ACEM ASM, Sydney 2017

34th Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

19 – 23 November 2017, Sydney Australia

Meeting Program

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Meeting Program

2017’s meeting themes are “Impossible is just a perspective” and “Getting the balance right” and these have led the organising committee to craft a fantastic program covering the gamut of EM from controversies in current practice, culture, and education, to the huge achievements in emergency clinical care and systems, and innovations for now and the future.   

We are proud to welcome our keynote speakers:

Dr Sue Ieraci: a local Sydneysider with a uniquely insightful view of emergency medicine in Australasia. Sue is a trailblazer, a committed systems thinker, and an advocate for evidence – based care, debunking myths on social media and in MJA Insight, whenever the occasion demands.

Dr Rick Brennan AO: an Australian FACEM (Sydney born, bred and EM trained) who is the Director of Emergency Operations for the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Rick is an international expert on providing relief in disaster and conflict zones, including the response to Ebola, and more recently the middle east.

Professor Maaret Castren: 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 Karen Hitchcock: a general physician, media personality and author who lives and works in Melbourne. Karen is a perceptive commentator on the current practice and culture of the Australian medical system and, in particular, on the delivery of appropriate care to the aging population.

Our invited speakers, to be announced imminently, include a brilliant line up of experts from across the breadth of local and international emergency medicine and related fields, including clinical, research, education, leadership, EDs and health systems.

There has been a large number of free papers and posters received which reflect the talent and innovation of our colleagues and will ensure the program is rich and diverse. 

ACEM will also host a number of our International Emergency colleagues and we look forward to making them very welcome and ask you to do so too.

A wide variety of stimulating and practical pre-conference workshops – on communication, imaging interpretation, emergency response, airway management, point of care ultrasound, trauma and resuscitation skills and cultural awareness – are available on the weekend prior to the conference start and we encourage you to register to attend as soon as possible as these will sell out quickly.

The conference program will cover all the current controversial and not so controversial topics in EM including cardiology, toxicology, trauma, ultrasound, research, venous thromboembolism, death and dying, paediatrics, aged care, training and education, mentoring, cultural competence, perspectives on EM, technology and communication, emergency department management, quality emergency care, critical incident management, international EM and others.

During the conference there will be space for parents and breast feeding mothers to relax with their babies, and listen to the plenary sessions should they wish to do so in an area outside the lecture theatre. We are hoping to make it easier and more welcoming for those bringing babies along.

The Organising Committee is planning an extensive social program with a very “Sydney” Welcome Reception cruise on the Harbour and a very glam “Mardi Gras Glamour” themed Conference Dinner which will give you all an excuse to dress up or down according to personal taste. There will be some special entertainment features on a daily basis just to keep you all on your toes.

We hope to see you In Sydney in November for an enjoyable educational and social meeting of both the Australasian and wider International Emergency Medicine community.

We hope that the Scientific and Social components of the meeting will be stimulating for you and also allow you time to relax and enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney.

Sally McCarthy and Tony Joseph on behalf of the Organising Committee.

For further information please check the website for regular updates or contact the Meeting Managers at

The Meeting key dates are as follows:

Call for Abstracts  Now closed
Registration  Now open
Author Notification  28 July 2017
Early Bird Registration  Now closed
Author Registration Deadline  13 September 2017


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Meeting Key Dates

Registration opens:
Now open
Call for abstracts:
Early bird registration deadline:
Meeting dates:
19-23 November 2017

Meeting Managers


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