The Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM) starts, helps, supports, defends, unites, publishes, advises, and generally does good things as a professional organisation for emergency medicine professionals.

The first of ASEM’s successes was starting the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). And it provided a vehicle for the Emergency Life support course to get started. ASEM has helped research in emergency medicine by providing prizes for research based presentations at scientific meetings. It helps members with $200 off the cost of the annual Spring Seminar on Emergency Medicine and supports the conference long term.

During the long running dispute over contracts in Queensland, ASEM helped defend the conditions of emergency doctors.

There is a great and dispersed specialist and non-specialist workforce in emergency medicine and ASEM works to unite this workforce. ASEM began and remains open to all emergency doctors and now offers membership to students, Nurses and institutions. ASEM is part owner of the scientific journal; Emergency Medicine Australasia, and publishes a directory of Australasian Emergency Departments as well as a regular newsletter. Organisations can contact ASEM for a trusted source of advice on matters related to emergency medicine.

By joining ASEM, you are part of all this good work and you are helping it to continue.

Belong with us!!

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


Directory of Emergency Departments of Australia and New Zealand 2015

ASEM are pleased to have produced the 5th Edition of the Directory of Emergency Departments of Australia and New Zealand for all current ASEM members.

To view the 2015 edition please click here

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, WA 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 $Q$


As many of you already know, ASEM have been busy moving forward and into the future, over the coming months ASEM will slowly transform to its 'New look'.

The first step in moving forward is to launch ASEMs new logo. We are pleased to announce that Miss Sheree Nan a 2nd year medical student at the University of Qld was the successful entrant in the ASEM student logo competition!
The competition response was overwhelming and extremely competitive throughout our ASEM student members.
A huge thank you to all who contributed.


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 5315, Alexandra Hills, QLD 4161 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.


Invitation to Participate

Factors Influencing the Use of Take-Home Naloxone
To take a short survey please click here

Where's the love in critical care? Liz Crowe at #SMACCDUB
Article sourced
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About Respect: Addressing bullying and harassment
Video sourced Royal Australian College of Surgeons
Please click here to view the video on bullying

Employment/Interesting Jobs

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9th Annual Emergency Department Management Conference 2017

31st July - 1st August

This event will be held at Swissotel Sydney

The 9th Annual Emergency Department Management Conference will bring together senior level representatives from hospitals, Federal and State Government Health Departments, local health districts, allied health professionals, consultants, health technology vendors and legal representatives to discuss emergency department management systems and showcasing innovative models of service delivery.

Topics include:

· Quality & safety standards
· The future of emergency departments
· Patient management and patient experience
· Update on the IHPA’s Emergency Care Costing Study
· New models of care
· Technological advancements and opportunities in emergency departments
· First responder perspectives
· Solutions for holding, refurbishment, surge and crisis capacity
· CASE STUDY | Thunderstorm asthma: The storm that took Melbourne’s breath away

For further details please click here

2017 Spring Seminar on Emergency Medicine

26th - 29th September 2017

This event will be held at the Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW

UPDATE: Exciting Opportunity exclusively for all ASEM Career & Senior Medical Officers!!

In recognition of the support and partnership between PHEMC and ASEM, and the SSEM 2017 Committees are very pleased to be able to offer Scholarships for complimentary CONFERENCE REGISTRATION to the SSEM 2017.

For further details please click here to download the Scholarship application form!

PLEASE NOTE: You must be an ASEM Member to be eligible for this scholarship. To become an ASEM Member please click here.

Come up for some fresh air and join us in the Blue Mountains – not only is it a chance to learn, connect with exhibitors and catch up with colleagues and friends, but the Blue Mountains offers escape with world-class nature, cultural, historical, lifestyle and adventure activities.

Don’t forget to get your leave application in while we’re working on the programme.

Less than two hours from Sydney by car or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural parks. We hope to see you here!

For further information 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!

>> See all Non Specialist Diplomas/Training Schemes

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.

Courses include:
- 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.



For further information please click here

If you would like information about these new courses please register your interest

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

Please click on the link below to view the National Blood Authorities Patient Blood Management Guidlines.

National Blood Authority

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 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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