1st Benelux Workshop on Education and Training in Disaster Medicine

Brussels, Belgium

Arnhem, The Netherlands

Tuesday October 30 to Friday November 2 2007
Purpose The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) initiated in 2003 a process of developing international standards and guidelines with respect to emergency health and disaster medicine. Following a number of preparatory meetings in Melbourne, Limelette, Barcelona, Athens andEdinburgh, an Issues Paper was published and discussed during an internationalconference in Brussels (October 29-30, 2004) (http://wadem.medicine.wisc.edu/IssuesPaper.htm). The general approach and conceptual framework has also been presented during the 2005 and 2007 World Conference on Disasterand Emergency Medicine in Edinburgh and Amsterdam http://wadem.medicine.wisc.edu/. The objective of the next round of expert meetings and workshops is to prepare an international consensus document (Policy Paper) formulating educational standards and guidelines, highlighting core competencies and training requirements for various situations where there exists a major threat to the health of a community.
Preliminary program for the Benelux Workshop
The Workshop comprises four days of three sessions each, with more or less the same scheme:

9h-12h: morning session: presentations, facilitated discussions, coffee break 12h-13h:lunch 14h-18h: afternoon session: presentations, facilitated discussions, coffee break 18h:diner 19h-21h:reporting session: conclusions & comparing notes

Day 1 and day 2 (in Brussels, Belgium) will further discuss educational standards and guidelines focusing on four majorcategories/themes:
  • NaturalDisasters, Complex Humanitarian Emergencies and International Relief Operations,

  • Public Health Crises, including Communicable Diseases

Day 3 and day 4 (in Arnhem, The Netherlands)

  • Prehospital Preparedness for Mass Emergency Situations
  • MASH general hospital Preparedness in view of major internal & external emergencies For each scenario/sectors there will be a number of introductions and presentations to stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas, amongst others: on
  • the Sphere Project (Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in DisasterResponse), Humanitarian Accountability Project, the Quality Platform, ALNAP, HPNHumanitarian Practice Network, i-R
  • epidemiological databases like CRED (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters), ADPC (Asia Disaster Preparedness Center)
  • the WHO-HAC Phuket Papers and lessons learned from the 2004 Asian tsunami
  • pandemic preparedness in Europe, Australia,New Zealand
  • the conclusions of the 4th Joint EC/ECDC/WHO Workshop on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness of 25-27 September 2007
  • the Melbourne E&T program
  • the WHO-EU discussion paper on recent health crises in the WHO European Region
  • national training program for psychosocial support in Luxembourg
  • E&T for Saudi Hospitals, for the Morocco EMS
  • Prehospital health services in Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands,Australi
  • the Bologna Bachelor/Master standard

The objective of these 12 sessions is to develop educational standards and a detailed E&T curriculum following the approach presented in Wadem’s Issues Paper and the Utstein template proposing core competencies and electives based on systematic health need and risk assessments, linking “trauma profiles” with the typology and “pathophysiology” (events, hazards and parameters) for both generic core preparedness and identified scenarios/disaster types with references to existing guides or reference articles focusing on two levels:
  • training program for health professionals and continuing medical education
  • academic BaMa level

The 1st Benelux Workshop will be followed in the next 20 months by similar meetings in Asia, Canada and Europe and a dedicated Web Site. Seeking the broadest possible international input and inviting expert opinion and experiences in different fields, an exchange will be organized with relevant international agencies and NGO’s. An international consensus document will be published and presented at the 2009 World Conference on Disaster and Emergency Medicine (www.wcdem2009.org).

Venue The Workshops Conference will be held on day 1 and day 2 at the Amazone Conference centre in 1030 Brussels, Belgium. Part 1 will begin at 09.00 a.m. on Tuesday October 30 and end at 21.00 p.m. on Wednesday October 31, 2007. The second part will be held the premices of NIFV-Nibra at 6816 RW Arnhem, the Netherlands. Day 3 will begin at 09.00 a.m. on Thursday November 1 and end on day 4 at 18.00 p.m. on Friday November 2 2007. Participation and conference fees Participants should have responsibility for, or practical experience in Disaster Medicine or Major Incident Management, and can choose to attend the sessions of one, two, three or all four days. Please complete the attached registration form and return it by post or fax at your earliest convenience. Closing date for registration is October 14, 2007. The Applicant will receive a contract for participation in the conference. All conference fees should be paid before the deadline of October 14, 2007. The number of participants per sessions is limited to 12.

The standard fee for the four-day workshop of 600 EURO is inclusive of the cost of workshops, documents; modest standard accommodation (medium single room) for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Night, group transport between Brussels-Arnhem and back; breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and dinner from Day 1 to Day 4. Additional nights can be booked at a rate of 100 euro/night. WADEM-member rate for the standard Conference Package is 550 EURO. Cancellations received in writing by October 14 will be accepted and fees refunded less a 100.00 EURO administration fee. Cancellations after this date cannot be accepted; however transfer of registration to another person will be accepted. Conference fees can be paid by VISA credit card (please write or fax to contact address) or by international money transfer to the following account. BANK ACCOUNT FOR PAYMENTS : ECOMED bvba Huart-Hamoirlaan 68 1030 Brussels, Belgium Bank accountnumber: 001-3397778-41 SWIFT or BI code : GEBABEBB IBAN code : BE880013 3977 7841


Non standard bookings and accommodation

Participants can also choose to attend one or more days at a rate of 150 euro/day. For special arrangements, e.g. double rooms or individual bookings of accommodation or transport please write for more information.

Further Information and Contact Address Participants requiring further information or interested persons wanting to send in contributions or comments, please contact Dr. Geert Seynaeve Fax: +32 2 2156469 E-mail: fa082693@skynet.be


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