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.
Membership Renewal forms were sent out for 2013-2014, if you reapply before the end of June you are entitled to a 10% discount on fees. You can also complete the Annual Subscription form now by clicking here
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Searching for a Queensland, Tasmanian and New Zealand Councillor on ASEM Council
Council is looking for interest to fill the positions of Queensland, 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.
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!
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 Scan and 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.
Registrar Positions at Bass Coast Regional Health
Wonthaggi in beautiful South Gippsland Victoria
The positions are accredited with ACEM for 6 months under Rural Health Special Skills and made up of a 43 hour week with no night shifts. Ideally suited to those studying for upcoming exams.
We expect to have 3 positions in 2014, 2 of which will be 50:50 split between anaesthetics and ED and the third, full time ED.
For further information about this fantastic opportunity, please click here.
International Conference on Nursing and Emergency Medicine
2nd - 4th December 2013
The Conference is to be held in Las Vegas, USA.
Nursing-2013 aims at bringing together a unique and international mix of large and medium medical, pre-clinical research and pharmaceutical companies, leading universities and medical research institutions making the conference a perfect platform to share experience, foster collaborations across industry and academia and evaluate emerging technologies across the globe.
The International Conference on Nursing & Emergency Medicine will be an excellent opportunity to meet leading scientist in the field of nursing and emergency medicines and learn about the latest advances in the field of medicine.
The different tracks are arranged in an interdisciplinary manner to allow delegates to explore issues directly connected to their own areas of work. This also provides an opportunity to engage with other professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
4th Annual Winter Symposium in Intensive Care & Emergency Medicince
5th - 10th January
This event is to be held in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado, USA
Join our faculty of leading intensivists, emergency physicians and anaesthetists in Colorado's premier ski resort for an outstanding academic program updating the current state of the art in critical care and emergency medicine. Innovative teaching from an international faculty combined with superb networking opportunities make for an exceptional week of continuing medical education.
Emergency Ultrasound for Rural and Remote Medicine
10th - 12th January 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**
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 2013
Please click on the link below to view the progress update for 2013's Patient Blood Management Guidlines.
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.
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
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