More than 130 doctors, surgical trainees, surgical interns, theatre nurses and GPs from across Western Australia will converge on Bunbury this weekend to update their expertise on effectively handling surgical emergencies in isolated locations.
The event is being run by The University of Western Australia's world class medical and surgical skills training centre The Clinical Training & Evaluation Centre (CTEC) in collaboration with the Rural Clinical School.
The weekend conference has been initiated and convened by Mr Val Lishman, a retired Bunbury surgeon, and Dr Ruth Blackham, a surgical trainee.
"In light of the recent devastating natural disasters in Australia, New Zealand and now Japan, it reaffirms how important it is for all surgical professionals, no matter what their specialty, to be able to assist wherever necessary in a medical emergency," said Mr Lishman.
"The participants will listen to experienced specialists from Bunbury and Perth who will be able to give valuable advice and guidance to WA doctors who are faced with life and limb threatening problems on a regular basis."
The sessions cover a wide range of clinical problems including neurosurgical crises, orthopaedic injuries that "can't wait", burns, obstetric complications, neonatal and paediatric problems, vascular injuries, urological emergencies, eye and hand injuries and medico-legal matters.