2024 Speakers

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists National Scientific Congress (ASA NSC 2024) is proud to announce the International and New Generation Keynote Congress speakers.

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Keynote speakers

Prof. Ramani Moonesinghe

Professor of Perioperative Medicine, University College London and Director of the Health Services Research Centre, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professor Moonesinghe is Professor of Perioperative Medicine at UCL and Honorary consultant in anaesthesia, perioperative and critical care medicine at UCL Hospitals. She holds several national leadership roles including as National Clinical Director for Critical and Perioperative Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Director of the Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. She was previously a Council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (four years) and advisor on academic training to the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (seven years). Her research focuses on evaluating novel technologies and pathways, risk prediction and outcome measurement, and improvement studies focusing on perioperative and critical care. Although her research is predominantly UK based, she is also involved with projects internationally, including several in low and middle income settings. Studies which she leads have recruited more than 80,000 participants to the NIHR portfolio, and she has received grant funding from NIHR, Welcome and the Health Foundation. Her work based at UCL includes setting strategic direction for the Centre for Perioperative Medicine and the Research Dept for Targeted Intervention, and supporting her own research group which currently includes 13 doctoral students. In her role for NHS England and NHS Improvement, she has been the senior clinical advisor supporting the critical care response to COVID19, involving a broad scope of work including procurement, workforce, clinical practice guidelines, research, innovation, and quality. She continues clinical strategic leadership for critical care, and also for the perioperative / anaesthesia aspect of the recovery of elective services. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2021 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for service to anaesthesia, perioperative and critical care.

Prof. Ki Jinn Chin

Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professor Chin, MBBS (Hons), MMed, FANZCA, FRCPC, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, and is also the Regional Anesthesia Program Director at Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K., completed anesthesiology training in Singapore, and is dual-fellowship certified in neuroanesthesia (University of Western Ontario) and regional anesthesia (Toronto Western Hospital). He is a well-published and internationally recognized expert in the use of regional anesthesia to improve patient care and outcomes. His academic interests include (1) ultrasound-guided fascial plane blocks, (2) central neuraxial blocks, and (3) education in the clinical and technical skills required for regional anesthesia using both traditional and online formats. He hosts much of his teaching material on YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/KiJinnChin.

Assistant Prof. Bisola Onajin-Obembe

Past-President of the Nigerian Society of Anesthetists

Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Dr Onajin-Obembe (MBBS, FWACS, MBA, PhD) is a global anaesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is the President of Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetrics, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance), an alliance of over 75 organizations. She is also Past-President of the Nigerian Society of Anesthetists. She has been a pioneer of paediatric, maxillofacial, ear, nose, and throat anaesthesia in Nigeria and now works to promote surgical and anaesthesia healthcare policies and practice. She has over 60 peer reviewed publications.

Dr Mark Koning

Anesthesiologist
Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Dr Koning studied Medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 2004-2010, after which he specialized in Anesthesiology (2016) and Intensive Care Medicine (2017) at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He passed the European Examination of Anesthesiology (EDAIC-exam, 2016) and Intensive Care (EDIC-exam, 2017). In 2021 he completed his thesis about intrathecal morphine at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (“The clinical effects of intrathecal morphine in contemporary surgery”). He is working as an anesthesiologist and intensivist in the Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, The Netherlands since 2018. 

Prof. Anne Tonkin AO

Chair, Medical Board of Australia

Professor Tonkin is Chair of the Medical Board of Australia which is responsible for registration and regulation of all doctors in Australia. She has been involved in medical regulation for more than a decade and was first appointed to the Medical Board of South Australia in 2009, prior to the National Scheme. She held the position of Chair of the South Australian Board from 2012 until she was appointed as Chair of the National Board in 2018. 

In 2023, Professor Tonkin was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to medical professional regulation, to tertiary education, and to clinical pharmacology. In the same year, she was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Professor Anne Tonkin trained as a general physician with a sub-specialty in clinical pharmacology, and practised at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for more than 25 years. She was a clinical academic in the Adelaide Medical School for 22 years, becoming Professor in Medical Education with responsibilities for curriculum planning and implementation.

Professor Tonkin has also served the Australian Medical Council as a council member and had long-standing involvement with its accreditation processes for medical school and specialist colleges up until her appointment to the Medical Board of Australia. 

Dr Elmar Helmich

Anesthesiologist
Whangarei Hospital, New Zealand

Dr Helmich, a qualified anaesthetist hailing from the Netherlands, pursued a portion of his
training in Auckland and presently serves at Whangarei Hospital in New Zealand.

Demonstrating a distinct passion for sustainability, he initiated Green Teams within three different healthcare institutions. His dedication to the subject is evident through numerous published articles on sustainability, presentations at
various conferences, and authorship of a chapter addressing sustainability in an anaesthesia textbook.

Despite his commitment to environmental consciousness, Dr Helmich is willing to burn
some kerosene to join us in Darwin this year. During his presentation, he intends to share insights on the practical integration of sustainable practices in our daily medical routines and illuminate the future trajectory of these efforts.

Prof Shalini Dhir

Director of Regional Anaesthesia at the Schulich School of Medicine, Western University, London, Ontario

Professor Dhir, MD, MSc, FRCPC is the director of regional anaesthesia at the Schulich School of Medicine, Western University, London, Ontario. She completed her fellowship in obstetric anaesthesia and regional anaesthesia. She subsequently assumed a faculty position in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, at the Western University in 2006. She obtained a further anaesthesia degree in Canada and master’s degree in clinical management of Pain at the Edinburgh University, UK. At present, she is a Professor of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She is also the Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship Director. Professor Dhir has a keen interest in teaching. Apart from teaching at the university level to undergraduate and post graduate medical and anaesthesia students, she is keenly involved in the fellowship training programs. She has done voluntary teaching assignments in Guyana, Ethiopia and Rwanda as part of the Canadian Anaesthesia Society International Education Foundation and in South Sudan and Afghanistan as part of Doctors Without Borders. Her research interests include obstetric anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia and pain management.

Associate Prof. Suzi Nou

Past President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Nou is Past President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne.   She is also Federal Councillor of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), commissioned officer of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Chair of Lifebox ANZ, a global not-for-profit organisation focussed on making surgery and anaesthesia safer worldwide.

Associate Professor Nou has lived and worked in developing countries for over 20 years and continues to be actively involved with the development of paediatric anaesthesia and critical care services in Cambodia.  She is host and producer of the “Australian Anaesthesia” podcast and dabbles in creating educational digital content.  She wishes to foster diversity in leadership within the Australian medical community through her latest endeavour, the Australian and New Zealand chapter of the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (WELI). 

Ms Sacha King

Managing Director
Two Two One Mental Health Charity

Ms King is a social worker, counsellor and passionate advocate for mental health literacy. Ms King is the founder and managing director of Two Two One Mental Health Charity and current 2023 Northern Territory Local Hero. Two Two One delivers accredited mental health training, workshops, and community education to close gaps in the delivery of mental health services and education. This Includes teen, and remote programs.

Ms King organises a number of accessible opportunities for people to access mental health information including mental health night school sessions and mental health week events.

Industry Sponsored speaker

Dr Will Flanary

An Ophthalmologist and comedian who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken”

Will Flanary is an ophthalmologist and comedian who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken,” a social media personality who creates medical-themed comedy shorts to an audience of over 4 million across social media. His humor has been shaped by the challenges of medical training and by his experiences as a patient. Will is a 2-time testicular cancer survivor as well as a survivor of cardiac arrest, saved by his intrepid wife and her timely CPR. Initially used as a creative outlet to cope with these health challenges, Will’s comedy has evolved over time to incorporate biting satire of the US health care system, academic publishing, and interpersonal conflicts pervasive in the medical system. He is a frequent keynote speaker who encourages medical audiences to embrace humor in everyday life.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of the Darwin region where NSC2024 will be hosted.  The Larrakia people have a deep, spiritual connection to the land and are responsible for ensuring it is respected by all that use it.

We commit to respecting the land, people and culture of the Larrakia Nation during the conference.

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