Austin Health to host the International Tracheostomy Symposium 2019

Experts from around the world will be joining Austin Health to host the fifth 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 ITS is recognised internationally as the premier event for tracheostomy specialists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families to grow and learn together.

"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," Tanis said.

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

This year's Symposium has a number of internationally renowned keynote speakers including:

  • Austin Health's 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 Tracheostomy Clinical Advisor), and
  • A/Prof Linda Morris (Director, Nursing Research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the number one rated rehabilitation hospital in the US)

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

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

"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," she 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.

To register for the International Tracheostomy Symposium 2019 including Early Bird registrations go to