Australian and NZ Meetings

Course Director
Mr John-Charles Hodge

Guest International Faculty
A/Professor Uma Duvvuri
University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre

Local Faculty
A/Professor Suren Krishnan
Mr Michael Switajewski
Mr Andrew Foreman
Mr Rowan Valentine
A/Professor Eng Ooi
Mr Sam Boase

Mr Guy Rees


LARIF (The Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility)
101 Blacks Road, Gilles Plains   South Australia

Course Outline
The emphasis of the course is dissection technique with 1:2 faculty supervision.

Airway Management Skills

  • Life sheep model used to teach various emergency airway surgical access techniques, as well as haemostasis in the neck
  • Lectures on various cricothyroidectomies and emergent tracheostomy in “fat neck” scenario


Flex® Robotic System Training

  • Cadaveric dissection with Medrobotic system
  • Lectures on trans oral surgical techniques and variant associatedneck dissections

Partial Laryngeal Surgery

  • Sheep cadaveric specimen model for dissections
  • Lectures on techniques and anatomy


Head & Neck Oncological Extirpation Techniques

  • Cadaveric soft tissue dissections demonstrating SMG excision, neck dissection techniques,thyroidectomy,parotidectomy, and total laryngectomy (open and stapled closures).
  • Cadaveric bony dissections of the maxilla and mandible
  • Lectures on operative techniques

Skills Lab Demonstration of Bony Plating Techniques

  • Hands on experience of manipulating plates

Head & Neck Oncological Reconstructive Techniques

  • Cadaveric dissections of common locoregional flaps
  • O/C flaps (buccinators, FAMM)
  • Regional flaps (deltopectoral,PM)
  • Lectures on operative techniques


16 places for Dissectors, 8 for Observers



Dissectors       $2,500

Observers       $1,250

Fees include daytime catering (mid-morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch), transfer from the city to the course centre and the course dinner.



For registration and payment
Leanne  T: +61 8 8258 1143    E:

For course information:
Mr John-Charles (JC) Hodge  T:  +61 (0)408 833 603   E:

This is an accredited Head and Neck training course.


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Adelaide Head & Neck Dissection Course

15 November 2017 to 17 November 2017

Gilles Plains, SA

Contact Name
Mr John-Charles Hodge (for course information)

Contact Phone
+61 (0)408 833 603

Contact Email

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