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The NSC web app is now live for viewing on your smart phone, tablet or desktop.

There’s no need for an appstore. There’s no need for any downloads. This is a web app that works from your device’s browser whether it’s an iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows, and even a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

The app is extremely user friendly and allows for enhanced delegate engagement at the Congress through features such as live poll-taking at plenaries.

The app also offers great onsite services such as real live updates, personal scheduling functionalities and the ability to take and save notes on a particular session and send them to a preferred email address.

This guide will walk you through some of the great features and how to use them.

The first thing to do is open the app. To do this, open up the browser on whatever device you are using and type in http://eventmobi.com/asa-nsc13.

This is the home screen of the app where you can access all the different sections the app has to offer.

If you want quicker access to the app, press the Download App button and save to your home screen. Remember this step is slightly different depending on what device you’re using.

WELCOME from the President

Welcome to the 2013 National Scientific Congress (NSC) of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. I am particularly pleased to invite you to join me in Canberra for this year’s NSC.

We are privileged to have exceptional and renowned international speakers, including Professor Martin Smith (Queens Square, London), Professor Colin Mackenzie (University of Maryland, Baltimore) and Professor Mike Grocott (University of Southampton), and Australasian speaker Professor Tony Quail (Newcastle University, NSW).

The 2013 NSC theme is ‘Anaesthesia – Art and Science’. With this in mind, NSC Convenor Dr Mark Skacel and Scientific Convenor Dr Paul Burt, together with the NSC Organising Committee, have assembled an excellent and broad scientific programme. Mark and his team will ensure boundaries are pushed not only academically but also in a range of other exciting activities outside the lecture theatre. The entire programme is very stimulating and I hope you will make the most of your trip to Canberra. You have the opportunity to attend workshops, small group discussions, panel discussions by invited international speakers and a range of national speakers.

The social programme will deliver ample opportunity to meet and catch up with your colleagues and has been designed to make the most of the beautiful Canberra environment. I encourage you to make the Congress a family affair. There are many opportunities for you to explore Canberra and revel in the experience, before, during and after the Congress.

I look forward to meeting you during the Congress and particularly encourage you to attend the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 28th September.

Don’t forget to register for the remarkable Gala Dinner on Saturday 28th September which will be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House. Again I would like to welcome you to Canberra for what will be a most exciting, educational and memorable Scientific Congress.

Dr Richard Grutzner
President, Australian Society of Anaesthetists

WELCOME from the ASA NSC 2013 Convenor

It gives me great pleasure as Convenor to invite you to Canberra to attend the 72nd National Scientific Congress of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, 26 – 29 September 2013. The Scientific Programme Committee has done tremendous work in organising a varied and thought-provoking series of lectures, workshops and small group discussions. Over the four days you will have the opportunity to be educated by international, national and local speakers on a range of topics relevant to anaesthesia and our role within the medical community. Our international speakers include Professors Mackenzie (USA), Mashour (USA), Grocott (UK), Smith (UK), Grände (SWE), Ruskin (USA), Vallet (FRA), and Dhonneur (FRA) and our Australasian Speaker is Professor Quail (NSW).

The theme for our meeting is ‘Anaesthesia – Art and Science’ and the programme asks anaesthetists to consider how to improve patient outcomes by the combination of both these facets in the ever-increasing world of ‘evidence-based medicine’.

The Group of ASA Clinical Trainees (GASACT) will be running an exam-orientated programme on the Saturday tailored specifically for anaesthesia trainees.

2013 is the centenary of Australia’s national capital, Canberra, and as such there are a multitude of social and cultural events scheduled throughout the year and during the Congress. For the garden lovers I suggest a trip to the spectacular annual ‘Floriade’ flower festival or a morning at the National Botanical Gardens. The more artistic may want to peruse the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia or the National Library. For the family orientated, a trip to the Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, Questacon Science Centre, National Zoo and Aquarium, CSIRO Discovery Centre or the Australian Institute of Sport may be more in order. Canberra has something for everyone.

For those interested in the outdoors, the Social Committee suggests you try early morning ballooning over the lake, mountain biking at the World Championship Course (Mount Stromlo) or golf. As is usual, the 2013 NSC will host an early morning walk, jog or run and cycle with local anaesthetists. All are invited to attend.

On the Friday night the NSC will be hosting a ‘Carnival Night’ at the Australian Institute of Sport with entertainment for all age groups, which we encourage you to attend. The formal ASA NSC Gala Dinner will be held in the Great Hall of New Parliament House and will showcase some of the cool climate wines of the region, together with fabulous entertainers.

NSC Canberra 2013 will have much to offer both educationally and socially. On behalf of the NSC 2013 Organising Committee I invite you to attend and help celebrate the centenary of Canberra.

Dr Mark Skacel
Convenor, ASA NSC 2013


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