More than 6.7 million emergency department cases were reported by public hospital emergency departments in 2012-2013, corresponding to over 18,000 cases per day* or 1 in 4 Australians. Current trends only expect this number to increase, posing the serious question: How are we going to effectively manage our emergency departments in order to meet demand?
In response to research and your feedback, we are pleased to present you with a 2014 program for Emergency Department Management Conference that will provide practical and innovative solutions to help emergency departments deliver the level of patient care that is expected in these high pressure environments.
There are many positive case studies to learn from. Reducing waiting times and patients being “seen on time” have always been a priority and almost 100% of resuscitation patients and 82% of emergency patients were seen on time in 2012-13. This year’s conference will look at how to further improve patients’ waiting time with access to care and clinical redesign, patient flow and point-of-care testing.
Delivering a high level of patient care is another priority. To provide a comprehensive picture of how we can better our care delivering methods in the emergency department, NEAT compliance, geriatric care and preventing, managing clinical aggression plus community partnerships and treating bounce back patients will be discussed at the two-day event.
Children between 0-4 represent the largest age group of emergency department presentations*and so there will also be a focused post-conference workshop on “Designing a Model of Care for the Paediatric Population – Where to Put the Little People to Keep Them Safe”. This will be followed by a workshop on “Developing a Comprehensive Model of Care for the Patient who Dies in ED”.
We are pleased to announce that the Discharge Planning Association (DPA), Emergency Care Institute (ECI), College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA), Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and RCNA support this conference. You will earn 11 RCNA CNE points as part of RCNA’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP), and by attending the post-conference workshops you will receive up to an extra 6 points. The conference is also an Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) accredited meeting worth 5.5 points with the post-conference workshops worth up to an additional 6 points.
In the last five years, the Emergency Department Management Conference has attracted hundreds of industry senior medical and emergency practitioners who meet and discuss the common issues and solutions to enhance the performance of the ED and other areas of the hospital. Last year, Wollongong Hospital thought the event “continues to be a very worthwhile conference that allows the creative ideas to flow” and that they “always get good ideas to take back and work through with the department and hospital”. The Department of Health & Ageing felt the topics were “very relevant to my line of work”, while the Sutherland Hospital told us that “really useful information is presented and great strategies are discussed with other managers at the networking functions”.
The 6th Annual Emergency Department Management Conference will take place on 28th and 29th July 2014, at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins. The two post-conference workshops are separately bookable, they will take place on Wednesday 30th July. You can see the detailed conference agenda now. Register today to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate.
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* (Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-13, AIHW)