The Organising Committee of the 5th International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS) is pleased to invite you to participate in this exciting event. The International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS) is increasingly recognised as the premier event for tracheostomy specialists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families to grow and learn together.

Hosted by:

  • Austin Health:
    • Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS)
    • The Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS)
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • The Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS)
  • The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC)
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH)


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Call for abstracts opens
15 February 2019

Registration opens
15 February 2019

Call for abstracts closes
31 May 2019

Oral and Poster acceptance emails sent
2 August 2019

Earlybird registration closes
15 August 2019


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).

The ITS has grown to attract attendance from a diverse group of medical specialists, patients and families. It is an exciting and unique meeting that has high energy and high exposure to those interested in tracheostomy care and quality improvement.


We aim to partner and promote safer tracheostomy care and to advance research in this specialty area. The meeting will consist of international keynote speakers, scientific papers, patient and family sessions, panel discussions and poster presentations. Both adult and paediatric topics will be addressed. The 5th ITS is offered as an adjunct meeting to the World Congress of Intensive Care 2019.