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A big week of PHARM, and lots to come.

Hi all,

It’s been a busy week for me, and an exciting one with three days in Sydney at SMACC 2013.

It was a great chance to catch up and listen to the gurus of #FOAMed including but not limited to Scott Weingart (EMcrit.org), Cliff Reid (resus.me), Minh Le Cong (PHARM Blog prehospitalmed.com) and many many others. There was some inspirational content, and a lot of it is, or will be podcast over at the official website SMACC 2013 . A few songs, some wrestling, paramedics abseling from the auditorium roof, SonoWARS, SimWARS, tears and laughter. I’ve never experienced a conference quite like it.

Try and get along to SMACC 2014, which is in Brisbane, March 2014. You won’t regret it!

A mate who is a MICA Paramedic from Melbourne, Rob Simpson, was there promoting MICA and his new blog, AmboFOAM – check it out AmboFOAM - there’s some fantastic content.

Dr. Doug Lynch, a ‘champion’ Retrieval Doc from RFDS Cairns (formerly ARV Vic), did a vod and podcast with me and others whilst I was at SMACC, check them out here:

Short interview with Doug

Google Hangout with Minh, Doug, Anne, Stefan and Toby

Straight back from Sydney and I was into 2 days of assessments for new for MICA Flight Paramedic candidates, and that was hard work but there was some excellent clinical care demonstrated. There’s a chance some of the content of those days will appear at SimWARS at Aeromed 2013, which is being held at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne, this August 28-30. Come one, come all! You don’t have to be a flight paramedic, nurse or physician to come; everyone is welcome. There’ll be plenty of pertinent information for all levels of practice. Check out the official website, and please consider submitting an abstract, and promote your study or service! Aeromed conference 2013

I’m back to reality with some road MICA shifts for four weeks; none of this cushy fly-boy stuff. After that I’m off to the UK for 2 weeks of chatting and experience with UK paramedics. I’m talking at the UK TraumaCare 2013 conference, and also sharing MICA practice with a whole lot of UK paramedics, thanks to a partnership between College of Paramedics UK and Paramedics Australasia . A couple of the places I’ll visit include Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC), South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust study day (SWAST), Welsh Ambulance Service study day, (Welsh Ambulance), South East Coast Ambulance Service (South East Coast Ambulance) and East of England Ambulance Service (East England Ambulance).

I can’t wait to learn from my international colleagues, and also share the Victorian experience with them. Thanks to my host John wood for dutifully organising my itinerary.

Somewhere in there i’ve got to shift my whole family 150km down the road into a brand new house that I haven’t seen much of, but life’s boring without challenges hey?

Stay tuned for some updated content, and remember to follow me on Twitter for more #PHARMpearls, as I negotiate my way through the real ambulance world of chest pain, rapid AF and long ED queues over the next for weeks.

Thanks for following.


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