On behalf of General Surgeons Australia and the Organising Committee, it is with pleasure that we invite you to join us in Canberra for the ninth GSA Annual Scientific Meeting – Abdominal Wall: Access and Repair, taking place from Friday 29 September – Sunday 01 October, 2017, at QT Canberra.

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in our understanding of functional abdominal wall anatomy, optimal techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction, and the development of new approaches in achieving primary abdominal fascial closure.  This has made keeping up with the large body of literature and the range of repair techniques difficult.  Our aim is to share knowledge and simplify these processes for the practising general surgeon, focusing on: accessing the abdominal cavity, abdominal incision closure, laparostomy, difficult stoma management, enterocutaneous fistula management, abdominal nerve blockade, chronic abdominal wall pain management, and science of hernia surgery - from common approaches to complex abdominal wall reconstruction.

We are very pleased to announce a strong international presence, with leading experts from the US and the UK presenting on the program including Dr Todd Heniford, North Carolina, Dr Dean Mikami, Hawaii, Dr Kenric Murayama, Hawaii, Dr Bruce Ramshaw, Tennessee, and Mr Dominic Slade, Manchester.  Leading national experts will round out a world-class program.

Adding a Canberra spin to the program is the Plenary Session featuring political journalist Annabel Crabb and photo-journalist Mike Bowers, both presenting on Canberra – Love It or Hate It!

A fantastic social program including the Welcome Reception – Italian Feast, and the Social Spectacular at the Australian War Memorial, will provide the perfect amount of downtime, and showcase the Nation’s Capital - Canberra - and the regions’ finest produce.

We hope that a compelling program and entertaining social program will entice you to Canberra this September - we look forward to seeing you there.


Dr David Rangiah, FRACS
Specialist Colorectal Surgeon - The Canberra Hospital