He was the foundation chair of the International Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (IEMSIG) of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), and editor of the IEM newsletter. With ACEM he has been director of EM training (DEMT), censor, councilor, and senior examiner.
He has been a recipient of the ACEM Teaching Excellence Award and the International Federation for EM (IFEM) Humanitarian Award
Progressing Emergency Nurse Training in Nepal
You may recall that Lucy and a team of emergency nurses were in Kathmandu in April for the 3rd Nepal Emergency Medicine International Conference (3rd NEMIC) and made great strides in consultations with senior nurses in the Nursing Association, Nursing Council and Ministry of Health. However, a week later this development came to a standstill as the earth moved. It has taken many months for Nepalis to begin to feel that the earth is not going to move again for now, and that life must go on.
Lucy organised her week with characteristic energy and enthusiasm. The key business was a meeting at the headquarters of the Nursing Association of Nepal (NAN), in Lazimpat, Kathmandu. This included key nurse leaders from the NAN, the Nepal Nursing Council, the Institute of Medicine of Tribhuvan University (IOM) and the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH). IOM and TUTH are the leading nurse training institutions in Nepal.
Nursing Association of Nepal: http://www.nursingassoc.org.np/
Institute of Medicine: http://www.iom.edu.np/
Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital: http://www.teachinghospital.org.np/
This meeting produced an undertaking to organize programs of one month to introduce the main concepts and practices of emergency nursing. Subsequent meetings conducted by Lucy developed some content from this initial outline.
There is now the potential for Australian emergency nurses to make a substantial contribution towards building capacity for the delivery of emergency care in Nepal. Lucy is progressing this in the hope of making a start in mid 2016. Please contact NTR if you are interested in joining their programs.
Chris Curry FACEM