Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

13 – 16 July 2023



Guest Speaker

Professor Simon Mitchell MB ChB, PhD, DipAdvDHM (ANZCA), FUHM, FANZCA

Simon works as an anaesthesiologist at Auckland City Hospital and is Professor of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland. He provides on-call cover for the diving emergency service in New Zealand. He is widely published with two books and over 170 scientific journal papers or book chapters. He co-authored the hyperbaric and diving medicine chapter for the last four editions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal since 2019. He has twice been Vice President of the UHMS and in 2010 received the society’s Behnke Award for contributions to the science of diving.

Simon has a long career in sport, scientific, commercial, and military diving. He was first to dive and identify three historically significant deep shipwrecks in Australia and New Zealand, including one in 2002 which was the deepest wreck dive undertaken at the time. He was conferred Fellowship of the Explorers’ Club of New York in 2006, and was the Rolex Diver of the Year in 2015. His most recent expeditions were the Pearse Resurgence cave exploration (New Zealand) in February 2020 and February 2023, a project to take arterial blood gas specimens from an elite freediver at 60m in January 2021, and hunting for a shipwreck in the sub-Antarctic in February 2022.

Annual Scientific Meeting

Early Bird registration fee (before 1 May 2023): RM 700
Late Registration (after 1 May 2023): RM 850

Early Bird Extended to 31 May

Pre Conference Seminars


Pre Conference: Diving Medical Assistant Refresher

13 & 14 July 2023

13 July (0830-1700H)
14 July (0830-1300H)

Location: Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Early bird: MYR350/pax

Late/Onsite: MYR450/pax

Course Description:
The course is designed as a CPD module for Paramedical Staff providing support for diving operations / clinical hyperbaric practice.  This Refresher Course will cover topics relevant for field medical support of diving operations and management of clinical hyperbaric patients.

This Course will be suitable for the following persons:

Diving Medic supporting diving operations (military / commercial)

Hyperbaric Medical Attendant working in a clinical hyperbaric service

A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


Pre Conference: EDTC Level II Refresher

13 & 14 July 2023

0830-1700H Daily

Location: Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Cost: (inclusive of tea breaks and lunch)

Early bird: MYR1200/pax
Late/Onsite: MYR1400/pax:

Course Description:
The course is designed as a CPD module for EDTC Level 2D Diving Physician who supports the commercial diving industry.  This Refresher Course will be a revision of the Level 2D syllabus together with updates in diving medicine topics.

Course Requirements:
Completed a Level IID full course within last 5 years, or

Attended a Level IID Refresher course within last 5 years.


A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Hyperbaric Tech Safety

Pre Conference: Hyperbaric Systems Technical & Safety Workshop

13 & 14 July 2023

0830-1700H (13 July)
0830-1300 (14 July)


  • Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Site visit: Dept of Hyperbaric Medicine, Armed Forces Hospital Wilayah Kota Kinabalu.

Cost: (inclusive of tea breaks and lunch, transport to/from site visit)

Early bird: MYR350/pax

Late/Onsite: MY450/pax

This workshop aims to increase safety awareness among hyperbaric chamber operator & attendant to ensure safe working practice. The emphasis will be on having the alertness & knowledge to identify potential risk and having an action plan to deal with it. It would also be a suitable workshop for doctors in charge of the technical and safety aspects of a hyperbaric unit. Included in the workshop is a site visit to a nearby hyperbaric chamber for practical / real world insights.


  • Mr Francois Burman, Vice President (Risk Mitigation), Diver Alert Network (DAN),
  • Mr Ho Chze Hsing, Hyperbaric System Engineer, Hyperbaric Health Asia

Some topics included:

  • Safety features on a hyperbaric chamber
  • Fire safety
  • Operational safety
  • Dive tables
  • Emergency procedures
  • General maintenance of system

Wound Care

Pre Conference: Wound Care Workshop & Clinical Hyperbaric Updates

14 July 2023


Location: Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Cost: (inclusive of tea breaks and lunch)

Early bird: MYR250/pax
Late/Onsite: MYR350/pax

This workshop is suitable for both doctors and non-doctors (nurses, medical assistants, paramedics). It will include updates and latest best practices on wound care, covering both theory and practical aspects of modern wound care. There will also be lectures on clinical hyperbaric updates.

Main Speaker:
Dr Alan Yap, Head of Sabah Wound Care Services, MSc Wound Therapy & Tissue Repair, Cardiff University.

Some topics included:

  • Process of Wound Healing
  • Problems of Hard-to-Heal Wound
  • HBOT on Wound Healing
  • Updates on Clinical Hyperbaric treatments/indications

Conference Location

Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. Located on the northern part of Borneo, this resort-city is the gateway to tropical rainforest, majestic mountain, beautiful beaches, adventurous islands and an amazing variety of flora and fauna.

The Sutera Harbour Resort is a prestigious multi award winning resort hotel comprising The Magellan Sutera Resort and The Pacific Sutera Hotel. It is located just 5-minutes’ drive from the city centre and 10-minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.


We have secure special rates for conference participants with The Sutera Harbour Resort as follows:

To book these rooms at the special rate (conditions apply), please contact the hotel directly.

Hotel booking email: and cc
Subject: AHDMA ASM Attn Ms Alanna

Tel: +60178130966


Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) has various connections locally and internationally. As of January 2023, direct international flights include from Singapore, Brunei, Incheon & Busan, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Majority of other international connections would be via Kuala Lumpur.

From airport, it is very easy to get to The Sutera Harbour Resort via airport taxi or share riding such as Grabcar, MyCar, EzCar and DACSEE

Calling for Abstracts! Deadline is 31 May 2023

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