EWM Awards for Excellence in Remote Medicine
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Jon Snow, Channel 4 News presenter and award winning journalist presented the EWM Remote Medicine Awards at the World Extreme Medicine Conference
EWM announced the winners of the EWM Remote Medicine Awards at their Extreme Medicine Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine on 17th April. The intention of the Remote Medicine Awards awards is to keep all everyone in the industry motivated, and they are dedicated to everyone involved in extreme medicine no matter how great or small their involvement, they recognize the achievements of some of the most inspiring personalities and companies that are associated, in one form or another, in the growth of the Remote Medicine industry.
EWM Remote Medicine Person of the Year 2012 was awarded to Denise Prior of Porter’s Progress UK
Denise is a founder member of Porters’ Progress and House Manager at the Royal Geographical Society. Since 2001 Denise has developed a an interest in climbing and mountains which led to her joining the Medex Expedition in 2003 where she was deeply impressed by the courage, endurance, dignity and hospitality of the mountain porters. Denise was also responsible for ensuring their welfare throughout the trek and became aware of the precarious and inherently dangerous nature of their lives
EWM Remote Medicine Company of the Year 2012
was awarded to Porter’s Progress UK
It was awarded for their work facilitating the safe treatment, education and empowerment of mountain porters and their communities through appropriate programmes, with priority given to creating change within the trekking industry.
“The awards are a great honour, they have not only raised the profile of Porter’s Progress but the publicity has bought us new assets” Denise Prior – Porter’s Progress UK
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The EWM awards are geared to keep all of us in the industry motivated and are dedicated to everyone involved in extreme medicine no matter how great or small their involvement.
The awards recognise the achievements of some of the most inspiring personalities and companies that are associated in one form or another in the growth of the Remote Medicine industry.
The awards will be presented at the World Extreme Conference on April 17th at the Royal School of Medicine by Jon Snow, award winning journalist and the face of Channel 4 news.
Company of the year
This award will be presented to the company or organisation that has made an exceptional impact on extreme medicine, one that has strived to excel and has set new standards in their fields of expertise whether it is in research, product or leadership.
Nominations for EWM's Remote Medicine Company of the Year
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
For providing medical care in some of the world's most austere and dangerous locations, for its advocacy work in promoting health in communities with scarce recourses.
For promoting adventure and social responsibility within a massive segment of the youth age group. Originating with Operation Drake and Raleigh the organisation has engaged with over 30,000 young people through the medium of expeditions.
For its work worldwide in responding to some of the world's worst disasters and for its involvement in the Japanese Tsunami.
Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions
For providing high quality logistical support in the world's most austere environment, Antarctica, for over 25 years.
British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit (BASMU)
For providing high level medical coverage at the end of the worlds longest logistical chain during both the polar summer and winter.
Expedition Advisory Centre
For providing a world class resource for the planning of remote expeditions through its extensive collection of reports and retained knowledge.
London Air Ambulance
For providing a world class air ambulance service using cutting-edge techniques and procedures.
For their work facilitating the safe treatment, education and empowerment of mountain porters and their communities through appropriate programmes, with priority given to creating change within the trekking industry.
Person of the year
This award recognises outstanding healthcare professionals that have made a significant contribution to the specialised area of extreme medicine. These contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership, innovation or mentorship, must have had a lasting impact in extreme medicine and must have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to develop this specialised industry.
Nominations for EWM's Remote Medicine Person of the Year
Denise Prior for work with Porter's Progress
A founder member of Porters’ Progress and House Manager at the Royal Geographical Society. Since 1991 Denise has developed a an interest in climbing and mountains which led to her joining the Medex Expedition in 2003 where she was deeply impressed by the courage, endurance, dignity and hospitality of the mountain porters. Denise was also responsible for ensuring their welfare throughout the trek and became aware of the precarious and inherently dangerous nature of their lives
Mary Morrell for work with Porter's Progress
Professor of Sleep and Respiratory Physiology at Imperial College, London. Her involvement in Porters Progress began when she was asked to be a researcher on the 2003 Medical Expeditions trek to Nepal. During her time in Nepal she learned about Porters Progress and upon her return became a Trustee of Porter Progress UK. She now runs research projects in Nepal.
Dave Hillebrandt for his ongoing work with the DiMM
David has been instrumental in developing one of the most respected postgraduate qualifications in the field of wilderness medicine. Ensuring and maintaining the integrity of a course which has continued to develop the skills of medical professionals in the mountains
Shane Winser Expedition Advisory Centre RGS with IBG
Shane has been inspirational and invaluable to explorers for many years. Her encyclopedic knowledge of past expeditions, countries, peoples and cultures has allowed the success of numerous young adventurers.
Anthony Redmond for the work that has gone into setting up the UK disaster register and training
Prof Redmond has been involved in humanitarian relief work since 1988 when he was part of the team from Manchester providing medical support after the Armenian Earthquake. Since then he has worked all over the world, has been awarded an OBE, The Soviet Award for Courage and the WADEM Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Disaster Management. He was instrumental in developing the UK International Emergency Trauma Register which has deployed medical teams all over the world in response to Humanitarian Disasters.
Luanne Freer for her ongoing work with HRA and helping to set up the Everest Mountain Rescue Team
Dr Luanne Freer is the founder/director of Everest ER, a nonprofit medical clinic at 17,600ft Mt Everest, Nepal. An emergency physician and past president of the Wilderness Medical Society her work is establishing and maintaining the highest clinic in the world.
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