcock from F&P Healthcare who will be demonstrating the Optiflow Thrive for delivering high flow intranasal oxygen, just in case you haven’t seen it at a state or national meeting recently.

The venue is the boardroom of Pindara Hospital, situated within the hospital where the old and new sections join. (If you head in from the main entrance you will run straight into it.)

The format is the same: food and drink from 5.30, industry presentation from 5.45 to 6, talk from 6 to 7, or thereabouts. RSVP for catering purposes.

Please let your surgeons know as it pays to be reading from the same page.


Peter McLaren