Welcome to the Norwegian Sea Health Conference 2018 - 11th to 12th April 2018 in Bergen
In the beautiful historical surroundings of Bryggen in Bergen, with its connection to the Hanseatic trade and mariners of the time, we will again highlight the health and wellbeing of seafarers and fishermen.
The Norwegian Sea Health Conference 2018 “BEYOND THE INCIDENT” will focus on the many aspects of managing a maritime health emergency, way beyond the initial medical care and evacuation.
On the first day we shall concentrate on the many challenges that arise from a medical incident involving a single sailor. We will include the importance of planning for medical incidents, the difficulties faced in evacuating seafarers, how to optimize their care in the local port and how to ensure their safe return home.
10th of April 2018 – Bergen (Radisson Blu Royal Bryggen Hotel)
This meeting is the meeting between the NMA, the medical adviser to the NMA – the NCMM – and seafarers’ doctors approved by the NMA, whether they practice in Norway or abroad. The meeting is not yet mandatory, but is considered to be in the future.
The meeting is open also to others who may be interested in the topics.
The meeting will focus on updates from the NMA and the Appelate Body with ample space for discussion and questions to the NMA and the NCMM.
Registration and detialed program will be available from medio November 2017.
Tim Carter, Chief Editor
Aksel Schreiner, Editorial Co-ordinator
An extensively revised and extended second edition of the web-based Textbook of Maritime Medicine, sponsored by the Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine and the International Maritime Health Association, was launched on 3rd of April. It can be accessed at: http:// textbook.ncmm.no (not www).
The whole text of the first edition has been re-edited and revised, a project that has taken just over a year and involved authors old and new, the Editorial Board and the editors. There are now over thirty chapters covering a wide range of maritime health topics.
Guidelines for the medical examination of seafarers differ considerably among seafaring nations. Some nations follow the guidelines recommended by the authorities (ILO,IMO), others have composed their own.
A harmonization of these guidelines among seafaring nations has long been the objective of professionals within maritime medicine and a good deal of effort has been made to draw up a new set of guidelines that will enable medical examiners to reliably select seafarers with the safety of the vessels and their crew as the main objective. A natural goal would be to encourage all seafaring nations to adopt the guidelines, something that would enhance the quality of the selection process and make the validity of the medical certificate universal.
The lack of a quality assurance system for maritime physicians and maritime medical services prompted IMHA to launch the "IMHA Quality Assurance Accreditation Programme for Maritime Clinics”. This programme provides a system for quality assurance and quality improvement through defining best practice for services providing medical fitness examinations for seafarers worldwide. IMHA invites organisations to work towards IMHA accreditation through participation in the programme.