Australian Gastrointestinal Week 2013
We invite you to consider joining us for Australian Gastrointestinal Week Incorporating the Federation of Gastrointestinal Societies to be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7 – 9 October 2013.
This meeting will bring together major decision makers in the world of gastroenterology. We will welcome colleagues from the following Societies: ANZGOSA, ANZHPBA, CSSANZ as well as oncologists from the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group and GENCA to the meeting this year – their participation will certainly inject new perspectives and enrich the clinical and scientific aspects of the program.
Nine International Speakers from all areas of the specialty will join National Guests and our members to present a variety of education, including: Multidisciplinary Clinical Sessions and Symposia involving physicians, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, nurses and other healthcare providers in Hepatology, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Motility and Paediatrics.
The overarching theme for the 2013 meeting is Malignant Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: Prevention, Surveillance and Cutting Edge Therapy.
AGEA’s Live Endoscopy Workshop makes a comeback this year with a Colonoscopy Masterclass; the workshop will also feature surveillance in Barrett’s, early detection and treatment of GI cancer, as well as endoscopic and surgical aspects of hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancy. Advances from bench-to-bedside in inflammatory bowel disease particularly in the challenging areas of perianal Crohn’s disease, biologicals and peri-operative issues in inflammatory bowel disease will be focus topics. The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma is rapidly escalating in Australia; screening, imaging and advances in management of this cancer will undoubtedly, attract intense interest. Last but not least, the Digestive Health Foundation symposium will highlight the importance of prevention and surveillance of digestive tract cancers.
We anticipate the ‘Poster Competition,’ enhanced by excellent Victorian wines and cheese, will continue to attract plenty of contestants and a huge audience as in previous years.
There will be many opportunities to socialise at AGW, with activities culminating in the President’s Reception on Tuesday evening. Melbourne is one of Australia’s most vibrant and sophisticated cities. I hope many of you will take the opportunity to enjoy its many attractions.
AGW continues to be the focal point of our Society’s activities and I encourage your active participation. On behalf of the committee, I invite you to join us at AGW 2013.
Chair – Scientific Program Committee