Program


​The Annual Scientific Meeting will be held from Wednesday 21 August to Friday 23 August 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia. The program below is a provisional program and is subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

7.30am – 8.30am

Annual General Meeting

Full and Senior Members Only

Light breakfast served

8.45am - 9.00am

Opening Address

NSA President, Dr Sarah Olson

Scientific Program Convenor, Dr Alison Wray

9.00am – 10.00am

Recent and Emerging Trends in Spine Oncology

Changing paradigm in the treatment of sacral chordoma, Stereotactic spine radiotherapy in the management of spinal malignancy, New technologies (materials and implants)

10.00am – 10.30am

Keynote Presentation: Opioids Prescribing

Associate Professor Malcom Hogg (Melbourne)

The issue with opioids prescribing, including for post-operative pain

10.30am – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.00pm

CSF Nightmares

Spontaneous intracranial hypotension, managing low or negative pressure hydrocephalus, nightmare cases and how they were managed

12.00pm – 12.30pm

Keynote Presentation: Eccles Lecture

Professor Pamela McCombe (Brisbane)

Gender Issues in Neurological Disease

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Advances in Tumour Surgery

Advances in fluorescence technologyfor tumours and an update on the latest developments in tumour surgery

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Epilepsy

Imaging and Epilepsy Surgery: The Key to Success

Electrophysiology and Epilepsy Surgery: The Key to Success

Afternoon Tea

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Topic to be advised

Sponsored by Medtronic

5.00pm – 6.00pm

The evolution of a new navigation platform for spine and cranial

The development of the 7D surgical navigation system and an overview of its use within Australia and New Zealand.

Sponsored by Lifehealthcare

6.00pm – 7.30pm

Welcome Reception

Drinks and canapes served in the Exhibition Hall

7.30pm – 10.30pm

Evening Seminars

To be organised by sponsors and exhibitors

 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

7.30am – 8.45am

Tumour Masterclass

Presentation and panel discussion of interesting and challenging Tumour cases. The Session will cover differing approaches and treatment modalities.

Sponsored by Integra

9.00am – 10.00am

Treatment of malignant gliomas

MRI-guided focused ultrasound for tumours, Stereotactic radiosurgery in brain metastases: the changing landscape and the latest developments in the treatment of malignant gliomas.

10.00am – 10.30am

Free Papers

Selected from abstracts

10.30am – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.00pm

Improving Outcomes in Spinal Surgery

Ageing spine : technical aspects to improve the surgical morbidity and functional outcome, the utility of databases in improving best practice, new technologies in a spinal practice

12.00pm – 12.30pm

Keynote Presentations: Peter Leech Prize

Three finalists

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Andrew Kaye Poster Prize (during lunch)

Poster Finalists Presenting to the Judging Panel

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Cerebrovascular

Management of arterial dissections and fluorescenceimaging in cerebrovascular cases

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Free Papers

Selected from abstracts

3.30pm – 4.00pm

Afternoon Tea

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Innovations in Spinal Surgery

An interactive session exploring the latest in material science, implant and instrument technologies

Sponsored by Device Technologies

5.00pm – 6.00pm

MBS Reviews and Billing

A discussion regarding MBS reviews and billing practices

7.00pm – 10.30pm

Members Dinner

River Room, Crown Towers

 

Friday, 23 August 2019

7.30am – 8.45am

Life as a Neurosurgeon

Breakfast Session

Resilience, grit, mastery and teamwork

9.00am – 10.00am

Spinal Surgery complication management and avoidance: My best and worst case

The worst complication after total sacrectomy, best and worst thoracolumbar cases, best and worst cervico-thoracic cases

10.00am – 10.30am

Free Papers

Selected from abstracts

10.30am – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.00pm

Advances in stereotactic and functional surgery

MRgFUS for Movement Disorders, the potential use of the stentrode with Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, Gamma knife thalamotomy, Ultrasound guided thalamotomy, worst cases and lessons learnt

12.00pm – 12.30pm

Free Papers

Selected from abstracts

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Am I legally liable if my registrar makes a mistake?

Key aspects of supervision

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Education and Training

Developments and future directions of the Surgical Education and Training Program

Finish of Meeting

3.00pm – 5.00pm

Surgical Supervisors Meeting

Meeting of the RACS surgical supervisors