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PCCS2009 e-News #8

Congress Review

The 5th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery “Beyond the Barrier” Congress in Cairns was a huge success, thanks to your participation.

The atmosphere was excellent, the feedback has been positive with many delegates impressed with the range of different themes on offer. In fact the most common complaint was that there was too much choice!

The quality of presentations was universally high and thanks are due to all the presenters for their participation and hard work. Despite the adverse economic situation around the world, and worries about swine flu, there was a very good attendance of participants ranging from high profile experts in their field through to trainees, nurses, technologists and a small number of impacted patients and parents.

The incorporated sub speciality meetings (“satellites”) were very successful being well attended and highly stimulating. The contribution by the partner organisations / societies was outstanding. These included the Paediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS), the World Society for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS), the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease, the Paediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society and Pedirhythm, the Congenital Cardiac Anaesthesia Society and the Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.

A highlight was the session entitled “Risky Business”, part of the Intensive Care sub-specialty meeting. The program presented high profile speakers such as General Jim Molan who lead the Australian Army Iraq campaign, Lew Short, from the Country Fire Authority on lessons learnt from the devastation of Australia’s 2009 Victorian Bushfires and Qantas Airways representative, Geoff Sartori from an airline risk perspective.

The psycho-social and ethics session was also extremely well attended, as were the master classes and teaching sessions for trainees, including morphology sessions which were all very popular.

Major events during the Congress included the opening ceremony with aboriginal dancers and a Maori Haka as well as a recorded speech of welcome from the Premier of Queensland, The Honourable Anna Bligh.

The Deputy Premier and Health Minister, The Honourable Paul Lucas came to Cairns to meet members of the faculty and gave a speech at the faculty dinner.

More than 1100 posters were accepted for presentation and approximately 160 oral abstracts.

On the final morning a series of five landmark lectures were delivered to a large audience by some of the world’s leading figures and were universally excellent and dovetailed together very neatly.

The speakers were:

  • Prof Robert Anderson (paediatric cardiac anatomy)
  • Prof Pascal Vouhe (paediatric cardiac surgery)
  • Prof Andrew Redington (paediatric cardiology)
  • Dr Kathy Mussatto (paediatric cardiac nursing)
  • Dr Gil Wernovsky (paediatric cardiac intensive care)

We look to build on the success of this meeting for future Congresses, particularly the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2013.

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Joint Chairmen
Professor Jim Wilkinson FRCP, FRACP, FACC, FRCPCH, FCSANZ
Senior Cardiologist, Royal Children's Hospital, VIC
Dr Peter Pohlner FRACS
A/Medical Director Cardiothoracic Surgery, Prince Charles Hospital, QLD

Chairmen of Program / Scientific Committee
Professor Dan Penny MD, FRACP, FRCPI, MRCPCH, PhD
Director of Cardiology, Royal Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor David Winlaw FRACS
Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon, The Children's Hospital, Westmead


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