PAC 2017 Conference

Celebrate 20 years of APLS in Australia at the 2017 PAC Conference. 



PAC 2017 takes place at one of Surfers Paradise's premier resorts  the Marriott Hotel & Spa

This stunning complex features first class facilities, spectacular saltwater lagoon pools, multiple dining options and an on-site spa, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches. 

The perfect spot to unwind and socialise with family, friends and fellow delegates. 



Three days of clinical and educational perspectives from across the paediatric spectrum. 

Thursday is dedicated to APLS instructors, with Friday and Saturday open to all. 

Download the full conference program here. 

Program highlights include: 

  • The flux capacitor hypothesis: what will paediatric acute care look like in 2027? 
  • Developing a sustainable system in northern Laos – APLS and other parts of the jigsaw
  • The last gasp: airway rescue in the 21st century
  • APLS: little feet taking big steps – 20 years on
  • Physician heal thyself: caring for clinicians
  • Paediatric research in a developing country – new principles, new practice? 
  • Appraising the journals 2016/2017
  • Paediatric acute care – the MSF experience
  • Talking it up: communication through power gradients
  • Hypnotherapy: practical techniques for busy practitioners
  • 'If nothing changes, nothing changes': do ALSG courses cause change? 
  • The great debate: immobilisation  to hard collar or not to hard collar?
  • Cutting edge updates: new surgical evidence in the 6th edition manual 
  • PEM: from single centre study to international knowledge mobilisation
  • Challenging feedback
  • On the couch with Victoria Brazil 

Speakers include: 

Jason Acworth • Victoria Brazil • Shahina Braganza • Lachlan Butler • Robin Choong • Stuart Dalziel • Kate Denning • Julia Haire • Terry Klassen • Rob Laing • Nikola Morton • Ed Oakley • Cathryn Parsch • Jeremy Raftos • Christine Sanderson • Warwick Teague • Chris Vallis • Soundappan Sannappa Venkatraman • Susan Wieteska • Simon Young



Mingle, make friends and network with fellow delegates at one of PAC 2017's social events.  

Thur 26 October 
Poolside Welcome BBQ
Marriott Resort
$45 / $25 (children)
A classic Aussie BBQ under the stars to launch PAC 2017. Poolside at the Marriott Resort, soundtracked by Michael Eotvos' laidback acoustic songs. Families very welcome. 

Fri 27 October
Wellness Afternoon
Yoga, bike riding or a paddle down the waterways? See below for more on our PAC 2017 Wellness Afternoon, taking place Friday from 3.30pm. 

Fri 27 October
Conference Gala Dinner
Garden Terrace Ballroom, Marriott Resort
$65 delegates / $85 partners
PAC 2017's gala event for delegates and partners. Drinks at the Chapter and Verse Bar at 6.30pm followed by a three course dinner in the Marriott's Garden Terrace Ballroom. Featuring Playing Vegas, a five piece band guaranteed to get you on the dancefloor!



Get out of the conference room and into the fresh air for an afternoon devoted to health and happiness. 

As part of our 20th birthday celebrations, all delegates, families and partners are welcome to join us for one of the following activities:  

Activities are subsidised by APLS and take place Friday afternoon. Choose your favourite when booking your delegate place. 



Watch highlights from past PAC Conferences with our catch-up streaming service, free and open to all.

Registration is now closed.

Registration is now closed.


Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Thur 26-Sat 28 October 2017

Thur 26 Oct 
10am-5pm ​| APLS Director & Instructor Day
​6pm ​| Welcome Poolside BBQ

Fri 27 Oct 
8.30am-3.30pm ​| Conference sessions
3.30pm-5.30pm | Wellness afternoon 
​7pm ​| Conference Gala Dinner 

Sat 28 Oct  
9am-4.30pm ​| Conference sessions

Download the full conference program here. 


$790 – Medical delegate

$450 – APLS medical instructors and directors

$350 – Nurse & paramedic delegates

$220  APLS nurse and paramedic instructors, co-ordinators

PAC 2017 registration includes a full delegate pass and all lunches. Evening functions and partners are not included. 

Registration is available for all health professionals. 

To be confirmed. 

Visit the APLS Vimeo channel for catch-up streaming of all conference sessions via PAC On Demand. 

You can watch highlights from PAC Conferences 2013-2016, and access is free and open to all.  

PAC 2017 promotional photography by Jenna Fahey-White.

Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements.

Click here for special delegate rates at the Marriott Resort & Spa, with rooms from $265. 

Following our Caring for Clinicians seminar on Friday afternoon, all delegates are invited to join us for an afternoon celebrating wellness, health and happiness.

You can choose from:  

  • Yoga ($10 pp, includes mat)
  • Surfing lessons ($40 pp)
  • A leisurely family bike ride ($20 pp)
  • Kayaking Gold Coast waterways ($25 / $20 pp)

Activities are subsidised by APLS, and family members and partners are very welcome to join in.

Activities will take place between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Fri 27th Oct. 

Please choose your activity when booking and contact us directly if you have any special requirements. 

Confirmation with all details will be emailed closer to the event date. Please note that discounted rates are only available when booked directly with APLS. 

APLS on (03) 8672 2800 or