The organising committee wish to express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the horrific attack in Christchurch on Friday 15th March 2019 and offer our compassion to the people of Christchurch. Whilst the experience will still be raw for those colleagues attending the Winter Symposium from Christchurch ~ we will be remembering the victims and acknowledging the extraordinary challenge that this will have been for those working in the Emergency Services at the time.

We are pleased to announce that the scientific program for the ACEM Winter Symposium 2019 is now complete and can be viewed under programme. The workshops are on Tuesday 30 April and the formal scientific programme starts on Wednesday 1 May and runs until midday on Friday 3 May. 

Standard Registration is open until 29th April and the Symposium is already proving very popular with over 250 delegates to date. Most of the workshops are now fully subscribed ~ so apologies if your option is no longer available. 

We are excited to have two great Keynote speakers: Tim Parke is an Emergency Physician from Glasgow and formerly Director of Auckland City Hospital ED. Tim always challenges the status quo!  Jan Bone is an Emergency Physician from Christchurch who responded to the extra-ordinary challenge of a major earthquake and is a strong advocate for resilience in emergency medicine.  They are both engaging speakers ~ see more information on Key Notes and Invited Speakers pages.

Rotorua has a strong Māori culture with 38% of the local population identifying as Māori. In recognition of this we have chosen a Māori theme for the event ~ 'Te Wero' is the Māori challenge. In Māori culture it is the way the challenge is received that reveals your Mana.  Delegates might be interested in this cultural tool kit in order to remain culturally aware in their clincial practice.  In emergency medicine we face many challenges and this symposium will explore ways we can respond positively to these challenges.

The opening address will be given by Tame Iti. Tame Iti (Ngāi Tūhoe/Waikato/Te Arawa) is known as many things ~ Activist, Artist, and Cyclist! However one thing is for certain – he will Challenge us in his opening address to the Symposium. For his full profile see Speakers page.

The Winter Symposium exhibition is now fully subscribed ~ check out our sponsors and exhibitors.

The Rotorua area is renowned for its thermal activity and draws visitors from all around the world to view the spectacular local scenery. This makes it a great destination for an event of this kind with so much for delegates, partners and family to do outside of the symposium. The symposium website offers profiles of some of the exciting local attractions available.

The Millennium, Rotorua is an ideal local venue with a range of superior accommodation and easy access to all the Symposium rooms. Your enthusiastic organising committee are working hard to put together a memorable academic and social occasion. Our social events team have some real treats awaiting delegates and accompanying persons which will showcase all that Rotorua has to offer ~ check out the social programme

We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua for the 'Winter' Symposium and can guarantee you great education, networking and wonderful Kiwi hospitality.

Ngā mihi

Peter Freeman
ACEM Winter Symposium 2019 Convenor
on behalf of the Organising Committee and ACEM

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