Front Line Medicine August Mini Conference

In collaboration with Adventure Consultants

- Mini as small numbers 5 people!

- Date:16th - 20th August 2021


- Location: Whare Kea Mountain Chalet, in the Albert Burn Saddle, close to Mount Aspiring National Park at an elevation of 1,750m (TBC) with Adventure Consultants in Wanaka.


- Cost $4300 (TBC)

Cost includes: All conference sessions, food, accommodation, staff whilst at Lodge

Excluded all other associated costs

- RNZCUC endorsed CPD activity

- ACEM Activity approved for15 CPD hours

What is it all about

We provide a bespoke mini-medical conference asking and discussing the bigger questions for front line senior medics, like our personal wellness, how we fit into a changing and developing medical world, how we wish to see it evolve, our Ideas, concerns, and expectations as a front line medics, critical decision making, and shared reflection. We have a focus on peer review and short-form presentations with open discussion rather than didactic lectures. We have no medically related sponsors. We value the fact we are more than doctors and we create an environment to learn and share in that reflects this! It happens we like mountains and the NZ Backcountry and this is a great environment to develop a sense of community whilst educating each other. 



Conference Overview (subject to change)


Day1 Arrival (Wanaka)

Topic - More than a Doctor

- Welcome and registration 2pm

- Briefing about Whare Kea Mountain Chalet

- Presentation/discussion (2hrs)


Day 2 (Wanaka to Whare Kea Mountain chalet)

Topic - Case-based discussions

- Transfer to Whare Kea Mountain Chalet

- Risk management sessions

- Peer review (1hr)

- Presentations/discussion (2hrs)


Day 3 (Whare Kea Mountain chalet)

Topic - pre-hospital/critical decision making

- Risk management sessions

- Peer review (1hr)

- Presentations/discussion (2hrs)


Day 4  (Whare Kea Mountain chalet)

Topic -The future of acute medical care

- Risk management sessions

- Peer review (1hr)

- Presentations/discussion (2hrs)


Day 5 (Whare Kea Mountain chalet to Wanaka)

Topic - Risk and resilience

- Risk management sessions

- Peer review (1hr)

- Return to Wanaka and final presentation/discussion (2hrs)

- Closing

All in attendance present during the conference, the aim is for peer education. The format is short presentations to stimulate group discussion. Peer review, presentations and discussions are orientated around the days topic.


Daily risk management sessions are based around outdoor activities focusing on group analysis of risk and group reflection on how these decision making processes also apply to and can improve our working environment.

Please note during the conference given the remote environment  attendees should have the relevant personal equipment and experience for safe winter alpine travel, Adventure consultants provide guides and avalanche safety equipment if needed.

Please contact us for more information.


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