Wanju – Nyininy, nih, kaartdjinin! Or translated from our Noongar people’s language: Welcome – sit, listen, learn! Our organising committee warmly welcomes you to your 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting – Paradigms in Perth: Deconstructing Delirium and Engaging Elders. Delirium was described by the ancient Greek and Roman physicians. Literary references to it abound in descriptions of suffering from infectious diseases, from the Middle Ages through Shakespeare, Dickens and beyond. It is a scourge of older people, which robs us of perception, cognition, temperament and purpose, often with dreadful consequences including death. Our committee felt it was time to revisit this daily clinical challenge to geriatricians everywhere. Professor Alasdair MacLullich from Edinburgh University will deconstruct delirium for us and discuss provision of better delirium services. There are also many Free Papers about delirium in the programme. Providing better care to older Aboriginal peoples requires cultural sensitivity and awareness. There are many challenges for geriatricians to manage if we are to better engage with elders. Associate Professor Dina LoGiudice from Melbourne Health will share her enormous practical experience in providing services and also managing dementia. A panel discussion will encompass more issues in managing older Aboriginal and Maori people. We especially thank and acknowledge our key-note speakers, Professor Alasdair MacLullich and Associate Professor Dina LoGiudice. We also sincerely thank our many invited speakers, who have generously given their time and expertise. We also acknowledge the many delegates who have submitted abstracts and travelled to present their work. We thank our sponsors and exhibitors who have supported the ANZSGM this year. No meeting is complete without your active participation, to question, debate, hypothesise and in doing so, recast our paradigms. We encourage direct discussion: ‘more matter with less art’, to quote Macbeth. This year, we hope to introduce some social media to the conference in the form of a small blue bird, so that you may tweet your thoughts. We also hope you will find the use of the conference “app” a useful adjunct to the usual meeting book. Most importantly, we hope that you find the meeting enlightening and inspiring. Autumn is the most delightful time to explore Perth – we hope that you also find time to venture further afield to enjoy some day trips and beyond. To quote Douglas Adams, ‘I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be’. Sean Maher Chair of the 2015 ASM Organising Committee



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Chairpersons Dr Sean Maher, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – 2015 ANZSGM Convenor Dr Mark Donaldson, Royal Perth and Bentley Hospitals Dr Katherine Ingram, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Dr Kevin Kwan, Joondalup Health Campus Prof. Leon Flicker, University of Western Australia, Royal Perth and Mercy Hospitals Dr Rita Malik, Royal Perth and Mercy Hospitals Dr Nicholas Waldron, Armadale Kelmscott Hospital Dr Alicia Massarotto, Fremantle Hospital Dr Teck Yew, Swan Districts Hospital Dr Amanda Boudville, Swan Districts Hospital

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R M Gibson Prize (Must be a member) $1500 For the best presentation of a scientific paper by an Advanced Trainee and completed while training under the Geriatric Medicine STC or SAC Poster Prize $1000 For the best poster presented at the meeting. ANZSGM Career Investigator Award $1500 For the best presentation of a scientific paper by a Consultant Geriatrician who obtained FRACP 5 or less years ago


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