On behalf of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland, I would like to welcome you all to the 24th Annual Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, incorporating the Young Investigator Awards and the Advanced Trainees’ Day 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 the upper gut. Sessions include quality upper endoscopy with focus on lesion recognition and excision, Helicobacter and ulcer management as well as Coeliac disease. However, sessions on alcoholic hepatitis, hepatocellular carcinoma and constipation 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 organising 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 Bistro 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 2020, A/Prof Yuto Shimamura (Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Japan), Dr Marcus Chin (Royal Perth Hospital), Prof Alan Wigg (Flinders Medical Centre) and Prof Bob Anderson (ENDOSQ Mackay and Brisbane) will provide unique insights in the fields of endoscopy, liver disease and Coeliac disease 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 

Dr Sam O'Connor
GE Society of Queensland

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