About this event

  • Date and time Sat 7 Nov 2020 from 8:15am to 7 Nov 2020 at 10:00pm
  • Location Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Organised by Coloproctology

Please note this event has been cancelled.

Bringing together colorectal surgeons from the UK and Western Australia in one platform, this is an opportunity to interact and compare practices and outcomes between the two countries. 

Join internationally recognised experts to discuss issues around introduction of innovative techniques that have resulted in problems surrounding the use of mesh, along with the environmental impact of modern surgery. This will be a content-packed day, starting with a focus on colorectal cancer, and shifting to exploring advances in robotic technology, genomics and inflammatory bowel disease management that will have an impact on coloproctology in the immediate future. 

There will also be a session devoted to trainee research presentations and discussion of the work presented, and the day will end with an interactive panel discussion of difficult cases. Plus, delight on a tour of the Fiona Stanley Hospital, a new state of the art hospital complex.

By attending, you will:

  • Know how colorectal cancer screening programmes, diagnostic referral pathways, investigation and treatment strategies differ between Australia and the UK.
  • Understand how prehabilitation and enhanced recovery are being introduced into practice in Western Australia.
  • Take part in critical appraisal of new research findings presented by trainees.
  • Gain awareness of upcoming advances in robotic surgery and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and how genomic with impact on colorectal practice.
  • Understand some of the practical problems associated with introducing innovation in surgery.

The agenda:

  • Thursday 5 November 2020 - Last date for departure from UK
  • Friday 6 November 2020 - Last date for arrival in Perth, Australia. Informal evening reception/supper Fremantle
  • Saturday 7 November 2020 - Delegates – meeting Fiona Stanley Hospital. Accompanying persons – trip TBC. Dinner Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle
  • Sunday 8 November 2020 - Optional excursion (dependent on flight times). Depart for Auckland
  • Monday 9 November 2020 - Arrive Auckland. Tripartite registration and welcome reception

Optional dinner fee includes: Informal evening reception/supper on Friday 6 November 2020 and dinner on 7 November 2020.


View the programme

Coach departs Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Marina Wallace, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Western Australia and Sue Clark, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mark's Hospital

Same light, different lamps

Chair: Marina Wallace, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Western Australia and Sue Clark, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mark's Hospital

Welcome to Western Australian Maritime Museum: How we do things round here

Greg Makin, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Western Australia

Screening and referral for colorectal cancer in Australia

Hooi Ee, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia

The Western Australian approach to rectal cancer

Cameron Platell, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Saint John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia

Prehabilitation and enhanced recovery

Dale Edgar, Senior Physiotherapist and Kristine Owen, Consultant Anaesthetist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Western Australia

Tea and coffee break

Trainee presentations (prize)

Chairs: TBC

Paper presentations

6 x 10 minute/trainee

Tour of hospital

A shared future: How do we shape it?

Chairs: TBC

Robot: How and why?

Henry Tilney, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Frimley Park Hospital

Inflammatory bowel disease: What next?

Steve Brown, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

Mesh: A view from the Southern Hemisphere

Marina Wallace, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Western Australia

Genomics: What can it do for us?

James Hill, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Surgery in a sustainable world

David Fletcher, Professor of Surgery, University of West Australia

Tea and coffee break

Consultants corner

Chairs: TBC

Panel: TBC

Concluding remarks
Close of meeting


Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Dr, Murdoch WA 6150, Australia, Locked Bag 100 Palmyra DC, Western Australia 6961