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Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium 

Through live demonstrations and ‘State of the Art’ lectures, we will aim to take you abreast of all the latest developments in gastrointestinal endoscopy and their implications for future practice. Unsurpassed high definition interactive transmission from the Westmead Endoscopy Unit will take you into the procedure room. The program has been carefully designed and will be relevant and informative to all those involved in Endoscopic practice, be that community based, complex interventional or surgical.

SIES continues to grow in popularity and attendance, therefore the symposium in 2018 was held at a new site, the recently refurbished Sydney International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. This proved to be a fabulous venue and has taken the meeting to yet another level. 

Once again, there was a day dedicated to the Westmead Endoscopy Nurses’ Workshop, on Wednesday 21st March 2018. 

SIES 2018 yet again had an addition to the traditional two-day program. On the Wednesday afternoon a pre-symposium plenary session "Mini Symposium: Controversies in GI Endoscopy" was held. 

SIES 2018 has provided all stakeholders an opportunity to engage with a wide range of leading clinicians and decision makers in the fields of gastroenterology and endoscopy within Australia and the Asia-Pacific. SIES is now firmly entrenched as the second largest gastroenterology and endoscopy meeting in Australia, surpassed only by AGW. This would not have been possible without the strong educational support and commitment of our sponsors. 

For SIES 2018 we assembled a stellar international faculty which includes Prof Paul Fockens (The Netherlands), Prof Prateek Sharma (USA), Prof Bhandari Pradeep (UK) and A/Prof Steven Heitman (Canada).  

We sucesfully co-ordinated another impressive showcase of high definition ‘live’ transmissions from the state of the art Endoscopy Suite at Westmead Hospital, which once again formed the backbone of the program. We demonstrated a range of new techniques and technologies along with the core fundamentals of sound endoscopy with our usual comprehensive approach. 

We accept this educational opportunity with great humility and devote all our energies to ensuring the best possible outcome for all involved, our patients, our delegates and our sponsors. 

On behalf of our Department, Nurses and Doctors alike, I thank you in anticipation of your support and for allocating time and resources to join us for these three special days. 

We look forward to your involvement once more and to meeting again in Sydney in March 2019.

Prof Michael Bourke

Prof Michael Bourke MD, PHD
Westmead Hospital Sydney, Australia