The Society was established in 1981 by practitioners who foresaw the emergence of the specialty of emergency medicine and the future implications for the care of acutely ill patients attending hospital “casualty departments”.
From those beginnings emerged the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, formally incorporated in 1984.
The Society continues to provide a forum for discussion and debate on issues of relevance to emergency medicine.
We are progressively adding to this site, if the information you are after is not on the website, please click here to contact the ASEM office
New ASEM Contact Details
New Postal Address:
PO Box 5315
Alexandra Hills, QLD, 4161
Please Note: you will need to be logged in as an ASEM member to access this edition.
Searching for a Tasmanian and New Zealand Councillor on ASEM Council
Council is looking for interest to fill the positions of Tasmanian and New Zealand ASEM Council representatives. This is an opportunity to become more involved with the Society and an opportunity to have a voice for Council. This involves participation in a teleconference every 6 weeks and an invitation to the Strategic Planning Day, held annually.
Please note: Ensure the box marked ‘Student’ is ticked and then send your form to ASEM, Reply Paid, PO Box 5315, Alexandra Hills, QLD 4161 OR email to $Qfirstname.lastname@example.org.
After joining, you will receive free access to the Members Only section of the ASEM website as well as an electronic copy of the ASEM Quarterly Newsletter. In future, ASEM aims to offer a host of student-focused resources including information about training, career options, clinical tips and tricks, and competitions.
ASEM now on Facebook!!
The ASEM Facebook page has been created to allow members and the public to become more involved with ASEM and see what is being accomplished and done about Emergency Medicine around Australia and New Zealand.
The Director Medical and Chronic Disease Services position is a newly created, strategic leadership role at Mater in South Brisbane. It will be responsible for advising on strategic policy related to medical practitioners within the Medical and Chronic Disease Services Clinical Stream and leading governance, policy and practice development within this stream across facilities at Mater. The role will provide clinical and operational strategic leadership for the service through the integration of exceptional clinical care with research and professional education, and holds full accountability for the provision of day to day services and financial management of the service.
Australia and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference 2016
1st of June 2016
This event will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD
The 2016 Conference will continue to provide a platform of discussion that began in 2015 for the Search and Rescue Community. ANZSAR aims to tackle the issues and challenges in Search and Rescue and continue the support of professional development in new training, techniques and requirements.
The Conference theme ‘Land, Sea & Air’ is designed to challenge, demonstrate and encourage discussion on four defining topics, which includes:
Technology and Operations: “How are advancements in technology changing the way SAR operations are conducted?”
Training: “How do we ensure that people are appropriately trained and have the right skills for all different aspects of SAR?”
Organisation: “How do we enhance the interconnectedness between multiple SAR agencies to coordinate the most effective SAR response?
This unique Conference provides a platform of discussion for the Search and Rescue community to continue their learning and understanding of others research and experiences. The Program includes 6 Keynotes, 26 Forums and Poster Presentations.
Covering 52.8 million square kilometres of Search and Rescue services, Australia is notorious for our prodigious Search and Rescue capabilities. ANZSAR will help unite the Australian and New Zealand SAR community to ensure that our services continue to be of high standard.
Sydney University Medical School Postgraduate Education
Sydney Medical School is launching a number of new vocationally orientated postgraduate programs for medical graduates in 2015. These programs have all been developed to help you succeed in today’s competitive environment. They will be taught by leading clinicians and academics, and complement our other vocationally orientated degree programs.
- Master of Medicine (Critical Care)
- Master of Medicine (Psychiatry),
- Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Metabolic Health) and
- Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills (Surgical Anatomy).
Sydney Medical School will be running webinars and other information sessions in the months ahead where you will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of academics teaching in the program.
Dr Sashi Kumar (ASEM ACT Council Member) is a CTLS International Faculty Member. Below you will find further information regarding the course and about Dr Sashi Kumar and his speech presented at the 2013 CTLS course in India.
The Comprehensive Trauma Life Support (CTLS) Course is an authentic course on Acute Trauma Management being organised in India by International Trauma Care (Indian Chapter). This is the only comprehensive course catering to Critical Care Specialists, Anesthesiologists, Surgeons, Emergency Physicians, Facio maxillary & Dental Surgeons, Physical Thereapists, Trauma Care Nurses & Rehabilitation Specialists.
Below are some links that may be of interest. Please click here to view all.
Australian Emergency Medicine Research Review
This Review features key medical articles from global Emergency Medicine journals with commentary from Professor Anne-Maree Kelly. The Review covers topics such as paediatric emergency medicine, emergency medicine guidelines, wilderness emergency medicine, traumatic injuries, sports injury, head injury, and penetrating trauma.
Research Review publications are free to receive for all Australian health professionals.
If you would like further information, or subscribe to receive publications via email please click here
Patient Blood Management Guidelines
Please click on the link below to view the National Blood Authorities Patient Blood Management Guidlines.
The National Blood Authority (NBA) is pleased to announce that the Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 6 - Neonatal & Paediatrics and accompanying Quick Reference Guide are now available and can be downloaded or ordered free of charge from the NBA website.
Emergency ID is an Australian owned and operated provider of medical jewellery and emergency ID products.
The business was founded by former Police Officer, Nicole Graham, who had seen firsthand the need for vital patient information to be immediately accessible in emergency situations.
At just 34 Nicole experienced a serious heart condition which required open heart surgery and sparked her search for affordable, attractive and potentially lifesaving medical jewellery. After recognising the options were very limited, Nicole established Emergency ID Australia to provide greater product choice, and ultimately peace of mind, for Australians and their families.
People who benefit from medical jewellery and emergency ID include those with an existing medical condition, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, dementia, children with special needs, those at risk of heart attack or stroke, athletes, those with mental illness or disabilities, and travellers.
Emergency ID has Australia’s largest range of medical ID bracelets, necklaces, key rings, lanyards, wallet cards, stickers and wrist bands. The business has launched an Emergency ID App for Apple and Android smartphones, which displays critical medical and contact details on a phone’s locked screen.
The business has a fast growing fan base with more than 33,000 likers on Facebook, testament to the popularity of its products for people of all ages with a wide range of health and medical needs.
Emergency ID Australia is Ausbuy accredited and Nicole Graham is a Board Member of Ausbuy.
Federal Government Grants for Rural Emergency Medicine Doctors
The Federal Government has recently announced an increase in funding for procedural GPs in rural areas (RRMA 3-7) to access ongoing training and skills maintenance in emergency medicine under the "Strengthening Medicare" Program. This can include travel costs, locum relief and associated expenses. The maximum amount is $2000 per day for 3 days. To be eligible, GPs must provide evidence they providing emergency medicine services to a 24 hour emergency department or similar facility.
Funding is also available for skills maintenance in obstetrics, anaesthetics and surgery.
Further information is available from: ACRRM or RACGP
Free access to BMJ Learning for all NSW Health Professionals
BMJ Learning is a CPD website which contains hundreds of learning modules covering over 70 specialties and both clinical and non-clinical topics. The online modules are in a range of different formats including audio, video and animations, and are all written by experts. Modules can be paused and restarted at any time, making them a convenient and flexible way for healthcare professionals to keep up-to-date and test their knowledge.
The Childhood Fracture Management Project is a collaboration between the Victorian specialist paediatric orthopaedic hospitals: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s, Western Health and Barwon Health.
Led by the Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network (VPON) and Developed by Emergency Physicians and Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Childhood Fracture Management Project provides all Victorian hospitals with best-practice guidelines and education for identifying and managing paediatric fractures.
To access the Childhood Fracture guidelines resources go to: ww2.rch.org.au
Life in the Fast Lane
This Medical Blog was born out of passionate (and usually unresolved) debate pertaining to the elements of eLearning; clinical cases; ECG interpretation; medical education; toxicology; medical history and information sharing strategies in the open source era.