Professor Zaw Wai Soe, Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Yangon General Hospital, was jointly supported to travel to Melbourne in 2011 through the Surgeons International Award and the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM). Prof Zaw Wai Soe's program included visits to the Emergency Departments of St Vincent's, the Alfred and the Royal Melbourne Hospitals. During the visit he attended the National Trauma Research Institute's "From roadside to recovery: successful systems of trauma care" conference in Melbourne and the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney. His visit to Australia was designed to inform and assist with the development of Emergency Medicine in Myanmar and is part of an ongoing relationship between the Myanmar Medical Association, the RACS and the ACEM. The development of Emergency Medicine is a natural progression from the teachings of Primary Trauma Care courses that were introduced in Myanmar by the College in 2009 as a response to Cyclone Nargis. The skills, knowledge and contacts gained during his visit has placed Prof Zaw Wai Soe in a better position to advocate for the development of Accident and Emergency Medicine in Myanmar and he has become a key leader in this important initiative. To read more about RACS's involvement in developing Emergency Medicine in Myanmar click here.