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South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society

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South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society

The South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) is a primary source of information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide.


  • History 1
  • Purpose 2
  • Training 3
  • Publications 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The SPUMS was founded on May 3, 1971 in the wardroom of HMAS PENGUIN.[1] The founding members of SPUMS were Carl Edmonds, Bob Thomas, Douglas Walker, Ian Unsworth, and Cedric Deal and they were joined by approximately 20 others as "charter members".[1] The society was incorporated in 1990.[1]


The aims of SPUMS have never changed since its inception:[1][2]

  • To promote and facilitate the study of all aspects of underwater and hyperbaric medicine;
  • To provide information on underwater and hyperbaric medicine;
  • To publish a journal and;
  • To convene members of each Society annually at a scientific conference.


SPUMS offers a Diploma of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. This certification, was the first non-naval certification and for years the only postgraduate education available.[1] The first Diplomas by examination were awarded to Chris Acott, Gavin Dawson, and John Knight in 1975.[1]


In 1971, a newsletter was published by Dr. Carl Edmonds and distributed to diving medical professionals.[3] This newsletter grew to become the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society in 1975.[3] The journal's name was changed to Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine in 2007 and incorporated the Journal of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society in 2008.

Prior to 2008, 77% of the journal articles were from Australia and New Zealand. After 2008 the journal's two largest contributors have been Australia and the United Kingdom with 44% of the articles and 20 other countries contributing the remainder.[4]

The journal contains original and review articles, case series and reports, educational and general interest material in the form of:

  • The diving doctor’s diary;
  • The world as it is;
  • Critical appraisals (CATs) and Cochrane reviews;
  • Opinion papers and Commentaries;
  • Reprints of full Articles and Abstracts from the literature;
  • Letters to the Editor;
  • Book reviews;
  • Society News & Notices.

Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine is ISI-indexed on SCIE and indexed on EMBASE. In 2011, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine was approved for indexation in

  • SPUMS web site
  • SPUMS collection in the Rubicon Research Repository

External links

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See also

Many of the SPUMS publications are available online at the Rubicon Research Repository.

SPUMS also publishes many policies to assist clinicians and diving professionals.[7]


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