Emergency doctors to gather in Sydney for ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting

Emergency doctors from around Australia, New Zealand and beyond will gather in Sydney later this month for a series of workshops, discussions, keynote addresses, and plenaries, and social and networking opportunities at the ACEM 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

To be held at the new ICC Sydney (located in the active precinct of Darling Harbour on Cockle Bay) from 19-23 November, the meeting will focus on the themes of “Impossible is just a perspective” and “Getting the balance right”.

The conference will cover all the current controversial and not so controversial topics in clinical emergency medicine including illicit drugs, cardiology, toxicology, trauma, ultrasound, venous thromboembolism, and death and dying, and offer a forum for discussion of the social and life cycle factors in emergency medicine including equity of opportunity, workforce, sustainability, training for now and the future.

Associate Professor Sally McCarthy, Chair of the ACEM ASM 2017 Organising Committee, said: “A compelling and interactive program has been prepared featuring a line-up of the most inspiring, entertaining and knowledgeable speakers in the emergency medicine world today. Each will be taking on the hard topics and exploring the nuanced discussion, plus cutting edge research and novel ways to translate into practice.”

ACEM ASM 2017 highlights include:
  • Assistant Health Minister Dr David Gillespie MP will provide a Welcome Address.
  • Dr Rick Brennan AO – Keynote address. Dr Brennan is an Australian FACEM who is the Director of Emergency Operations at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he oversees support to WHO’s response to emergencies and outbreaks globally, including recently the Ebola Response.
  • Professor Mareet Castren – Keynote address. Professor Castren is head of the emergency department at the University of Helsinki Central Hospital, Finland, previous chair of the European Resuscitation Council, and an internationally renowned expert on resuscitation and cardiac arrest.
  • Dr Sue Ieraci – Keynote address. Dr Ieraci has held roles in emergency department management, medical regulation and health systems research/consulting while maintaining a clinical career as a specialist emergency physician. Her emergency medicine interests have focused on cognitive processes and decision-making systems, and matching service provision to patient needs.
  • Dr Karen Hitchcock – Keynote address. A Melbourne-based general physician and author, Dr Hitchcock has a PhD in English/creative writing and has written a number of books and short stories. She is a regular contributor to the Monthly and has written extensively on subjects such as aging, end –of–life decision making and over-treatment.
  • Professor Gillian Triggs  – The former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission will deliver the ACEM Foundation Lecture.
The meeting will also see Dr Simon Judkins begin his term as ACEM President, with incumbent President Tony Lawler’s two year term ending.

Visit the ACEM 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting website for more information, the official program and latest news.

Follow the conference on twitter @acemevents  #acem17


Andre Khoury
ACEM Public Affairs Manager
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