Dear colleagues. ASPCOP (Australasian Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient) is an anaesthesia education group that has been active since 2012.  We collaborated with OSSANZ (surgical colleagues) to provide bariatric anaesthesia workshops at Hamilton Island in 2015.  This year we are excited to be working alongside our OSSANZ colleagues to bring you a day of interactive and enjoyable anaesthesia education.  We are fortunate to have the support of our international and local colleagues and pleased to have Dr Claire Nightingale, Prof Stephan Schug, Dr Jan Mulier and Dr Stephen Lightfoot as our speakers and panellists. We also have multiple workshops for you to attend in bariatric and emergency anaesthesia run by experienced colleagues.

Take advantage of our early bird registrations that are available until 31st of July. All fees and accommodation details are at the bottom of this page.

Register for ASPCOP

We look forward to seeing you at our meeting on 28th of October at Doltone House in Sydney.





Morning Lectures
08.00 - 08.45 Registration and coffee
08.45 - 09.00 Welcome Address
09.00 - 09.30 Dr Claire Nightingale - Key messages from AAGBI/SOBA guidelines 
09.30 - 10.00 Prof Stephan Schug - Postoperative pain management in the obese patient
10.00 - 10.30 Morning Tea
10.30 - 11.00 Dr Jan Mulier - ERAS and obesity.  Key points for perioperative optimization
11.00 - 11.30

Opioid vs Low or no opioid techniques - panel discussion

11.30 - 12.00 LMA vs ETT for surgery in the obese - panel discussion
12.00 - 12.15 Q & A with audience participation - panel discussion
12.15 - 12.30 Medico-legal spotlight – protecting your medical IP
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

Afternoon Workshops 13.30 - 17.20

(Afternoon tea in lower loft. 15.00 - 15.30)

Emergency Workshops

Management of Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) scenarios (3hrs) - A low fidelity simulation workshop run by members from NSARI (Northshore Research Institute)


Major haemorrhage - St Vincents Hospital simulation group (1.5h)


Anaphylaxis case scenarios (1.5hrs) -  PBL style interactive discussion.


Advanced Life Support (1.5hrs) - Simulations exercises by the SAH Simulation Group.


**All workshops are designed to meet the ANZCA CPD emergency response standard. These workshops will be run by members from NSARI (Northshore Research Institute), St Vincents Hospital (SVH) simulation group, the Clinical School Simulation Learning Centre (SAHCSSLC), and by experienced colleagues.

Bariatric workshops

Tips & tricks for anaesthetising the bariatric patient for non-bariatric lists. (1.5hrs)

Group discussion with Dr Claire Nightingale (SOBA) & Dr Andrew Armstrong (St George Private Hospital)


Tips & tricks for anaesthetising a bariatric surgical list. (1.5hrs)

Group discussion with Dr Stephen Lightfoot (St George Private Hospital) & Dr Jan Mulier (ESPCOP)




Dr Jan Paul J Mulier, MD PhD

Dr Jan Paul J Mulier, MD PhD

Chairman of Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive and Emergency Care at AZ Sint Jean in Brugge and a founding member of European Society for Care of the Obese Patient (ESPCOP). Jan is an international expert in the field of bariatric anaesthesia and has extensively published and spoken in the field of obesity and perioperative Anaesthesia.

His clinical research focus is on improving the surgical workspace, peri-operative ventilation strategies and enhanced recovery by giving opioid free anaesthesia. A comprehensive biography can be found at www.publicationslist.com/jan.mulier.



Prof Stephan Schug MD FANZCA FFPMANZCA (Australia)

Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology in the Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Anaesthesiology of the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia and Director of Pain Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, Australia.

Professor Schug has recently published in the area of analgesia in the obese patient.  He is currently on editorial and review boards of several leading journals including Pain & Therapy, Annals of Palliative Medicine, Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology and CNS Drugs. Professor Schug is an Vice-Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of IASP and Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of ACE, and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and its Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA), where he is a member of the Board of the Faculty. His most recent role was Chair of the Working Group for the 4th edition of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence, which was recently published by ANZCA/FPMANZCA.

Dr Claire Nightingale MbChB FRCA FANZCA

Dr Claire Nightingale MbChB FRCA FANZCA

Consultant Anaesthetist Buckinghamshire hospitals UK (High Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville) since 2002.  Claire is one of the founding members of The Society for Obesity and Bariatric Surgery-SOBA, started in 2009. Key author of the SOBA single sheet guide on how to anaesthetise an obese patient (www.SOBAuk.com), and 1st author on the AAGBI- SOBA guidelines on “perioperative management of the Obese Surgical Patient”. Published 2015. 

Dr Stephen Lightfoot MBBS FANZCA MEM

Dr Stephen Lightfoot MBBS FANZCA MEM

Stephen is a Sydney anaesthetist with over ten years experience in anaesthesia for bariatric surgery. He is based at Australia’s only internationally accredited Centre of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery at the St George Private Hospital, which is Australia’s highest volume bariatric hospital (public or private). Stephen has been involved in bariatric anaesthesia education programs and has a wealth of experience in anaesthesia for primary bariatric surgery, for complex revision bariatric surgery and for emergency procedures for the complications of bariatric surgery.



Please register on this site via



Early bird
Payment received on or before
31st August 2016
Payment received after
31st August 2016
Full day (non-member)* $330 $485
Full day (member)* $230 $385
Half day (non-member)* $255 $375
Half day (member)* $155 $275



CICO (3hrs) $250

ALS (1.5hrs)

Massive haemorrhage (1.5hrs) $125
Anaphylaxis (1.5hrs) $125
Tips & tricks in bariatric surgery FREE
Tips & tricks in non-bariatric surgery FREE


Please note to register for workshops you must register for either a full or half day program.
*Please note membership is automatic for a year with registration as a non-member unless you choose to opt out. Annual membership fee for ASPCOP is $100/yr.



Attendance at the following two events are not included in registration fees.  However tickets may be purchased under the ‘additional tickets’ section of the registration form.

  • Welcome drinks Thursday 27th October 2016
  • Gala dinner Friday 28th October 2016



    If you wish to stay nearby a number of options are available.  OSSANZ have reduced rate rooms at Novotel and Ibis Sydney.  If you wish to book accommodation at The Star Hotel (luxury 5-star accommodation) across the road from Doltone House in Pyrmont, the discount code is CO16394.




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