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Last chance to be an early bird for the 5th International Tracheostomy Symposium 2019

14 August 2019

Austin Health is hosting the 5th International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS) on Friday 11 October at the Sofitel on Collins.

Tanis Cameron, Manager, Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS) at Austin Health, and Chair of the Organising Committee, said the Symposium is being held back in Melbourne for the first time since 2014 and has attracted a list of international speakers and guests.

"The International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS) is recognised internationally as the premier event for tracheostomy specialists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families to grow and learn together," Tanis said

"The aim of the event is to promote safer patient care by sharing knowledge from across the different disciplines involved in tracheostomy care and advancing research in this specialty area.

Austin Health is a founding member and lead Asia Pacific site for the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) - a world first and highly successful tracheostomy safety initiative," she said.

The 2019 Symposium will feature internationally renowned keynote speakers including:

  • Austin Health's own Director of Intensive Care Research, Professor Rinaldo Bellomo
  • Dr Brendan McGrath (Consultant in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester/NHS Foundation Trust National Tracheostomy Clinical Advisor)
  • Dr David Roberson (Founder and President of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative)
  • A/Prof Linda Morris (Director, Nursing Research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the number one rated rehabilitation hospital in the US).

In addition to an extensive list of guest speakers, the ITS 2019 will inlcude scientific papers, patient and family sessions, panel discussions and poster presentations. 

Early bird registrations for the Symposium close on Thursday 15 August.

"This year's ITS is being held in Melbourne the Friday before the World Congress of Intensive Care begins and we will have an amazingly diverse group of people attending," Tanis said

"There will a unique mix of not only medical specialists, but also patients and families on hand to share their knowledge and experience to help us improve the care we provide to adult and paediatric tracheostomy patients around the world," she said.

Tickets for the International Tracheostomy Symposium 2019 are available at

Early bird registrations made by 15 August will receive a discount of $100. 

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