Welcome from ISMR

ANZHNCS ISMR 2018 Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Melbourne and thank you for participating in the first-ever combined meeting of our two great societies the ANZHNCS and the ISMR. The members and attendees that you see around you represent the different facets of health care that are needed to provide the best possible care to our complex head and neck / maxillofacial patient population. While all of us bring different sets of skills and can be involved in the treatment pathway at different time points the bond that joins us all is the desire to constantly evolve, improve and provide the best possible care to our patients. This is why meetings like these are so exciting it provides a unique opportunity for all of us involved all different aspects of head and neck / maxillofacial care to meet, share, learn and grow together.

Our meeting will include world-class international keynote speakers discussing topics ranging from emerging techniques and therapeutics in thyroid as well as head and neck cancer treatment, the importance of functional outcomes measurement in guiding head and neck cancer treatment decisions, optimizing maxillofacial rehabilitation at all points of patient care, and the use of surgical simulation and design to optimize head and neck reconstruction and rehabilitation. In addition, the scientific program includes multiple other presentations as well as expert panels covering the wide spectrum of head and neck cancer treatment and rehabilitation.

Again, thank you to all for taking the time out of your busy lives to join us in exciting Melbourne to meet with old friends and new friends and help us examine how we can all “maximize function, and optimize outcomes”, together.


D.A. O’Connell MD MSc. FRCSC
Associate Professor, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
University of Alberta