ACEM and CENA support the Colombo Declaration

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) have both in the last week formally come out to support the Colombo Declaration.

It is truly amazing that our local EM colleges have supported this important Declaration.

Our next efforts to further spread the word will focus on involving other national medical bodies and governmental agencies at all levels before formally approaching the United Nations.

We encourage you to help as well.

Visit Here you will find more information, an ‘Act Now’ page with more details on how you can help stop these hospital attacks including a letter pro forma that you can personalise to send to our political leaders and links to other organisations advocating for this cause.

We would also encourage you to approach your employers, specialist medical colleges, other medical associations, write to your Federal Member of Parliament and feel free to forward the Declaration.

From all of us within SSCCEM and Developing EM we thank ACEM and CENA for their support and we hope to be able to update you on our progress with this issue very soon.

EM in Fiji


Leaning palm tree at the beach on Nananu-i-Ra island, Fiji. Tourism is the main industry of Nananu-I-Ra

In 2014 during our conference in Salvador, Brazil, Anne Creaton from Melbourne explained how EM was developing as a specialty in Fiji.

Check out her presentation here.

Since then Anne and many other local and international clinicians have made incredible strides in a specialty tailor made for the demands of acute medicine in the Pacific.

Check out the Friends of Emergency Care in Fiji Facebook Page to see how things continue to develop on a daily basis.

In December at DEM 2018 you will hear much more about the challenges and solutions in the development of EM in Fiji and the Pacific from local champions during three sessions devoted to these presentations.

As we have discovered during our past conferences these sessions are not only simply interesting but very often provide solutions to problems that can be taken back to our own settings.

Join us in Fiji for DEM 2018 for this years’ best opportunity to learn from and interact with the most innovative clinicians from around the globe.

Register Here!

Introducing DevelopingEM

In introducing last years’ conference Mark explains who we are, where we’re going, and where your money goes.

Check out the presentation and video from 2016.

At the time we weren’t quite sure what the future held but now as you know we’re excitedly taking the concept to Fiji and the Pacific.

We hope you can help us make this happen as part of the DevelopingEM team.

See you in Viti Levu in December!!

DevelopingEM partners with Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre

Over the last year DevelopingEM has been re-evaluating the way we can best make our concept sustainable in the long term and provide a better service for our delegates.

After a huge amount of thought, advice and discussion we have decided to partner with Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre based in Melbourne.

Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre will be collaborating with us to provide our event management for the upcoming DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji conference.

We really feel that this established organisation will be a fantastic fit for DevelopingEM now and into the future.

As you may be aware, The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre formalised its existing academic activities into a program of educational events, conferences and research projects in 2014. Since then the infrastructure team has been in an excellent position to provide event management and support for events such as ours. They also have gained plenty of experience in that time coordinating multiple research projects, masters programs, short course programs, fellowship programs, major symposia and international education collaborations.

Not only do they have experience but they have already focussed on improving our bottom line and are obviously on the same page as DevelopingEM by aiming to reduce overheads so we can do more for you and our regional delegate sponsorship.

This major move was suggested by Peter Cameron and Gerard O’Reilly who in their roles at the Monash / Alfred Injury Network have worked extensively with The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre. Peter and Gerard coordinated our trauma track last year and Peter has helped us out since our first test conference in 2012. They have both folded into our Medical Organising Committee and will be advising us on faculty and program development this year and in the future.

We will continue to have faculty input from outside Australasia and our connections in New York, Brian Wright, Peter Viccellio and Billy Mallon are developing aspects of this years’ program and already looking at options for 2019 in their neck of the woods, with the possible options being Colombia or Peru.

Its a very exciting time for DevelopingEM and we’re confident that this new direction will provide an improved conference experience for all our delegates.

Please help us welcome Ann-Maree Guirguis, Education Event & Project Co-ordinator, and Jessica Hocking, Manager of Academic and International Programs, from the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre.  They’re a team we’re already throughly impressed with and we get the feeling we will be working with them for many years to come.

DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji

We have some great news from the team at Developing EM.

After taking a hiatus in 2017 we are thrilled to announce that we have been officially invited to host our 2018 conference in Fiji!

The conference will be held at the beautiful InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa on the stunning Natadola Bay on the main Fijian island, Viti Levu, from

Monday, 3rd December – Thursday, 6th December 2018.

This unique event not only offers an outstanding and focused learning experience but also presents the opportunity to visit this enchanting country.

We are currently developing the agenda with our global faculty and have received extraordinary local and regional interest.

At this stage we are planning tracks in Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine in Fiji, Adult Emergency Medicine in Critical Care and Trauma. There will also be a breakout session focusing on Emergency Nursing and an optional preconference 2 day Ultrasound workshop.

DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji will be an amazing experience and we look forward to seeing you all in the hub of the Pacific.

Lee, Mark and Sanj.


Colombo Declaration at SLEMCON 2017

The issue of attacks on medical facilities in conflict zones was brought to the fore by several presentations during the DevelopingEM 2016 Sri Lanka conference. The moving presentation by Kass Thomas describes the 2015 attack on the MSF run Kunduz Trauma Centre in Afghanistan. It contains emotional content and graphic images. A petition of the faculty and delegates at the 2016 conference recorded unanimous condemnation of past and ongoing attacks on health care facilities. At the suggestion of our friends and colleagues within the Sri Lankan Society of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (SSCCEM) an attempt to crystallise the feelings of the faculty and delegates into a formal declaration was undertaken. The resultant Colombo Declaration was presented formally during the plenary session of the very recent SLEMCON 2017 conference. The Declaration is the result of 12 months of thought, discussion and consultation and all those involved are extremely grateful to the SSCCEM for fostering its development and allowing for it be formally presented during SLEMCON. As a group we would be very grateful if you consider the Declaration enunciated below.  


In follow up to the release of the Declaration we plan to promote the issue across a range of platforms as well as approach colleagues, medical bodies, and government with the ultimate aim being to enhance the enforcement of the Geneva Conventions and UNSC Resolution 2286.

What can you do?

Visit the Stop Bombing Hospitals website.

Spread the word.

Educate your colleagues.

Approach your employers, specialist medical colleges, and other medical associations to promote and support the Declaration.

Write to your Federal Member of Parliament and feel free to forward the Declaration

From all of us within SSCCEM and Developing EM we thank you for your support and we hope to be able to update you on our progress with this issue very soon.

LOW FI Simulation Gear for Sri Lanka

Since December we have been working on acquiring a Low Fidelity Simulation set up for the National Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Thanks to the generosity and assistance of iSimulate , you as DevelopingEMers have facilitated the purchase of a

ALSi- Advanced Patient Condition Simulator

and a

Crash Kelly Mannequin

which used together create a flexible realistic simulation based training option.

We are hoping to get the purchase to Sri Lanka in time for the first dedicated emergency medicine conference to be held in Sri Lanka- SLEMCON2017 – between the 5th and 14th of November this year.

The gear will initially be used as part of the conference but will then serve to train residents in emergency medicine at the National Hospital in Colombo.

Without your support as DevelopingEM attendees this would not have been possible.

Thank you for your help and ongoing support!!

Consolidation of Opportunities for Ongoing Educational Assistance in Sri Lanka

With the enlivened interest in EM and critical care as a result of the conference there is a growing group of trainees who are hungry for your assistance with their ongoing education.


DevelopingEM’ers Nilantha Lenora, Nick Taylor, and James Salway are involved in an EM educational capacity building project in Sri Lanka to complement what’s being offered locally and would like to appeal for you to stay involved and offer whatever time and skills you can devote within the EM/Critical Care/Tox/Paeds/PreHospital realms via some of the following opportunities:

  • Virtual Grand Rounds
    • Deliver a 30-60 minute lecture for Sri Lanka EM registrars online via Skype/Google Hangout
    • Flexible scheduling, conference sessions tend to fall on Fridays
  • Virtual Mentoring
    • Serve as a mentor/advisor/role model to a group of 2-3 Sri Lankan EM registrars
    • Time commitment:  1 x 60 minute group online mentoring session every 1-2 months over Skype/Google Hangout
  • Virtual Journal Club
    • Offer faculty-level review for online journal club forum hosted by Sri Lanka EM registrars

If any consultants from around the world are interested in making a lasting impact on the education of a future EM physician in Sri Lanka via the above opportunities or others, please contact Dr Nilantha Lenora ( ) for  more information.



“Colombo Declaration” in support of the Stop Bombing Hospitals Campaign

Kass Thomas’ impassioned presentation on the Kunduz Hospital bombing stirred emotions in everyone present.

We received nearly 150 signatures on a Stop Attacking Hospitals petition at the conference and plan several follow up efforts to maintain exposure of this vitally important issue including:

  • Construction of a Medical Journal Article on the topic.
  • Formulation of a formal “Colombo Declaration” from the delegate body expressing our group opinion on the issue.
  • Appeal on behalf of the delegate body to the UN, Geneva.
  • Convention, Heads of State, International Criminal Court and other relevant regional, local and international bodies.
  • Seek the interest of documentary and journalistic organisations to follow up with cinematographic representation of our declaration.

If you would like to add your support and assistance to this please email us directly at