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6th International Tracheostomy Symposium
TRAMS Interdisciplinary Tracheostomy Workshop
WATCH THIS SPACEPlease note that this workshop is only open to Austin and external staff.
International Tracheostomy Symposiums
The International Tracheostomy Symposiums (ITS) are the premier event for tracheostomy specialists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families to grow and learn together.
The highly successful inaugural (2011) and 2nd ITS (2014) were hosted by Austin Health in Melbourne with over 600 medical professionals from 11 countries attending. The 3rd ITS (2016) and 4th ITS (2018) were then hosted in the USA respectively by Johns Hopkins Medical Centre (Baltimore) and by UT Southwestern Medical Centre (Texas) together with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC). In 2019, the ITS returned to Melbourne with more than 300 patients, family and health professionals in attendance. Delegates came from around the world including across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK and Ireland, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.
We look forward to the 6th ITS 2021, to be held as a virtual event.
For more information and booking details, visit
- 5th ITS 2019: Austin Health, Melbourne Australia
- Visit the 5th ITS website
- Read about the patient stories that were shared
- Watch an amazing performance by Daisy Xu recorded for the 5th ITS
- Read proceedings and abstracts: Moorthy R. New Forward: Building the future; how implementation science is revolutionising tracheostomy care Proceedings from the 4th and 5th International Tracheostomy Symposiums. The Otorhinolaryngologist; VOLUME 13 ISSUE 1 2020
- 4th ITS (2018): UT Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas,
- 3rd ITS (2016): John Hopkins Medical Centre, Maryland,
- 2nd ITS (2014): Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
- Inaugural ITS (2011):Melbourne, Australia, Austin Health.
Introducing the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) was formed by Dr. David Roberson, an ENT specialist at Harvard, following work by many researchers demonstrating that tracheostomy and laryngectomy patients are at high risk for preventable adverse events – often with tragic outcomes.
Dr. Roberson invited specialists from multiple disciplines from around the world to a foundational meeting in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2012. This group’s support and enthusiasm led to the founding of the GTC. Austin Health became the GTC Asia Pacific Lead site.
Visit www.globaltrach.org to read about recent publications, data collection and memberships.