On behalf of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland, I would like to welcome you all to the 23rd Annual Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, incorporating the Young Investigator Awards, the Advanced Trainees’ Day and the biennial Liver Transplant Symposium, at the beautiful Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort.

This year, the Update carries a broad range of topics that will hold particular appeal to the general gastroenterologist and our day to day practice. Our key emphasis this year is on upper gastrointestinal motility disorders including reflux, achalasia and functional dyspepsia. However, sessions on fatty liver disease, colonoscopy and incidental lesions in the upper gut ensures there is something for everyone on this year's program.

The balance of the program, once again incorporating the popular Young Investigator Awards, will continue in the traditional two-day format on Saturday and Sunday. Each year, the organizing committee works hard to assemble a program that is varied but cohesive to provide delegates with a rich and comprehensive educational experience.

Our Friday night welcome barbeque and Saturday evening dinner at Bisto C will complement the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of this conference and we encourage all to bring along partners and family to a great weekend.

Our invited International and National Faculty for 2019 Prof Peter Kahrilas (Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA), A/Prof Miriam Levy (Liverpool Hospital) and A/Prof Andrew Metz (Royal Melbourne Hospital) – will provide unique insights in the fields of motility, liver disease and interventional endoscopy and will be complemented by a world class local faculty. I look forward to seeing you all in Noosa this June. .

Dr Sam O'Connor
GE Society of Queensland

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