To coincide with World Humanitarian Day, a number of the country’s leading medical and NGO experts are calling for an urgent review of the way that healthcare is delivered to those most in need during and in the aftermath of a crisis.
- Leading experts call for urgent review of disaster and crisis healthcare
- This must be achieved through increased integration and shared-learning
- Lessons must be learned from recent crises in West Africa and Syria
News Release |Wednesday 19 August 2015
The Extreme Medicine Conference is a vital forum to bring the best minds from around the globe together to share and most importantly disseminate information and learning from disparate healthcare specialties.
They bring expertise from diverse environments to develop best practice that is the foundation of healthcare delivery on the frontline. Speakers at the conference will define the necessary proactive rather than reactive response to emergencies, as exemplified by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Part of this is recognising and deploying the widest range of skillsets in a crisis, and facilitating joined up working across geopolitical boundaries.
‘Extreme medicine’ refers to the provision of medical care outside of conventional settings, typically in low resource environments that exist as a consequence of sudden onset disasters, conflict zones or being expeditionary locations. The medics who work in these remote settings are in a position to universally share relevant knowledge and experience as well as research and techniques with one another. A key benefit of this is integration with local medics delivering healthcare on the ground. It is these skills which experts suggest need to be recognised and cohesively deployed to relevant humanitarian disasters.
Dr Sean Hudson, Remote Medicine Specialist and Extreme Conference organizer said, “The Extreme Medicine Conference brings together specialists from disaster medicine under one roof so we can see and learn from other clinicians operating in other environments. It is one small step in terms of improved disaster response. Global disasters are going to be inevitably more frequent as a result of climate change and we should be on the front foot. Extreme medicine and global health need to be further recognised to allow for better responses across the world.”
Nick Gent, Deputy Head of Emergency Response at PHE “Extreme medicine practitioners come from a range of specialisms but they work in closely related areas so there’s a huge amount that can be shared between them. We have to look back and think about learning for the future, we have to always think about we can improve responses to issues such as Ebola.”
Ivan Gayton, Technological Innovation Adviser with the Manson Unit at Médecins Sans Frontières UK, said: “In order to provide effective health responses to those most in need, we must bring disciplines from all areas of remote and extreme medicine together to share learnings and knowledge. By doing this we can truly understand the constraints of the environments where the most urgent care is needed and draw on the experiences of those in the field to understand what would deliver the most successful outcome.”
Rob Williams, CEO of War Child, Charity partner to the Extreme Medicine Conference said, “Nobody is more vulnerable in conflict than children and War Child work closely with their parents and local staff to ensure they are getting the treatment they so desperately need. They are in dire need of urgent psychological support to help them come to terms with the traumas they have experienced and witnessed. But we want to respond quicker on a global scale and by humanitarian workers and medics from all fields sharing knowledge, we can all learn from each other and reach the optimum response. This is the ethos of the World Extreme Medicine Conference and why War Child is proud to a partner this year.”
For more information and/or to arrange interviews with spokespeople, please contact:
Julia Flint | freuds | [email protected] | 0203 003 6593 or 07773331815
Jessica Hampton | freuds | [email protected] |0203 003 6415 or 07949 717217
Notes to editors:
- The Extreme Medicine Conference is home to the world’s most adventurous doctors, medics and experts in remote, expedition, humanitarian, disaster and pre-hospital medicine. These global thought leaders have gathered to share universally relevant knowledge and experience, research and techniques in a stimulating, interactive and accessible forum.
- With sessions on everything from prosthetics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and the future of medical transplantation, the World Extreme Medicine Conference is also at the forefront of medical innovation.
- The Extreme Medicine Conference has partnered with some of the world’s most active organisations and charities pushing the edge of human endeavour including War Child, Medicines Sans Frontiers, NASA and the Society for Experimental Biology.
- Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (EWM) is a leading provider of remote medical training to doctors, nurses and paramedics from across the globe. It teaches the clinical mind-set and practical skills necessary to be able to perform effectively and provide safe and effective medical care in low resource, hostile and austere environments.
- Now in its fourth year, the conference challenges thinking, forges connections and introduces new ideas about delivering medicine in some of the world’s most challenging settings. The conference brings together four disparate yet overlapping medical fields in one arena: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition Medicine and Global Health, with experts in each field presenting the latest thinking and techniques, and sharing their inspiring stories. Venue information, Central Hall Westminster, 26-29 October, 2015: extrememedicineexpo.com
- World Humanitarian Day recognizes those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. For more information, please visit: http://worldhumanitarianday.org
This winter, Adventure For Good, in partnership with OceansWatch will be setting off from the Bay of Islands on a four-month expedition to deliver medical supplies to the Temotu province in the Solomon Islands. Over this period we will also be refitting medical clinics in the remote region and finally return to New Zealand with locally refined virgin coconut oil for a sustainable livelihoods programme.
Adventure For Good’s flagship – CALIPH has been undergoing an extensive renovation in preparation for her new role and will have a re-launching at Opua Marina on Friday, 5 June at 1400. Her voyage will begin from there in July and could include a stop in Vanuatu where she will be available to assist in relief efforts before continuing on her journey. AFG Chairman Christian Pera explains, “Both because of the remoteness of the area and its relatively low international profile, we are still trying to establish the full extent of the support needed in the wake of the recent cyclone season.” This will be the maiden voyage for Adventure For Good in their quest to engage young people in the immediacy of positive action over idle good intentions. “This expedition will be our first step towards becoming a force for positive action, both at home and abroad”.
Together with pioneering OceansWatch, they seek to make a lasting difference in these small communities by providing resources that ultimately promote independence and self-sufficiency.
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Expedition & Wilderness Medicine is delighted to announce the revival of its very popular internship on each of our UK based Expedition & Wilderness courses.
We hold three courses per year, visiting Keswick in March, Plas y Brenin in May but we’re kicking off the programme in Dartmoor this November.
We are a friendly, easy going, but hard working bunch who are used to long days, little rest and working together to get a job done. We do this with a ready smile and a can do attitude which very much reflects the EWM philosophy. As an intern we’d like you to be slot into our team straight away and be happy to muck in when and wherever we need you.
If you’re interested in joining us as an intern, you will need to make your own way to the course location on the afternoon prior to the course and remain until we are packed away on the final day. You’ll stay in the faculty accommodation and may be required to assist with almost any part of setting up the course; everything from setting up seating, packing med bags, sorting out kit or directing course delegates to specific locations. In return, while with us as, we will make every effort to ensure you are able to attend each lecture and workshop and of course, you’ll get to know our incredible faculty.
The next intern position available, will be for our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course based in Dartmoor 16-19 November. You’ll need to get yourself to the venue, but we will provide all your home comforts for you.
We welcome applications from the UK and overseas but are not able to reimburse travel expenses. To submit your application for consideration, please send us:
- A recent CV with an outdoor image of yourself (we reserve the right to use this image for marketing purposes).
- Something that tells us about you and your achievements – this can take any form, but use this as your opportunity to sell yourself to us.
- A covering letter telling us why you would make a good intern – max 300 words.
In return we only ask for your good humour, entertaining company, a course write up to be supplied to us with one month and agreement to make yourself available for a telephone interview post course.
Email your enquiries and submissions to [email protected]
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The Extreme Medicine Conference in 2015 will be featuring the unique work of photographers working within a humanitarian setting, working with MSF, UN Photographer Rob Holden, the Phoenix Foundation and WarChild, the conferences charity of the year. Each individual and organisation will be presenting 20 images that will inspire, provoke thought but ultimately create a desire for change…
First we feature some of the photography from inspirational image maker Rob Holden from a series entitled ‘A Tribute to Health Workers’.
Rob Holden is a documentary photographer who has been engaged with global humanitarian issues for the past 20 years. Through his work Rob strives to connect with real people and communicate a meaningful message. Working for a range of organisations such as the UK Government, the United Nations and NGO’s, he has operated most notably in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Nepal.
More recently, Rob spent several months in Ebola affected countries capturing images of health workers. Men and women who often go unrecognised for the critical work they play, and are risking their own lives to save the sick and dying, and protect the healthy from infection.
Health workers are the most important aspect of any health service. No health workers means no health service. The photo exhibition is devoted to honouring the dedication, selflessness, bravery and critical role of health workers who endeavour to help others, often in challenging and dangerous environments.
For further information: www.robholdenphotography.com
MORE ABOUT EXTREME MEDICINE ’15
Now in its fourth year, the World Extreme Medicine conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in the world’s most remote and austere locations.
The conference focuses on four related medical fields: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, and Extreme Medicine. Together, our programme of fascinating talks from world-renowned experts in their field – from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics to NASA personnel – and practical sessions on innovations and field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’, will inspire you and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.
INTERNATIONAL WORLD EXTREME MEDICINE CONFERENCE ’15 LONDON
We are excited to announce our new study programme designed to provide adventurous medics with practical skills, expertise and clinical knowledge to be confident, capable medics in remote, austere and low resource environments.
A foundation core knowledge base.
Builds on skills and knowledge learned and extends field-based expertise
A formalised postgraduate programme of study including a research project. Building on more than a decade of experience successfully delivering worldwide expedition and wilderness medicine courses, we have developed a new programme which will take our provision of learning to a new level and give medics across the globe an opportunity to work towards formal post graduate qualification in this incredibly exciting field of medicine. These formal qualifications will allow us to demonstrate the extent of our knowledge and skill level, professionalise Expedition Medicine to meet the needs of increasing levels of clinical governance and to improve patient safety, quality of care and outcomes in remote environments.
Working with a partner university, to establish these postgraduate courses and secure academic credibility, we are hoping to soon be in discussion with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.
The new course programme will follow the existing format of postgraduate education and comprise modules that on completion, provide credits towards chosen levels of postgraduate learning. Here at Expedition & Wilderness Medicine, we understand that people lead busy lives and have limited annual leave, so we are tailoring the courses to allow a high proportion of flexible on line learning, coupled with intensive weekend and one week consolidation courses and workshops.
Expedition & Wilderness Medicine is also developing a mobile app to access learning resources and the global expedition and wilderness medicine community. Our app will provide us with a platform to engage with our community to help shape the evolving elective course content and modules- you can tell us what you want to learn. We are also engaging with our worldwide partners on the ground and in the field to give medics access to the key real world skills that will make them stand out from the crowd.
Our first core modules go live later this year and will be unveiled at the World Extreme Medicine Conference in London, 26-29 October. In addition we will be asking conference delegates for their opinions and ideas to help shape the courses and create a dynamic, two-way, adult learning experience.
Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (EWM) is a leading provider of remote medical training to doctors, nurses and paramedics from across the globe. It uses experiential lectures to teach the clinical mind-set and practical skills necessary to be able to perform effectively in a to provide safe and effective medical care in low resource, hostile and austere environments.
EWM also hosts the World International Extreme Medicine conference series. This will be the platform for presentation of research and dissertation work from the final year of the MSc.
Now in its fourth year, the conference challenges thinking, builds bridges and introduces new ideas about medicine at its most remote and austere. The conference brings together four disparate but overlapping medical fields in one arena: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition Medicine and Global Health, with experts in each field presenting the latest thinking and techniques, and sharing their inspiring stories. Venue information, Central Hall Westminster, 26-29 October, 2015
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London’s Air Ambulance & Extreme Medicine to host two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop
For 25 years London’s Air Ambulance has been at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency medicine, gaining a reputation for clinical excellence and pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.
Next month, ahead of the World Extreme Medicine Expo, on the 6th and 7th of November, London’s Air Ambulance is hosting a two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop as a precursor to the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014 to give delegates and medical practitioners an insight into the work of the charity and to share some of its advanced practices.
The charity has achieved survival figures for traumatic cardiac arrest and pre-hospital thoracotomy, and success rates for adult and paediatric intubation, which are among the highest in the world.
The workshop will give practitioners the opportunity to get involved with medical demonstrations and scenario based exercises while also providing access to the senior consultants and paramedics responsible for London’s Air Ambulance governance, major incident planning, research and innovation.
Speaking about the event, consultant and education lead, Dr Gareth Grier said: “London’s Air Ambulance has treated over 31,000 patients, which we recognise is a huge amount of experience and learning developed over 25 years. By passing on this knowledge we can help to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards”.
“Many of the techniques we have pioneered have become widespread as a result of being heard and talked about at events such as this one. During the workshop we will be showcasing some of our more recent innovations, REBOA being one of them, discussing the future of pre-hospital care, challenging conventional wisdom and hopefully, inspiring the next generation of trauma specialists”.
Earlier this year London’s Air Ambulance became the first service to perform roadside balloon surgery to control severe internal bleeding on a patient who had fallen from height. Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) is just one of the practical demonstrations delegates can participate in amid a programme that will look at biological terrorism, crew resource management at complex pre-hospital scenes and the role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters.
Introduction and overview of London’s Air Ambulance and Pre-hospital Care in the UK
The role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters
Crew Resource Management at complex pre-hospital scenes
The medical response to major incidents in London
Pre-hospital advanced airway
Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)
Pre-hospital blood transfusion in civilian trauma
Damage control anaesthesia – lessons from Afghanistan and London
Opportunities for medical students in pre-hospital care
Paramedic scene leadership during advanced pre-hospital interventions
Defying medical dogma – case studies from the pre-hospital phase
The future in pre-hospital care Nanorobots and suspended animation
Various scenario based training exercises
We might be based in Axminster, a small town in East Devon, but here at Expedition & Wilderness Medicine we have been helping train medical professionals the world over.
We’re proud to be the leading provider of expedition, wilderness and remote medicine training courses for medical professionals, and are delighted to have experienced considerable growth and success in recent years.
Expedition & Wilderness Medicine was co-founded in 2002 after a late night fireside conversation during an expedition in the deserts of Nambia, by our Managing Director, Mark Hannaford… and the rest they say is history. Today the company offers an abundance of courses throughout the world, including training in Trauma & Hostile, Diving, Jungle and Mountain Medicine to name but a few. Quite the achievement, when you think our first offering was a single course in the Lake District!
As we have grown, so have the partnerships we have formed with world famous institutions, including London’s Royal Medical School, Harvard Medical School and National Geographic. Expedition & Wilderness Medicine also has the support of Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
In addition to this, 2014 has already seen some fantastic achievements for us, including:
· Being selected by the production team behind the 2015 Hollywood film ‘Everest’ to supply on-location training and guidance
· Providing medical advice and reach back service to companies operating in a remote area of Iraq and trauma training in Liberia
· All courses operating at nearly 100% capacity
· A fully subscribed World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo taking place in London in November this year
And earlier this month we held a course at Dartmoor’s Heatree Centre which was attended by 40 medical professionals from several different countries, including Australia, Italy and Switzerland, highlighting the increasing worldwide interest in medical training courses.
‘I am thrilled with the rate in which Expedition & Wilderness Medicine has grown. The most rewarding element of our work is when we receive testimonials and endorsements from people that have attended our courses and are now putting the skills they learnt into practice in the most diverse range of locations. Especially as these are often the regions where vital medical assistance is most urgently required’. Mark Hannaford
We are delighted with the response that Expedition & Wilderness Medicine has received since our inception and with your help; we look forward to continuing on our diverse and challenging path for many years to come!
If you would like to know more about any of our courses, contact us today to find out more.
The genetic secrets of a species of frog that hibernates for months could hold the key to safer space voyages, say scientists.
Researchers from the University of Queensland, headed up by Extreme Medicine speaker Professor Craig Franklin, say that ability of the burrowing frog species Cyclorana alboguttata (pictured) to maintain muscle mass while dormant could help overcome the problem of astronaut’s own muscles deteriorating during long trips in zero gravity.
Although floating weightless in space is something many would-be astronauts dream of, this unique environment takes its toll – leaving muscles drastically under-used and causing a number of health problems from tendonitis to fat accumulation.
With a manned mission to Mars taking anywhere between 39 and 289 days depending on how close the planet is, astronauts would certainly benefit from anything that ensured they were in top physical condition upon arrival on the planet’s surface.
Scientists studying the frog say that that one of its genes known as ‘survivin’ could help. When faced with droughts in their native Australia, the frog survives by burrowing underground and covering itself with a cocoon of shed skin.
This keeps them relatively insulated from harm – but the survivin gene is necessary to protect them from their own bodies. Cells have many different ‘suicide mechanisms’ but one in particular kicks in to remove matter that is apparently damaged – something it judges by long periods of inactivity. Survivin stops this from happening.
“If we can understand the cell signalling pathways that confer resistance to muscle wasting, then these could be useful candidates to study in mammalian muscle atrophy,” said PhD student Beau Reilly in a press release.
“These could help to develop therapies to treat bedridden human patients or even astronauts, who frequently lose muscle tone when exposed to reduced-gravity conditions.”
This sort of research could be even more important for journeys into space further afield than Mars. If scientists can’t develop faster propulsion technology in the future then even travelling to nearby stars could take tens of thousands of years.
“I am fascinated in animals that survive in extreme conditions” said Miss Reilly. “I think humans and modern medicine could learn a great deal from organisms such as burrowing frogs”.
Meet Professor Franklin and a whole galaxy of other thought provoking speakers including NASA doc Micheal Barrett at the next Extreme Medicine Conference in London
How time passes by quickly! It seems that I only started my role as the University Liaison last week!
In fact it has been over 2 years now – and what a journey I have had being part of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (EWM) Team. Now, that’s not to say I am just off yet – I don’t qualify until next May (2013)…but we are beginning to start our search for the next University Liaison for Expedition & Wilderness Medicine EWMi– our ‘career intern’.
I guess if you are reading this, you might be interested in what the role involves. That’s a difficult question to answer fully as EWM’s work will have you dipping in and out of lots of different, exciting task. I have however broken it down into six key areas:
1. Developing links with university wilderness medical societies and beyond
This is the key role – developing our relationships with students. This is mainly introducing yourself and EWM by email to the University Wilderness Medical Societies and keeping them aware of what we are up to, if there are student discounts or articles of interest for their members.
2. Supporting EWM developments online
EWM is constantly developing and growing. As a result, often there are exciting plans and outlines by email to read over and give your input on. For example, for me as University Liaison, the biggest development was the World Extreme Medicine Conference.
3. Write articles for EWM
EWM always want fresh perspective on any and all aspects of expedition medicine. It is an opportunity to share your particular passion with 5,000 plus EWM online members. Often you may be asked to write a review of an event or conference. For example, I wrote this ‘student perspective’ article after the World Extreme Medicine Conference: http://www.expeditionmedicine.co.uk/blog/2012/04/world-extreme-medicine-conference-2012-the-student-angle/
4. Support on site at the UK courses
EWM run courses in the UK multiple times a year. It is a great opportunity to experience the courses, help out with its general duties and be part of the EWM team. I can guarantee you will go away having learned a thing or two!
5. Assist in organising the World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPO
As EWM continues to develop its exciting World Extreme Medicine series there are often lots to do and it is a brilliant way to get involved. For example you might be asked to research potential speakers, exhibitors, venues and then – be on site helping run the conference as part of the EWM Conference Team. A very enriching experience I assure you.
6. Communicate with leading remote medical professionals on behalf of EWM
You are a representative of EWM and as that you have the opportunity to reach out to some very experienced medical professionals in the expedition medicine fields on their behalf. You may also find people or companies or expeditions that EWM is unaware of and bring them to your attention. Win-Win!
There is no doubt that being the University Liaison is a role that requires more than a medical knowledge – EWM will be looking for someone who has a head for and an interest in business. Furthermore I often get asked the demands of time. It has its busy and its quieter periods but you know what – it is entirely manageable. If you have good time-management skills and like to keep busy – you’ll have no problem at all.
Right, that is probably enough information to wet your appetite!
To get details on how to apply click on the link below and scroll down to ‘Career Interns’:
I very much look forward to hearing from you!
With very best wishes,