Kick off the new triennium with an unforgettable upskilling opportunity in Karijini National Park.
This conference provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the management of medical emergencies in a wilderness environment. In a supportive environment that encourages relevant, practical and self-directed approach, participants will be required to address issues that they may be faced with by providing simulated clinical emergencies. Many of the skills and knowledge learned during this conference will be applicable to dealing with particular emergencies that occur in an isolated general practice setting. It will also allow the development of practical skills and professional abilities such as teaching, teamwork, leadership and dealing with stress and uncertainty.
Approved Category 1 ALM and 2 day Emergency Grant $4,000
Who should attend?
Multidisciplinary health professionals with clinical roles or strong interest in emergency or acute health care are invited to attend the conference, including:
- Medical practitioners including general practitioners and doctors working in hospitals, rural clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services
- Nurse practitioners
- Emergency department and critical care nurses
Conference costs include:
- Registration fee (CPD program - facilitation and upskilling)
- Accommodation (three nights accommodation)
- All meals (three full buffet breakfasts, three lunches and three two-course dinners)
- All refreshments and snacks
- On-site transport and airport transfers (if required)
- Conference materials
Single eco tent with private ensuite for one delegate
If your spouse wishes to accompany you, additional charges will apply for meals and transport.
Twin share eco tent with private ensuite sharing with another delegate of the same gender
Triple share eco tent with private ensuite sharing with two other delegates of the same gender
Bring your own camping equipment/swags
Includes camping within the Savannah Campground (located at the Eco Retreat) at an un-powered campsite. Shared bathroom amenities include flushing toilets and hot showers. If your spouse and family wish to camp with you, additional costs for campsite fees and meals will incur.
Go over the edge with an afternoon of adventure
Saturday 20 May 2017 | 12.00pm-6.00pm
For those delegates who wish to traverse, paddle, slide, abseil, swim, jump and climb their way through Karijini National park. Limited to ten participants. Fee includes all equipment necessary to undertake this memorable journey. A high level of fitness is required.
Program & Speakers
Enhance your wilderness emergency medicine skills in this iconic bucket-list destination.
“Fantastic learning experience. Brilliant teaching and great opportunities for clarification and additional learning. I had a wonderful time and thanks for all your effort in organising this great event.” - 2016 participant
A briefing and introduction scenario will be carried out on the Thursday evening. The group will be divided between various activities involving simulated emergency scenarios on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. These groups will alternate between these activities, prior to joining together again for a final debriefing and feedback session.
By the end of this conference, participants should:
- be able to assess and prioritise patients and injuries according to medical urgency using a structured approach;
- be able to manage emergency problems in a wilderness environment and generalise this to patients in other clinical situations;
- understand the specific problems and limitations of practising medicine in a wilderness setting including transportation and evacuation needs;
- understand working in a team and the importance of effective communication and leadership to optimise outcomes and reduce medical error;
- be able to deal with stress and uncertainty that occurs in unfamiliar environments; and
- appreciate the impact medical co-morbidities may have in a wilderness environment.
For each scenario, specific management of the clinical condition should be addressed as well as all of these generic points:
- scene safety, control, leadership and teamwork;
- recognising initial need for resuscitation and managing immediate life threats;
- appropriate supportive and specific therapy;
- care of basic needs of patient and group; and
- extrication, stabilisation and transport planning
Conference work and pre and post assessments are required to be completed to gain continuing professional development points. Evaluation forms will be requested during the debriefing and feedback session. This is to ensure ongoing conference improvement for future participants.
Karijini Eco Retreat
The Karijini Eco Retreat offers comfortable eco tent and camping accommodation in an outback setting within the national park. All deluxe eco tents feature their own private ensuite bathroom and offer natural ventilation with spacious stylish interiors. Standard configurations feature either a king size bed, two or three single beds with luxurious hotel quality mattresses and linen.
A basic wilderness medicine kit will be provided for use during the scenarios including first aid equipment and commonly available drugs. Some protective equipment will also be available to assist in the running of the scenarios.
well-worn walking boots are preferred however sneakers are also suitable.\
if feet are not used to such activity, blister prophylaxis will be necessary – polypropylene sock liners, fixomull dressings over anticipated hotspots, antiperspirant to the soles of feet may also be necessary.
It is expected that all participants behave in a professional and environmentally friendly manner. Bring everything out that you bring in.
Due to the reality that can sometimes occur during scenarios, together with the potential risks for injury inherent in such a conference, personal medical information including past medical history, medications and allergies is required prior to conference commencement and will be kept in strictest confidentiality by the conference tutors. This information may also be needed in order to allocate scenarios and to ensure any special equipment or medications are taken into consideration. Some of these walks are classified Grade 5, any participant with doubts about their abilities to endure a three hour walk with moderate hill climbs should notify the Events team.