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


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.

To follow updates regarding the World Wide Ebola Serial crisis please click here

To follow the ASEM Industrial Relations Committee updates with the QLD Doctors situation
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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
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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.

Employment/Interesting Jobs

2015 Polar Latitude Logo
2015 Doctor Recruitment

There has been a cancellation for a single Antarctic Peninsula voyage requiring an expedition Ships Doctor.

Peninsula, 11/27/2015, USH-USH
11/28/2015 - 12/8/2015
12 days

If you would like to be considered for this trip please reply ASAP. Always available to answer questions. Attached is my standard recruitment letter that provides additional info.

Daniel Schual-Berke, MD
Medical Director,
Polar Latitudes

Polar Latitudes, an adventure travel company that specializes in Antarctic cruises. Polar Latitudes (PL) is a ship charter company that sails to Antarctica during the Antarctic tourist season. Our ship is called Sea Explorer (SE), a very comfortable and polished 112 passenger class 1C ice-hardened vessel. PL staffs its own Ship’s Doctor (PLDr) who is uniquely passenger centric.

We ar recruiting eligible doctors who have an adventurous spirit and who satisfy at least the minimum requirements for the assignment.
The 2015-2016 Antarctic season aboard Sea Explorer will have a total of 9 voyages of various durations, (starting late October through mid March, see attached schedule).

Minimum qualification criteria include:
• Emergency Medicine trained (will consider significant emergency medicine devotion)
• Minimum of 3 years full-time recent experience in an emergency medicine setting.
• Active country (or state) practicing license or certificate.
•Presently registered in US, CAN, UK, AU, or NZ.
•Letter of good standing from credentialing body is requested.
•Some documentation verification including current CV
•English fluency
•Computer proficient, familiar with Excel & Word,
•Must be medically healthy without significant disabilities.

For further information please click here or to download an information flyer please click here

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ACEM Winter Symposium 2015

26th - 28th July 2015

The Conference is to be held in Alice Springs, NT

We are planning a program that will have a broad appeal to fellows, trainees, emergency nurses and rural generalists. The themes of the conference are Indigenous health, rural medicine, toxinology, social media and education. In addition, we will be running pre-conference workshops, including a Pre Hospital and Retrieval course looking at the challenges of providing pre hospital care to an area of over 1 million square kilometers.

A concurrent activities program will appeal to partners or anyone interested in seeing the fabulous scenery that central Australia has to offer. Some of the activities we plan to offer include a pre-conference trip to Uluru, camel riding, hot air ballooning and guided mountain bike riding as Alice Springs has some of the best mountain bike riding terrain in Australia.

The conference will be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre which has spectacular views of the MacDonnell ranges and is well located with the Todd Mall, art galleries and cultural centre all easily accessible. There will be accommodation options available to suit varying budgets and within walking distance to the Convention Centre.

Winter is when Alice Springs is at its best. Bright, clear blue sunny days are sure to lift your spirits. It can be very cold at night (sometimes below zero degrees), so we ask you to bring warm clothing. The conference dinner will be held at the Telegraph Station, which is a heritage area in Alice Springs. It is an outdoor event, so make sure you bring your favourite beanie.

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 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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