Where cultures connect

Find out what the expect when the ACEM Winter Symposium hits Alice Springs from July 26-28
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Have you planned your program for this year’s ACEM Winter Symposium- where cultures connect?

From 26-28 July, the Winter Symposium is headed to Alice Springs, NT and is three days jam packed of seminars, workshops and activities. In fact, there are so many activities, you could even go and not learn anything new about emergency medicine. But with the speakers we’ve got planned for you, I’m sure you’ll want to see it all.

Whether you arrive Saturday evening or Sunday morning, you will still make it in time for Sunday’s activities.

Sunday 26 July-
Starting from 1:30 PM, experience an Aboriginal prospective of the beautiful and spiritual landscape with a tour of Standley Chasm (Angkerle). This tour is an extra cost per attendee, however the chasm, which is well known for its ever changing colours, is not to be missed.

But that’s not the only activity organised for Sunday afternoon, you’ve also got your choice of Camel Safari, Desert Park, Mountain Bike Riding or West MacDonnell Ranges Bus Trip.

If you’d rather jump straight into the educational side of the Symposium, we’ve got four workshops running on the Sunday afternoon; Mini-CART, Paediatric critical care, Cultural awareness and Mentoring.

The Cultural awareness workshop is the perfect way to start off your experience in Alice Springs, exploring the idea that, “the foundation of Aboriginal culture is the family and connection to the land” – Akeyulerre, and how that related to health.

After an afternoon of getting to know Alice Springs, the Welcome Reception will really introduce you to Alice Springs. Make sure you dress for the cool weather, but don’t worry if you forgot your beanie- there will be plenty of local stalls there to help you out!

Monday, 27 July-
Start Monday morning off with a traditional smoking ceremony and a welcome to country, followed by a history of emergency medicine in Alice Springs, by Alice Springs Hospitals very own Liz Mowatt and Stephen Gourley.

Up next you’ve got your choice of sessions; Critical Care in the most remote hospital in Australia, Medicine in the Red Centre, or Quality Standards in the ED.

During the Quality Standards in the ED session, the document that ACEM, CENA and consumer group representatives have worked together over the past 18 months to develop quality standards for emergency departments and hospital urgent care centres in Australia, will be officially launched and discussed in depth. 

After lunch, it’s going to be yet an almost impossible decision of the best kind. Do you attend one of the five incredible workshops? Or do you hit the road and see more of the NT with one of the five optional activities?

If you do decided to attend one of the workshops, you get the added benefit of attending the ‘Healing in the centre’ session- boasting speakers such as;
  • Amelia Turner, Angangkere — Traditional healing stories
  • Sam Goodwin — Service delivery in remote Australia
  • Jill Faulkner — Exploring the pervasive costs of childhood and adult trauma in an Indigenous context (of coercive practice and policy)
  • Barb Shaw  — Town camp resident and advocate
Make sure you keep an ear out after this event to see what your colleagues are up to for the rest of the evening.

Tuesday, 28 July-
Don’t be too sad it’s almost over, and start the day with some Ethics, learning and teaching in remote Australia with Victoria Brazil, Stephen Gourley and Martin Kelly.

Tuesday afternoon will confront with a few more tough decisions, including the choice of a Toxicology session featuring a live snake demonstration, Victoria Brazil’s presentation on the art of performance in medicine and even more optional activities.

But that’s not all. Once afternoon tea is over, knuckle down for the Great Winter Symposium 2015 Debate; Is FOAMed all froth and bubble. It’s sure to be a fantastic discussion with special guest Chris Nickson Skyping in, straight after his week at SMACC. Can you guess which side he is on?

No matter how the debate ends, everyone will come together after the show and finish up the ACEM 2015 Winter Symposium with the official Conference Dinner, at Telegraph Station- nestled on the banks of the picturesque Todd River this Telegraph Station, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide operated for 60 years, and then served as a school for Aboriginal children, known as The Bungalow.

The perfect way to end your time.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend the ACEM 2015 Winter Symposium in Alice Springs- Where cultures connect.

View the full program here.
Purchase your ticket here.