General Information

Accreditation

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM)
The following individual events are ACRRM PDP accredited activities.

ACRRM ID: 12407 The Muster 2018 (Global Community Engaged Medical Education Conference)
Mount Gambier 15-18 October 2018
18 Core PDP points

ACRRM ID: 13411 Conference on the Move Broken Hill (Muster 2018)
Broken Hill 12-15 October 2018
 7 Core PDP points

ACRRM ID: 13415 Conference on the Move Kangaroo Island (Muster 2018)
Broken Hill 13-15 October 2018
7 Core PDP points

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for up to:

  • 25 Mainpro+ credits (Full Conference and Conference on the Move)
  • 18 Mainpro+ credits (Full Conference)
  • 7 Mainpro+ credits (Conference on the move)
  • 7 Mainpro+ credits (Conference Day One)
  • 7 Mainpro+ credits (Conference Day Two)
  • 4 Mainpro+ credits (Conference Day Three)

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Members of RACGP can self-record unaccredited category 2 activities up to a maximum of 10 hours for 20 points. Conference organisers will provide a Certificate of Attendance to RACGP members to enable them to log into the RACGP website and record the activity information.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. You may claim a maximum of 25 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

  • 25 Section 1 learning hours (Full Conference and Conference on the Move)
  • 18 Section 1 learning hours (Full Conference)
  • 7 Section 1 learning hours (Conference on the move)
  • 7 Section 1 learning hours (Conference Day One)
  • 7 Section 1 learning hours (Conference Day Two)
  • 4 Section 1 learning hours (Conference Day Three)

American Academy of Family Physicians
Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians are eligible to receive up to 25 Prescribed credit hours for attendance at this meeting/event due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. More information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit.

European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Live educational activities recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.

Qatar Council for healthcare Practitioners, Ministry of Public Health
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners, healthcare practitioners participating in the QCHP CME/CPD program may record MOC Section 1 or MOC Section 3 credits as QCHP Category 1 or Category 3 credits.

                           

Banking and Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations.  Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations.  Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours.  Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.

Business Hours

Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday to Friday.  Business office hours are 0900 – 1700 hours Monday to Friday.  Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.

Car Hire

There are a range of companies in Mount Gambier who can assist you with car hire:

Hertz 08 8723 0870  www.hertz.com.au 
Thrifty 08 8723 2488 www.thrifty.com.au 
Budget   08 8725 4340 www.budget.com.au 
Avis  08 8723 4300 www.avis.com.au

 

Climate and Clothing

Spring (Sep-Nov): 12-22 ºC (55-72 ºF)
Summer (Dec-Feb): 17-28 ºC (63-82 ºF)
Autumn (Mar-May): 13-22 ºC (55-72 ºF)
Winter (Jun-Aug): 8-16 ºC (46-61 ºF)

Generally Australians are informal dressers.  We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions.  A light jacket is recommended for evenings.

Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Conference, as some of these may require formal evening dress.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying.  At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer.  These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz.  The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor.  If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch.  If not, you will need a voltage converter.  Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Getting to Mount Gambier

The only airline that services Mount Gambier is Regional Express (Rex http://www.rex.com.au). During week days there are approximately 3 inbound and outbound Rex flights daily from both Adelaide Airport and Melbourne Airport. Inbound and Outbound Rex flights on weekends do differ, so please check their website for flight schedules. Flight duration is 1 hour 10 minutes from both Adelaide and Melbourne Airports.

For those with checked-in baggage we recommend you allow extra time to alight the plane, claim luggage and walk the Rex terminal for check-in.

Travel time from Mount Gambier Airport to the conference venue is approx. 10 – 15 minutes – map here.

We recommend that you book early to get the flight times you prefer. If you have any issues booking air travel then please contact us at gcemem2018@arinex.com.au.

A bus service operates daily from Adelaide to Mount Gambier. Bus Route: Adelaide to Mount Gambier

A train and bus service operates daily from Melbourne to Mount Gambier. V Line Train & Bus Route: Melbourne to Mt Gambier

Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax), unless otherwise specified.  GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travelers departing from Australia to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia.  For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The policy should include:

  • Loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference or through cancellation of the Conference,
  • Loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • Loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • Failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay,
  • Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • Medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • Loss or damage to personal property,
  • Additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered,
  • Medical expenses.

The Conference Managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Language

The official language for the Conference is English.

Parking

Parking is readily available close to the Conference venues.  A large carpark is located at the rear of the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre & the Mount Gambier Public Library off Sturt Street.  There is no charge for car parking in Mount Gambier.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

 

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Please note that, for international participants, to obtain an Australian visa an Invitation Letter is not required. Once you have registered and paid the registration fees in full then your confirmation of registration or tax invoices for payment of registration fees is sufficient to lodge with your visa application. For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

Note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

 

Photography

 

The Conference Hosts and Conference Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event.  The images may be used for post-Conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested.  If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.

Planning your Travel

Because of time changes and jet lag we suggest you arrive in Australia a few days prior to the commencement of the Conference.  This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Conference.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001. The latest updates were published in 2014.  The Conference Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.  Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events.  Information may also be used for advice of future conferences in a related area.  See here for more information on Privacy Laws in Australia.

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.  Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Conference.  Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Managers.

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries.  Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application.  Animal and plant products are also restricted.

For more information see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Time

Mount Gambier is 9.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world.  Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received.  Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Shopping

Shopping is easy in Mount Gambier with most of its major outlets within easy walking distance from the city centre. Parking is free.  You’ll find antique shops, galleries and markets plus numerous speciality shops, major retailers and supermarkets. Late night shopping is available Thursday evenings, and many of the major retailers are open extended hours seven days a week.

Shopping Centres

Mount Gambier Central
21 Helen Street, Mount Gambier  SA  5290
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Mount Gambier Market Place
284/182-248 Penola Road, Mount Gambier  SA  5290
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Supermarket Trading Hours:

6am-10pm Mon-Fri
6am-10pm Saturday
8am-10pm Sunday

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Health of the Australian Government website.

 

Online Registration Form

Please note that all persons intending to attend the Conference must register.