Darwin ‘best option’ for global emergency medicine conference in 2022

Darwin will host the 8th DevelopingEM Conference following a successful bid by the Northern Territory Business Events and Darwin Convention Centre.

To be held on September 26-30, the DevelopingEM Conference will provide a spotlight on the importance of First Nations Healthcare, as well as remote populations with limited access to health care services.

The five-day conference will be staged at the Darwin Convention Centre and is expected to attract around 300 delegates from around the world.

Two days of workshops will be followed by three days of keynote presentations, as well as plenary and discussion sessions.

“The Northern Territory has established an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the health sector, so we were delighted to be successful in attracting this very relevant conference, having engaged in a competitive bidding process,” said Rebecca McCaig, director of Northern Territory Business Events.

“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 65,000 year old Aboriginal culture, we believe the Darwin conference in 2022 will deliver distinctive and meaningful outcomes for delegates.”

DevelopingEM Co-Director Dr Mark Newcombe, said Darwin was  the “best option for us”.

“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,” he said.

“After considering multiple options for a host setting for DevelopingEM 2022, the choice of the Northern Territory and Darwin was easily the best option for us.

“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.”