Celebrating partnership of medical practice and training

Published 11 August 2009

healthed.jpgThe inaugural Armidale Medical Conference (AMCON) on Saturday was such a success that the organisers and participants have decided to make the conference an annual event.

Held at the University of New England, AMCON was hosted jointly by UNE’s School of Rural Medicine, the Department of Medicine at Armidale Hospital, and the New England Division of General Practice.

Professor John Fraser, Head of the School of Rural Medicine, said the conference had been “a very important day for the School”. “It was a real celebration of the partnership between UNE’s School of Rural Medicine and health professionals and services throughout the region,” Professor Fraser said, “and a further consolidation of team building and capacity building for the School.”

Professor Fraser opened the conference with an Inaugural Speech titled “Training the next generation”.

More than 120 delegates, including health professionals from throughout northern NSW as well as medical students, attended the full-day meeting. Dr Sudheer Ahmed, a specialist physician at Armidale Hospital, said the delegates had been “very appreciative” of the conference, at which the presentations had stimulated much lively discussion.

The 10 presentations, by regional consultants (working and retired), covered a wide range of topics – including “Acute respiratory failure in rural Australia” (Associate Professor Gary Baker) and “Some less common poisonings in rural Australia” (Associate Professor John Nevin).

Dr Ahmed said that events such as the AMCON conference not only helped rural health professionals to keep up-to-date with their skills and knowledge, but also ensured that medical students training in a rural setting had such valuable opportunities for collaborative learning.

“The conference was a showcase for the region’s medical talent, and a means of maintaining – and increasing – our medical workforce,” Dr Ahmed said.

Clicking on the image displayed here reveals a photograph, taken at the conference, of (from left) Dr Sanjeev Lath, Professor John Fraser and Dr Gary Baker.