Post Graduate Workshops

Post Graduate Workshop 1

Workshop Title : Bronchoscopic therapies for COPD – valid or voodoo? What the non-interventionalist needs to know.

Date: Saturday 24th March at 8.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: New Royal Adelaide Hospital

Description: There are increasing bronchoscopic options for patients with advanced emphysema. Termed endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), many of these techniques are available in Australian centres. Whilst the interventional pulmonologists have embraced these technologies, there remains a degree of healthy scepticism within the broader respiratory community. Though techniques vary, the general goal is lung volume reduction (LVR), akin to surgical LVR but without the attendant morbidity. A number of pivotal trials have been published in the last 5 years and recommendations to consider such procedures have been incorporated into the 2017 GOLD Guidelines. This workshop aims to bring the non-interventional respiratory physician up to speed with the latest literature on this subject, describe the state of bronchoscopic lung volume reduction in Australia and stream a live case demonstration of an ELVR procedure.

Workshop Outcomes: Participants will be able to thoroughly assess severe COPD patients for non-pharmacological interventions as well as network with IP physicians and establish where these procedures are available.

Participants: This will be of interest to Respiratory Physicians managing patients with severe COPD who are seeking further professional development regarding non-pharmacological and non-rehabilitation management options for their patients
This workshop is supported by an independent unrestricted educational grant from Pulmonx

Chairs: Dion Grosser, Tajalli Saghaie and Jonathan Williamson

0830-0840 Introduction Jonathan Williamson


Patient selection Karin Klooster, The Netherlands
0900-0920 The procedures available now: Endobronchial valves Dirk Jan Slebos, The Netherlands
0920-0935 The procedures available now: Complications of endobronchial valves and management Farzad Bashirzadeh
0935-0950 The procedures available now: Coils David Fielding
0950-1005 The procedures available now: Vapor Glen Westall
1005-1030 Morning Tea
1030-1045 Imaging: CT Brett Lorraine
1045-1100 Imaging: Nuclear medicine Ghee Chew
1100-1120 Surgical lung volume reduction Julian Gooi
1120-1140 New directions in therapy: Electroporation and aeriseal Alvin Ing
1140-1200 New directions in therapy: Targeted lung denervation Dirk Jan Slebos, The Netherlands
1200-1230 Panel discussion

Post Graduate Workshop 2

Workshop Title: Self-management interventions in chronic respiratory disease

Date : Friday 23rd March at 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Course Description: In this course, we will provide an overview of the evidence and applicability of self-management interventions in patients with respiratory diseases, particularly those with COPD. Besides discussing the content (definition) of, and evidence for, self-management interventions and different intervention components in the respiratory disease population, we will focus on 1) the use of behavioural change techniques; 2) the use of tele-health devices; 3) quality control, and 4) Advance Care Planning and breathlessness.

Course outcomes: At the end of the workshop we expect participants will be able to:
1. Summarise the latest evidence of self-management interventions in patients with chronic respiratory disease.
2. Recall recommendations regarding the use of behaviour change techniques within self-management interventions.
3. Describe the application of telehealth in education and self-management, and detail the principles of education in underpinning development of self-management.
4. Identify effective evaluation processes for self-management interventions, and formulate quality control strategies which can be implemented following patient interventions.
5. Detail factors that contribute to more effective advance care planning and management of breathlessness in people with COPD.

Target audience: Potential participants for the proposed workshop are clinicians and researchers in medicine, nursing and allied health. The topic of the workshop is an area of interest of members of the following TSANZ SIGs:
- Lung cancer
- Physiotherapy
-Primary Care
- Respiratory Nurse
- Symptom Support & Palliative Care

Program: Please click to view workshop programme.

This educational activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline Australia.

Post Graduate Workshop 3

Workshop Title: The Future of MBW: Clinical applications in adult and paediatric respiratory disease

Date: Saturday 24th March at 8.30am - 12:00pm

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

Description: This course aims to provide attendees with an understanding of the basic physiological principles and current state of standardisation for the multiple breath washout technique (MBW). It will discuss how this non-invasive and easy to administer test can be used as an exciting novel adjunct in the diagnosis and management of obstructive airways diseases in clinical (and research)  pulmonary practice. It will also outline the limitations of the technique and conditions where utility may be less. The graduate course will include the opportunity for practical MBW measurement demonstrations from manufacturers. It will outline approaches to interpretation /application of results in clinical practice.

Course Outcomes: - Participants will gain an understanding of the physiology behind MBW  - Participants will gain an understanding on the current status of standardisation for both the technique and commercial devices across adult and paediatric age ranges. - Participants will be able to see and experience how an MBW measurement is administered - Participants will gain insight into how MBW can be used within important respiratory conditions, outlining not only the useful scenarios but also scenario/conditions where MBW is likely to be not useful. These will be reinforced in the final sessions where real life clinical data will be discussed as cases and a closing discussion will focus on how close the technique is to incorporation in the clinic.

Target audience: This course will appeal to respiratory researchers, clinicians and trainees, as well as respiratory scientists. It may also appeal to Physiotherapists and research nurses.

Course convenors: Dr Paul Robinson (The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney), A/Prof Bruce Thompson (The Alfred Hospital), Prof Greg King (The Woolcock Medical Research Institute).
This workshop is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from



Dr. Paul Robinson, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW

Prof Greg King, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, NSW

Prof Bruce Thompson, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC


MBW: Introduction to basic concepts and physiology

Sylvia Verbanck, Academic Hospital UZ Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels


Current status of MBW standardization

Dr Paul Robinson, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.


MBW utility in cystic fibrosis

Dr. Rachel Foong, Telethon Kids Institute, WA


MBW utility in neonatal chronic lung disease

Dr. Shannon Simpson, Telethon Kids Institute, WA

1000– 1030

Morning tea and MBW device demonstrations


MBW utility in asthma diagnosis and management

Dr. Claude Farah, Concord Hospital, NSW


MBW utility in smokers and COPD

Dr. Kanika Jetmalani, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, NSW


MBW post lung and bone marrow transplantation

Prof Bruce Thompson, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC


How close are we to incorporation to the clinic

Dr. Paul Robinson, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

1150 –1200


Advanced Trainees Workshop

Date: Friday 23rd March 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday 24th March at 9.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

We are pleased to announce the TSANZ Advanced Trainees course in 2018 will focus on respiratory infectious disease. Speakers will include infectious diseases and respiratory physicians from around Australia and will cover a wide range of topics including: microbiology tools for respiratory infection, fungal and mycobacterial disease, pneumonia and bronchiectasis. There will be opportunities for case based discussions. We are excited to announce that Prof David Hui, from Hong Kong will be speaking on his own experiences managing viral respiratory pandemics including SARS and MERS. A complete programme will be available in the near future.

Program: Please find more information here

(Please note that trainees who are members of ASID will be entitled to attend at the same price as TSANZ members who are not attending the full ASM)

Thank you to our Advanced Trainee sponsors

Cochrane Systematic Reviews Post Graduate Workshop

Date: Saturday 24th March at 10.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

This workshop is useful for people currently doing or actively considering doing a Cochrane review and will cover:
•   Common author errors in systematic review production,
•   New Tool for assessing Risk of Bias in studies,
•   How to understand/when to do Network Meta-analysis and Diagnostic Test Accuracy systematic reviews.

Presenters include:
•   Dr Rebecca Normansell Joint Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Airways UK,
•   Dr Christian Osadnik, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

If you select to attend, Cochrane Airways Australia may contact you for details on the stage of your Cochrane review.

Dr Normansell will be available throughout the conference to meet with current authors in small groups or individually to answer authors questions.

Nurses SIG Symposium

Date: Saturday 24th March at 8.30am – 5pm

Venue: Room E3, Adelaide Convention Centre

All nursing members are invited.