Revisiting the Colombo Declaration

Why the World Needs the Colombo Declaration

On day one of our recent Fijian conference, the following powerful video was presented to our DevelopingEM audience.

YouTube Link

It poignantly describes why as an organisation we are passionate about this issue.

Why health care workers, from physicians to nurses, pharmacists to pathologists, from cleaners to security staff, and also patients and their families should never be a target of violence.

Building a base of support for the Colombo Declaration is now part of our mission.

Once we can demonstrate that individuals as well as important medical bodies such as ACEM, CENA, ANZICS, ACEP and RCEM support the Declaration then we can approach politicians at all levels with numbers they understand and respect.

Already many individuals have approached local, state and federal health, defence and foreign affairs authorities and politicians so there is a groundswell of support and knowledge that is developing.

EM is a global movement and we are in a unique position to become a meaningful independent global voice for health care workers on this issue.

Read in full: The Colombo Declaration

Get involved:
How you can influence the cause

1. Sign the declaration

2. Ask your colleagues and national professional bodies to publicly sign and promote the declaration.

3. Contact your local and national political representatives and bureaucrats until they are sick of hearing about the Colombo Declaration.

4. Arrange a showing of the video at your grand round or teaching meeting.

5. Share the link to the video and the online version of the Colombo Declaration encouraging people to sign on your personal and professional social media accounts.

YouTube Link

QR code to the online declaration (scan with a QR reader on your smart phone/tablet):

You will ultimately be recognising and supporting health care colleagues and patients around the globe who are at the epicentre of this problem putting their lives at risk every day.

In many cases this situation is occurring in previously stable and advanced countries with previously outstanding health care facilities.

This dynamic demonstrates that this problem could, in the right circumstances, visit every one of us, even in our seemingly strife free communities.

Help us help you have a voice.

Sign the Colombo Declaration today!!

Check out the presentations from Fiji to get a taste of what to expect at #DevEM2020 Colombia

Many of our delegates return again and again to our conferences.

Jo Unger from Berlin has proof- he collects the wrist bands and has been to all five of our international events.

Many of these return delegates commented that the presentations in Fiji were the best ever.

We cant have favourite conferences of course but we have to agree the presentations in Fiji were pretty amazing.

It was certainly the most naturally comedic group of presenters we’ve ever had.

Our Fijian and Pacific faculty showed everyone how it was done- smart, subtle, informative and funny.

Its hard to pick the highlights so why don’t you just check out all the presentations here.

As you can see there is also a link to Kass Thomas’ moving Colombo Declaration related video. Its a reminder to sign the Declaration. Simply scan the following QR code for the link.

#DevEM2020 in Colombia will bring the same core topics

  • Adult EM and Critical Care
  • Trauma
  • Paediatric EM and Critical Care

as well as

  • EM in Colombia
  • EM in the Region

so once again there will be fantastic presentations across the whole spectrum of topics relevant to the senior clinician.

The ACEM Scientific Congress that follows DevelopingEM is highly regarded in the region and many of of our faculty will be contributing to the event.

If Fiji, Sri Lanka, Cuba and Brazil are any guide #DevEM2020 will be another amazing collaborative event.

You can check out all of our previous presentations here and we hope to see you in Cartagena, Colombia in March 2020.

DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia!!

This week we announce our seventh conference will be in beautiful Cartagena de Indias in Colombia from March 9-11, 2020 with prehospital workshops on March 7-8.

For this event we are honoured to be partnering with the IFEM recognised Asociacion Colombiana de Especialista Emergencia y Urgencias (ACEM).

ACEM will be conducting their annual Scientific Congress sequentially with #DevEM2020 on March 12-14.

We hope both events will be a focus for Colombian, Caribbean, South American and international discussion and collaboration between emergency clinicians from around the world.

DevelopingEM will be sponsoring the attendance of 40 Colombian clinicians per day to #DevEM2020 as well as attendances at the four workshops currently planned. We also hope to assist the attendance of clinicians from around the region.

Colombian speakers will be part of the DEM faculty and we hope to provide the same support for the ACEM Congress.

Colombia has a rapidly evolving and growing emergency medicine community and we are very excited to be partnering with such an enthusiastic group of clinicians. (link to Christian’s article if approved).

In consultation with our Colombian partners we have decided to hold the conference in the amazing Caribbean port city, Cartagena de Indias.

Cartagena is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America, but also the home of multiple UNESCO listed world heritage sites.

The incredible Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, a city landmark at the heart of Cartagena’s historical downtown area, will be the venue for both conferences.

We hope you can join us for what will be another fantastic event with the potential for collaboration and ongoing interaction that has been the cornerstone of DevelopingEM.

DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji wraps 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 DEM2018 Fiji 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.

Although the breakdown of your registration charges was presented at the conference I think it’s important to remind you, as members of the team, of the breakdown of your contributions as well as what these funds allowed us all to achieve.

For a full delegate paying $AUD1700

  • $AUD887 went towards venue costs and I’m sure you will agree that the Intercontinental was a magnificent Fijian setting for a Pacific conference
  • $AUD338 went to administrative costs including outsourced event management, insurance, legals, college fees and merchandise (there is no payment to the medical management team)
  • $AUD117 went towards planning meetings both in Australia and Fiji
  • $AUSD43 went towards marketing
  • $AUD15 went towards IT support
  • Most Importantly $AUD300 went to supported attendance of regional and local delegates at the conference and workshops

This local delegate support was offset by a small local registration fee for the 75 Fijian attendees, however the 12 regional delegates you supported attended free of any charge. (2 regional delegates were supported by Aspen Health and 2 by the ACEM Foundation).

All of the Fijian and 12 of the regional delegates received $AUD100 per day of attendance to assist with travel and accommodation to the conference.

All the regional delegates had flights provided by the combined efforts of DEM, SPC, ACEM and Aspen, with SPC contributing further subsidies to 10 of the regional delegates.

Your support allowed 71 attendances at various workshops by local and regional colleagues, with many attending more than one workshop.

In summary you have all achieved a great deal both in an immediate and long term sense and the feedback from local and regional delegates has been overwhelming, and very heart warming.

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 video uploaded to our website soon. Our previous conference presentations can be found here.

Conference Photos and Videos
We decided to limit our costs this year and did not employ a professional photographer. If you have great photos and are happy for us to put them online either send them to us or upload it via Facebook.

Staying in Touch with other Delegates
Without pre-approval we cant 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 2018 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.

Thank you’s

There are so many people to thank but chief amongst those are our Fijian Organising Committee without whom this event would not have been possible.

We would especially like to thank the core members of this team


Without an EM society for support these individuals pressed forward in their own time to make this conference a success. Without you we would not have had an event and we are forever grateful for your enormous efforts and support.

The assistance of the Pacific Community (SPC) was absolutely critical to this conference being a regional Pacific conference. Without the financial support provided both to DEM and regional delegates we would not have been able to fund the attendance of nearly as many regional attendees. Right from the outset Berlin Kafoa and Mabel Taoi from SPC were enthusiastically supportive of the concept and we remain humbled as an organisation to have had their support. Thank you Berlin and Mabel.

We also must thank Georgina Phillips and Anne Creaton who guided our efforts from the beginning. These two inspiring physicians were able to connect us to the right people in the region and then to bring these people together to push forward movement towards a regional EM society and interconnected EMS development in the Pacific. Thank you both.

To our incredible unpaid faculty who have joined us from around the globe, you really are the core of this conference. Your generosity is unbelievable.

You have as a group made DevelopingEM what it is and we hope to continue building on an amazing group of clinicians as the years progress. In particular we must thank our Program and Workshop leads for herding the cats and getting everyone in the same place at the same time.


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

To our support staff for keeping everyone happy


Thank you for your hard work over the last year and especially during the conference.

Last but not least, to our wonderful delegates from Fiji and Pacific. What an outstanding group of smart, sensitive, positive physicians you are with the added advantage of all being comic geniuses. The Pacific is in good hands.

Thankyou DevelopingEMers. Without you we would literally not have a conference.

Revisiting the Colombo Declaration

The Colombo Declaration in support of the Stop Bombing Hospitals campaign


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 distressing content and graphic images and it stirred emotions in everyone present at the conference.

In response to these presentations a petition of conference faculty and delegates 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 SLEMCON 2017 conference.


Final Logo-03The Colombo Declaration

Attacks on health care facilities in conflict zones have, unfortunately, been documented in many wars throughout history. In the aftermath of World War II, in an attempt to limit the suffering caused by armed conflict, the international community drafted and ratified the 1949 Geneva Conventions, establishing rules to protect people who were not participating in the hostilities – civilians, medical personnel, injured soldiers etc. Violations of these rules of war, such as bombing a hospital, constituted a war crime punishable under International Humanitarian Law.

Despite the global acceptance of the Geneva Conventions, recent years have seen an escalation of the pattern, frequency and nature of attacks on hospitals in conflict . Recently termed the “weaponisation” of health care, these hospital attacks have become part of a multi-dimensional war strategy, which uses large scale violence to deprive people of access to health care. While Syria and Yemen have recently suffered the largest volume of attacks on health care facilities, a recent report documented attacks in 23 countries in 2016 alone.

The majority often using highly advanced precision aerial bombardment. These attacks are not simply collateral damage.

Under mounting pressure from all major international health related organisations, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2286 in May 2016 condemning attacks on health care and demanding that all warring parties fully comply with the Geneva Conventions. Unfortunately, the resolution has not been implemented or enforced, attacks continue with impunity.

At the 2016 DevelopingEM conference in Sri Lanka an eye witness description of the bombing of the Medecins Sans Frontieres run Kunduz Trauma Centre in Northern Afghanistan was emotional provided by Dr Kathleen Thomas. Forty two staff and patients were killed in the US attack and the Trauma Centre was utterly destroyed. Other presenters and conference delegates later described similar attacks on health facilities in other conflict settings that they too had witnessed.

As a group, evidenced by a signed petition, the faculty and delegates (approximately 300 clinicians) of the conference agreed to cement the overwhelming abhorrence at the ongoing situation globally in the Colombo Declaration.

The Sri Lankan Society of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (SSCCEM) and DevelopingEM in behalf of the faculty and delegates of the 2016 Conference present the Declaration as follows.

We, the directors and organizing committee of DevelopingEM and the SSCCEM, are concerned about the serious worldwide attacks on healthcare facilities, personnel and their patients. We have assembled at the 2017 Sri Lankan Emergency Medicine Conference (SLEMCON), to consider enhanced action to tackle this problem in a spirit of trust and cooperation. We:

  1. Condemn the attacks on health care facilities, health care workers and vehicles in conflict zones.
  2. Reaffirm our belief that all people regardless of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious beliefs should have the right to access health care, and all medical professionals should be able to deliver this care in facilities without threat of
  3. Call upon the UN Security Council to take immediate action to fully implement and enforce Resolution 2286
  4. Call upon all Member States to uphold and comply with the Geneva Conventions; to commit to making attacks against healthcare in conflict zones an absolute redline; to support the enforcement of UNSC Resolution 2286; and to call for an immediate cessation to any further attacks on health care facilities
  5. Call upon national medical societies, specialist colleges and clinicians to individually and collectively condemn attacks on healthcare facilities in conflict zones, and to promote respect and awareness of the Geneva Conventions and enforcement of UNSC Resolution 2286.

These are serious promises which will be difficult to achieve, but we are resolved that such commitments will be met by practical action and the resources needed to ensure real and measurable results;

Together we can raise the profile of this issue and advocate for the correct and proper enforcement of the Geneva Conventions and UNSC Resolution 2286.


Since the formal declaration DevelopingEM has used social media and other platforms to spread the word about the Colombo Declaration to clinicians around the globe.

Kass Thomas followed up her presentation in Sri Lanka with an article describing the Kunduz attack and outlining her thoughts on the way forward.

As individuals, we have begun approaching local health districts, academic colleges and professional organisations.

As a result of these approaches the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) have all formally come out in support of the Colombo Declaration.

We have also begun the process of appealing to our political representatives.

Unfortunately as time passes the problem of the weaponisation of healthcare has not halted with ongoing attacks on facilities around the globe and a total disregard for the Geneva conventions and the UN security council resolution on bombing medical facilities. In 2017, 701 facilities were attacked in 23 countries, more than ever before, according to the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Report.

As such we feel there is very much still work to do and as we progress we plan as an organisation to:

  • Vastly increase global medical community support for this declaration by gaining signatory support from as many clinicians and professional organisations as possible.
  • Report on Dr Thomas’ website whenever we become aware of a new hospital attack so that these atrocities do not go unnoticed.
  • Seek media interest in reporting the declaration and the concern across the medical community for our colleagues under attack.
  • Utilise this media interest to have a voice with individuals and organisations of potential influence on this complex issue.


This issue is a daunting one to confront but there are things that you can do to help raise awareness and contribute to the groundswell of medical opposition to this tool of modern warfare.

As individuals you can

  • Update your understanding of the issue by checking out Safeguarding Health, the Report on Attacks on Healthcare facilities in 2017, and the Stop Bombing Hospitals website
  • Visit the Stop Bombing Hospitals booth at #DevEM2018 to find out more
  • Sign the Colombo Declaration here
  • Become a local champion and encourage your colleagues and local representative organisations, wherever you hail from, to sign the online declaration. Every signature counts.
  • Spread the word about news of ongoing attacks and also strategies to address the issue such as the Declaration, through your own social media platforms
  • Write to your Member of Parliament or other political representatives in your country about this issue and feel free to forward the Declaration.

At DevelopingEM 2018 Fiji we will be restating the Declaration and there will be an information desk where you can learn more about how to contribute.

As delegates of DevelopingEM you are part of our organisation and we invite you to be part of this movement.

We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you to progress this Declaration.


Radiology Track scheduled for Day One at #DevEM2018

As well as Co-Directing #DevEM2018 Sanj Fernando also leads an experienced group of emergency physicians in presenting an afternoon Radiology Session at this years’ conference.

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This focussed review of XRays and CT scans will review radiology findings that clinically matter.

Get a jump on life saving interventions based on radiology even before the radiologist gets involved.


Get prepped for your trip to FIJI for #DevEM2018

1. Conference location

DevelopingEM will be hosting the 2018 conference at the beautiful InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

Nestled amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is located on the beautiful and picturesque Natadola Bay on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.

This five-star resort boasts 266 rooms, world-class dining, a luxury spa, three swimming pools, an 18-hole championship golf course and a kid’s club as well as authentic Fijian hospitality. This is one of the most magnificent luxury retreats in Fiji.

Resort details

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Maro Road, Natadola Bay, Sanasana

Viti Levu, Fiji Islands

Website: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

Telephone: +679 673 3300

Fax: +679 673 3349



Accommodation is available at the conference venue. DevelopingEM has negotiated a special rate for all conference delegates. For all details regarding rates, rooms and inclusions please visit the website.


2. Customs and immigration

Passport and Visa

Everyone needs a valid passport to enter Fiji. You will also need to have an onward ticket and a passport valid for at least six months longer than your intended stay. A free tourist visa for four months is granted on arrival to citizens of more than 100 countries. Please review the list of visa exempt countries. If you are not from a visa exempt country, please apply for a visa through the Fijian Department of Immigration.

Customs and immigration

Fiji has very strict regulations concerning the import of goods into the country. Please refer to the Fiji Revenue and Customs website for more information about what you can and cannot bring into Fiji.


The following items must be declared.

 Food of any kind.

 Plants or parts of plants – live or dead, including seeds, bulbs, nuts and wooden articles.

 Earth, rock, soil or mineral samples.

 Animals or parts of animals – live or dead including coral, shells and goods made from

protected wildlife.

 Equipment used with horses or other animals.

 Biological specimens or tissues – human or animal.


3. Money

The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is a cashless resort. A credit card pre-authorisation is required for all guests staying at the resort and a tab can be set up for those who are not staying at the Resort.

The Resort accepts all major credit cards. Visa, Diners Club, China Union Pay, Amex and MasterCard are widely used. Please note effective 1 April 2016 a service fee of 3.5% will apply to all credit card and foreign debit card payments.

Guests are welcome to change their preferred method of payment upon checkout to cash or local access card to avoid the service fee surcharge.


VAT (Value Added Tax) of 9% applies to many goods and services in Fiji. All hotels and resorts also charge a Service Turnover Tax of 6% and an Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy of 10%.


The currency in Fiji (currency code $FJD), is the Fijian dollar. Bill denominations are $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.

Important: Tell your bank about your travel plans two weeks before you leave. Card activity in a

foreign country could be mistaken for fraud and you could find your account frozen.

Money exchange

Exchange booths can be found at the airport and in tourist areas. You will get a better rate if you wait until you’re in Fiji to change your dollars, although exchange rates will likely be higher at the airport and in hotels than in banks or booths in town.

Automatic Teller Machines

ATMs are common in major urban areas and most accept the main international debit cards including Cirrus and Maestro. There are ATMs in the airport arrival hall and one on-site at the resort.

Tip: Westpac and ANZ have ATMs throughout Fiji. Australian Westpac customers pay no ATM withdrawal fee at Westpac Pacific ATMs, just a conversion fee.


4. Airport and transfers

Centrally situated in the South Pacific, Fiji is one of the main airline hubs of the Pacific region. Fiji is serviced by most major carriers in the Pacific region including its national carrier Fiji Airways; Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Korean Airlines, Qantas, Pacific Blue, Air Niugini and AirCalin.

The Nadi International Airport is approximately 55 km from the resort and a transfer usually takes 45-60 minutes to travel (by car).


DevelopingEM recommends you arrange a shared or private transfer to travel from the airport to the resort through Uniquely Fiji Hotel Transfers; a Fijian owned transfer and touring business.

DevelopingEM has negotiated special rates for conference delegates to travel to and from the airport to the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.

1. Shared Transfer (one way)

    $45 ($FJD) per adult

    $20 ($FJD) per child (10 to 15 years)

    Children below 10 years are FOC

2. Private Standard Car Transfers (one way)

    $90 ($FJD): 1-3 travellers

    $160 ($FJD): 4-9 traveller’s

    $240 ($FJD): 10-15 traveller’s

3. Private VIP Sedan Transfers (one way)

    $200 ($FJD): 1-4 travellers (includes bottled water and refresher towels)


 Prices are quoted in Fijian Dollars ($FJD) and are for one way only.

 Baby car seats are at an additional $10 Fijian dollars per seat per trip.

 The above prices are inclusive of a meet and greet.

 Payment can be made in cash in AUD, NZD, USD or by credit card which will incur an

    additional 4% surcharge fee.

To book

To secure your transfers, please use the following booking links:

One-way transfers

Return transfers

For any other transfers pre or post conference, please contact Uniquely Fiji Hotel Transfers and

Tours – Ms Zahira Bano by telephone +(679) 8368222 or by email and mention that you are attending the DevelopingEM conference to secure the best rate.


A taxi fare is approximately $90.00 ($FJD) from the airport to the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.


5. Weather

During the month of December, visitors to Natadola should expect an average maximum

temperature around 31°C (87°F) and overnight temperature of 22°C (72°F). You should also plan to bring a raincoat, as rain is likely.

The water temperature will be around 27.0°C (80.6°F) so pack your swimsuit, as this is a great month to swim!


6. Accommodation

Whether you are staying at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa or elsewhere, here are some top tips about your stay.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa: check in and check out times

The Resort has a standard check in time of 2:00 pm and a standard check out time of 11:00 am.

Earlier check in times and late check out times are available upon request, subject to availability.


Tap water in Natadola is safe to drink however; we recommend you drink bottled water when possible.

If staying at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa you will be provided with two complimentary bottles of Fiji Water daily in your room and bottled water will be provided at the conference.


Electricity is 220-240 volts, 50Hz and a three pin flat plug is standard (similar to Australia and NZ).

You will need a voltage convertor if the application is 110 volts.


Tipping is not encouraged anywhere in Fiji. Tip with a smile and ‘vinaka’, which is Fijian for ‘thankyou’.

Should you wish to render a gratuity to staff at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa please charge this to your account. It will be evenly distributed amongst all resort service staff on a quarterly basis.


7. Registration process

The registration desk will be located on the ground floor of the main building, outside the Conference Centre at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. All delegates must visit the registration desk to collect their Conference materials and name badge before gaining access to the Conference. The Conference will begin promptly at 8:00 am Monday, 3 December. All delegates are requested to be seated in the Main Ballroom by 7:50 am.

We encourage you to register as early as possible to allow for easy access to the opening of the Conference.

Registration desk opening times are:

Saturday, 1 December: 7:30 – 9:00 am

Sunday, 2 December: 7:30 – 9:00 am & 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Monday, 3 December: 7:00 – 9:00 am

Tuesday, 4 December: 7:00 – 9:00 am

Wednesday, 5 December: 7:00 – 9:00 am

Thursday, 6 December: 7:00 – 9:00 am

If on arrival at the Conference you have not paid for your registration, you will be asked to do so by credit card. All outstanding accounts must be settled upon registering for the Conference and credit card is preferred. If you plan to pay in cash, please have the correct amount available as change will not be limited. Please arrive early to avoid delays.


8. Dietary requirements

If you have not already done so, please advise us of any specific requests (including vegetarian requirements). All attempts have been made to meet these requirements.


9. Conference program

The Organising Committee for DevelopingEM is very pleased to announce the detailed Conference Program is available online: DevelopingEM program. You will receive a printed program with your registration pack and name tag at the conference.

The Conference program commences on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at 6:00 pm with the official Welcome Reception. Please make your way to the Kama Beachfront at this time.


10. Workshops

Workshops are part of the Conference program and involve a separate registration and fee.

Prior to arriving at the Conference, please take note of your selected workshops. Unfortunately, places are strictly limited and you can only attend workshops for which you are registered.

Workshops include:

December 1 – 2, 2018 Ultrasound Workshop

December 2, 2018 EMS Medical Direction Workshop

December 5, 2018 Pacific Regional Emergency Medicine Development Forum

December 6, 2018 Emergency Nursing Workshop


11. Social events

Welcome Reception – Sunday 2 December 2018 (6:00-8:00 pm)

Kick off the conference in style over canapés and drinks on the Kama Beachfront at the Intercontinental Hotel. Reconnect with old friends and meet colleagues from all over the world!

Dress code – neat casual.

Gala Dinner – Wednesday, 5 December 2018 (7:00-10:00 pm)

Soak up the romance of the Pacific at the DevelopingEM Gala Dinner. Located right on the beach,this event will be one of the highlights of the conference and a place where new friendships, concepts and initiatives are born.

Full registration ensures your attendance at this event; day only delegates and partners/children are also welcome at an additional cost. Dress code – semi formal.


12. Communication

Complimentary Wi-Fi

There will be complimentary Wi-Fi provided to all conference delegates during the conference and

in guest rooms. Specific details will be provided on check in to the resort or at the commencement of the Conference.

Communication at the Conference

At DevelopingEM we will be using WhatsApp – a web-based social media platform both in and out of the conference. This App enables you to communicate to the conference group via text message.

You can download the application free through iTunes or Google Play store.

Instructions on joining the group: DevEM 2018

1. Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or mobile data

2. On your mobile device, tablet or computer, complete one of the following:

a) Click on the following link:

b) Scan the QR Code via one of the following methods;


    Android users can scan the code using a third-party QR code reader.

    iPhone recipients can scan the code using their phones’ cameras.

Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, WhatsApp will confirm whether you would like to join the group. If you select yes, a similar screen to the following screen whatsapp 2

will pop up to indicate you have joined the DEM2018 group.


13. Photography and filming

Delegates are advised that segments of the Conference may be recorded by still photography, video and/or audio (referred to as ‘the recordings’ in this document) for educational/promotional/media purposes including social media.

If you do not consent to recordings, please:

Advise us via email at prior to the event and provide us with a recent photograph so that you can be identified.

Advise the operator at the Conference and move out of the camera range.

You can withdraw your consent to DevelopingEM’s use of the recordings at any time by notifying us in writing.

DevelopingEM will take all reasonable measures to remove the recordings from publication upon such a request.


14. Certificates of attendance

All Conference delegates will be required to complete a feedback form which will be issued electronically (via direct email) following the conclusion of the Conference. Once you have submitted your feedback form, you will automatically receive your certificate of attendance.