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Dear colleagues,
We brought colorectal surgeons and stomal therapists together in Melbourne for APFCP 2015 on October 5 - 7 and showed everyone why it is considered to be the world’s most liveable city.

The weather was superb and the venue, scientific and social programs all matched the weather and exceeded expectations. 

Lasting friendships were forged and we believe the Asia Pacific spirit reached another level.

On behalf of the APFCP 2015 organizing committee, I thank you for joining us in Melbourne and for making the 15th Congress of the Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology, a great success.

We believe it has demonstrated again the value of combined meetings of colorectal surgeons and stomal therapist, with the Combined Plenary session on Tuesday October 6, being a highlight.

The partnership with our professional congress organizers ASN Events ( www.asnevents.com.au)  was the key to the  success and we thank them for their administrative skill and professionalism.

We were well supported by the Council and staff of the CSSANZ (Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand) and the executive of the Section of Colorectal Surgery of RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), and thank them for allowing us to replace the Spring CME with APFCP 2015.

The support of our sponsors guaranteed the meeting was also a financial success.

We believe our objective, to combine, science and clinical endeavour in the pursuit of knowledge in the field of Coloproctology, with the collegiality and friendship that binds out Federation together, with the overarching theme of preventative strategies in colon and rectal surgery was achieved.

The calibre of the named lectures, plenary, scientific and poster sessions was more than we had hoped for and the lunchtime symposiums add another dimension highlighting recent advances.

The spirit of friendship permeated the welcoming reception and the Gala dinner, and we hoped you gained some insights into Melbourne and the Yarra Valley during the free afternoon.

We hope we can offer our hospitality again next time you visit Melbourne.

See you all in Seoul, Korea for APFCP 2017
Bruce P Waxman FRACS
Convenor APFCP 2015 & President APFCP
+614 1238 8126

Dear colleagues,
The Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses was founded in 1971. 
We conduct our national conferences every two years, with rotation around the states of Australia.
As we close the book on this the 40th National Meeting of AASTN, the organising committee would like to thank everyone who either contributed too or attended this three day meeting.
The theme of “Proactive and Innovative Practice” was well tracked throughout the presentations and we thank every speaker who shared their knowledge and expertise with us. 
A special thanks to our colleagues from New Zealand and the Asia Pacific basin who joined in at every opportunity and along with Mariam HN. Mohd Nasir, who thrilled delegates with her positive and happy approach to work and life, added enormously to the success of this meeting.
Topics covered both challenged and energized delegates, 
We thank particularly our keynote speakers, 
Toby Gould………..Understanding Health Economics with Impact on Practice
Janet Stoia-Davis….Merging Evidence with Proactive Practice
Tim Henwood………The Benefits of Exercise prior to elective surgery (We are all now energized to get fit and exercise)
Mariam HN. Mohd Nasir….future directions in Asia Pacific region
Dr. Simon Knowles…………..IBD, teenagers “Mind over Matter”
Mr. Noel Tovey……….Pushing the Boundaries of everyday living”
This conference was enhanced through the agenda of jointly run conferences with CSSANZ and the Asia Pacific Region (Asia Pacific Federation of Colo-proctology)
Sincere thanks to Professor Bruce Waxman for the collegial communication throughout this process.
Thank you all for joining us in “the most liveable city in the world”…Melbourne.
Helen Nodrum