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Report of the 21st NATO Maritime Medical Conference



Bergen, Norway
May 3, 2018




BERGEN, Norway (May 3, 2018)

Medical care for sailors at sea was the focus of the 21st NATO Maritime Medical Conference, hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy and led by Allied Maritime Command.

Navy Surgeons General and other senior medical personnel, from 25 nations (Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America), representing NATO, Partners and other nations, presented and discussed naval medicine topics over four days focused on themes of common interest to the maritime medical community.

In conjunction with the medical conference, the 45th Medical Naval Panel Plenary took place, serving as a forum to discuss naval medicine and adjust NATO doctrine. In addition to the plenary, the presentations, networking and in-depth break out discussions offered many topics for attendees to discuss with their medical teams.

China, Ukraine and Thailand were represented for the first time, contributing with presentations on their naval medical service which were highly appreciated by all participants.

During the Opening Remarks Rear Admiral Nihat BARAN has underlined the importance of MARCOM role’s as Maritime Advocate and for the importance of medical cooperation in a period of economic challenges affecting most navies.

Some of the representatives attending the conference provided their national medical updates as well as presented on MEDVAC (medical evacuation) challenges for maritime medical support. Telemedicine was seen as a common interest due to growing relevance as a modern naval medical capability.

During the close remarks, Captain Filippo LA ROSA, medical advisor to the Allied Maritime Commander, underlined that improving networking and sharing knowledge and best practices in the Maritime Medical domain are key factors to increase cooperation and simultaneously insure the best treatment to our sailors at sea.

The success of this conference is steadily growing and it is expected a large participation for the next year’s conference, to be held in Cork, the Republic of Ireland, March 25th-29th, 2019.