On behalf of the EMUGs central council we would like to update you on what has been happening across our community recently.
The past 18 months has seen a lot of change in the organisation as we moved to a more efficient & streamlined governance and administration structure by incorporating all the regions into one body and with the formation of a central council (board of directors) to support our operations team in their roles. This has been a massive undertaking and we would like to acknowledge the work done by our operations support team: Stacey and Romy; the interim board in particular Dr Allan Whitehead and all those who advised and supported the team in this transition.
We have exciting times ahead over the next 12 months as we can now focus our energy on further promoting the use of ultrasound across our network of clinicians through our events and collaborative networks such as our clinical leaders and research network. We are also continuing to advocate for POCUS education and training through our close partnerships with ACEM and ASUM.
Our Regional Teams are the heart and soul of EMUGs and are an important link to the EMUGs community. Many of our teams have recently undergone a refresh with new co-chairs in most states and a number of new members joining regional committees. This is a deliberate focus of the council to prevent volunteer burnout and ensure we are continuing to bring our community innovative and fresh events. Many of our board members have been co-chairs and are also currently on regional committees and along with our operations team are available to answer any questions, provide support and help out with the regional events. If you have a passion for POCUS and would like to volunteer for to be on a regional committee then approach your regional co-chair or email our ops team who will point you in the right direction.
Already this year we have run a number of successful workshops, educational meetings and clinical leaders meetings across Australia and New Zealand. After 6 months planning and establishing its team, the first South Australian EMUGs event was held in April and was well received by all those who attended. We have many more events planned throughout the year including our Central Clinical Leaders Meeting in Melbourne on 5 September (coinciding with the WFUMB Conference).
This all leads into our major event for the year:
Our Inaugural Conference will be held in Noosa on 21-23 March.
The organisers have taken all the lessons learnt from our previous events and workshops to ensure a fantastic conference program with a 50:50 split between interesting lectures and hands on workshops and the location is amazing!
Finally we’d like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time, attended our events and our amazing sponsors. Without you all we would not be able to have such a thriving group of talented and passionate clinicians. We are really excited about the upcoming 12 months as we continue to innovate, adapt to our community’s needs and promote POCUS to the masses.
See you in Noosa!
Dr Luke Phillips and Dr Mark Rewi
EMUGs Central Council Co-Chairs
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