21st International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2022

14 – 19 June

Hybrid Conference I Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

21st International Conference on Emergency Medicine

14 – 19 June 2022

Hybrid Conference
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

21st International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2022

14 – 19 June

Hybrid Conference I Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
07:00– 08:15


Achieving systemic change in emergency care through long-term partnership

The session will explore how volunteer programs and emergency health providers can work in partnership to contribute to the capacity of emergency departments (EDs), and to support institutional and systemic change. Dr Trina Sale from the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands, and Dr Vincent Atua from the Vila Central Hospital, Vanuatu, will discuss how long-term partnerships with volunteer programs can assist in the transformation of EDs. They will be joined on the panel by Dr Georgina Phillips, Emergency Physician and former Chair and current member of ACEM Global Emergency Care Committee, and John Foley, Registered Nurse Emergency Department and Australian volunteer. The discussion will be facilitated by Emma Hess, Partnership and Innovation Manager of the Australian Volunteers Program.

Chair: Ms Emma Hess

Discussion Panel: Dr Trina Sale, Dr Vincent Atua, Dr Georgina Phillips, Mr John Foley

Chair: Ms Emma Hess

Partnerships and Innovation Manager

Emma Hess is the Partnerships and Innovation Manager for the Australian Volunteers Program. She has over 25 years experience working in the not-for-profit and volunteering sector and understands the value of working in partnerships and supporting meaningful change.

Emma is committed to the power of volunteering and the contribution it can make to a better world. Emma is also passionate about developing positive and respectful partnerships within and between organisations and recognises their great contribution to localisation, impact and sustainable development.

She has worked with AVI for 20 years in a range of roles, and as a member of the AVI Executive for the last years. She has a Master of International Development and Environmental Analysis and an MBA with a research focus on strategic alliances of NGOs with corporates and Universities. She is an accredited partnership broker with the Partnership Brokers Association and has a Bachelor of Education.

Prior to AVI, Emma worked in local government Council and in the Green movement. She has also lived and worked internationally including Spain, Kenya and Fiji. She was also a volunteer in Kenya for 3 years.

Speaker: Dr Trina Sale 

Head of Emergency Department, National Referral Hospital

Dr Trina Sales is currently Head of the Emergency Department at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands. With a Master in Emergency Medicine and a certificate of Emergency Clinical Leadership and Management, Trina has come to learn to dream and to tread softly but surely.

Speaker: Dr Vincent Atua

Consultant Emergency Physician, Vila Central Hospital

Cr Vincent Atua is the Locum Emergency Physician / Director Emergency Department Vila Central Hospital, Vanuatu. He is committed to continuing medical education, developing Emergency Medicine as a specialty and the training and development of Emergency Department staff in Vanuatu.

Vincent obtained his Master of Emergency Medicine from the University of Papua New Guinea and has completed a Master of Health Service Management from Griffith University.

Prior to his current role, Vincent was appointed the Director of Medical Service in Madang General Hospital, and concurrently was the Director of the Emergency Department at Madang General Hospital. He has also been appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of Madang General Hospital

Vincent has significant teaching experience: as Adjunct Lecturer in Emergency Medicine to undergraduate students at Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea; teaching Postgraduate Nurses and Health Extension Officers doing Advance Diploma In Emergency Medicine; Course Convener for the Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine at the Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea; and Instructor for Primary Trauma Care Course, Emergency Life Support Course International and Emergency Management of Severe Burns courses. He has also been a supervisor for overseas elective medical students, and a local supervisor for Australian volunteer ACEM Trainees (Special Skills Term).

Speaker: Dr Georgina Phillips

Emergency Physician and former Chair and current member of ACEM Global Emergency Care Committee

Dr Georgina Phillips has worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne for more than 25 years, with special interest in clinical excellence, equity and research for patients with complex psychosocial issues, and for Australian First Nations people.

Since 1996 as an Australian volunteer doctor in Kiribati, Georgina has had ongoing involvement in emergency care capacity development in the Asia-Pacific region, including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Timor-Leste and Myanmar.

Georgina is a past Chair of the ACEM Global Emergency Care Committee and current Board member of the ACEM Foundation and the ICEM Local Organising Committee. She serves also as a Trustee of the Primary Trauma Care Foundation, and member of the Committee of Management of the St Vincent’s Pacific Health Fund. In 2017 she commenced a PhD at Monash University to explore the impact of emergency care capacity development in limited-resource environments.


Speaker: John Foley

Registered Nurse

John is a Registered Nurse working in the Emergency Department at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He spent six months last year working as a nurse educator in Vanuatu, where he partnered with Australia College of Emergency Medicine, and the local hospital to help develop critical care skills in the Intensive Care Unit and to support the development of a triage system in the Emergency Department.



Australian Volunteers

The Australian Volunteers Program matches a broad range of skilled Australians with partner organisations in the Indo-Pacific region, to support them to achieve their own development goals. The Australian Government has supported thousands of Australians to volunteer overseas as part of Australia’s aid program for 6o years. The Australian Volunteers Program has recently launched a new remote volunteering initiative, which allows volunteers in Australia to continue to support international partners despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19. We’re looking for passionate emergency health professionals to work with local communities and support them to improve the health outcomes of their communities.

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