Virtual Program Update

Planning of an innovative program is well underway and we invite you to sign up for email updates so we can inform you when the preliminary program is available to view.

As we plan towards our virtual TSANZSRS ASM for 2021, we would like to update the membership of the overall program and logistics.

TSANZ 2021 Program Design

The conference theme is unchanged “Transformative strategies for improving global lung health” with a weekend intensive component scheduled for the weekend of May 1st and 2nd, 2021 where all plenaries and symposiums will be run. It is planned that all sessions will be pre-recorded with the opportunity for live Q and A with speakers during the weekend plenary/ symposia.  Many of the symposia will be carried over from the 2020 program supplemented with some new sessions, particularly around COVID.

All pre-recorded sessions (plenaries/ symposia/ oral abstracts/ poster abstracts) will be administered with our virtual conference provider in conjunction with The Conference Company. This is likely to occur during the months of Jan – March 2021. Clear instructions with technical back-up will be provided to all presenters.

All sessions will be available to all delegates and your TSANZ registration will include all SIG sessions and on-demand viewing.

Prior to the weekend of May 1st and 2nd, we will be hosting E-posters for 2 weeks on the TSANZSRS ASM website. Abstract submitters will get to pre-record their presentation (4 minutes) with 4 slides (Intro, Methods, Results, Conclusion). There will be opportunity to have e-mail dialogue with the abstract submitter. Best poster prizes will still be allocated. (The E-poster sessions will take on a similar approach to the recent ERS congress.)

After the weekend of May 1st and 2nd, we will be hosting “SIG days”. These will be 2-3 hourly sessions (weekdays) which will host our oral abstracts as well as the SIG business meetings. Again the abstracts would have already been pre-recorded but we will be asking the presenters to be available for live Q and A. Once we confirm these dates, we will inform all of you so you can add these times into your schedules.

The following sessions will not occur in 2021: Late breaking abstracts, TSANZ breakfast sessions (but sponsored symposia breakfast and evening sessions will be available), “meet the experts” session.

Post grad courses will go to TSANZ webinars and we will host the AGM/ and Wunderly Oration on the Friday evening of April 30th.

ANZSRS 2021 Program Design

We have kept our original theme “Back to Basics” and have aimed to keep the majority of the presentations on the weekend of May 1st and 2nd, 2021.

The theme “Back to Basics” reflects on the basics of best practice in pulmonary function testing, quality assurance and reference values. We are delighted therefore to welcome Gregg Ruppel, Registered Respiratory Therapist and original author of Manual of Pulmonary Function Testing, USA, to provide insights into these pillars of practice. 

In addition to our ‘back to basics’ content, we welcome James Hull, Respiratory Physician and Exercise Physiologist, UK, and Jenni Prisk, Speech Coach and President of Prisk Communication, NZ. James will lead a plenary session exploring the relationship between exercise and breathing, and, Jenny will head up a session developing presentation skills.

Of course, we could not run our program without our many local invited speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise across the meeting, or our delegates presenting their research and audit findings.

Sessions across the weekend include:

  • Quality and Safety in Lung Function tests and in the Laboratory
  • Exercise and breathing
  • The Fundamentals of Respiratory Physiology: Measuring Static Lung Volumes
  • Presentation Skills
  • ANZSRS/TSANZ Joint Masterclass:  Implementing the Global Lung Function Initiative equations into clinical practice
  • ANZSRS/TSANZ Joint Plenary: Environmental Impacts on Lung Health

In a separate session (time and date to be advised), delegates will have the opportunity to hear about the Forced Oscillation Technique as an emerging clinical test.

All pre-recorded sessions will be administered by our virtual conference provider in conjunction with The Conference Company. This is likely to occur during the months of Jan – March 2021. Clear instructions with technical back-up will be provided to all presenters.

For the pre-ASM E-posters, presentations will be pre-recorded (4 minutes) with 4 slides (Intro, Methods, Results, Conclusion) and an opportunity to have e-mail dialogue with the delegates. Best poster prizes will still be allocated. (The E-poster sessions will take on a similar approach to the recent ERS congress.)

All sessions will be available to all delegates with your ANZSRS registration