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ANZHPBA Travelling Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2017 ANZHPBA / Applied Medical Travelling Scholarships

Total value of scholarships is $10,000 (including GST). Scholarships are now open to junior consultants and fellows and are specifically for hospital unit visits within Australia and New Zealand. The focus of these visits will be surgical in nature and education. It is an opportunity to share knowledge and best practices between different hospitals.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be a member of ANZHPBA at the time of submitting their application.

All applicants are required to provide specific details of their planned visit to the hospital unit in question (1 page), including proposed itinerary, explicit details of work and/or study to be undertaken and envisaged benefits of this activity, and the financial amount you are seeking. Details of any financial support or funding already secured (eg research grants, sponsorship and / or other grants) and the proposed use of the funds should also be included. Please note that additional funding from external bodies may affect selection.

Guidelines for Selection

The aim of the Scholarship is to financially assist ANZHPBA members to visit hospital units (relating to HPB Surgery) that are educational and relevant to HPB training. The focus of these visits will be surgical in nature and education.

  1. Selection will be dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide a clear plan of their proposed trip, emphasising the benefits to be gained.
  2. Selection will be dependent on inclusion of a confirmation letter from the hospital unit confirming the visit and proposed itinerary.
  3. Consideration will be given to those in their earlier post Fellowship years (ten years), and to those who have not secured alternative financial support.

Financial Arrangements

  1. The recipient must refer his/her financial or taxation advisor to ascertain the taxability of the stipend.
  2. Payment of the award will be made in one instalment after the visit.
  3. The Scholarship will only be paid on receipt of a valid tax receipts and letter from hospital unit.

Reporting and Other Requirements

On completion of the Scholarship, the recipient is required to:

  • Provide a written report on their experience for the ANZHPBA Board and be prepared to present a brief descriptive paper at the next ANZHPBA Annual Scientific Meeting / Conference following their return.
  • Prepare a paper suitable for production in any ANZHPBA publications and on the ANZHPBA website.

Applications are now open and is available to all ANZHPBA members.

Applicants should provide specific details of their planned visit to the hospital unit in question (1 page), including proposed itinerary, explicit details of work and/or study to be undertaken and envisaged benefits of this activity. Application must state the financial amount you are seeking. Details of any financial support or funding already secured (eg research grants, sponsorship and / or other grants) and the proposed use of the funds should also be included, to Leanne Rogers, Executive Officer ANZHPBA, P.O. Box 374, Belair S.A. 5052, or email anzhpba@gmail.com.

For further information please contact the Executive Officer at anzhpba@gmail.com

Applications are ongoing


Applications are now open for the 2017 ANZHPBA / Medtronic Travelling Scholarships.

Total value of scholarships is $15,000 (excluding GST). Final number of scholarships available will be determined upon receiving all applications.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be a member of ANZHPBA at the time of submitting their application.

All applicants are required to provide specific details of their planned visit to the International Conference in question (1 page), including proposed itinerary, explicit details of work and/or study to be undertaken and envisaged benefits of this activity. Details of any financial support or funding already secured (eg research grants, sponsorship and / or other grants) and the proposed use of the funds should also be included. Please note that additional funding from external bodies may affect selection.

Guidelines for Selection

The aim of the Scholarship is to financially assist ANZHPBA members to attend Conferences (relating to HPB Surgery) held overseas.

  1. An important aspect relevant to selection will be the applicant’s ability to demonstrate the benefits of his/her attendance at the Conference and share this with the HPB surgical community in Australia & New Zealand.
  2. Selection will be dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide a clear plan of their proposed trip, emphasising the benefits to be gained.
  3. Selection will be dependent on inclusion of a confirmation letter from the Society holding the Conference with regards to any funding provided.
  4. Consideration will be given to those in their earlier post Fellowship years (ten years), and to those who have not secured alternative financial support.

Financial Arrangements

  1. The recipient must refer his/her financial or taxation advisor to ascertain the taxability of the stipend.
  2. Payment of the award will be made in one instalment after attendance.
  3. The Scholarship will only be paid on receipt of a valid tax receipts and attendance cetificate.

Reporting and Other Requirements

On completion of the Scholarship, the recipient is required to:

  • Provide a written report on their experience for the ANZHPBA Board and be prepared to present a brief descriptive paper at the next ANZHPBA Annual Scientific Meeting / Conference following their return.
  • Prepare a paper suitable for production in any ANZHPBA publications and on the ANZHPBA website.

Applications are now open and is available to all ANZHPBA members.

Applicants should provide specific details of their planned visit to the International Conference in question (1 page), including proposed itinerary, explicit details of work and/or study to be undertaken and envisaged benefits of this activity. Details of any financial support or funding already secured (eg research grants, sponsorship and / or other grants) and the proposed use of the funds should also be included, to Leanne Rogers, Executive Officer ANZHPBA, P.O. Box 374, Belair S.A. 5052, or email anzhpba@gmail.com.

For further information please contact the Executive Officer at anzhpba@gmail.com

Applications close midnight Sunday 28th May, 2017


We are very happy to report that the ANZHPBA / Covidien Travelling Scholarships for 2013 have been awarded. After careful consideration of all applications it has been decided to award three (3) scholarships, each to the value of $5,500 (including GST).

Successful applicants were

  • Anubhav Mittal – to attend Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Meeting 2013
  • Joel Lewin – International conference in Shanghai
  • Manju Chandrasegaram – E-AHPBA meeting in Belgrade, Serbia


It’s not all about the foie gras...

I was extremely fortunate to be one of three recipients of the ANZHPBA/COVIDIEN Travelling scholarship this year. This funding allowed me to attend the 10th World Congress of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA) in Paris this year as well as visit the research institute, CHU de Bordeaux/Hopital Pellegrin, where the initial genomic discoveries in hepatoadenoma sub-classification were pioneered.

The Congress provided rich opportunities to meet and network with well regarded HPB clinicians and researchers and it was an excellent way of hearing about the latest HPB research occurring globally.

I was fortunate to have a scientific paper and poster accepted for presentation at the Paris meeting. The free paper, entitled “Reclassification and malignant risk stratification of 42 Hepatocellular Adenomas using the Bordeaux method: The Brisbane Experience”, was well received and awarded one of the ‘Best Oral’ awards for the Congress. The feedback we have received since has been overwhelming resulting in discussions for collaboration with centres in Amsterdam, Sydney, Mayo and New Zealand.

The second part of my trip involved travelling to Bordeaux, along the Atlantic coast of France, to visit Professors Paulette Bouliac-Sage and Professor Charles Balabaud. These were the clinicians first described the potential for malignant transformation of liver adenomas using genomics and developed the staining techniques which allow subtyping in a clinical setting.From this visit, we have identified a number of key areas where our work can complement their own and vice versa as well as how to collaborate on answering outstanding key questions in the area.Their input and advice on a new prospective multi-centre clinical trial we are designing in Brisbane was also invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Again, I am extremely thankful to the ANZHPBA and Covidien for their support of our research and allowing me the opportunity for professional development and exploring ways to improve our work.

Dr Bav Manoharan
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Photographs from the 2012 IHPBA Congress

Steve Strasberg

With Dr Steve Strasberg

Nicholas O’Rourke

With Dr Nicholas O’Rourke

Poster Presentation

At Poster Presentation

Muse D’Orsay

At Gala Dinner at Muse D’Orsay

Charles Balabaud and Paulette Bouliac-Sage

With Prof Charles Balabaud and Prof Paulette Bouliac-Sage in Bordeaux.

Hopitaux de Bordeaux

CHU Hopitaux de Bordeaux

Pellegrin

Pellegrin


As a current ANZHPBA post-fellowship trainee, I was fortunate to be selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Covidien Travelling Scholarships. I used the award to facilitate travel to both the IHPBA meeting in Paris(1-6 July 2012) and the RoyalAustralasianCollege of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Kuala Lumpur in (5-10 May 2012).

One day prior to attending the ASC in Kula Lumpur, I attended the General Surgeons Australia (GSA) trainees’ day as faculty. This year the trainees’ day was devoted to hepatobiliary surgery and was convened by A/Professor Arthur Richardson. The event was very well attended by General Surgery trainees, both junior and senior from Australia and New Zealand. I gave a presentation on the topic of pancreatic carcinoma and pancreatico-duodenectomy. I was also given an opportunity to promote, to the General Surgery trainees, the post-fellowship training scheme of the ANZHPBA, in particular through offering the perspective of a recently graduated General Surgery Fellow pursuing sub-specialty training. I also had the opportunity to give an invited presentation on the topic of adjuvant and neoadjuvant treatment in pancreatic cancer at the main meeting. I used attendance at the Congress and its associated social events as an opportunity to foster relationships with the HPB surgeons invited from around the world.

I also used part of the travelling scholarship to attend the IHPBA conference in Paris in July 2012. This was an excellent meeting in a wonderful location and attendance of the sessions was opportunity to improve my understanding of key areas in HPB surgery and update my knowledge in this rapidly evolving field. Particular highlights were the description of a laparoscopic ALPPS (Associating Liver Partition and Portal vein ligation) for Staged hepatectomy and presentations about medical publishing by James Garden. Whilst attending the meeting I presented a paper which was selected in the “best oral” category by the conference organizers. The paper was entitled “Systematic review of actual ten-year survival following resection for hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal liver metastasis”. As the conference was so well-attended by the members of the ANZHPBA executive we were able to convene a Board meeting at a local Bistro.

I would like to thank the ANZHPBA and Covidien for their generous support for my attendance at these events.

Jerome Laurence


David Cavallucci, July 1st - 5th 2012

Receiving the ANZHPBA/Covidien travelling scholarship enabled me to travel and stay in Paris to attend the 2012 International Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association meeting where I was privilidged to represent the ANZHPBA and my current insitution, the University of Toronto as a fellow.

Over the four days of the meeting, I presented to our speciality community the culmination of research completed as part of my ANZHPA fellowship. In particular, my successful submisisons:

  1. "Predictors of Survival in Gallbladder cancer: A review of patients submitted to surgery with curative intent."

This oral presentation reviewed 10 years of surgery for carcinoma of the gallbladder at the University Health Network of hospitals in Toronto.

  1. "Combined major hepatic resection and major vascular resection using in-situ cold perfusion of the liver"

This oral presentation reviewed a large series of complex hepatic and vena cava resections to attempt to identify predictors of poor outcome.

  1. "Extended right hepatectomy with in-situ cold perfusion of the liver and re-implantation of the left hepatic vein"

This video presentation showcased a complex hepatic resection I performed during my time in Toronto which was then used as part of the "Toronto Video Atlas project".

I also attended a number of valuable presentations during my time at the meeting. The debate and discussion around the management of neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) I found particularly interesting, especially the growing differences between management between Europe and the USA. The ALPPS procedure featured prominently and it was interesting to see (as is common with new procedures) the extent to which it has been extended from the original descriptions with, of course, a subsequent significant decline in the quality of the outcomes.

Most importantly for me was the opportunity to catch up with the Aussie and New Zealand surgeons that I hadn't seen for more than a year! Perhaps coincidence, but soon after the arrival of the Aussie contingent at the Gala, they ran out of drinks!

It was a fantastic meeting in a beautiful city and I would like to thank the board of the ANZHPBA for enabling me to attend with this scholarship.


REPORT of ANZHPBA/Johnson & Johnson Fellowship
Dr Vincent Lam
Senior Lecturer in Surgery
Westmead Hospital
Westmead NSW 2145

I was very fortunate to be awarded one of the ANZHPBA/Johnson & Johnson 2012 Travelling Fellowship. With this generous award, I planned a trip to visit Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, United States. The purpose of the trip was two-fold. First, I wanted to observe the training and delivery of specialized hepatobiliary surgery in a high volume pancreatectomy centre in the world with >450 resection performed annually. Second, I had the opportunity to observe the robotic and laparoscopic techniques for complex pancreatic resection.

Before my visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital at the end of February 2013, I also took the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association in Miami. It was a 5-day meeting of >500 attendees and I had a great time learning advances in HPB surgery as well as catching up with other HPB surgeons in Americas. I also did a HPB Ultrasound Course with informative lectures and practical hands-on workshop and I think this would be a great practical training course for our ANZHPBA trainees.

Over the course of my one-week visit in Johns Hopkins, I was hosted by A/Professor Timothy Pawlik and Christopher Wolfgang and I had a very strict schedule. I attended to many educational activities (tumour boards, MDT clinics and conferences) and complex liver and pancreas operations. It was a great honour to also meet Professor John Cameron who is the “Godfather of Pancreatic Surgery” and did his number 2000 Whipple procedures in 2012. Being 76 years of age, he was still doing three Whipple procedures as an attending surgeon the week of my visit. I was impressed with the breadth of the cases, the integration of trainees at all levels and the dedication to research throughout the Department of HPB surgery.  I also learned great insights on the use of neoadjuvant chemoradiation protocols in borderline resectable pancreatic cancer as well as the logistics of implementations of Laparoscopic Whipple procedure and Robotic pancreatic surgery program.

I am indebted to my hosts who gave so much of their time and energy to this trip. Thanks are also to the ANZHPBA executive committee for supporting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Picture with A/Professor Timothy Pawlik in his office
Picture with A/Professor Timothy Pawlik in his office


Johnson and Johnson Travelling scholarships

Successful applicants were

  • Charles Pilgrim – Visit Surgical oncology department, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Sulman Ahmed – Visit University of Pittsburgh Medical centre
  • Vincent Lam – Visit John Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Nicholas O'Rourke - Team to visit Samoa Hospital
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