We are delighted to invite you to join us at the 2019 Australasian Symposium on Ultrasound and Regional Anaesthesia (ASURA) hosted by the Anaesthesia Continuing Education Regional Anaesthesia SIG.

Since the first symposium in 2008, ASURA has established itself as the principal regional anaesthesia meeting in Australasia. Following the success of the previous meeting, ASURA 2019 is returning to Noosa, QLD to combine an excellent scientific programme with the relaxed environment offered by Peppers resort.

ASURA 2019 has invited four keynote speakers.

Associate professor Dr. Brummett is an Associate professor at the University of Michigan where he is the Director of Pain Research and Director of Clinical Anesthesia Research.

Associate professor Ki Jinn Chin, is from the University of Toronto and is the Fellowship Coordinator and Regional Anesthesia Program Director at the Toronto Western Hospital.

Professor Sandra L. Kopp is from the Mayo Clinic. Prof Kopp is currently the Vice Chair, Integration and Convergence, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and Chair, Division of Community Anesthesia.

Associate professor Jens Børglum is Head of Research, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, PhD, Zealand University Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Department of Clinical Medicine, Denmark.

In addition to our invited keynotes, we are delighted to welcome an additional associate faculty, Associate professor Rebecca Johnson. Dr Johnson is a clinical researcher, and regional anesthesiologist, in the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Together our international faculty offer a wealth of expertise in both clinical practice, research and teaching of regional anaesthesia.

In order to maximise the workshop options for ASURA 2019, we are offering several alternatives for delegates on Day 1 of ASURA. For novices and less experienced delegates,  there are introductory workshops on Thursday morning, in Noosa. This offers 2 modules featuring an ultrasound needle-imaging skills training session plus a scenario-based small group teaching session called All Around the Block.

For more experienced delegates, we are offering 2 cadaver workshops at the Queensland University, Brisbane. The morning session will be aimed at any anaesthetist wanting to improve their anatomical knowledge and clinical skills for RA. The afternoon session is for more experienced practitioners, and will focus on anatomy and sonoanatomy for advanced techniques.

The remainder of the ASURA delegates will be offered a choice of lectures and PBLDs at the conference venue in Peppers resort, Noosa.

Day 2 of ASURA will feature a full day of plenary sessions and day 3 will comprise of small group workshops and PBLDs.

ASURA 2019 is being held from Thursday 21 February to Saturday 23 February. We will make full use of the Noosa location for our social programme activities.

Neil MacLennan, Liz Maxwell, Helen Lindsay, Chris Nixon

On behalf of the ASURA 2019 Organising Committee

Important Dates

  • 20 February 2019

    It is clear blue sky in Noosa with rain forecasted tomorrow. The Conference will be running as scheduled. If there are any changes we will keep you updated.
    See you all tomorrow morning!

  • 21 February 2019

    Welcome Reception

    The welcome reception will be held at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas and will bring together 180+ industry professionals to celebrate and network. This popular event is complimentary to exhibitors, sponsors and delegates to attend.

  • 22 February 2019

    Faculty Dinner

    Faculty members are invited to attend dinner at the Boathouse restaurant overlooking Noosa waterfront. A relaxed dining experience offering modern Australian seasonal menu for our guests to enjoy.

  • 23 February 2019

    Sunset Cruise and Symposium Dinner

    Guests will embark on a cruise from the Sofitel Jetty on Saturday 23rd and take in the final moments of the sunset enjoying Noosa’s famous river whilst sipping on drinks and sample locally sourced canapes, before arriving at the Woodfire Grill restaurant for dinner.


  • Dr David McLeod

    ASURA Committee

  • Dr Liz Maxwell

    ASURA Committee

  • Dr Helen Lindsay

    ASURA Committee

  • Dr Chris Nixon

    ASURA Committee

  • Dr Neil MacLennan

    ASURA Chair

  • A/Prof David M Scott

    QU Cadaver workshop convenor