Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course

 2nd March 2023 – 7.30am to 5.00pm  

 Faculty: Dr Michael Sugrue – Ireland, Dr Paul Lambrakis – Australia, Dr Leon Lam – Australia 






The aim of this course is to bring you a level of discussion you have not heard before and enhance your skills and ability as an emergency surgeon, gastroenterologist or radiologist.  


Course Description 


The course outlines the management of common abdominal surgical conditions to facilitate learning and understanding of how patients with appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, and diverticulitis should be managed.  These are common conditions accounting for over 10% of all admission  in hospitals worldwide.
​The course is based on short state of the art lectures, unique case scenarios with specially designed manual and audio visual material. The course used a unique interactive method of teaching allowing doctors and nurses, who participate, to be confident in the day to day management of common life threatening emergency abdominal surgical conditions.     


Target Audience 


The intended audience includes acute care providers (surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency medicine physicians, ER, OR, ICU, and trauma nurses, and prehospital professionals) who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters. Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers are also encouraged to attend.  




  • Understand the surgical problems, injury patterns, and issues that may result from disasters.
  • Discuss the role that surgeons can play in planning for and responding to mass casualty incidents and disasters, especially at a hospital level.
  • Become familiar with the terms and concepts of incident command.
  • Understand the principles and challenges of disaster triage
  • Become familiar with treatment principles, related to blast injury, chemical attacks and radiological dispersal devices.
  • Know the civilian and military assets available for support.


General information, Venue, Accommodation & Parking

Register Online

Register online for the SWAN 2023 Conference. Registration opens July 2022.

Program Schedule

View the two day program for the SWAN 2023 Conference here.


This year we have invited an outstanding list of international and national speakers. View all the faculty here.