2023 | Volume 24 | Issue 5


RACS is a proud sponsor of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery (ANZSVS) Conference 2023 taking place between 20 and 23 October.  

The organising committee invites you to join us in the beautiful, tropical city of Cairns in far north Queensland. This year the conference will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre.

This year's conference features collaborations with Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) and the Asia Pacific Society for Dialysis Access (APSDA).

The conference will open with a daylong diabetic foot symposium. This is designed to update participants on the new guidelines for diabetic foot management and includes providing hands-on experience in diabetic foot management. Delegates will be given the option to join the hands-on diabetic foot workshop in the afternoon or attend a scientific venous papers session.  A welcome reception will take place on Friday evening following the final session.

The conference will continue over the next three days with sessions focusing on developments in peripheral vascular disease, the future of vascular surgery, complex aortas, challenging the experts, and critical limb ischaemia. An optional venous workshop will also be held on Sunday morning. The workshop involves hands-on, practical stations including sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation, glue, and phlebectomy.

A conjoined session will also be held with the Asian Pacific Society of Dialysis Access ( APSDA), highlighting developments in renal dialysis access and includes percutaneous arteriovenous fistula formation and much more.

As before, we will be joined by our colleagues at the Australia and New Zealand Society for Vascular Nursing (ANZSVN) whose program will run on Saturday and Sunday. It will be a mixture of workshops and scientific sessions, including challenges facing vascular nursing, assessment of patients with peripheral arterial disease, palliation vs surgery and more.

We will be joined by internationally renowned guests, including Professor Jonathan Boyle (Cambridge, UK), Professor Nuno Dias (Malmo, Sweden), Associate Professor Sherene Shalhub (Portland, USA), Dr Martin Austermann (Munster, Germany), and Professor Timothy Resch (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Professor Jonathan Boyle, the immediate past President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2021-2022) joins us as part of the RACS Visitor Grant Program. Since 2002, he has been a consultant Vascular Surgeon at Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge. He will be presenting on a range of topics including endovascular aortic repair ( EVAR) durability, ARCH and branched and fenestrated endografts, the UK National Vascular Registry, and lessons learned from the failure of endovascular aneurysm sealing ( EVAS). Professor Boyles' knowledge will be complemented by other international guests along with invited national speakers.

To ensure that delegates do not miss out on the tropical tranquillity of Cairns, the first session on Sunday morning has been dedicated to wellness activities. You can stroll on the Esplanade watching the migratory birds, visit the award-winning Botanical Gardens, or take a jet ski up the inlet to watch the crocodiles. The possibilities in Cairns are endless.

Visit anzsvs.com for more information.