Sydney ENT Emergency Surgery

September 14th 2024

Welcome Message

It is with great pleasure that we offer our 1st Sydney ENT Emergency Surgery course on September 14th 2024. The course is the only one of its kind in Australia & NZ aimed at practicing surgeons and senior trainees.

With this course we will revise surgical approaches to common ENT emergencies encountered in practice including the:

  • Ear – Cortical mastoidectomy
  • Nose – Lateral canthotomy, external approach to anterior ethmoid, orbital decompression, SPA ligation
  • Neck – Approaches to neck trauma and deep neck space infections.

This is a practical course and will be 1 full day consisting of brief lectures and most of the time dissecting on high-quality fresh cadaver specimens in the state-of-the-art Sydney Skills Simulation centre, at the Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Australia.

We look forward to meeting you in Sydney!

Warm regards


and the RNSH Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Department including Martin Forer, David Veivers, Andrew Wignall, Leo Pang, Justin Kong and Nicholas Jufas


The course is 1 day of live dissection on 1 side of a high quality fresh frozen cadaver specimen. You will be assisting another surgeon for the other side.

There is a strict 20 person dissector limit in the lab.

The RNSH ENT department surgeons will providing detailed guidance on the approaches.

Brief lectures (1 hour total) on the anatomy and steps of the following operations will be offered, including:

  • Ear – Cortical mastoidectomy
  • Nose – Lateral Canthotomy, external approach to the anterior ethmoid ligation, orbital decompression, SPA ligation
  • Neck – Neck approaches for trauma and deep neck space infection management.


  • To revise the operative anatomy and surgical steps for common ENT emergencies encountered in ENT practice.
  • Practice the surgical skills of ENT Emergency surgery including cortical mastoidectomy, common rhinological and neck emergencies.

Target Audience

  • The course is designed for practicing surgeons and trainees who cover ENT emergency oncall at teaching or private hospitals. There is a strict limit of 20 dissectors.

Continuing Professional Development Accreditation

  • The course is accredited by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons for 18 hours of CPD

Course Directors

Clinical Professor Nirmal Patel (Otology/ Neurotology)

Local Faculty

Martin Forer photo

Dr Martin Forer (Anterior Skull Base and Rhinology, RNSH Head of Department)

David Veivers photo

A/Prof David Veivers (Head and Neck surgery)

Andrew Wignall photo

Dr Andrew Wignall (Head and Neck Surgery)

Leo Pang photo

Dr Leo Pang (Head and Neck Surgery)

Justin Kong photo

Dr Justin Kong (Anterior Skull Base and Rhinology)

Nicholas Jufas photo

A/Prof Nicholas Jufas (Otology/ Neurotology)


Day 1 Saturday September 14th 2024

7:30 – 8:00 Coffee/ Tea/ Breakfast and registration
8:00 – 9:00 Lectures Emergency ENT Operations
Ear – Cortical Mastoidectomy
Endoscopic Ear Anatomy and Ventilation
Nose – Lateral canthotomy, external anterior ethmoid ligation, orbital decompression, SPA ligation
Neck – Surgical approaches to the neck for trauma and infection
9:00 – 12:00 Group A Ear and Nose
Group B Neck
Morning tea served at 1030 hrs on group switching
12:30 – 13:00 LUNCH and Group Photo
12:30 – 13:00 LUNCH (with Conference Photograph)
13:00 – 16:00 Group A Neck
Group B Ear and Nose(afternoon tea served at 1430 hrs on group switch)
(afternoon tea served at 1430 hrs on group switch)
  • Dissector (20 spots) AUD $1500
  • The course
  • Full catering morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • Course book including anatomy and step by step method of dissection.
  • The Sydney Surgical Skills Centre is located on Level 6 of the Kolling Building on the Royal North Shore Hospital Campus, St Leonards, Sydney
  • Catering Level 5
  • Lectures and Dissection Level 6
  • The Kolling Building and Royal North Shore Hospital Campus are located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney Harbour bridge.
  • St Leonards Train station is next the hospital and lies on the Northern
  • The Kolling building and Royal North Shore Hospital Campus is situated just 4km north of the main Central Business District.
  • All down town hotels have easy access to the hospital campus by train, taxi or Uber.

Contact Us

For course questions please email