24-25 August 2012
Stamford Plaza Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia
TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION
For all emergency healthcare professionals and all staff involved in emergency healthcare anywhere!
The history of Emergency SA
The S.A. branches of the College of Emergency Nurses Australasia (CENA), the Australasian college for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Paramedics Australasia (PA - formerly the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals, ACAP) have in the past run separate annual education events for their respective disciplines in S.A.
CENA and its predecessor, the South Australian Emergency Nurses Association (SAENA) had long held a vision of running a tri-partite educational event in S.A. in order to bring these three dynamic and vital professional groups together, with the aim of underpinning and informing excellent emergency healthcare practice across the spectrum. ACEM had long been a supporter of emergency nurses professional development through their various education activities in S.A. which included the disciplines of emergency medicine and emergency nursing.
Emergency SA was born
EMSA05, the first EMSA branded conference, was held at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in 2005 and co-hosted by the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (SA Branch) and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. With an attendance of around 80 emergency doctors, emergency nurses and fantastic trade support, the basis for all EMSA events to follow was set.
EMSA06 followed, conducted at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with increasing enthusiasm and support by emergency professionals and the trade industry for this educational event held in South Australia.
In 2007 CENA and ACEM joined forces with PA, in a culmination of the vision to bring healthcare professionals from across the emergency spectrum together into one shared education event – where all three disciplines could network, enjoy shared learning and build stronger relationships to support expertise in emergency healthcare delivery, at a minimum-cost event.
This tri-partite agreement between CENA, ACEM and PA was then, and is to this day, unique in all of Australia.
EMSA07 was the first conference to combine all three organisations and was held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. This joined the expertise and members together for a focussed, lively and informative conference event for the emergency healthcare community in S.A. Trade support for this event was outstanding. Both conference attendees and the trade industry were in vocal agreement that this event was invaluable to their professional, clinical and networking development.
EMSA08 followed and was held at the Holiday Inn with enthusiastic support from around 20+ of our trade industry companies. Trade interest exceeded our available exhibition space.
EMSA was well and truly established!
The decision was made to run EMSA bi-annually in order to strengthen and protect the EMSA event brand from over-exposure and to manage the workload of the volunteer committee from across the colleges.
EMSA10 was the result of 2 years of planning by the dedicated committee and the first of the bi-annually planned conferences.
In order to maintain EMSA as a low cost event for attendees the EMSA committee undertakes all of the work required without out-sourcing. The ability of these groups to produce a first-class event is now well established and proven.