In April 2011 Ibex Earth led an expedition to Mount Roraima – the South American plateau that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write his famous adventure novel ‘The Lost World’ – to raise funds for the conservation of this remarkable area.
However, two weeks before we due to depart our medic was unable to travel with the group – by contacting Expedition and Wilderness Medicine they were able to get us out of a tricky situation by taking a really proactive approach with their membership and finding us a whole group of medics with expedition experience. Quite simply without EWM we would not have been able to travel to Mount Roraima in the knowledge our whole group was in the safe hands of a qualified doctor with expedition experience.
Join the team at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Tuesday 13th September 2011 for the Premiere of ‘The Lost World Film’ – a documentary that aims to promote global conservation, sustainable tourism and safeguard the long-term future of Mount Roraima – the South American plateau that inspired most recently the Disney Pixar’s 2009 animated blockbuster ‘UP’.
The Torch Relay is a key part of staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Steeped in symbolism and history, the Olympic Flame lighting in Olympia and handover of the Flame to the UK, will represent the beginning of the 2012 Games, while the moment the Paralympic flame is extinguished will represent the end of London’s seven year journey since winning the bid. Between lies the opportunity for thousands of ordinary people to run with the Flame and Torch, being part of these epic events.
We need an experienced Emergency Medical & General Practitioner Doctor, with a strong emergency medical background. Your core responsibility is to provide emergency medical and general practitioner services and preventative applications to Torch Relay staff, Torchbearers and police security runners.
You will work closely with the Metropolitan Police Service and the Tour Manager to ensure that emergency medical procedures and plans are put in place and medical and health preventative mechanisms are planned and implemented prior to the commencement of the relay.
London 2012’s vision is to use the power of the Games to inspire change. We are committed to involving youth and creating events that showcase our diversity. As with all elements of our work, these core values will form the foundations of our Torch Relays.
The role will require extensive travel and time commitments. Travel during the period of the Torch Relays (approximately 100 days) is a requirement of this position. Significant time away from home for this extended period is required. A considerable amount of travel during the planning period will also be necessary.
Jerry, who joins us on our September Expedition Medicine course to present the present the Rupert Bennett Memorial Lecture wins Prix Alain Bombard award, which ‘recognizes the exceptional nature of an adventure involving an education is delivered to the British diabetic climber Jerry Gore in the film Trango.’
Alain Bombard was a French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat without provisions in an extreme test of endurance and survival.
Jerry was born in Britain on April 15th 1961, is married with two children, and was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic on January 31st 2001. Though new to diabetes, Jerry has not let diabetes get in the way of his activities. (more…)
Feedback from delegates in our unique Desert Medicine medical training course in Namibia is feedback enough but the Wilderness Medical Society has also awarded it 20.5 CME points.
‘I had a fantastic time and feel like I learnt a lot. I will definitely be signing up for more courses and recommending the courses to people I know!’ Desert course participant.
Developed for medical professionals or advanced medics working in hot or arid climates. The Desert Medicine Course aims to introduce participants to the skills required to be a valuable member of a desert expeditionary team, and to care for and treat injuries and illness likely to occur in this fascinating environment.
Our Desert Medicine Course is based in Damaraland, an area bounded to the south by the spectacular Namib Desert, to the east by the Kalahari, Ovamboland to the North and the world famous Skeleton Coast to the west. Located near the famous Doros Crater, a massive volcanic crater formed over 140 million years ago. Our training area is a stunning region, remote from civilisation, inhabited by an array of desert adapted flora and fauna and with some of the most remarkable night skies in the world. As a result of the recent changes in wildlife management in Namibia, the Doros Crater has been chosen as the region in which the endangered white rhinos are being released. It is a very exciting location inhabited by elephants, hyena, giraffe, rhinos, cheetahs and occasionally lions. It is almost unique in Namibia and for this reason we have endeavoured and been allowed to gain access to this virtually uninhabited area. Its the perfect location for our desert course.
Expedition Medicine’s Medical Director Dr Amy Hughes describes her role of the Kent Air Ambulance HEMS doctor to ‘She’ magazine in their December issue
Dr Amy Hughes is currently a specialist registrar in pre-hospital care working for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Team (HEMS) in Kent. She has been involved in expedition medicine for the last 7 years, providing medical cover for all extremes of environments, including developing and leading the medical cover for a desert ultra marathon. She is involved extensively in teaching of expedition medicine and recently took over as medical director of Expedition Medicine. Amy completed the Diploma of Tropical Medicine in 2006, has a European Masters in Disaster Medicine and is en route to gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retreival.
Previously Expedition Medicine had run it’s Diving and Marine Medicine course in the Bander Khayran area of the Oman coast but decided to change location to guarantee great diving to the Maldives. So, in October of this year an eclectic band of medics from literally all over the world joined Diving Medic Dr Lesley Thomson – who has treated divers at the Plymouth and Aberdeen Hyperbaric Units, Dr Robert Conway founder of award winning marine conservation charity Blue Ventures, Dr Mark Read a marine biologist and Head of the endangered species unit of the Great Barrier Reef National Park and Mark Hannaford veteran of over 25 years of adventure travel and expeditions to all of the worlds continents aboard the dive boat Ari Queen for a week amongst the coral atolls of the Maldives.
The diving standard was set by our first ‘proper’ dive after our initial check dive when we dived at a Manta Ray feeding station. I don’t think any of us were really prepared for the spectacle surrounding us. Diving down to about 25 metres we positioned ourselves below the reef edge and it wasn’t long before a mass of manta rays, both fully grown adults and juveniles, were looming out of the slightly murky water and gracefully glided over our heads. This really set the standard for the diving on the course, which reached a pinnacle on the last dive where a mass a over 10 Grey Sharks were spotted amongst huge flight of Eagle Rays, White tipped Reef Sharks, a giant Napoleon Wrasse and the most relaxed Hawksbill Turtle that any of us had ever dived with, calmly grazing next to us as we admired the gallery of marine life whilst a territorial Titan Trigger Fish took a fancy to our dive guide!
The teaching side of the course maintained equally high standards, with a range of specific diving medicine related topics covered, including decompression sickness and diving physiology. The team also drew upon Lesley’s experiences as a medical officer and diving medic for the British Antarctic Survey, Rob’s years of marine conservation work in Madagascar, Mark Read’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the underwater world and Mark Hannaford’s quarter century of experience of running expeditions and adventure travel.
If you are getting the impression that it was a pretty action-packed course you would be right – some days lecturing did not finish until 10pm! – but it was also hugely enjoyable! The enormous wealth of experience amongst the delegates meant that their input and knowledge added a great deal to the overall leaning. In terms of meeting like-minded people it was a great opportunity to establish some great networks and share contacts.
The Diving and Marine Medicine course in the Maldives is accredited by the Wildness Medical Society for CME points and also counts towards gaining a Fellowship of the Wilderness Medicine (FAWN). A full list of the topics covered can be found on the Diving Medicine course page of the Expedition Medicine website.
Dates for next year’s course are to be confirmed exactly but will be mid-October 2011 – send us an email here email@example.com to preregister your interest.
Dr Leslie Thomson Course Director of the Diving and Marine Medicine course talks about her hyperbaric experience and diving in Antarctica
Dive Medicine expert and founder of award winning Blue Ventures marine conservation charity Dr Rob Conway explains why he likes the course so much.
Dr Mark Read of the Great Barrier National Park talks about what he gets out of the Diving Medicine course.
Dr Klassje Doorenbosch, a GP from Perth, Australia, a delegate on the Dive Medicine course gives her feedback.
Another superb Expedition and Wilderness Medicine training course in Keswick
The Great North Air Ambulance, dedicated to Expedition Medicine facualty member Dr Rupert Bennett sadly killed in a climbing accident on Ben Nevis, lands as part of a search and rescue training scenerio on the course which aims to prepared medics for working in remote locations and is accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.
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On the 19th of April at 9.00pm Ginger will be televising the Jones Boys Amazon Adventure. Steve Jones and his brothers were exposed to a number of challenges in the jungle on the Amazon. Expedition Medicine staff member Paul Richards provided the medical support and appears to have sacrificed himself in the process. Paul managed to get bitten by every insect in the district, the number of bites in his buttocks exceeded 100 (he counted these himself). I think this means that Pauls nethers are either more appealing or larger than the other expedition members. Watch the programme, I think it will make for interesting viewing.