Annual Global Emergency Care Conference

The annual Global Emergency Care Conference (GECC) provides an opportunity for emergency care providers to come together and learn from the experiences, up-to-date evidence and recommendations from experts in global emergency care. The conference is inclusive of all types of emergency care providers including; nurses, doctors, paramedics, allied health clinicians, researchers, development specialists, educators and health administrators.

GECC 2019 –  Education and research: the building blocks of effective global emergency care capacity development

In 2019, the theme of the Global Emergency Care Conference was, ‘Education and research: The building blocks of effective global emergency care capacity development‘ and featured keynote speakers Dr Olive Kobusingye (Uganda) and Dr Stevan Bruijns (South Africa/UK).

The two-day Conference included the following:

Global Emergency Care Workshop
An interactive, small group workshop developed by a team of clinicians with extensive experience working with multiple aid/health organisations in countries such as  Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Afghanistan.

The Workshop is your opportunity to develop the skills you need, before engaging in emergency care projects across the world.  Explore and discuss:

  • The current status of emergency care globally
  • The identified priorities for global emergency care development projects and clinicians
  • How to complete a needs assessment
  • How to create, develop and deliver a project framework
  • The essential toolkit of skills, networks and resources an emergency care clinician requires
  • View the 2019 program

Global Emergency Care Symposium
A one-day symposium bringing together a wealth of local and international speakers with unparalleled expertise in emergency education and research in resource-poor settings. Be inspired by incredible projects and learn more about what’s planned.

The program is filled with opportunities for interaction and networking. It will open your eyes to your potential to impact global health outcomes.

The program includes insights into:

  • The essential elements of emergency care education in resource-limited settings
  • Appropriate methods for effective teaching and learning
  • What resources already exist?
  • What is the evidence-base for global emergency care programs?
  • How can emergency care programs be more effective?
  • What areas of research should be prioritised?

View the 2019 symposium program

Global Emergency Care Conference – Scientific Committee


A/Prof Gerard O’Reilly

A/Prof Gerard O’Reilly works as an Emergency Physician at the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre. He is head of International Programs for the Emergency and Trauma Centre and the National Trauma Research Institute. Gerard chairs The Alfred International Emergency Care Workshop and Conference, is a past chair of the ACEM International Emergency Medicine Committee and has led emergency response and emergency capacity development programs in Afghanistan, Kenya, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and Myanmar. Gerard has completed a Master of Public Health a Master of Biostatistics and a PhD in International Trauma Epidemiology, focusing on the development of trauma registries globally. He has more than 50 publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature and was a founding member of the Emergency Medicine Research Course Faculty in 2011.

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Dr Rob Mitchell

Dr Rob Mitchell (@robdmitchell) is an Emergency Physician working between the Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre in Melbourne, Victoria and Lifeflight Retrieval Medicine in Cairns, Queensland. He has a strong interest in global emergency care, having previously completed Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) assignments in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands. Concurrent with his clinical roles, Rob is undertaking a PhD at Monash University School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, supported by a National Health & Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship. His research is centred on emergency care systems in resource-limited environments, including a triage development project in Mount Hagen, PNG funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. In 2014, Rob undertook a Churchill Fellowship focussed on postgraduate training in global emergency medicine, and is currently contributing to the University of Sydney’s Resource Limited Critical Care program. He is a former Chair of the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors in Training, and was an inaugural Section Editor for Emergency Medicine Australasia’s Trainee Focus section. He holds a Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and a Postgraduate Certificate of Disaster & Refugee Health from James Cook University.


Dr Georgina Phillips

Dr Georgina Phillips (FACEM) has worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne for more than 20 years. Areas of special interest have included research and clinical excellence for patients with complex psychosocial issues, in particular frequent ED attenders, homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse in the ED. Since 1996 as an Australian Volunteer emergency doctor in Kiribati, Georgina has had ongoing involvement in the development of emergency medicine and building capacity for emergency care in the Asia-Pacific region, including Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Timor Leste and Myanmar. Georgina sits on the board of the Primary Trauma Care Foundation and St. Vincent’s Pacific Health Fund. She is a past Chair of the International EM Committee at ACEM and is currently a board member of the ACEM Foundation. In 2017 she commenced a PhD at Monash University to explore the impact of emergency care capacity development in low resource environments, and in 2018 was contracted by the Pacific Community to lead a regional emergency care project across the Pacific.

Jenny Jamison

Dr Jenny Jamison

Dr Jennifer Jamieson is an emergency physician working at the Alfred Hospital. She has previously worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Afghanistan during 2012 as the supervisor of the new intensive care unit at the Kunduz Trauma Centre, gaining experience in critical care provision in low-resource settings as well as mass casualty response. She spent 2015 in Dar es Salaam working at Muhimbili National Hospital as a visiting clinical educator in the emergency department, assisting with strengthening the new specialty emergency medicine training program in Tanzania. She is one of the co-founders of the Global Health Gateway and was one of the inaugural board members for the Global Ideas Forum. She has a Masters in tropical medicine and public health and is currently undertaking a Masters of Emergency Medicine (trauma).