WELCOME TO THE COMBINED ANZGOSA AND OSSANZ MEETING 2015
On behalf of ANZGOSA I would like to invite you to the first ever combined ANZGOSA-OSSANZ conference on Hamilton Island in October 2015. There are many areas of common interest between the two groups and this will be an opportunity for everyone to share ideas and hear world leaders address the important issues facing us in Upper GI and Bariatric surgery. Topics of interest include the link between obesity and Upper GI malignancy, management of reflux and hiatus hernia in obese patients, the importance of oesophageal function in obesity surgery and the management of benign gastroesophageal conditions. A strong associates programme is included and this is a wonderful opportunity to combine a family holiday with a major scientific meeting held in the Hamilton Island Convention Centre. Please diarise this meeting now and we look forward to seeing you at Hamilton Island.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the combined scientific meeting of OSSANZ and ANZGOSA. Whilst this will be the 27th Annual Scientific Meeting of OSSANZ, it is our first collaborative meeting. We see this as an important initiative as it recognises the points of common interest between our two societies and the opportunity this offers to learn from each other, and improve patient care.
Perhaps the most obvious commonality between ANZGOSA and OSSANZ is that both groups predominantly operate on the foregut. This allows us to learn from each other’s technical expertise.
In addition, obesity is a major risk factor for many of the diseases of the upper gastrointestinal system that treat, including gastrooesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s oesophagus, oesophageal and gastric cancer. Understanding more about the causal links as well as treatment options may help us improve our care paradigms for our patients.
Most importantly, we all rely on our multidisciplinary teams to help us provide the best possible care to our patients. The skills and needs of a cancer based team are undoubtedly different to a bariatric surgery team, however it is these differences that provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning to challenge our current pathways.
We hope this programme, along with our social programme, will provide an ideal environment to foster communication and collaboration.
I am excited by this opportunity and I hope to see you there!
Co-convenor and Vice-President, Australia & New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Surgery Association
Immediate Past President, Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand
President, Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand