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 resort environment offered by Peppers resort.

ASURA 2019 has three invited keynote speakers.

Associate professor Thomas Bendtsen, is a Scandinavian pioneer in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia and is from Aarhus University, in Denmark.

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.

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 an advanced sonoanatomy workshop at the Queensland University campus as an option on day one of the meeting. This will be aimed at experienced practitioners wanting to improve their knowledge of anatomy and sonoanatomy.

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

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
On behalf of the ASURA 2019 Organising Committee

Important Dates

  • 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

    ASURA 2019 Conference Cruise & 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 Liz Maxwell

    ASURA Committee

  • Dr Helen Lindsay

    ASURA Committee

  • Dr Neil MacLennan

    ASURA Chair