More than 1,500 of the world’s leading experts in the care of critically sick children are Sydney-bound for the 6th World Congress on Paediatric Critical Care, and Australian innovation will be front and centre.
In addition to being the first time the World Congress has been jointly hosted by the Paediatric Critical Care Nursing as well as Medical community, and the first time that the Congress has been held in Australia, the March 13-17 event will also showcase the success of another Australian initiative, the Between the Flags program for deteriorating patients.
There is growing global interest in the program, developed by NSW’s Clinical Excellence Commission, which borrows from the iconic Surf Life Saving Australia program and provides a comprehensive and standardised early recognition and rapid response to patients whose condition is deteriorating. The program was a major initiative of the NSW Government’s Caring Together: The Health Action Plan for NSW and was developed in line with a recommendation from the Garling Report with the support of doctors and nurses across the NSW public health system.
Congress Co-Chairs David Schell and Tina Kendrick believe the strong levels of interest from around the world in attending the Congress is a combination of the program of activities and speakers, and the magic of Australia.
“A number of milestones will be celebrated, including the important success of the Between the Flags program, during the World Congress, and the bringing together of experts and specialists around the world to share knowledge,” Dr David Schell, who is also a staff specialist in the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children’s Paediatric Intensive Care unit, said.
“One of the key advantages of participating in a World Congress like this lies not just in the immediate learning but also the long-term bridges which are established between the many paediatric critical care specialists around the world so that we are better able to share ideas, experiences and learnings as to how we can better help kids who are critically ill.”
CoChair Tina Kendrick, the Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant with the NSW Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), said the decision to take a more collaborative approach also made sense.
“Clearly critical care nursing staff play an important role in the paediatric intensive care cycle and we’ve structured the workshops and scientific program to accommodate the diversity of skills, interests and experiences of all delegates attending. In Australia our national conference has always been a joint medical and nursing venture, and we hope that this uniquely Australian approach may become standard for this Congress too.
“Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has been key in helping us win the right to host the World Congress here in Australia for the first time and their support in bringing the logistics together has been invaluable.”
Business Events Sydney CEO, Jon Hutchison believes that, in addition to direct tourism receipts, this event will bring longstanding benefits to NSW and Australia.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) to bring this Congress to Sydney. The value of holding such an event goes far beyond its theme “One World Sharing Knowledge”, as it plants the seed for expanding local knowledge, growing new networks and assisting in research, funding and development for the industry in the future.”
Among the 130 speakers presenting during the 4 day conference at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, are Professor Des Bohn, Chief of Critical Care at Toronto’s Sick Kids, and Professor Joseph Carcillo, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre.
Draeger has been announced as the Platinum Sponsor, Phillips is the Silver Sponsor while CareFusion is the Internet Centre Sponsor.