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7-9 MAY 2026
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Program

The conference program time zone is GMT+10, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Time Room A (Plenary Session) Room B (Parallel Session) Room 3 (Parallel Session) Room 4 (Workshops) Room 5 (Workshops)
0930-1700
REGISTRATION
Session Chair: WCNA President
1130-1200
Opening Welcome to country ceremony
1200-1210
Welcome by Congress Chair
1210-1230
Flag Ceremony: All CNRs
1230-1315
IFNA Report: IFNA President
Executive director Pascal Rod
Celebrate new APAP applicants
1315-1330
High-profile speaker(Major Brisbane/QLD Premier
1330-1430
Key note lecture: Currumbin/Lone Pine Animal Hospital
1430-1500
Tea break & Opening Exhibition
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1500-1700
Innovations
AI, monitoring & ventilation
Regional anaesthesia/pain management
Poster session
Workshops
1500-1530
Virtual reality and avatars in perianaesthesia
A patient "in the arms of a robot". The role of the anesthesia personnel.
Failed blocks and nerve injuries
Interactive poster presentations: IFNA Practice Committee
Advanced Life Support adults
1530-1600
Mystery innovation (latest development)
Digitalised reasoning and decision making
Common Truncal Blocks for Post Operative Pain Management
1600-1630
The video supraglottic airway device
Examine the role of technology in both non-invasive and invasive hemodynamic monitoring.
Local anaesthetic systemic toxicity
1630-1700
Operating theatre and PACU design for the future
Ventilation modes and its practical implications (Using AI to Guide Ventilation Modes)
Changes in pain medicine: new approaches
1700-1900
Welcome drinks and snacks - networking (in exhibition space)
Time Room A (Plenary Session) Room B (Parallel Session) Room 3 (Parallel Session) Room 4 (Workshops) Room 5 (Workshops)
0630-0730
Fun run/walk: all congress participants (free activity, but registration required)
0800-1530
Registration
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0830-1000
Paediatrics
PC/EC
Sedation
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0830-0900
With all techniques available, is obstetrics still risky?
Paediatric non-operating room anaesthesia
Double lumen intubations, video supraglottic airway devices
Tracheotomy, mini trach and cricothyrotomy
0900-0930
Perioperative management of neonate and premature
Preprocedural screening of patients for sedation by nurse anaesthetist
0930-1000
Do we need intravenous access for anaesthesia in paediatric patients?
Sedation techniques for outside operating theatres
1000-1030
Tea break
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1030-1230
Anaesthesia care and techniques
PC/EC
Wellness & leadership
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1030-1100
Bariatric care
Leadership styles and followers
Airway management (FONA)
Advanced Life Support paediatrics
1100-1130
Fasting: are we practicing evidence-based?
1130-1200
A new and innovative approach to managing intraoperative hypotension
Sustainability of workforce
1200-1230
Vaping and its implications for anaesthesia
Perioperative staff engagement and perspectives in operating room design
1230-1330
Lunch Break
Luncheon 1230-1400 sponsored by NBCRNA: around 30 people
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1330-1530
Green
PC/EC
Crisis management
Workshops
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1330-1400
Confusion around waste management
Team communication
IV cannulation and PICC insertion under ultrasound guidance
Advanced Life Support paediatrics
1400-1430
Green disposal of sharps and drug waste and inhalation anaesthetics?
Desaturations: what to do?
1430-1500
Green disposal of sharps and drug waste
IFNA continuous professional development framework
Anaphylaxis: how can we prevent it or minimise occurrence
1500-1530
How to implement environmental waste management in your department?
APAP presentation
Cardiac events: when to expect what and how to prevent and treat it?
Time Room A (Plenary Session) Room B (Parallel Session) Room 3 (Parallel Session) Room 4 (Workshops) Room 5 (Workshops)
0730-1600
Registration
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0800-1000
Free papers
(8 abstracts)
Trauma
Simulation
Workshops
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0800-0830
Top 8 (each 15 minutes)
Royal Flying Doctors
Types of simulation training
POCUS, regional blocks with ultrasound/video assisted blocks
Advanced Life Support adults
0830-0900
Diving accidents and the hyperbaric chamber
Student-led simulation training
0900-0930
Fat emboli
What defines an excellent simulation?
0930-1000
Cell saving techniques and genetics
Benefits of simulation training for experienced perianaesthesia nurses
1000-1030
Tea break
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1030-1230
Pathology
Geriatrics
A day in the life of...
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1030-1100
Pneumonia aspiration
Cognitive decline
POCUS, regional blocks with ultrasound/video assisted blocks
Navigating the power and politics of leading change and innovation in Healthcare (3h)
1100-1130
Infectious diseases and peri-anaesthesia implication
Anaesthesia considerations in the elderly
1130-1200
Heart transplantation anesthesia management
Fluids or vasopressors? Management of perioperative haemodynamic instability: laws of physics and physiology first, guidelines after!
Team simulation: strategies to improve patient safety
1200-1230
DIC disseminated intravascular coagulation (and consumption coagulopathy)
Multi pharmacy
Knowledge and skills of anesthesiology personnel on how to perform resuscitation in the surgical room environment
1230-1330
Lunch Break
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1330-1530
PACU
Paediatrics
Pharmacology
1330-1400
Supplemental oxygen therapy
Airway management in paediatrics
Pharmacogenomics in anaesthesia
1400-1430
Postoperative delirium: new insights in prevention and treatment
The obese child
Vasopressors or inotropes: are you using the right recipe?  
1430-1500
Recognising clinical deteroration in PACU
How to manage parents' expectations?
Remimazolam: is it any good?
1500-1530
The PACU of the future
Trauma in Paediatrics
Wake up: the ideal reversal agent
1530-1600
Closing ceremony: awards, poster and abstract winner, announcements of upcoming IFNA activities (Japan)
1630-2130
Farewell party Southbank: live dance music & food and drinks

The conference program is subject to change.