Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and Advanced Haemodynamic Monitoring for Goal Directed Therapy (GDT) Workshop


Carolyn Canfield photo Carolyn Canfield

Carolyn Canfield collaborates as an independent citizen-patient internationally with clinicians, patients, managers, researchers and educators to embed the patient voice in improvement processes. Patient expertise can drive creativity and sustain system-scale transformation to meet the aspirations of both clients and practitioners for care excellence.

The unexpected death of her husband in 2008 following care failures after successful surgery challenged her to comprehend how skilled and dedicated healthcare workers could fail a patient, and then be terribly harmed themselves by the very system in which they worked. She dedicates her passion to countering burnout and harm across the full spectrum of healthcare. Carolyn was recognized as Canada’s inaugural individual Patient Safety Champion in 2014. She is an honorary lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Prue_Cormie_Photo Associate Professor Prue Cormie

Prue is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. Her track record includes over $2.6 million in competitive research grant funding and approximately 60 refereed publications and book chapters. Prue has produced influential research exploring the efficacy of targeted exercise prescriptions in counteracting significant side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Her work has been recognised with awards including the Cancer Council WA Early Career Cancer Researcher of the Year Award and the WA Young Tall Poppy of the Year Science Award from the Australian Institute for Policy and Science. Prue is the inaugural Chair of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Exercise Cancer Group and leads the Exercise and Sports Science Australia Cancer Special Interest Group. A core component of her work is invested to translating research into practice for meaningful improvements in health care services for people with cancer.

PoSH_Hilmy Dr Hilmy Ismail

Hilmy is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. He has a special interest in perioperative medicine, prehabilitation of patients presenting for major cancer surgery. He is the clinical lead of the cardiopulmonary exercise testing facility at the Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre.

He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne.

PoSH_Bernhard_Riedel Professor Bernhard Riedel

Bernhard is an anaesthetist with a special interest in cancer anaesthesia. He currently serves as the Director for the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and holds an honorary academic appointment at the University of Melbourne. Bernhard has published extensively (>100 publications) and is the editor of a comprehensive textbook on Acute Care for the Cancer Patient and Guest Editor for Cancer and Anaesthesia, In: Best Practice & Research Clinical Anesthesiology. His research interests focus on improving perioperative outcomes; with emphasis on improved preoperative risk stratification (exploring the role of endothelial function and exercise stress testing) and the role of perioperative strategies (including prehabilitation with exercise) to reduce complications after surgery.P

David Story Photo Professor David Story

Professor David Story is foundation 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 engages the broader community on perioperative care. His main research interest is reducing perioperative complications. His clinical work involves perioperative care for all surgical specialties including liver transplantation.

Dr_Laurence_Weinberg_Photo A/Prof Laurence Weinberg

Laurence Weinberg is a staff anaesthetist at Austin Hospital. His clinical and research interests include anaesthesia for cardiac and hepatobiliary surgery including liver transplantation. He is the chief investigator for SPLIT-Major-Surgery study, which compared a buffered crystalloid solution to saline on the incidence of acute kidney injury in over 1000 patients. His presentation will provide a contemporary overview of perioperative acute kidney injury including identification of risk factors, recognition of AKI, management, and outcomes.

Lisa_Smith_web Lisa Smith

Lisa is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves.

She is passionate about building innovative cultures and about harnessing and engaging talent to create thinking communities.

Lisa holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation, which forms the nucleus of her work. She relishes opportunities to share the Minds at Work thinking strategies with government bodies, socially responsible corporate, educators, community groups and farmers, helping them to turn their big ideas into realities.

Olle_Ljungqvist_image_web Professor Olle Ljungqvist

Olle Ljungqvist MD, PhD, trained at the Karolinska Institutet serves as Professor of Surgery, Örebro University, Sweden. Dr Ljungqvist has chaired international societies including ESPEN and IASMEN in the ISS, co-founded and chairs the ERAS® Society. He proposed preoperative carbohydrate treatment. He studies surgical stress metabolism and nutrition and ERAS, publishing more than 200 original contributions, international guidelines, textbooks, book chapters and reviews. He delivers about 20 main lectures worldwide annually.

Portrait and documentary photographer,  John Cairns, based in Oxford UK. Professor Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Leadership at the Centre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing, Peter Faber Business School Australian Catholic University (ACU). His expertise focuses on the leadership and mobilisation of organisational change in research-intensive healthcare organisations, especially Academic Health Science Centres. He holds a PhD from Imperial College London and worked as senior faculty at King’s College London, University of Oxford Saïd Business School, and the University of Melbourne.

Sam Orde photo Dr Sam Orde

Dr Orde is an intensive care specialist with particular interests in echocardiography, cardiopulmonary physiology and education. He has completed 2 echocardiography fellowships (one in US) and is currently undertaking a PhD investigating reversible cardiac dysfunction in the ICU using conventional and advanced echocardiography techniques.

Kate Leslie photo Professor Kate Leslie

Prof Kate Leslie is a specialist anaesthetist and head of anaesthesia research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is currently the chair of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network and a director of the Australian Medical Council. Kate was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2016.

Roelof van Wijk Associate Professor van Wijk

Roelof van Wijk did his anaesthetic training in The Netherlands and immigrated to Adelaide, Australia in 2004. He is Head of the Department of Anaesthesia at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 2007. He truly enjoys this role as it captures his passions for clinical anaesthesia, pain management and leadership challenges.