Neuroanaesthesia Simulation Course

Neuroanaesthesia Simulation Course

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Saturday, 26 November 2016 (Course enrolments full)
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Saturday, 18 November 2017

What Time?



Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University, ground floor Building F10A. See map with directions and parking suggestions.

Will There Be Food?

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits

A Certificate of Course Completion eligible for 16 hours of CPD credit can be claimed through the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).


The course is based upon the United Kingdom One Brain Neuroanaesthesia Simulation course. The One Brain concept was pioneered by a group of trainee and consultant anaesthetists after observing the success of similar specialised simulation courses in the UK. One Brain Neuroanaesthesia has grown to the point where it is now conducted in multiple centres across the United Kingdom. Macquarie University is the first centre outside of the United Kingdom to deliver the One Brain Neuroanaesthesia Simulation course.

Who Should Attend?

You will ideally be a Basic (BT), Advanced (AT), or Provisional Fellowship (PFT) trainee, OR an established anaesthesia fellow wanting to update your knowledge, technical and non- technical skills in the delivery of perioperative anaesthesia care for patients undergoing neurosurgery.

What to Expect

The day promises to take you on a journey of discovery that is both challenging and rewarding. You will be exposed to a range of simulated neuroanaesthesia emergencies where you will be guided to provide high quality anaesthesia care consistent with proven evidence-based practices. You will participate in scenarios with learning outcomes designed to further develop your knowledge, technical and non-technical skills in areas related to the anaesthesia management of-

  • raised intracranial pressure
  • venous air embolism
  • cardiac arrest
  • subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • traumatic brain injury

Throughout the day there will be frequent opportunities to discuss and reflect on performance.

Who Will Teach the Course?

The course will be delivered by a faculty of experienced neuroanaesthetists, intensive care physicians and surgeons sharing a passion for excellence in the delivery of anaesthesia care.

Dr Thanan Elalingam

MBBS (UNSW), FANZCA, G Cert Clinical Ultrasound (Melb)

Thanan is the course director and driving force for the introduction of the Neuroanaethesia Simulation Course at Macquarie University.

Thanan has a strong desire to advance the teaching of best practice in neuroanaesthesia emergencies, and is interested in quality assurance having completed a number of audits in Neurosurgical, Obstetric and Orthopaedic anaesthesia that have been presented at local and international conferences.

Current Appointments:

Visiting Medical Officer Anaesthetist at Macquarie University Hospital, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, and Nepean Hospital.

Dr Nazih Assaad


Dr Nazih Assaad completed his medical degrees and graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in 1993. His early postgraduate training was at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital followed by training and research in Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. His advanced Neurosurgery training included posts at Westmead, John Hunter and Royal North Shore Hospitals. During this time he underwent subspecialty training in Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery under the mentorship of Professor Michael Morgan. Dr Assaad is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Member of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section and the American Heart and Stroke Associations. Dr Assaad's subspecialty interests include the treatment of complex aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, cavernomas as well as stroke prevention surgery including brain bypass surgery and carotid surgery. He also has interests in brain tumours, spinal surgery and trigeminal neuralgia surgery.

Current Appointments:

Clinical Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University.

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Macquarie University Hospital.

Consultant Neurosurgeon, Sydney Adventist Hospital. Neurosurgery Head of Department, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Dr. Rob Bolger

MBBS (USyd), B Med Science, FANZCA

Rob is an anaesthetist in Sydney working in the public and private system. Rob trained at Concord and related hospitals and completed his provisional fellowship training at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Current appointment:

Visiting Medical Officer Anaesthetist at Macquarie University Hospital. Currently practices in a wide range of specialties with a focus on complex neurosurgery and major robotic Urological surgery.

Dr Nathan Harper


Nathan trained at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospital before completing his anaesthesia fellowship at the Royal North Shore Hospital in 2011. Nathan has gained valuable experience in neuroanaesthesia and the delivery of simulation through the Sydney Simulation Centre. He is a neuroanaesthetist currently working closely with the Macquarie University Hospital Neurosurgery team.

Dr Izreen Iqbal


Izreen is UK trained specialist with specialist training in neuroanaesthesia, trauma and obstetrics anaesthesia. She has extensive experience in postgraduate medical education, medical simulation and team training. Currently course director for the only multi professional obstetric emergency course in NSW based at St George Hospital. Izreen has taught alongside the Bristol faculty members of One Brain Neuroanaesthesia Simulation Course, as part of the Bristol Simulation Centre in the UK.

Current Appointment:

Consultant Anaesthetist, St George Public Hospital, Kogarah, NSW

Dr Rakesh Rai

MBBS, FANZCA, FCICM, G Cert Clinical Ultrasound (Melb)

Current Appointments:

Specialist Anaesthetist, Macquarie University Hospital, and Concord Hospital

Clinical lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Macquarie University.

A/Prof Ian Seppelt


Ian a Senior Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Nepean Hospital in western Sydney with a clinical practice which includes general intensive care medicine and neuroanaesthesia. Ian is an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society's Clinical Trials Group and convenes the CTG's Point Prevalence Program and the SuDDICU (Selective Decontamination of the Digestive Tract) programs in collaboration with The George Institute.

Ian’s ongoing interests include clinical trial methodology and research governance in critical care research, knowledge translation of research into clinical practice, trauma management and the role selective gut decontamination in critical illness

Current appointments:

Senior Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine, Nepean Hospital

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, the George Institute for Global Health.

Dr. Timothy Suharto 


Tim is an anaesthetist with interests in crisis resource management, intra-operative resuscitation and medical education.  He is a supervisor of training and established the anaesthetic crisis simulation program for the department of anaesthesia at Nepean Hospital. Tim is a certified instructor for Practical Obstetric Multi-professional Training (PROMPT TM) and conducts regular inter-departmental obstetric crisis training at Nepean Hospital. He is also an instructor for the Nepean Difficult Airway course with an interest in endoscopic intubation for the potential difficult airway.

Tim’s background is in social science with degrees in international relations and socio-cultural anthropology.  This foundation in how group perceptions translate to individual actions underpins his current work and research interests in medicine.

Current appointments:

Visiting Medical Officer appointments  at Nepean Public, Nepean Private, and Norwest Private Hospitals as well as Hospital for Specialist Surgery in Sydney. Tim’s regular practice includes anaesthesia for neurosurgery, ENT, interventional imaging, head & neck surgery, as well as orthopaedic trauma.

Dr Bethan Sutton


Bethan completed her anaesthetic training at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and in the United Kingdom, doing her fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital specialising in neuroanaesthesia. She has over 10 years’ experience in neurovascular anaesthesia and has a special interest in clinical neurophysiology and medical education.

Current Appointments:

Consultant Neuroanaesthetist at the Macquarie University Hospital and Mater Hospital in North Sydney, NSW..

Dr Matthew Tait


Matthew is a specialist in the neurosurgical treatment of disorders of the spine and also in treatment of diseases of the blood vessels of the brain (cerebrovascular surgery). He has completed additional post-fellowship training in both areas: Complex spine surgery at Kings College London and cerebrovascular surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Matthew trained as a doctor at both Oxford University and University College London Medical Schools before undertaking neurosurgery training in Sydney (Royal North Shore Hospital) and London (Kings College Hospital and Atkinson Morely Wing, St George's Hospital). As a result he is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons (FRACS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS). On completing Neurosurgery training he graduated top of his year winning the Norman Dott medal for most outstanding performance.

Matthew is very committed to medical research. He is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University. His current research interests are in refining and developing techniques in spinal surgery to make operations safer and less unpleasant for patients. He is also working to develop better ways to identify which patients will benefit from surgery so that patients do not undergo ineffective procedures. During neurosurgery training he completed an Oxford University research doctorate (DM) on the treatment of brain swelling after subarachnoid haemorrhage. He has published over 50 book chapters, journal articles, academic posters and abstracts. His original journal articles have received almost 500 citations.

Current appointments: Consultant Neurosurgeon, Macquarie University Hospital Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University Visiting Medical Officer, Nepean Hospital

Yes! I Want to Join

Follow this link to the booking form. Print, fill in and email the completed booking form to the Simulation Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University Four weeks prior to the course, you will receive a parking voucher, course outline and links to pre-reading materials.

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