Global and Regional EM Tracks- the Core of #DevEM2018

Hearing the experiences of colleagues from around the globe has been one of the key features of DevelopingEM since our first conference in Sydney in 2012.

Over the years we have had incredible presentations on wide ranging topics including

  • Lead Poisoning in Nigeria
  • The health effects of the US Embargo of Cuba
  • The work of Cuban Health Brigades around the globe
  • The effects of climate change on human health
  • MSF experiences around the globe
  • The effects of conflict and war on the provision of medical care

as well as presentations on the progression of EM from the four corners of the globe.

Experiences from the following countries have been part of our Global Sessions over previous conferences

  • Afghanistan
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Fiji
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Laos
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Lucia

You can seen many of these previous presentations here on our website.

This year sees another fantastic series of Global EM tracks.

Dr Shivani Shailin, a Fijian emergency clinician, leads the EM in Fiji track and has organised a fascinating Fijian session with discussions ranging from EMS development, to disaster response, to emergency nursing development and EM education.

Shivani (with Georgina Phillips and Anne Creaton) recently received the ACEM Mika Ah Kuoi award for excellence on completion of the Masters of Emergency Medicine Fiji and we are very grateful for her efforts in putting together an amazing track.

Natalie Thurtle returns to lead and coordinate not only a Regional EM track, where we will hear the experiences of colleagues from around the diverse and wonderful Pacific, but also a second session- Global EM: Innovation in Emergency Medicine. This fascinating session will examine the lessons learnt from the application of emergency systems globally, often in the most challenging of environments.

Nat has been an integral part of the DevelopingEM team since our first conference in 2012 and we will be eternally grateful for her involvement and friendship.

These sessions are amongst our most popular for a reason- they’re awesome!!

Join us in Fiji and get involved in the discussion.

A fantastic Paediatric Track for #DevEM2018 Fiji

Our good friend April Kam from Canada brings together an amazing group of experts for a top-notch Paediatric track.

April returns for her third DevelopingEM and she has organised a group of old and new faces.

Mary Langcake, Tanya Solano, Donovan Dwyer, and Suzanne Beno return to the team having helped DevelopingEM hugely in the past and we are so grateful for their ongoing support.

Tania Principi and Ben Shepherd join us from the first time. Tania is one of April’s colleagues from Toronto and Ben is a local from our own base hospital in Wollongong- yes it’s a real place.

Together this team cover the entire range of Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Critical Care- its going to be an awesome way to kick off the conference.

Get a taste of what’s in store by checking April’s last program from DEM Sri Lanka in 2016.

Peter Cameron and Gerard O’Reilly return with an awesome Trauma track

Peter and Gerard have joined our Medical Organising Committee and return with an amazing Trauma track for #DevEM2018 Fiji.

They and a multinational group of presenters are covering topics that span the breadth of trauma management.

Get a taste of how good this session is going to be- check the trauma track from last years’ conference in Sri Lanka.

Peter and Gerard have been unbelievably generous with their precious time and we remain so grateful for their advice as we continue to attempt to take DevelopingEM to the next level.

Join the next level with us in Fiji.

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An Expanded Nursing Workshop for #DevEM2018 Fiji

Professor Kate Curtis and her team return to DevelopingEM with an expanded Nursing workshop for local delegates.

This year your donations and registrations are helping DevelopingEM to host a full day Nursing Workshop exclusively for Fijian and regional delegates.

The first half of the day focusses on the HIRAID emergency nursing assessment framework with the afternoon having a more practical skill based format.

Thank you for helping us host this amazing workshop.

Palliative Care in the ED with Jon Kerr

Jon returns to DevelopingEM as part of Brian Wright’s Adult EM and Critical Care Team.

This is Jon’s fourth DevelopingEM and we remain enormously grateful for his expertise and support over the last 5 years.

Palliative Care may seem out of place in a critical care track but it remains an important part of the process of initial and ongoing care for many of our increasingly complicated patients.

Its an area that Jon is particularly passionate about and we look forward to another interesting and enlightening discussion.

Check his presentation from 2016 here

When Jon isnt presenting he will no doubt be 20 metres under the ocean surface checking out Fiji’s coral and fish life.

If you want to join him or need ideas about the scuba options in Fiji just let us know.

One option we can highly recommend is Manta Ray Island

Even though it is the wrong season to see the Mantas it remains a spectacular place to snorkel and scuba and the seaplane ride there is pretty cool as well

Nick Taylor with more cardiology gems at DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji

The winner of the all-around dude award in Colombo, Nick Taylor, returns to DevelopingEM.

He’s dragging himself away from our nations’ capital Canberra to give us all the years’ best cardiology update.

Nick is a self confessed ECG nerd and even if you think you know some heart stuff he will show that there’s even more to learn.

Check out his awesome presentation from 2016 to see what’s in store.

See you in December!!

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David Wallace returns as part of our Adult EM and Critical Care track

David returns from Pittsburgh as part of Brian Wright’s Adult EM and Critical Care track.

David has helped us out over the last few years and its great to have him back again.

His presentations definitely meet the brief of aiming information at the senior clinician and giving them something they can take back to their next shift.

Check out his presentation in Colombo.

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Meet our Track Leads for 2018

Following the release of our complete program last week we would like to re-introduce our main track leads.

We’re lucky to have our all our leads from 2016 returning to lead the core components of DevelopingEM.

April (Paediatrics), Nat (Global and Regional EM), Brian (Adult EM), and Peter and Gerard (Trauma) all return after helping us out in Sri Lanka. Its impossible to summarise just how qualified this group is to provide you with quality education but Ill give it a try.


April Kam returns to lead an amazing Paediatric team. She’s a Paediatric Emergency Physician, a professor, an award winning educationalist and a champion of global emergency development. She Canadian and by default the loveliest track lead of all time- sorry Nat, Brian, Peter and Gerard you’re all awesome but you’re just not Canadian enough. April brings together an amazing team from multiple specialties and countries covering critical care topics across the whole spectrum of emergent management of paediatric patients. We’re all looking forward to an amazing opening of DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji. Thank you April (and team)!

Nat Thurtle. What can I say to summarise just how amazing this EM leader is? An awesome presenter (she’s been with us since the beginning in 2012), and awesome track lead (she’s been leading our Global EM day since 2014), by the time she joins us in Fiji she will be an awesome new mother. In the last two trimesters she’s been putting together not one but three amazing tracks describing progress in EM development around the globe. Reflecting Nat’s own experiences around the globe you will hear from experts from Fiji, The Pacific and 4 other continents. These sessions are always one of the most interesting components of DevelopingEM and this year is no exception. Than you Nat for organising another another fantastic sequence of sessions.

Returning also is the New Yorker from Stonybrook, Brian Wright. The only complaint we’ve had about Brian’s EM and Critical Care sessions in the past is that there is simply too much information. With a team of experts that have joined us for our conferences since 2013 this session is packed full of the best clinical emergency medicine and critical care education you will get this year. Brian is a clinicians’ clinician, an expert but never arrogant, hard working and supremely focussed on his patients. One would be hard pressed to find a critical care topic that Brian isn’t an expert on, and after Sri Lanka 2016 he also knows how many Americans can fit into a tuk tuk. Thanks again Brian for another awesome session.







Its impossible to know where to start in a description of our trauma track leads Peter Cameron and Gerard O’Reilly. They have been leaders in Australasian and International EM for decades and we remain humbled that they have joined the organising committee of DevelopingEM and continue to design the trauma track. This year they have brought together experts from 7 countries to give you an amazing session of trauma education. Thank you Peter and Gerard for your advice and counsel and for putting together an amazing trauma track.

Check out the full bios of all our track leads and presenters here.

Accreditation for DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji

DevelopingEM is now accredited for CME/CPD through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).  For each hour of conference and workshop education ACEM allocates 1 CME/CPD point.

The program is now accredited for 33 points for the plenary from December 3-6, 2018 and 9 points for the NAEMSP Workshop on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

North American, British and European colleges do not directly accredit conferences organised outside of these regions. Despite this ACEP, AAEM, CAEP, UKEM and EUSEM all allow individual delegates to apply for CME/CPD for internationally endorsed conferences.

So for our North American, British and European colleagues attending DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji there is the capacity to utilise the conference for your CME/CPD.

DevelopingEM will be providing conference certificates displaying the ACEM accreditation achieved during your attendance and we are happy to provide further information if required by your college.

Come to DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji – We are accredited!