The premier event for tracheostomy specialists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families to grow and learn together.

The Organising Committee of the 6th International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS) is delighted to invite you to partner and participate in this exciting virtual event on 7-8th October 2021. The International Tracheostomy Symposium (ITS) is increasingly recognised as the premier event for tracheostomy specialists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families and industry partners 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). The 5th ITS (2019) was hosted again by Austin Health in Melbourne, with over 300 international delegates and diverse representation from industry partners.

The GTC was formed in 2012 creating the world's first tracheostomy quality improvement collaborative aimed at improving tracheostomy care around the world. There are now over 60 member hospitals, over 1500 healthcare professional affiliate members and over 200 family members of the GTC. Read the latest news here or visit the GTC at

The ITS has grown to attract attendance from a diverse group of medical specialists, patients and families. It is an exciting and unique high energy, positive meeting with high exposure to those interested in tracheostomy care and quality improvement. Recent meeting have seen presentations describing the impact of international improvement programs, with over 8,000 patients in the GTC database and detailed evaluations showing impact.

The symposium themes of 'By the patient, for the patient' will be reinforced throughout all sessions. 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 virtual meeting format allows us to connect with a global audience of healthcare staff, patients, carers and families and the wider community of systems leaders and industry collaborators who are essential to delivering quality tracheostomy care.

Booking and event details coming soon!