We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Winter Symposium of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine is to be held in Rotorua, New Zealand. The dates for the Symposium are 30th April to 3rd May 2019 and the venue is the Millennium Hotel in Rotorua.

We have two exceptional keynote speakers. Tim Parke is an Emergency Physician from Glasgow and formerly Director of Auckland City Hospital ED.  Jan Bone is an Emergency Physician from Christchurch who faced the extra-ordinary challenge of being on duty during a major earthquake. Both are engaging speakers and there is more information on the Speakers page.

Rotorua is a uniquely Māori town with 38% of the local population identifying as Māori. For this reason we have chosen a Māori theme for the event – 'Te Wero' is the Māori challenge. This theme was offered by our local Māori advisors as a culturally appropriate term to use. We will be asking presenters to 'challenge' existing concepts in Emergency Medicine and to share 'challenges' that confront us in our specialty.

The area is also renowned for its thermal activity and draws visitors from all around the world to view the spectacular local scenery. This makes Rotorua a great destination for an event of this kind with so much for delegates, partners and family to do outside of the conference. One minute you could be on some of the best mountain bike tracks in the world and next you could be walking in the spectacular redwood forest and then exhilarating white water rafting or exploring the amazing thermal sights.

We have an enthusiastic organising committee with a range of experience – many of whom have been involved in organising ACEM conferences previously. Our conference manager is Conference Innovators who are very familiar with events in Rotorua.

The format of the three days will be similar to previous ACEM Winter Symposia but with a distinctly Rotorua flavour! There will be a full day of workshops on 30th April and the meeting will close by lunchtime Friday to give time for travel arrangements or local sightseeing. 

Our social events team have some real treats awaiting delegates which will showcase all that Rotorua has to offer. The Millennium, Rotorua is an amazing local venue with a range of high class accommodation and ideal conferencing facilities.

I look forward to welcoming you to Rotorua in 2019 and can guarantee a few days of wonderful Kiwi hospitality and some great challenges!

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