June is traditionally a quiet month for the AOTP, consolidating for the coming year’s events.
The local ANZCA have recently had their annual change of committee, and we have managed to make contact with two consultants willing to join our association, in a liaison capacity between the two groups. Dr Scott Douglas and Dr John Martyr (WA ANZCA Chairperson) have accepted our offer of honorary membership 2016/2017. Our many thanks to outgoing liaison consultants, Dr Ian Maddox and Dr Richard Riley.
The Association of Operating Theatre Practitioners is currently looking for enthusiastic members interested in assisting the executive in the running of the association.
In particular we are looking for someone to assist the Treasurer and Secretary with their workload, with a view that one day they may be interested in taking over these substantive position.
Taking a position on the executive can appear an onerous task, and this assisting role will enable those interested parties the chance to ease into the position without fear of failure in the future.
Happy Christmas in July.
Review of our Annual Education Evening, St. John of God Hospital Murdoch, 2nd June 2016.
This is our annual AOTP evening meeting, and surprisingly on a wet blustery winter night, when most people have had a busy day at work, it was extremely well attended. It was also an early opportunity for members to renew their memberships and therefore gain free entry into the event.
A light supper was provided and we are fortunate enough to always have a variety of trade displays to 'wet' our appetite for new technology and equipment. This year we were supported by Parker Healthcare, GE Healthcare, Meditech Systems, Edward Life Sciences and Teleflex. AOTP would like to take this opportunity to thank these companies for their continuing help and support in making evenings/events such as these so successful.
Review from our Autumn Scientific Meeting, 12th March 2016.
Once again, we joined with our medical Consultant colleagues from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) to have another successful meeting at the University Club of Western Australia. The sessions were opened by the President of the ASA, Dr. Lip Yang Ng who welcomed us all to the venue.
The first speaker was the world renowned Professor of Obstetric and Gynaecology Anaesthesia, Professor Michael Paech, from King Edward Memorial Hospital. This talk was entitled 'Rapid Sequence Induction for GA Caesarean Section – time to change'. As always, Professor Paech made this controversial subject interesting, and challenged whether every GA section should be a rapid sequence induction.