National Conferences (previouly known as National Officers’ Conferences) were held by the Brigade after competitions and parades to discuss issues and problems faced by members and officers from various Areas. These conferences also played a role in aligning policies and regulations as determined by the Brigade headquarters. The first conference was organised by Ms. Irene Checkley, Federal Organiser in 1955 at the Majestic Hotel in Victory Avenue (now Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin), Kuala
Lumpur. His Excellency, Sir Donald MacGillivray, British High Commissioner to Malaya, officiated the inaugural conference. Since their inauguration, these conferences have been a platform
for members and officers to brainstorm solutions and share experiences.
The early conferences were held at the British Council and other educational institutes. Senior Brigade Officers, scholars, specialists and well-known figures were invited to present papers to the Brigade officers at plenary sessions, which were followed by question and answer sessions and reports. Conference reports are valuable documents that summarise ideas and views from officers and members. These documents are then used
as references for policy changes and for determining the
direction of the organisation.
Sabah hosted the first Officers’ Conference in East Malaysia in 1995 at Berjaya Palace Hotel and received an overwhelming response from officers in both West and East Malaysia. In 2003, the National Conference in conjunction with SJAM’s 95th anniversary was organised by SJAM Wilayah Persekutuan. It was held in Genting Highlands and had Adult Members as conference participants for the first time. The Melaka conference,
held the following year, included officers and members
from St. John Ambulance Singapore.
The focus of these conference sessions changes according to the current needs of the organisation such as highway duty, first aid training, ambulance services and haemodialysis services.