WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine


WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine: The 21st biennial World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) Congress will take place from 7-10 May 2019 in Australia’s third-largest city of Brisbane. Co-hosted by the Queensland University of Technology, the Congress aims to provide another innovative and dynamic scientific program in memorable Australia.

The Congress will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, voted the world’s best convention centre in 2016, nestled in the heart of a thriving riverside cultural, dining, and entertainment hub.

With a theme of “The Future” the Congress will challenge the thinking of more than 600 international participants drawn from all continents and from all areas of health care and emergency management. The Congress will include over 30 tracks with high profile international and local speakers as well as a range of interactive and innovative sessions designed to maximize the congress experience for participants and create a legacy for the future.

Specific focus will be on future risks, the future community, future solutions, and future thinking.

The WADEM Congress 2019 invites abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. Submissions are encouraged across a wide range of themes of relevance to emergency medicine, prehospital care and the health aspects of disaster management and humanitarian aid. Abstract submissions can be made via the Submission Portal above.

All abstracts must be submitted online by 12:00 AEST (midnight) on Monday, 12 November 2018. Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended. Presenters of accepted abstracts must be registered and paid by the Early Registration Deadline on 8 February 2019.

Abstract Submission Categories

Authors will need to select one of the following 32 themes for their abstract submission depending on which is the most applicable.

  1. Aeromedical Retrieval & Evacuation
  2. Austere Surgical Teams
  3. Aged Care
  4. CBRN
  5. Civil-Military Co-operation
  6. Climate Change
  7. Counter-Terrorism
  8. Disability & Disasters
  9. Emergency Medical Response
  10. Emergency Radiology & Telehealth
  11. Hospital Overcrowding
  1. Humanitarian
  2. Indigenous Communities & Disasters
  3. Industrial & Occupational Health
  4. Mass Gathering
  5. Medical Assistance Teams
  6. Military
  7. Moulage
  8. Natural Hazards
  9. Nursing
  10. Paediatric
  11. Palliative Care
  1. Pharmacy & Toxicology
  2. Primary Health Care & Disasters
  3. Psychosocial
  4. Public & Environmental Health
  5. Quality & Financial Accountability
  6. Simulation
  7. Technology
  8. Trauma
  9. Veterinary Medicine, Animals, & Emerging Infectious Disease
  10. Wilderness & Expedition Medicine

Key Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts open 7 July 2018
Abstract submission closes 12 November 2018
Authors notified of results 20 December 2018
Presenter deadline to register 8 February 2019


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