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


Bass Coast Regional Health (BCRH)

Part time Director(s) - Emergency Department

WONTHAGGI in beautiful South Gippsland VICTORIA

If you are an experienced Emergency Physician and/or a GP-CMO generalist with proven emergency medicine clinical skills PLUS management experience, and are looking for a sea change, this could be your next job.

BCRH is looking to appoint 2 half time co-DEMs to assume this leadership position in a small sub-regional rural Emergency Department which currently treats about 14,000 patients annually and is ACEM accredited for rural skills registrar training.

The DEM(s) will work a 12 hour clinical shift in BCRH ED as well as 1 non clinical administrative day on consecutive weekdays. A travel allowance as well as overnight accommodation assistance will be provided to the successful DEM(s).

So why not take this opportunity to work at Wonthaggi Hospital in the beautiful Bass Coast area of South Gippsland. Close to Phillip Island and Wilsons Prom with beautiful beaches in between. Surfing, diving, fishing and all other forms of water sport and only 90 mins from Melbourne's Eastern suburbs.
Great lifestyle, friendly department

For more details about the DEM job, please feel to contact Dr Rick Lowen on 0418327133

A position description is available on request to Ms Pat Grasby email:$Q$ to whom applications should be sent prior to 5pm Friday April 25th

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In view of the increasingly intransigent position of Minister Springborg and the lack of any progress in resolving critical issues, the Queensland Health System, in particular its Emergency services provided by dedicated Emergency Consultants and trainees are threatened. It is clear that the majority of SMOs are reconsidering their employment options.

Do not believe mass resignations can be countered with attracting staff from other States or NZ. Physicians there have become increasingly aware that the contracts are not to be trusted and a sinking ship does not attract a new crew.

ASEM reiterates our employment warning: we advise against taking up any position within Queensland Health at this stage, nor in the future until the legislation has been rescinded.

ASEM is continuing to play an active role in the campaign and working with ASMOFQ, AMA and Together to fund the next stage.

Your representatives have been working long hours pro bono to protect you from an unsignable contract. Please read their feedback carefully and consider the implications for you, your ED colleagues and departments and the patient care that will be adversely impacted if QH is successful.

The Society and it's Council have seen similar issues in 1984/5 in NSW and SA more recently.
We believe this campaign will be successful as political pressures on the Minister will become overwhelming.

Resist for the future of emergency medicine in Queensland, its training program and research facilities and maintaining the best clinical practice for all, irrespective of their financial background.

Dr M Berkhout
Chair IR subcommittee.

For Instant/Important Updates Follow Twitter: @marcelfberkhout

For 'Keep Our Doctors' Resource kit please click here

Joint ASA, ANZICS and ASEM Response to QLD Government


Please find below a joint response from ASA, ANZICS and ASEM to the QLD Government regarding the current SMO and VMO contracts dispute:

Response to QLD Gov

Released 17th April 20014

Thank you everyone who turned out for the Keep Our Doctors meeting last night.

Over 1000 doctors from across the state joined us either in person or online to hear the latest information on the contracts.

One thing last night was clear: together, we have come a very long way. The contracts on the table now are a world ahead of what the Government first put in front of us last year.

But it’s also clear that they’re not perfect. Many of you still have concerns – and many of those concerns stem from a lack of trust in the Government. The Government has a lot of trust to rebuild, both with doctors and the public.

The contracts are expected to go live on the Government’s website later today. This will be your opportunity to look through the contract, ask questions and decide whether it is right for you.

We will be in touch very shortly with information about the ballot that will be held to gauge doctors’ views on the contracts. We expect the ballot to take place over the coming weeks.

Whatever the decision, one thing is for sure – we will not stop campaigning for the best possible conditions for Queensland patients and doctors.

We are stronger as a result of this campaign and we will continue to use that strength to ensure Queensland’s public health system is world-class – not just for those currently in the system, but also for those to follow.

Thank you again for getting us to this point. The strength you and our Keep Our Doctors supporters have shown in the face of this dispute has been remarkable. If you missed the video of the campaign highlights last night, catch up on it here

Keep an eye out for the new contracts today, and stay tuned.

Have a very happy Easter.

The Keep Our Doctors team

PS: this campaign has shown the importance of being part of a union. Go to the Together and ASMOF websites for information on how to join.

Media Links

Posted 27/02/2014 on WordPress page Hippocrates in the ED
It can’t be right!
Just a humble emergency department SMO in Queensland getting screwed by the government.
It can't be right!

Published Courier Mail 18th Feb 2014
Queensland doctors threaten mass walkout of public hospital sytem:

Published ABC News 24th Feb 2014
Redcliffe by-election: New MP Yvette D'Ath says Labor win proves voters 'angry' with Campbell Newman:

Published in the Courier Mail 23rd Feb 2014
Medical specialists unhappy with proposed new contracts threaten Newman Government with mass resignations:

Published in the Courier Mail 22nd Feb 2014
Labor's Yvette D'Ath wins Redcliffe by-election as Campbell Newman blames Scott Driscoll:

Published Brisbane Times 20th March 2014
Doctors Reject Amended Contracts

Published 19th March 2014, YouTube Aus
(Published on the ASEM website on behalf of Dr Marcel Berkhout, Chair IR Committee, ASEM

Published Brisbane Times 8th April 2014
Doctors Contracts: Government Agrees to Changes

Published Beat Medical Recruitment
Why we won't provide backfill labour to QLD Health

If you would like to view media releases and petitions regarding this matter please click here to visit the ASEM Industrial Relations Committee page.


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.

Initial enquiries can be made with the current president, Dr Vincent Lambourne
Contact email: $Q$ OR $Q$

On behalf of ASEM Council, we wish to thank Dr Ian Brandon (QLD Council Rep), Dr Peter Arvier (Tasmanian Council Rep), Dr Sandra Rattenbury (NZ Council Rep) and Dr Joe Rotella ( Trainee Rep and Newsletter Editor) for their contribution as Council representatives. Thank You!

Attention All Medical Students!!

Are you a medical student studying in Australia or New Zealand? Are you interested in Emergency Medicine? Then this offer is for you!

ASEM is proud to announce COMPLIMENTARY electronic membership to the Society for any medical student studying in Australia or New Zealand!

To become a Member please click here

Please note: Ensure the box marked ‘Student’ is ticked and then send your form to ASEM, Reply Paid, PO Box 627, Noble Park Vic, 3174 OR email to $Q$

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.


Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

5th - 7th May 2014

The conference will be held at the QT Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

The theme of “EARTH; FIRE AND RAIN” will address vast range of subjects including emergency management, public safety, security, community resilience, business continuity, data protection and much more.

The conference is a joint initiative of three 'not-for-profit' organisations - the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc, and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.


For further information about this event please click here.

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New Non Specialist EM qualifications

Multiple learned Colleges, Universities and Professional Associations now offer certificate or diploma qualifications for non specialists working in Emergency Medicine.

Such qualifications may in the future become minimum standard entry points for senior (non specialist EM physician) appointments in Australian Hospitals.

For further information please see Non Specialist Diplomas and Training Schemes Or click here for an array of medical courses available today!

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Emergency Ultrasound for Rural and Remote Medicine

9th - 11th May 2014

This course will be held at Ultrasound Training Solutions Melbourne, Vic

Are you a rural and remote physician wanting to gain practical proficiency in performing and interpreting ultrasound scans? Have you attended an ultrasound course previously but found it lacking in relevance? Are you struggling to use your machine? Then this is the course for you.

This three day course will give you the ultrasound skills you need to make critical decisions in a rural and remote environment. At the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate proficiency in performing and interpreting ultrasound scans – including AAA, vascular access, FAST, pelvic, and first trimester pregnancy assessment.

Our training philosophy optimises your learning experience with:
• Course development and delivery overseen by consultant rural and remote physicians
• Small class sizes maintaining a 4:1 student:trainer ratio
• A focus on practical skills acquisition with real patient models

**ASEM Members will receive $100 discount at time of booking**

For more information and accreditation details go to:

Contact: Suean Pascoe, Director
Ph: +61 4 2200 0750;
email: $Q$

Comprehensive Trauma Life Support Course (CTLS)

Held Annually in India

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.

Further information regarding the CTLS course please click on the link below:

If you would like to view Dr Sashi Kumar's CV and speech on Fluid Resuscitation in Trauma - An Update presented at the recent CTLS course held in March 2013, please click here

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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 2013

Please click on the link below to view the progress update for 2013's Patient Blood Management Guidlines.

National Blood Authority

The National Blood Authority (NBA) is pleased to announce that the Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 4 - Critical Care and accompanying Quick Reference Guide are now available and can be downloaded or ordered free of charge from the NBA website.

Emergency ID Spots Australia

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:

BMJ Learning

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.

For further information please visit: BMJ Learning

Childhood Fracture Management Project

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:

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.

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