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Darwin to host conference on ‘remote’ emergency medicine

Access to emergency medicine in remote and indigenous populations will be one of the themes of a conference taking place in Australia next year.

The DevelopingEM Conference will be held in Darwin, Northern Territory, 26-30 September 2022, and is expected to attract 300 international delegates.

Founded in 2011, DevelopingEM Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation which holds regular regional conferences where emergency medicine and trauma care is evolving.

Previous conferences have been held in Colombia, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Brazil, and Sydney.

The Darwin conference will focus on First Nations Healthcare, as well as remote populations with limited access to health care services, especially relevant during the pandemic.

The meeting will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre. Two days of workshops will be followed by three days of keynote presentations, as well as plenary and discussion sessions.

Northern Territory Business Events, the official convention bureau for the Northern Territory, partnered with Darwin Convention Centre, to secure the conference for Darwin.

Rebecca McCaig, director of Northern Territory Business Events added: “The Northern Territory has an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the health sector, so we were delighted to be successful in attracting this very relevant conference. The Northern Territory’s health sector strengths include critical and trauma care, resilience, disaster response as well as rural and remote health.  Coupled with our ancient Aboriginal culture, we believe the Darwin conference in 2022 will deliver distinctive and meaningful outcomes for delegates.”

DevelopingEM co-director, Dr Mark Newcombe, said: “DevelopingEM has long considered returning to Australia for an event as we believe our ethos and aims have a synergy with the health care challenges and opportunities present in rural, remote, regional and First Nations settings in our home country. Darwin not only correlated with our thematic considerations, but the functional advantages of the Darwin Convention Centre were obvious from our first meeting with the staff there.”

Darwin Convention Centre general manager, Peter Savoff, said: “Our world-class facility is perfectly positioned in northern Australia’s tropical Top End to provide delegates space to think, connect, and engage with the local experts who deliver care to remote populations across the Northern Territory.”

Australia’s Northern Territory is known colloquially as the NT and covers 1,348,199 sq kms, making it six times the size of Britain or the equivalent of France, Italy and Spain combined. It is renowned for its spectacular landscapes, pristine wilderness and iconic landmarks and is enriched by a cultural heritage dating back 65,000 years.  The lush and tropical region known as the ‘Top End’ is located at the northernmost tip of the Territory and includes the cosmopolitan city of Darwin plus natural attractions such as World-Heritage listed Kakadu, Australia’s largest National Park.

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