Mick Davis, John Hall, Les Hotchin (convenor), Ian Patrick and Andrew Pipkorn
Scientific /Program Committee
Richard Brightwell, Kate Cantwell, Joe Cuthbertson, Helen Eyles, John Hall, Les Hotchin, Paul Jennings (convenor) and Phil Townsend
Conference partner: St John Western Australia
Platinum Sponsor: Laerdal
Gold Sponsor: Medtronic, PhysioControl
Laerdal Weclome Reception
Held on the evening of Thursday 14 October at the Sheraton Perth hotel, ACAP national president and Laerdal’s Asia Pacific manager, Andrew Smith welcomed over 200 attendees as well as trade exhibitors to the reception. Over the ensuing two hours exhibitors and delegates mingled and investigated the products on display.
Conference Day One
After a traditional welcome from the local Aboriginal people and an overview by Master of Ceremonies Major Brendan Wood, Ian Patrick introduced Dr Simon Towler, Chief Medical Officer of WA and a staff specialist in Intensive Care. Dr Towler spoke about the evolution of paramedic practice and the road to registration and regulation, and gave a glowing account of how far the paramedic profession has evolved and how now is the time for the profession to move forward to the next level. He gave an undertaking to support the profession in this process and act as an advocate during the rest of the journey.
Professor Fiona Wood, a well known plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in the field of burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction was the next presenter. Professor Wood gave an amazing presentation on her work, and challenges that lay ahead for her area of expertise, plus some tips on the future of burn care in the pre-hospital field. One of her main focuses was to emphasise the significance of early cooling with running water after a burn and its importance in reducing the overall likelihood of scarring and future complications.
A number of subsequent sessions on paramedicine, professional practice and concurrent clinical sessions saw many varied speakers present on a wide variety of clinical, research and student related issues.
Conference Day Two
Plenary and keynote sessions included Associate Prof Brian Maguire speaking on occupational risks among ambulance personnel in Australia, Dr’s Conor Deasy, Malcolm Boyle and Jason Bendall presenting on pre-hospital issues involving the elderly and Professor Ian Jacobs presenting on the 2010-11 Resuscitation guidelines and the evidence for change.
In addition to subsequent concurrent clinical sessions an interactive plenary by Captain Matthew O’Shea, a Reserve officer presented on ethics, friendships and IED’s in the military setting and potential conflicts for civilian medicine. This involved some role play by conference delegates regarding how they might feel treating someone who has caused harm to colleagues, even at the expense of treating “their own”. Following this was a presentation by Mr Ahmed Alhajeri on his experiences in modernising Abu Dhabi Ambulance operations. His experiences a number of years ago as an ambulance patient who suffered further injury as a result of his ambulance treatment and his subsequent desire to undertake ambulance studies in Australia and then go back to Abu Dhabi to improve their ambulance service were truly awe-inspiring. His humility and frankness were not lost on the audience and he received probably some of the most rapturous applause of the conference.
Following the conference was a celebratory dinner attended by nearly 200 delegates. As MC, Major Wood gave an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek presentation on the plight of the redhead (AKA Gingers) designed to lighten the atmosphere for the evening. A live band played well in to the night and a number of presentations were made to conference award winners, plus acknowledgement of the magnificent efforts of the conference organisers for their work and dedication in ensuring the conference was of a high standard.