DevelopingEM 2022 Wrap Up

Dear Colleagues, DevelopingEM Delegates and Faculty

Well, another DevelopingEM event has come and gone and we would just like to thank you for your enthusiastic support in making DEM2022 Darwin a conference to remember. We hope you agree that it was an amazing event and we hope the relationships made during the conference will continue to grow and develop in the years to come.

Our conference model does not work without your registrations as these, as you know, are our main funding source.

This model means you are all an integral part of the DevelopingEM team and responsible for the process.

We, as the management team, will be forever grateful for your support.

Despite the new challenges of the pandemic world and uncertainty about whether conferences of this nature would work, attendance was beyond our expectations.

  • 234 delegates attended in person with a further 61 online.
  • 26 of the 80 Faculty were of First Nations heritage with representation from Australian First Nations, Aotearoa and New Mexico.
  • 16 regional delegates from Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Nauru, Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu were supported to attend in person. This covered registration, flights and accommodation. This group was funded by The Pacific Community, The ACEM Foundation, Tac Med, ELS, EMRAP GO, St Vincent’s Pacific Development Fund, and also personal donations from Mark Herewini and Rob Mitchell.
  • 30 delegates from across the Pacific, Asia and Africa were supported to attend virtually and were funded by DevelopingEM.
  • 90% of income came from you, DevelopingEMers, with the remainder of funds coming from the above sponsors and a Northern Territory Government Business Events sponsorship grant for which we are most grateful.

The breakdown of the distribution of the delegate registration fees is as follows.For a full delegate paying $AUD1800:

  • $AUD 990 went towards venue and support service costs
  • $AUD 450 went to administrative costs including outsourced event management, insurance, legal requirements, and merchandise (there is no payment to the medical management team)
  • $AUD 126 went towards planning meetings
  • $AUD 90 went towards marketing
  • $AUD 36 went towards IT support

Normally 15-20% of our funding is directed towards host delegate and faculty support. This year this support was moved towards assisting our First Nations faculty with flight and accommodation support. In fact, the vast majority of this group generously self-funded or used existing institutional support and so only 6% of the total budget was required to support this endeavour. This equates to only $AUD108 from each full delegate.

Many ongoing relationships were forged during the conference and we hope this results in multiple future projects being generated as a result of the conference.

In summary, you have all achieved a great deal both in an immediate and long-term sense and the feedback from faculty and delegates has been overwhelming.

A comment from Paul Saunders, who led our second First Nations Healthcare afternoon, is very heart-warming and reflects many of the comments received from our amazing First Nations faculty.

“It was a fantastic conference, the best one I have been to, and I have been to plenty over the years. The real highlight for me was the inclusivity the coordinating team allowed in terms of First Nations faculty”.

We have reasons as a group to feel just a little proud of our collective achievements and once again we would like to thank you for your support.There are a few other things we need to mention before we let you get back to your busy lives.

Conference presentations
There were many requests for copies of the conference presentations. We hope to have all the presentations and videos uploaded to our website soon.

Staying in touch with other delegates
Without pre-approval, we can’t release our delegate details but if you are happy for us to make your contact details available for other delegates please let us know and we will create a 2022 detail database.Probably the easiest way to stay in touch would be through our Facebook and Twitter Pages. Feel free to join us here, upload your photos from the conference and post your thoughts. The instant messenger services on Facebook and Whatsapp are great ways to communicate as well.

Giving thanks
We would first like to thank our hosts and cultural ambassadors for the event Aleeta and Richie Fejo for helping us direct the event and for warmly welcoming us all to Larrakia country. We will remain forever grateful for the stewardship provided by Aleeta and Richie.

Our amazing unpaid faculty never ceases to amaze us with their generosity and expertise. With our old hands merging with new players, the workshops and plenary sessions were outstanding and we need to thank the following;

  • Naren Gunja and the Tox Team from TAPNA.
  • Terren Trott, Nadi Pandithage, Angelo Abeywickreme and the entire Core Ultrasound team.
  • Kate Curtis and the HIRAID Nursing team.
  • Aruna Shivam, Brian Wright and Ben Wyler for coordinating Adult EM, Peter Cameron, Jamie Moran and Dave McCreary for hosting Trauma, and April Kam and Sarah Watson for bringing us Paediatrics.
  • The afternoon First Nations Healthcare tracks brought us some of the best thematic discussions we have ever seen at DevelopingEM and the track leaders, Aleeta Fejo, Jacqui Hughes, Sarah Goddard, Paul Saunders, Sharon Bloxsome, Paul McLeod and Ryan Dashwood were extraordinarily generous in leading these sessions.
  • We would also like to thank Lee Wharerau for coordinating the team from Aotearoa, and Chelsea White for coming all the way from the Navajo Nation.
  • Our faculty support teams also were enormously helpful in planning and developing the entire program and this includes Andrew Bezzina, Amanda Wallis, Nathan Trist, Megan Cox, Michelle Withers, Nat Thurtle and Taryn Clark.

Thank you all and we hope to work again with you very soon.

Events like this take time and persistence to plan and prepare and without the help of our incredible Alfred Health staff including Ann-Maree Guirguis, Sarah Jones, Arjun Bhogal and James Cameron, these events just would not happen. Thank you for your hard work over the last year and especially during the conference.

Preparations for our next event are steadily coming into focus and Sanj and I hope to bring you an ever-improving format so that hopefully we can again get together with our DevelopingEM family.

Thank you from both of us for all your support over the years and we will have more information on our future plans soon.

Mark & Sanj

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