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IMSANZ 2013: Annual Congress of the Internal Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand

Newcastle City Hall * | Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
From 375 to 1295 AUD
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Title: IMSANZ 2013: Annual Congress of the Internal Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand
Specialty: , Internal Medicine, Other Specialties
Dates: From Sep, 13, 2013 to Sep, 15, 2013
Location: Newcastle, AUSTRALIA
Type: Congress
Registration Cost: From 375 to 1295 AUD
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Event Venue:

Newcastle City Hall *

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA Visit the Venue to read more
Transportation Guide:

By Road

Newcastle is located 162 km and only 2 hours drive north of Sydney.  Newcastle is only a 50 minute drive to the Hunter Valley or Port Stephens.

If you are coming to Newcastle from the North, follow the Pacific Highway directly into the City Centre.  If you are coming from Sydney or the South, follow the F3 Freeway, taking the Newcastle Link Road exit. If you are coming from the West, there are two access points into Newcastle, those being the New England Highway and the Golden Highway.

Please refer to the Accommodation Tab for parking rates at each property.



By Air

Newcastle Airport, named Major Airport of the Year by the Australia Airports Association, is only a 30 minute drive from Newcastle’s CBD.  With regular services to major cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Newcastle Airport is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia and QantasLink, as well as a number of regional airlines.

The airport is serviced by all major car rental companies, Newcastle Taxi Service and a bus service that runs directly into Newcastle.

Newcastle Airport

Visit or call on 02 4928 9800

Newcastle Taxi Service

Book online at or call on 133 300.

Newcastle Buses and Ferries

Book online at or call on 0432 166 118

Newcastle Hire Cars
Visit or call on 02 4960 1800



Airport Group Transfers

Airport Transfers have been arranged for those arriving into Newcastle Airport on Thursday 12th September 2013.  Group pick up times are detailed below and the coach will drop you to one of four destinations including Newcastle City Hall, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Ibis and Chifley Apartments.  Please note the coach cannot drop at you at other accommodation properties, other than those listed above, due to a strict pick up schedule.  If you wish to book a seat on the coach, please select your preferred time as part of the registration process. Coach Transfers are provided from Newcastle Airport only, and will not be available from Rail Stations or any other arrival points.


There is a nominal of $20 each way to book a seat on the transfer.  All shuttle transfers need to be confirmed by Friday 30 August 2013.  Cancellations that occur after this date are non-refundable.


Thursday 12th September 2012


Pick up from Newcastle Airport, Transfer to Conference Venue and 
3 x Accommodation Properties

Departure A Departure B Departure C Departure D Departure E
2:30pm 4:30pm 5:45pm 8:30pm 10:00pm


Coach departures have also been arranged on Sunday 15th September 2013, for those wishing to travel from the Conference Venue directly to Newcastle Airport.  If you wish to book a seat on the coach, please select your preferred time from the options below.  Coach Transfers are provided from the Newcastle City Hall only, and will not be available from Accommodation Properties. You are welcome to store your luggage at the Conference Venue on Sunday 15th September.


Sunday 15th September 2012


Pick up from Newcastle City Hall, Transfer to Newcastle Airport

Departure A Departure B
1.30pm 2.30pm




By Coach

Newcastle is serviced by a range of coach companies throughout Australia with regular connections to and from various locations.

State Transit operates a regular public service throughout Newcastle, offering a free fare zone within Newcastle inner city from 7am – 6pm.  This service links all three Conference accommodation options within the CBD with the Newcastle City Hall.

Newcastle Buses and Ferries
Book online at or call on 02 4974 1618



By Rail

Newcastle is part of the CityRail network with multiple stations positioned around the city centre.  Frequent daily return services are available heading south on the Newcastle/Central Coast network with access to Lake Macquarie, The Central Coast, Sydney and surrounding suburbs.  Heading North, the rail network services the Lower and Upper Hunter regions.

CountryLink trains connect Newcastle to Sydney, Brisbane and many other country centres. The trains are designed for comfortable long distance travelling, with a regular service in and out of Newcastle’s Broadmeadow Train Station.

Book online at or call on 131 500

Event Overview
Welcome message:

On behalf of the NSW Organising Committee of the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand, we extend a warm invitation to join us at the IMSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2013. This premier Conference for Internal Medicine in Australia will be held in Newcastle from 13-15 September 2013, at the magnificent Newcastle City Hall.


The Conference theme, The Practical Physician, reflects the growing shift from the delivery of specialist and hospital health care in Australia towards the unique combination of knowledge, training and skills that defines the modern general physician.


The Conference encompasses a comprehensive range of topics and keynote speakers that promises to attract around 200 key attendees including Consulting Physicians in General Internal Medicine, Advanced Trainees, Doctors training across a wide range of sub-specialities, together with Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.


An impressive line-up of experts in science, research and clinical application will be invited to explore the Conference themes and their inter-relationship, broaching topics including Asthma/COPD, Aged Care, Neurology/Stroke, Gastroenterology, Diabetes, Viral Hepatitis, Bariatrics, Rural and Remote Practices.


The Conference content will be of high quality and provide examples of the productive collaboration between Academia and Industry, incorporating three days of both plenary and breakout sessions, along with a Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner, allowing plenty of time to network and connect with colleagues old and new.


We look forward to you joining us in Newcastle at IMSANZ 2013.


Warm Regards,



Dr Robert Pickles
Chair, IMSANZ 2013 Organising Committee & IMSANZ Honorary Secretary
Director of General Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle NSW

Dr Shamasunder Acharya
Department of Endocrinology and
General Medicine
John Hunter Hospital
  Professor Christopher Levi
Department of Neurology
John Hunter Hospital
Dr Laura Ahmad 
Aged Care Department
Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Sally McCarthy
Medical Director 
Emergency Care Institute NSW
Professor John Attia
Hunter Medical Research Institute
  Dr Alison Mudge
Internal Medicine and Aged Care
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor Leslie Bolitho AM
President, Royal Australian College
of Physicians
  Associate Professor Harvey Newnham
Clinical Program Director Emergency and Acute Medicine, Alfred Hospital
Dr Stephen Brady
Department of Medicine
Alice Springs Hospital
  Conjoint Associate Professor Stephen Oakley
Department of Rheumatology
Royal Newcastle Centre
Conjoint Associate Professor Michael Boyle
Department of Immunology and
Infectious Diseases
Royal Newcastle Centre
  Dr Charles Pain
Director Health Systems Improvement
Clinical Excellence Commission
Professor Donald Campbell 
IMSANZ Vice President Australia
Director General Medicine, Monash Health
Professor of Medicine, Monash University
  Associate Professor Mark Parsons
Department of Neurology
John Hunter Hospital
Dr Jim Croker
VMO Rheumatologist and General Physician,Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital
  Associate Professor Lindsay Rowe
Hunter New England Health,
Medical Imaging
John Hunter Hospital
Associate Professor Joshua Davis
Department of Immunology and
Infectious Diseases
Royal Newcastle Centre
  Dr Peter Saul
Department of Intensive Care
John Hunter Hospital
Dr Steven Dee
Hutt Hospital, New Zealand
  Dr David Scott
VMO Gastroenterologist and
General Physician
Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital
Associate Professor Aidan Foy
Calvary Mater Hospital
  Associate Professor Ian Scott
Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital
Dr John Gani
Surgery Central
  Dr David Spriggs
Department of Medicine, 
Auckland City Hospital
Professor Peter Gibson
Hunter Medical Research Institute
  Professor Nicholas Talley
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Health
Faculty of Health, 
University of Newcastle
President-Elect, Royal Australian College of Physicians
Dr John Gommans
President IMSANZ
Hawkes Bay Hospital New Zealand
  Associate Professor Peter Wark
Department of Respiratory and
Sleep Medicine
John Hunter Hospital
Dr Karen Hitchcock
The Alfred Hospital
  Dr Sue Wass
Department of Medicine
Calvary Mater Hospital
Dr James Hughes
Consultant Neurologist
  Dr Katie-Jane Wynne
Department of Endocrinology
and General Medicine
John Hunter Hospital
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The Conference Secretariat will book accommodation on your behalf. A requirement of the hotels is that all bookings
include your credit card details. These credit card details will be forwarded to your selected hotel as a guarantee. Please
note that one nights accommodation will be charged to the provided credit card on Monday 12 August 2013, by the
hotel, as a deposit to secure the booking. You will be responsible for the balance of your account when checking in/out
from the selected hotel. Please refer to the conference website and accommodation PDF’s for further details on
accommodation booking conditions.

Further Details:

Cancellations of accommodation must be submitted in writing to the Conference Secretariat before Monday 12 August 2013. Accommodation deposits will not be refunded on or after Monday 12 August 2013.

Delegates who confirm accommodation but do not advise of cancellation before the accommodation deadline will incur charges for the 'no-show' rate, as penalised by the hotel. This charge is calculated as the room rate per night multiplied by the dates booked and secured. Please ensure the accommodation dates are correct on this confirmation document.


It is a hotel requirement that all bookings include credit card details. These credit card details will be forwarded to your selected hotel.  please refer to the Accommodation Tab for further information on Accommodation Payment Schedules for each property.


Accommodation rates listed on this website will only be provided to delegates who book through the Conference Secretariat and will not be honoured if booking directly with the hotel.

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Scientific Program:
Submission Info

Instructions for Authors

All abstracts should be submitted online using the abstract portal and abstract template, accessible via the Conference website at


If you are unable to access the template, please contact the Conference Secretariat via email at to make alternative arrangements. The deadline for abstract submission is Thursday 20 June 2013, at midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time.  You will be sent an acknowledgement via email to confirm that your abstract has been received.


Abstracts will be accepted for a 15-minute oral (12 minutes plus minimum of 3 minutes discussion time) or poster presentation. Poster authors will be asked to stand by their poster during scheduled poster presentation times. Authors will be notified of the review outcome by 12 July 2013. Further presentation instructions will be given at that time.



Abstract Guidelines

  1. All abstracts should be original research. Broadly, this could also include an audit, a case report, or a description of a new innovation in health services delivery or education; however the onus is on the author to demonstrate the significance of any work offered for this Conference.
  2. Your abstract must be submitted by Thursday 20th June 2013, at midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time. All abstracts must be submitted online in word format, using the abstract portal and abstract template.
  3. Maximum word count = 300 words including references but excluding title. Abstracts should be in Arial, 11 point font.You will be required to submit your abstract under one of the following themes:
    1. Advanced Trainee Case Presentation Breakfast
    2. Aged Care
    3. Asthma/COPD
    4. Bariatrics
    5. Cardiology
    6. Diabetes
    7. Gastroenterology
    8. Neurology/Stroke
    9. Other
    10. The abstract should be in the form of bolded structured headings (with blank line spaces between each section) as follows: Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions. Subheadings may be used but should not be given separate paragraphs. For audit submissions the following headings are appropriate: Problem, Design/methods, Practice change, Re-audit, Conclusions. Ideally the audit loop has been completed.
    11. Do not use macros or photographs within your abstract.
    12. Tables may be included with abstracts and must be cited in the abstract text.  The abstracts themselves must be in text, not table format.
    13. References must be included in the body of the text using names and journal references only but not the title. Only include references if direct reference is made to it in text of abstract. References list at the end may be removed.
    14. Abbreviations may be used but must be spelt out in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
    15. All numerical data and statistical analysis (as appropriate) should be presented in the text of the abstract. Statements such as “findings will be discussed” or “data will be presented” are not appropriate, and will probably result in return or rejection of the abstract.
    16. Multiple abstracts from the same overall study are welcome but need to be sufficiently different to justify multiple oral presentations.
    17. Literature reviews may be accepted if it is a rigorous systematic review, i.e. there is a clear description of the literature search methods, criteria for inclusion and exclusion of articles and evidence of critical appraisal of the literature.
    18. All accepted abstracts submissions will be published on the Conference website and the IMSANZ website unless specific exclusion is requested (eg due to submission for publication elsewhere). The abstract submitted for review will be the final version for publication therefore a minimum standard is required. Please ensure:
      • Submitted abstracts not following the rules for formatting, including length and font, are likely to be rejected. Please refer to the Abstract Template which can be downloaded from the website as a guideline for your submission.
      • Abstracts in which the argument cannot be followed will be rejected.
      • Abstracts which give very little or no data will be rejected.

      The IMSANZ Scientific and Research Subcommittee will judge all abstracts. The highest ranking abstracts will assigned an oral presentation (unless otherwise requested), with the remainder offered poster presentations. Poorly presented abstracts may be rejected. 

      Abstracts by Advanced Trainees will be ranked separately. All abstracts will go through a blind reviewing process, therefore please do not include any author or affiliation details within your abstract.  You will however be required to submit author and affiliation details within the online abstract submission form.
    19. All presenters of accepted abstracts (oral and poster) are required to register and pay the Conference registration fee. 
    20. Authors will be notified of the results on 12 July 2013.
Scientific Awards

IMSANZ Advanced Trainee Prize


To recognise and reward the valuable contribution made by trainees. This prize will be awarded for the best presentation by an IMSANZ trainee member at the Annual Scientific Meeting.



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current IMSANZ Trainee Member;
  • A trainee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; and
  • Not have previously been awarded this prize.

Award Value

AUD $1500     Awarded to first prize winner, oral presentation 
AUD $750       Awarded to runner–up, oral presentation 
AUD $750       Awarded to first prize winner, poster prize

Sponsors Exhibitors
General Info

I would like to extend an invitation for your organisation to join us as a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the IMSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2013.

This meeting proudly brings together the largest gathering of General Practitioners within Australasia.  IMSANZ regularly attracts over 200 delegates providing Sponsors and Exhibitors a unique opportunity to promote products and services to this select and valuable audience of key industry decision makers.  The Conference and Exhibition is intended to facilitate extensive networking with three days of both plenary and breakout sessions, a Welcome Reception and a Conference Dinner, allowing plenty of time for interaction with delegates and industry colleagues. 

The trade exhibition and poster sessions will be interspersed with catering stations maximising contact between exhibitors and delegates.  A promotional campaign including advertisements, email, broadcasts and website branding will ensure maximum branding exposure in the lead up to IMSANZ 2013.

The audience provides the perfect marketing opportunity to showcase products and services, reinforce existing relationships and create new relationships and opportunities.


IMSANZ warmly acknowledges our past Sponsors and Exhibitors for their support and welcomes new partnerships with allied supporters. I invite you to review the opportunities in the Sponsorship Prospectus and discuss your needs with our Sponsorship and Exhibition team.


Please contact myself, or our Conference organisers, Concept Event Management, to discuss how your organisation can participate in this comprehensive Scientific Conference.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Robert Pickles

Chair, IMSANZ 2013 Organising Committee & IMSANZ Honorary Secretary
Director of General Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle NSW

Organising Agency
Concept Event Management
Level 2, 60-62 Willoughby Road Crows Nest NSW 2065, Australia
+61 2 9436 0232
+61 2 9436 4462
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