ACEM ASM, Sydney 2017

34th Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

19 – 23 November 2017, Sydney Australia

Invited Speakers

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Warren Adie

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Keith Amarakone

Keith AmarakoneKeith Amarakone is currently a Paediatric Emergency Physician at the Northern Hospital, Melbourne.  He was previously the Trauma Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital where he was involved in the design and delivery of an inter-disciplinary paediatric trauma team training programme.

Keith trained at Bristol University in the UK, and completed his Emergency training in Christchurch, Cairns and Melbourne. He has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Ethics and Law, and was an author for the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities (9th ed.). 

Kylie Baker

Kylie BakerKylie Baker is an Emergency Physician at Ipswich General Hospital, who has been learning, investigating and teaching bedside ultrasound for more than 15 years.She has researched lung ultrasound since 2010 with generous grants from Emergency Medicine foundation, and assistance from University of Queensland, and Critical Care Research Group (The Prince Charles Hospital). She also teaches point of care ultrasound at the Australian Institute of Ultrasound, and has recently joined a private telehealth service MyEmergencyDoctor  with the intent of one day combining all these skills to improve delivery of healthcare outside big cities.

Tim Baker

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Paul Barnes

Dr Paul Barnes is Head of the Risk & Resilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra and a visiting Associate Professor at Flinders University within the Torrens Resilience Institute. He was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management (CEDM) at the Queensland University of Technology and coordinated the Centre’s Infrastructure research theme.

 He has wide experience in public sector roles at both the State and Federal levels.  He was the inaugural Manager of the Queensland Fire & Rescue Authority’s (QFRA) State Community Safety Unit and also served as the Corporate Risk Manager of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI) where he oversaw development of Corporate Standards and governance frameworks covering risk and crisis management and business continuity planning.  At a Federal government level he served as Director of Security Policy Development within the Defence Security Authority, Australian Department of Defence.  

He has completed projects for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, the European Commission’s European Research Agency (FP7 Program) as external expert and the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk assessment frameworks.”

Sam Bendall

Sam BendallDr. Sam Bendall is the Co-Director of Education and a Retrieval Specialist at CareFlight. She is responsible for registrar training and is passionate about ensuring clinicians are able to excel in the pre-hospital environment through realistic simulation and the honing of critical decision making skills.  She is also an Emergency Physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she is also involved in multi-disciplinary education and training. She developed and teaches on the HETI ED Masterclass program for the Rural and Remote clinicians, as well as clinical and mission specific training for a variety of organisations including the Australian Defence Force.

Michael Ben-Meir

Michael Ben-MeirDr Ben-Meir is an Emergency Physician who completed his medical degree at Monash University subsequently training in Emergency Medicine at Alfred and Epworth hospitals. He completed a Masters in Bioethics at Melbourne University, and also has a Diploma in Obstetrics and a Graduate Certificate in Medical Acupuncture.. He sits on a number of Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) committees, including the ECCN (Emergency Clinical Care network), the State Trauma committee, the Victorian Clinical Council, Victorian Faculty Board and the National Steering Committee. He was the chair of the Emergency Medicine Working Group of the Medicare Review Taskforce and has a keen interest in promoting and researching the benefits of utilization of Private Emergency Departments. He is the current chair of the ACEM Private Practice Committee and has been Director of Cabrini ED since 2011.

Gaby Blecher

Gaby BlecherDr. Gabriel E. Blecher MBBS(Hons) Postgrad Dip Man MSc(Epi) CCPU FACEM
Gabriel is an Emergency Physician at the Monash Medical Centre, Cabrini Hospital and Latrobe Regional Hospital Emergency Departments in Victoria. He drives the Monash Health Emergency Department Ultrasound Education and Quality Committee. He has completed a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada and has an appointment with Monash University as a senior adjunct lecturer. His research interests include point-of-care ultrasound and efficient use of diagnostic testing in emergency medicine.

Jan Bone

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Bethany Boulton

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Justin Bowra

Justin BowraDr. Justin Bowra is an emergency physician and resident emergency ultrasound tragic at Sydney Adventist (‘the San’) and Royal North Shore Hospitals. He has been performing bedside US since 1999. He is the lead author of Emergency Ultrasound Made Easy (2nd ed), the ACEM representative on the ultrasound interest group of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine, a member of the ACEM ultrasound subcommittee, a past chair of the CCPU Board of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine, and the CEO of My Emergency Dr. Hobbies include writing spectacularly unsuccessful film scripts and children’s books and being bossed around by his small yet opinionated daughter. Come & work for him as an ultrasound fellow at the San, he’s a top bloke and definitely did not write this bio.

Shahina Braganza

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Nick Buckley

Nick BuckleyNick Buckley, MD FRACP, is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Sydney Medical School, a consultant clinical toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Information Centre and admitting toxicologist at RPA Hospital Sydney, Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Medicines Handbook, a past President of The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology, and Research Director of the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC). SACTRC has been funded for 15 years by the NHMRC and Wellcome Trust with the major focuses being clinical and public health research on pesticides, plant & pharmaceutical poisoning, snakebite, translation into practice, neurotoxicity and kidney biomarkers.  In Australia, his research has largely been systematic reviews, and clinical, epidemiological and pharmaco-epidemiological studies on analgesic and psychotropic drug poisoning & misuse.  

Paul Buntine

Paul-Buntine-1Dr Paul Buntine is a full time Emergency Physician based at Box Hill hospital in Melbourne. In 2015 he spent a six month sabbatical period investigating emergency department medical testing. This work formed the basis of the Eastern Health No Unnecessary Tests program, of which he is currently project lead. He has a strong interest in clinical medicine and translational research and would like to see an increased emphasis on the use of good clinical skills and education rather than a reliance on investigation results.

Ed Burns

Ed Burns is an Emergency Physician working in Prehospital & Retrieval Medicine in Sydney, Australia. He has a passion for ECG interpretation and medical education.

Peter Cameron

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Magnolia Cardona-Morrell

CardonaMorrell(cropped)(1)Dr Magnolia Cardona-Morrell, PhD, MPH, MBBS, is a Senior Research Fellow currently leading a program of translation research to improve the end-of-life experience for patients, families and health professionals. Central to this is the development, implementation and validation of an objective checklist for identifying terminal patients and facilitating doctor’s conversations with patients and families about end-of-life care preferences. Her work spans sensitive topic such as clinical futility in hospitals, dying safely, barriers for appropriate management at end of life, patient decision aids at the end of life, advance care directives, inappropriate hospitalisations, and challenges of measuring frailty in emergency departments, all sponsored by NHMRC at The Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, UNSW. She is a regular contributor to the National Health Roundtable on end-of-life Improvement, the ANZICS conference, the ECI research and leadership forums, the international Rapid Response Systems conference, and a co-chair of the frailty and cognitive ageing (including dementia) theme of the SPHERE Healthy Ageing collaborative stream.

Gregory Carter

Greg CarterProfessor GREGORY CARTER
M.B.B.S. FRANZCP. Certificate of Training in Child Psychiatry. PhD.
Professor Carter is  the Acting Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, Waratah; and Conjoint Professor in Psychiatry in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle. He leads the Psycho-Oncology Service at the Calvary Mater Newcastle and he is a Principal Researcher in the Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research Priority Research Centre at the University of Newcastle. He is a member of the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA), an academic staff member of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) and the Chair for the RANZCP Working Group for the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Deliberate Self-Harm. Current areas of clinical and research interest include; deliberate self-poisoning, the inaccuracies of risk stratification,  intervention studies to reduce suicidal behaviours,  borderline personality disorder and psycho-oncology.

Stacy Carter

Stcay CarterProfessor Carter is the Deputy Director, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at Sydney University School of Public Health and an Honorary Research Fellow, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Aberdeen.

Stacy works on the ethical dimensions of public health policy and practices, especially overdiagnosis and too much medicine, including as a chief investigator in Wiser Healthcare, an NHMRC-funded collaboration to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Other projects include: public engagement in health policy, vaccine refusal, appropriate prescribing in older people, reducing innappropriate antibiotic prescription, and the ethics of social marketing.

She contributes to methodology for qualitative research, deliberative democratic processes and empirical ethics and is often seeking how to best integrate citizen, researcher, practitioner and policymaker perspectives on policy problems, especially when these conflict. Stacy has particular methodological interest and expertise in grounded theory and community juries.

Branko Celler

Branko CellerProfessor Celler is internationally recognised as an innovator and pioneer in the development and use of biomedical software and instrumentation for the telemonitoring of chronically ill patients at home. He was Head of School of Electrical Engineering at UNSW for nine years and established the Biomedical Systems Laboratory which was successful in winning more than $15m in competitive grants. He has an abiding and on-going interest in supporting health and socio-economic development of rural and remote communities through the smart use of ICT. Prof Celler has previously held positions as Executive Dean of the College of Health and Science at Western Sydney University and Chief Scientist at the CSIRO ICT Centre. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and an inaugural Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics. He has published more than 200 Journal Articles and Refereed Conference Proceedings. In 2006 Prof. Celler established a start-up company Telemedcare Pty Ltd which now operates internationally and is respected for its innovation and excellence in telehealth. Professor Celler is Emeritus Professor and an active researcher at the University of New South Wales.

Aruna Chaminda

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Barry Chan

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Betty Chan

Betty ChanA/Prof Betty Chan is an Emergency Physician & Clinical Toxicologist.  Currently she is the head of the clinical toxicology unit at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.  She is also a VMO toxicologist at the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre.  Her current research interests include digoxin, methotrexate, dihydropyridine, and sodium channel blocker toxicity.

Thomas Chan

Thomas ChanDr Thomas Chan is the Director of Emergency Medicine at Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He has a Masters in Health Service Management, and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He is an active member of the quality committee and in his past time is also pursuing a second fellowship in the field of medical administration.

Angela Chiew

Angela ChiewBSc(Med) MBBS, FACEM

Dr Chiew is a Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician who works at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and for the NSW Poisons Information Centre. She is currently undertaking a PhD into paracetamol in particular massive and modified release paracetamol overdose and new biomarkers including paracetamol metabolites and paracetamol adducts.

Louis Christie

LouisChristieLouis Christie has been working in Central West New South Wales since he first arrived in Orange as an RDN Rural Cadet in 1994. Dr Christie has worked in emergency and retrieval medicine, and was involved in the evolution of modern Emergency Medicine in the region, out of a system of “casualty departments”. 

Dr Christie became the Director of Medical Services in Orange in late 2006, a position he held through the development of the new general hospital complex until 2012 when he resigned the post to return to clinical medicine. 

After a brief stint in general practice, he has worked full-time as the palliative care service medical officer in the LHD’s eastern sector. He has an intense dislike of administrative medicine, and a strong preference for clinical medicine; which drives him to be as efficient as possible in his administrative duties.

Simon Chu

simonchuBorn, bred, and trained in Sydney, Simon completed his emergency training in 2003 and from there pursued further training in Canada in his first love, paediatric emergency medicine. Coming back to Australia, he settled in Adelaide for work. He has completed a Masters in Medicine Education and now uses those skills to enhance the educational programs of ACEM. Being the chief author of the first version of the ACEM curriculum framework, he sees this work as the cornerstone for training a new generation of emergency physicians. In his spare time, he loves to travel, but most importantly spends time to pursue his other love, performing concert standard classical music, particularly with the Australian Doctors Orchestra.

Ian Civil

Ian CivilIan is a Professor of Surgery with the University of Auckland and Director of Trauma Services at Auckland City Hospital. He has had a major role in surgical education, including being the Censor in Chief for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2007-2010. Ian has been involved in introducing a number of skills courses into Australia and NZ including the Early Management of Severe Trauma Course (1988) and the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course (1999). Currently he is Chair of the Safe Surgery (NZ) Expert Advisory Group for the Health Quality and Safety Commission and Clinical Leader for the Major Trauma National Clinical Network.

Peter Clark

Peter ClarkPeter Clark FACEM FJFICM FANZCA works as a retrievalist and intensivist in Sydney.

Sheree Conroy

Sheree ConroyDr Sheree Conroy is emergency specialist and director of clinical training at Toowoomba Hospital. She leads the ACEM Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) program in that region and has a passion for bringing practical and realistic training to teams in smaller hospitals. 

Carmel Crock

CarmelCokDr Carmel Crock, is the Director of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
She was instrumental in establishing ACEM’s Emergency Medicine Events Register (EMER), an adverse event and near-miss reporting system that is peer-led, online, anonymous and confidential. By collecting and analysing this data, Carmel and her colleagues hope to better understand the contributing factors involved and subsequently develop ways to minimise or prevent the risk of harm to patients and staff.

Carolynne Cormack

Carolynne CormackCarolynne Cormack  BAppSc(MedRad) GDUlt GCHPE AFASA AMS

Senior Sonographer, PoCUS Educator, Monash Health, Victoria.

Carolynne is a senior sonographer and passionate PoCUS educator. She has been instrumental to the growth and success of a large, collaborative PoCUS program at Monash Health. In 2016, Carolynne was awarded the Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA) Educator of the Year for excellence in ultrasound education. She also serves the wider ultrasound profession in a variety of chairing, committee & advisory roles.

In her spare time, she has combined favourite pastimes of reading and running around after 3 teenagers into an artform, and can frequently be found at midnight party pickups reading in the car waiting.

Geoffrey Couser

GeoffCouserDr Geoff Couser FACEM MEd is a senior staff specialist at the Royal Hobart Hospital, and spent 17 years concurrently working as a clinical academic at the University of Tasmania where he established emergency medicine as a discipline and managed to infiltrate many of the systems and inner workings of the university. During this time he also very nearly got elected to federal parliament, but is grateful that didn’t happen as he much prefers spending time in the Tasmanian wilderness with his family and his dog.

Anne Creaton

anne creatonDr Anne Creaton MBChB(hons) GCEH (retrieval) FACEM
Studied medicine in UK, moved to Australia in 1999, awarded FACEM in 2007. Interested in education, pre-hospital/retrieval and disaster medicine. Involved in capacity building with Thai Emergency Physicians 2006-8. 2013-2016 developed the Diploma and Masters of EM in Fiji in with Fiji National University. Enrolled in MPH. Currently part time Fiji part time Melbourne.

Louise Cullen

Louise CullenProf Louise Cullen is currently a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and an active clinician-researcher with particular interests in health services research including improved assessment of acute cardiac diseases and aspects of emergency care. She is widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journal including the Lancet. Her mantra is that “you do not do research for research sake” and as such, clinical redesign and translational research is a key part of her endeavours.

Tina Cullen

Tina CullenTina has over 40 years experience in ultrasound, holding qualifications in general, vascular and cardiac. She has worked in both clinical and commercial fields, but always had a passion for ultrasound education. Tina is the senior tutor for the basic echo course at the AIU. She is also the ultrasound educator to Emergency Physicians at RPA, St. George and RNSH, Sydney and is involved in the NSW Emergency medicine ultrasound group, (EMugs). She has been an invited speaker at national and international ultrasound conferences and given several workshops in point of care ultrasound.

Shane Curran

Shane CurranShane Curran is an Emergency Physician who has worked in Wagga Wagga as an Emergency Specialist for 20 years. He is an Associate Professor at both the University of NSW and the University of Notre Dame rural clinical schools. He has been involved in the development of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in Sri Lanka and has delivered the Emergency Life Care course there in conjunction with the Sri Lankan society of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine to over 400 doctors. He is currently developing the integrated District wide emergency  education programme for the MLHD  covering 32 health facilities.

Jo Dalgleish

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Shane Darke

ShaneDarkeProfessor Shane Darke has worked in the field of illicit drug research at NDARC since 1988. His area of research is the harm associated with illicit drug use, with a particular focus on mortality. He has published widely in the area of illicit drug use, including work on opioid overdose, psychostimulant overdose, psychopathology, suicide, trauma, treatment outcome and toxicology, and was among the 250 most cited sociology researchers in the world between 2000-2008, according to Thompson Reuters’ Highly Cited Research. He was a senior investigator for the Australian Treatment Outcome Study, the first longitudinal study of outcome for the treatment of heroin dependence among different treatment modalities to be conducted in Australia. He is currently supervising projects on methamphetamine toxicity, methamphetamine and violence, and the toxicology of suicide victims. Professor Darke’s research interests include: Heroin overdose, psychopathology and drug dependence, suicide and drug use, and drug-related trauma.

Andrew Dawson

Andrew DawsonAndrew Dawson has worked as a clinical toxicologist for 30 years. He is currently the Clinical Director of the NSW Poisons Centre and Director of Clinical Toxicology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. From 2004 to 2009 he lived in Sri Lanka to establish the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration He is supported by an NHMRC practitioner fellowship and has ongoing clinical research work in Australia and Sri Lanka. Current research is focused upon translation of research into practice and toxicovigilance.

Andrew Dean

AndrewDeanAndrew Dean is an emergency physician working rurally, active in several ACEM committees, and chair of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Subcommittee.

Julie De Boos

Dr Julia De Boos is a FACEM working out of Mt Isa Base Hospital who has keen interests in indigenous and remote health, as well as forensic medicine.  Currently working to get Mt Isa accredited for training, she coordinates the Emergency Medicine education there, and liaises with the police to try and achieve the best possible outcomes for those patients presenting to the ED as a result of Domestic and Family Violence. Mt Isa is a current trial site within Queensland for a High Risk Domestic and Family Violence Team, which aims to coordinate care for those affected and identified as high risk through cooperation between agencies and intensive care provision.  Recruitment and regional resource issues make this far more challenging and interesting than it may first appear.

Ian Dey

Ian DeyDr Ian Dey MBBS, FACEM
Ian is an Emergency Physician from Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in WA. FSH is a 783 bed hospital commissioned in October 2014. The facility was a greenfield development, involved the amalgamation of several health services, completely new ICT infrastructure including a digital medical record and a private public partnership for facilities management. It was the largest and most complex single health project undertaken in Western Australia. Two years before the hospital first opened to patients, Ian was appointed as one of four clinical commissioning leads. During the commissioning process Ian gained many insights into the complex interdependence of hospital architectural design, clinical workflows, ICT and workforce.

James Downie

JamesDownieJames Downie is the CEO of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).

Prior to this James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, leading the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities.

He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.


John Dwyer

John DwyerFor 22 years, Professor Dwyer, physician and Immunologist was Clinical Dean for the University of New South Wales and Chairman of the Division of Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. His University honoured him by granting him Emeritus Professor Status on his retirement. Professor Dwyer has championed the resurgence of clinician governance in Australia and is much involved in efforts to create structural reform within the Australian health care delivery system. He founded the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, which sees more than 40 organisations now speaking with one voice on the need for such reforms. In 2011 he co-founded the “Friends of Science in Medicine” an organisation dedicated to championing the need for credible scientific evidence to underpin the delivery of health care in Australia. Supporters (more than 1200 of Australia’s leading clinicians and scientists) are concerned at the continuing penetration of pseudoscience into our health system.

Mark Elcock

MarkElcockDr Mark Elcock is the State Medical Director, Retrieval Services Queensland, Queensland Health and Associate Professor (Adjunct) School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University. 

He has provided the clinical leadership behind the establishment of Australia’s first fully integrated adult, paediatric, neonatal and high risk obstetric clinical coordination and retrieval system. He has a strong interest in prehospital care, acute trauma care, aeromedicine and rural and remote Emergency Medicine.

Daniel Fatovich

Danny_FatovichProf Fatovich is a senior emergency physician at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department, one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Australasia, and Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia. He is also Head of the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, one of several research centres within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Gerry Fitzgerald

GerryFitzgeraldProfessor Gerry FitzGerald was ED Director at Ipswich Hospital for ten years and one of the founders of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine serving as national secretary and Editor in Chief of the College Journal. His research into ED Triage led directly to the development of the Australasian Triage Scale.

He was subsequently Medical Director, then Commissioner of the Qld Ambulance Service where for ten years he led its modernisation, the introduction of paramedics and transition of paramedic education to universities. He served as Queensland’s CHO for three years and many State and national leadership positions.

Since joining QUT in 2006, Prof. FitzGerald has led the development of the Master of Health Management. He has published over 100 peer review articles, a text in Disaster Health Management, eight book chapters and more than 100 conference representations.  He has supervised 21 PhD graduates and obtained $5m in research grants. 

His research focuses on emergency healthcare systems and how they perform under both routine and non-routine pressures. 

Mark Fitzgerald

MarkfitzgeraldA/Prof Mark Fitzgerald is Director of Trauma Services at The Alfred and has over 25 years of clinical experience in the resuscitation of major trauma patients. Mark was President of the Australasian Trauma Society 2003-2005.

Mark’s research themes are systems improvement, error reduction and standardization of resuscitative care. He has publications in Decision Support for Trauma Resuscitation; Resuscitation from Hypovolemic Shock; Resuscitation in Major Burns; Thoracic Trauma and Resuscitative Thoracotomy; Error Reduction in Trauma Resuscitation; Disaster Response and Terrorism; Standardization of Neurotrauma Resuscitation; Thermoregulation in Resuscitation; Missed Injuries in Trauma; Emergency Department Management of Cardiopulmonary Arrest; Focussed Assessment with Sonography for Trauma; and Trauma Systems Development in Developing Countries.

The Trauma Reception & Resuscitation Project Mark directs is based at The Alfred Trauma Centre and involves the development of evidence based protocols to guide clinical decision-making and the trialling of computer aided decision-making software in the resuscitation phase of the treatment of seriously injured patients

Scott Flannagan


Scott is a FACEM based in Newcastle, NSW. He is the Co-Director of Emergency Services, The Maitland Hospital, NSW.  He has remained a  Clinical Leader in Emergency Ultrasound in this area for the past 4yrs, providing education and clinical governance across multiple Hunter New England sites. He is a co-founding member of EMUGs (Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Group) and currently runs the HUMMER point-of-care Ultrasound course at John Hunter Hospital.

Joanna Flynn

JoannaFLynnDr Joanna Flynn is a general practitioner from Melbourne, Australia. She is the Chair of the Medical Board of Australia and is also Chair of the Board of one of Melbourne’s largest public health services.

Dr Flynn has been involved in medical regulation for over 25 years and was elected to the IAMRA Management Committee as a Member at Large in 2012.

From 2003-2008, Dr Flynn was the President of the Australian Medical Council, the independent national standards body for Australian medical education and training. 

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to medical administration and the community and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Medical Science.

Dawn Floyd

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Ian Forbes

Ian ForbesIan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has been involved with planning and designing of health facilities and with development of health facilities for 35 years in Australia, Africa, Asia, Canada and the Pacific region. He was previously the Head of the School of Health Services Management in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Executives. An Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University Technology, Sydney ,he is the Director of the Group for Health Architecture and Planning (GHAAP) where his links to the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at UTS involve research in Birthing Unit Design and a major research project in design of supportive spaces in dementia care facilities. His research involves the examining and the development of healing/caring environments for all occupants of health related buildings and he has provided consultancies in this regard to WHO, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, NZAid and various NGOs. Ian is the Academic Vice-President of the Institute of Technology Australia and is an advisor to the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) based at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Ian was awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award in 2013 of the International Academy for Design & Health for an ongoing, lifelong commitment to enhancing the health, wellbeing and quality of people’s lives through dedication to healthcare design. The award recognises the human and personal qualities needed to push back the boundaries of progress and inspire future generations.


Jess Forbes

QueenslandCouncil of Advocacy, Practice and Partnerships

Jess is an ACEM advanced trainee, and the chair of the trainee committee. She began her emergency career as a registered nurse, learning many valuable lessons that she has carried with her during her emergency medicine training. She started her training in Brisbane, before slowly making her way north, via the Sunshine Coast, to Townsville. Her interests include trainee wellbeing, paediatrics and ultrasound.

Alan Garner

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Alan Gault

alangault.pdfAlan E. Gault is an Emergency Medicine staff specialist at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Perth, clinical toxicologist for the Western Australian Poison Information Centre and visiting medical officer and clinical toxicologist for the New South Wales Poison Information Centre. He completed a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and his medical degree at Trinity College Dublin. He has practised emergency medicine for 14 years and toxicology for 11 years.  He is a co-contributor of the Toxicology Handbook and Adult Emergency Medicine.  His toxicological interests are natural toxins and chemical poisonings.

Alan Giles


Dr Alan Giles is an Emergency Physician and medical educator based in Sydney. After completing his Fellowship in 1994 he has worked in both large and small EDs in both the public and private sector. His educational interests include Simulation, bedside ultrasound and FOAM education. Alan is the host of the podcast EMcast and is the Hospital Skills Director for SLHD and SSWLHD. Clinically he works at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga, Sydney where he also teaches bedside ultrasound. He has volunteered regularly in South East Asia over the last 10 years and is looking for an excuse to do it again. Not as fit as he deludes himself he once was, Alan is married with 2 adult children and 2 annoying cats.

Stephen Gourley

StephenGarleyStephen is the Director of the Alice Springs Emergency Department and has a commitment to rural and remote medicine and Indigenous health. He has a broad range of interests, including leadership and education. Stephen has a Masters in Health Administration with an interest in medical ethics and law as well as patient quality and safety. He also has a Graduate diploma in Medical Education which ties in well with management skills. Interestingly both are related to communication and behaviour change. He is a senior lecturer with both Flinders and UQ medical schools. Stephen is the NT Faculty Chair for ACEM and sits on a number of committees as well as being the AMA NT Vice President. Outside of work he enjoys snow skiing, travel and good company.

Andis Graudins

Andis GraudinsAndis Graudins Is the Clinical Director of the Monash Health Toxicology Unit and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology Research in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University as well as a consultant clinical toxicologist for the NSW and Victorian Poisons Information Centres. Andis has been a clinical toxicologist for over 20 years and has a  passion for toxicology education and research, particularly the areas of cardiovascular drug and paracetamol poisoning, as well as spider envenoming. Other passions include Latvian folk dancing and choral singing, road cycling and reminiscing about playing basketball.

Jenny Green

Jenny Green No2Jenny Green currently works for Health Infrastructure NSW as a Health/ Facility Planning and Project Lead of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines which are a resource developed by the Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance. Jenny has worked in public healthcare for 25 years as a registered nurse, manager and more recently as a planner advising on capital planning. Jenny worked with NSW Ambulance to develop functional briefs for the Paramedic Response Network. These briefs have subsequently informed the architectural design.

Shaun Greene

Shaun Greene PhotoShaun is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist working at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He is currently medical director of the Victorian Poisons Information Centre. Shaun trained as a clinical toxicologist in London, where he developed a keen professional interest in novel psychoactive substances. This interest continues in the form of research, and has resulted in numerous peer-reviews publications.

Joanne Grindlay

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Naren Gunja

Naren GunjaDr. Gunja is a graduate of the Sydney Medical School and following on from his primary fellowship in emergency medicine, he trained in clinical toxicology at Westmead Hospital. Dr. Gunja has a masters in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida and is a fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He works as a Clinical Toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Centre and at Toxicology units in Western Sydney. His forensic toxicology practice involves coronial and plaintiff cases across Australia. Dr. Gunja is Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School keenly involved in teaching for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Barry Gunn

BarryGunBarry was trained in Emergency Medicine in Melbourne and Perth. After his election to Fellowship, Barry worked in Toronto, Canada, to further expand his experience. Since returning to Australia in 2002, he has worked at Western Health (Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals). During that time he spent seven years as DEMT.

The education of junior doctors is one of his passions: he is actively involved in the teaching of junior doctors at Western Health and is also an EMST instructor. 

Barry has also been actively involved in the College since his return to Australia. Currently, in addition to being the Censor-in-Chief, he is the Primary Exam Coordinator, a member of the Vic-Tas 2 WBA panel, and an examiner. Barry says he is very honoured to be able to serve ACEM in these roles.

In his spare time, Barry enjoys being with his family, going to the theatre and travelling. He says he is very appreciative of all the support that his wife and four children give him to pursue all his interests.

Suzi Hamilton

Suzi HamiltonSuzi is a new FACEM in Christchurch, New Zealand. As a trainee she was actively involved in several ACEM committees and was a section editor for the EMA journal. Interests include medical education and wellbeing: she teaches on several courses and has recently established a local mentoring program for emergency department doctors. Publications include articles about compassion fatigue, burnout, and the value of mentoring for doctors.

Kim Hansen

Kim HansenKim Hansen is an experienced Emergency Consultant with a passion for Safety and Quality in healthcare.  Kim is a member of ACEM’s Council, Quality Committee Vice-chair and Chair of the IFEM’s Quality and Safety Special Interest Group. She has been heavily involved in several Patient Safety projects including EMER (Emergency Medicine Events Register).  Born and bred in Brisbane, Kim graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours and a University Medal is now completing an MBA.  She works as Director of St Andrew’s Hospital Emergency and at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.  

Una Harrington

UnaHarringtonED Doc, Wellbeing advocate, Lover of all things outdoors

Georgina Hayden

GGeorginaHaydeneorgina Hayden is an emergency physician and Director of Emergency Medicine St John of God Geelong Hospital, a private ED. She is an eloquent proponent of the benefits of private practice in emergency medicine for the patient, trainees and FACEMs, citing the direct hands on nature of the work, specialist involvement in decision making at the outset and variety of clinical presentations.

Rachel Holbrook

rachel holbrookRachel is an evaluation officer at NPS MedicineWise and is the evaluation lead for Choosing Wisely Australia. With over 8 years’ experience working in public health and evaluation, Rachel has worked in the UK, USA, Australia and Rwanda. Rachel has a Master in Public Health from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Information Science from Loughborough University in the UK. Rachel has expertise in e-health, research, qualitative research and evaluation of programs.

Anna Holdgate

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Derek Holroyd

DerekHolroydDr Derek Holroyd is a Rural Generalist based at Proserpine Hospital. He was a QH Rural Bonded Scholar who remained rural after his return of service, which has resulted in a role as Director of Rural Generalist Training with QRGP. Derek is also an examiner for the RANZCOG diploma for GP obstetricians.

Dr Holroyd has been a member of ASMOFQ and RDAQ since 2005, and previously advocated for salaried doctors during the MOCA1 as deputy chair for the Doctors In Training group. He was a RDAQ management committee member for 2006-7.

Philip Hoyle

Philip is Director of Medical Services, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, and as Principal Clinical Advisor for the National Centre for Classification in Health, he holds an honorary title with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

With a clinical background in rural general practice, Philip has worked as a senior manager and specialist medical director in hospitals and health systems, large and small, in three states of Australia and the UK. Previous roles include Director of Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Area Director of Clinical Governance and Director of Acute Services for Northern Sydney Area Health Service, Executive Director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, General Manager of Royal North Shore Hospital, various senior medical management roles and Director, Clinical Services Strategic Review, Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Philip has long been fascinated by the organisational, cultural and ethical consequences of casemix methods. He also has a major interest in quality, care processes and improvement, and is Chair of the Standards Committee of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

Geoff Isbister

GeoffIsbisterGeoff Isbister is consultant Clinical Toxicologist and a clinician researcher whose area of expertise is clinical toxicology and toxinology. He is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at the University of Newcastle. His research is focused on improving our understanding of the pathophysiology of both envenoming and poisoning. He has published over 270 original research publications and received $20million in mainly NHMRC funding.

Christine Jackman

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Keith Joe

Keith JoeAdjunct Associate Professor Keith Joe is a practicing Emergency Physician. He has also been a clinical design lead for ED redevelopments, and was the recent Chair of the ACEM ED Design Working Group that revised the ED Design Guidelines in 2014. Keith was also an IT Implementation Manager for 5 yrs, Clinical Director of the Australian Centre for Health Innovation for 3 years, and the Chief Medical Information Officer for Datacom, NZ’s largest technology company. His current research interests include body worn sensors, and evidence based design in ED and aged care.

Lyn Johnson

LynJLyn majored in Economics at University before doing further postgraduate qualifications in Education, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She taught at Government and Independent Institutions where she held various teaching, pastoral, administrative and management roles over a number of years and was involved in research into programs that help build better relationships, peace and conflict resolution.  

Before taking on the role as Executive Director of Education & Training at ACEM in December last year, Lyn was the Director of Education & Training at another specialist College for 5 years. In her role at ACEM, Lyn is responsible for the oversight of the Colleges specialist and non-specialist training programs, examinations, site accreditations, the assessment process of Specialist IMGs, the new Selection into Training Process being introduced next year, along with the development of new of new educational resources, workshops and projects.

Simon Judkins

SimonJudkinDr Simon Judkins has been a doctor for over twenty years, and has worked as an Emergency Physician for more than fifteen of those. He has worked in Emergency Departments across Melbourne and regional Victoria, holds numerous positions with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and the Australian Medical Association. He is the incoming President of ACEM. Simon is a regular contributor to public discussions on issues relating to public hospitals and public health, and in 2015 edited and contributed as author to “Emergency: Real Stories from Australia’s emergency department doctors” telling their stories from the front-line.

Kate Judsum

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Anna Kaider

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Anne-Maree Kelly

Kelly_photo2 (002)Professor Anne-Maree Kelly is a senior emergency physician and academic at Western Health in Melbourne, professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne and adjunct professor of Queensland University of Technology.  She is also senior clinical advisor to the Emergency Care Clinical Network of Safer Care Victoria. Her clinical and research interests are broad with a focus on practical clinical research and improving quality of care. She has more than 200 publications in refereed journals and is a member of a number of international editorial boards.  

Mick Killeen

MickKileenEmergency Medicine Consultant, registered to practice at Specialist level in New Zealand , Australia and Ireland .

Zeff Koutsogiannis

Zeff KZeff is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He also consults for the Victorian and NSW Poison Information Centres. He has a keen interest in acid/base disorders, illicit drug use and alcohol/drug withdrawal states.

Natalie Kruit

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Ben Kwan

ben-kwanDr Ben Kwan is the current Head of Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, The Sutherland Hospital, Sydney, and is also a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He has has extensive experience and interest in utilisation of ultrasonography in the field of respiratory and sleep medicine, and has strong passion in medication education and driving changes in provision of health care and redesigning model of healthcare delivery. He currently convenes the Lung Ultrasound for Respiratory Physician Course at Australian Institute of Ultrasound (AIU) and previous convenes the National advanced trainee courses for both TSANZ and ASA. He is currently completing his PhD in ultrasound imaging of genioglossus movement as well as DDU (Critical Care).

Vivek Lal

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Nicole Liesis

NicoleLiesisNicole is passionate about improving the health of our workplace as a means to delivering better health care for patients. She has been working with 50 FACEMs over the last 2 years as part of the ACEM Mentoring Champions Program. She has been involved in defining and refining how quality mentoring can be provided in the Emergency Department setting. Currently working part-time at Joondalup Health Campus in Perth, one of the busiest EDs in the country, she has established a structured mentoring program to support Registrars and Consultants. She feels that developing a constructive and supportive approach in our team-based environment is essential if we are to sustain an engaged, productive work-force in Emergency Medicine.

Bill Lukin

BillLukinDr Bill Lukin is the Deputy Director of the Emergency Department of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Bill gained his medical degree in Queensland and went on to train in emergency medicine at the Royal Brisbane and took his first staff job at Ipswich Hospital.

After five years co-chairing the Trauma Review Committee for the hospital during a time of great change Bill has now taken up the portfolio of aged care and palliative care for the department. He is the medical director for the ‘Hospital in Nursing Home’.

Bill’s interests include trauma and end-of-life decision making in the acute setting. He has been involved in the Queensland Law Reform Commissions’ review of the Guardianship and Administration Act and has published in the areas of Palliative Care and Futility. Bill’s current research area involves an examination of the burden of the aged care sector on the acute care system in Queensland.

John MacKenzie

John MackenzieInitially a country GP (8 years), John transitioned to Emergency Medicine with a 2 year period of work with Medicins Sans Frontiere primarily in Africa. He is a Fractional Senior Staff Specialist at Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department, Hyperbaric Consultant and Medical Project Officer for the Emergency Care Institute (ECI) part of the Agency for Clinical Innovation NSW Health, Past Medical Co-director of NSW Ambulance. John has been involved in several major collaborative research projects in both of his fractional roles. He has sat on several state wide groups and networks including most recently cardiac and palliative care. John has authored and published over 200 hrs of interactive eLearning, has an obsessive cycling disorder and has failed all attempts at rehabilitation.

Coleen MacKinnon

Coleen MacKinnon is an advocacy strategist and diversity specialist with a passion for accelerating progressive social change. She is the Founder of Sydney-based InQ (Inclusivity Quotient), a consultancy dedicated to co-creating more inclusive companies and communities. She also serves as Advisor for Consult Australia’s Male Champions of Change.

Gabrielle Mane

Gabby ManeGabby Mane is an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine, currently working at Liverpool ED in Sydney. Whilst completing a special skills term at the Emergency Care Institute, she commenced the E-QUEST project, which aims to improve emergency care in smaller rural hospitals. She also has a Masters of Public Health in International Health and Development, and hopes in the future to work on how to improve emergency care in low resource settings.

Kate Martin

Kate MartinKate is a full-time General and Trauma Surgeon and has been at the Alfred Hospital since being awarded her fellowship in 2009. Her trauma-specific interests are resuscitation, abdominal, pelvic and chest trauma. She is the supervisor of General Surgical Education and Training for the Alfred Hub, as well as a director with the Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) and Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) faculties. Kate is the secretary of ANZAST, the president of the Australasian Trauma Society and Chair of the EMST Committee.

Joseph Matthew

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Kylie McArdle

KylieMcardleDr Kylie McArdle has been appointed a Vocational Trainee in Clinical Toxicology. On completion of her training, she will be the first intensive care trained clinical toxicologist in Australia

Peter McCanny

PeterMccannyOriginally from Ireland, Peter is a dual-trained Intensivist who holds fellowship of both the College of Intensive Care Medicine and College of Emergency Medicine. During his training he spent time working in Ireland and New Zealand, before moving to Sydney in 2013. He was recently appointed as a Staff Specialist in Liverpool Hospital, Sydney.

His clinical interests include Trauma, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, and Extracorporeal Life Support. He has a postgraduate diploma in transthoracic echocardiography (European Society of Cardiology), and is actively involved in critical care echo training and research.

Sally McCarthy

Sally McCarthy_websiteProfessor Sally McCarthy has an impressive track record of contribution to emergency care and health systems. She is currently senior specialist emergency physician at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney Australia. Her outstanding leadership has led to roles including President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Emergency Medicine Foundation a national research funding body, member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) Taskforce, founding Medical Director who established the NSW Emergency Care Institute supporting 186 EDs, IFEM Board member, Chair of the IFEM Specialty Implementation Committee and Chair of the ACEM National Program. Sally had a pivotal role in the development and roll out of the ACEM non-specialist Certificate and Diploma, and is a passionate advocate for emergency care development.

Mary McCaskill

MaryMcCaskillExecutive Medical Director, Paediatric Emergency Physician, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Mary McCaskill works with acutely unwell children and their parents in the Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She trained in emergency medicine in NSW and spent 12 months in Portland Oregon studying paediatric trauma systems. She is passionate about giving excellent care for children while minimising the time they spend in the hospital environment. She finds paediatric emergency medicine fascinating as children are forever unpredictable.

Melissa McRae

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Paul Middleton

PaulMiddletonClinical A/Prof Paul Middleton is a pre-hospital and emergency medicine specialist who trained in the UK and Australia. Having come to Australia for six months in 2001, Paul now passes his time eleven years later by working as a VMO in the emergency departments of hospitals in NSW and ACT; researching pre-hospital, trauma and emergency medicine epidemiology; critical care diagnosis; and innovative non-invasive monitoring devices. Paul also looks after two small Australians and a recently acquired dog.

Having been a registered nurse prior to attending medical school and having spent substantial time working pre-hospital with paramedics and other medical staff, Paul has developed a passion for interdisciplinary education for all clinicians.

Paul has been an instructor for ALS, APLS and ATLS (EMST) since being a registrar in the UK, and as Chair of the NSW Branch of the Australian Resuscitation Council has led the introduction of the ARC Advanced Life Support training in NSW.

Paul was an author for the 2010 ILCOR guideline process, believes fervently in the need for advocacy on behalf of patients who need resuscitation in all forms and is leading the ARCNSW in pushing for policy changes to introduce comprehensive community Basic Life Support training and a program for planned Automated External Defibrillator placement.

Paul also believes in community and family education in health issues, particularly in the recognition of sick children and the prevention of deterioration, and in 2010 was the lead author of the book What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick published by Allen and Unwin. This book forms the foundation of the SavingLittleLives course to train parents, teachers and other carers how to identify sick children, which is being launched in early 2013.

Paul is Director of the Australian Institute for Clinical Education, which develops clinical educational courses for the health industry.

Among the various posts Paul holds are Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sydney Central Clinical School; Director of Research for the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management; Conjoint Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales; and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Paul’s former roles include Medical Director of the Ambulance Service of NSW, inaugural Director of the Ambulance Research Institute and Chief Medical Officer to St. John Ambulance, Australia.

Elissa Milford

Elissa MilfordElissa Milford is a trainee in intensive care medicine currently based on the Sunshine Coast. She completed her undergraduate medical studies at the University of Queensland, and prior to that a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in severe trauma, and also has an interest in acute traumatic coagulopathy, the red cell storage lesion, cryopreserved red blood cells, and platelet storage methods, particularly their use in the trauma patient.
​Elissa is also a serving medical officer in the Australian Regular Army, employed on the ADF’s medical specialist program.

Peter Miller

Professor Peter MillerPeter Miller has extensive expertise in alcohol-related violence in licensed venues; alcohol policy; Alcohol/drug use in rural populations, and; global vested interests such as the alcohol industry policy. Peter has recently completed two of the largest studies ever conducted into licensed venues, comparing 11 Australian cities over 5 years and talking to more than 15,000 patrons. Peter brings extensive knowledge of alcohol policy and facilitators and barriers to implementation. He works with a wide array of collaborators on the issues of global health policy and community-based prevention. He is also working with eight Emergency Departments across Australia on systematic screening of alcohol-related harm including a public health intervention identifying the sources of alcohol which drive emergency department attendances. Peter’s research record includes 115 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as being successful for over $6million in funding for projects in which he is an investigator.

Katie Moore

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John Morgan

John Morgan has recently retired from over 20 years active clinical practice in EM at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney  and still keeps his hand-in with long distance retrieval service.

 He has held a long interest in spiders, snakes and other venomous creatures and was often called upon for a toxinological opinion before the advent of Toxicology and Toxinology phone advice services. He also took up marathon running as a side interest.

He was a ideal candidate to give his perspective on the transition to retirement for FACEMs

David Mountain

D_Mountain-058A UK graduate, but 27 years proudly Australian, resident in WA for the last 20 years. Currently a  clinician, adjunct associate professor, and previous HoD in Emergency Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Research interests are in systems change and policy, audit, chest pain, venous thromboembolism, ED – mental health and drug and alcohol interactions and trauma. Pulmonary embolism diagnosis and management is an ongoing passion. Still very involved in medical politics via AMA nationally and locally, and to a lesser degree the College and chair of the clinical advisory council to the North metropolitan health service board. A rugby tragic who supports both the Force and Wallabies, it has been a dark year!

Liz Mowatt

Elizabeth Mowatt is aLiz Mowattn emergency physician working in Cairns Hospital who has long held an interest in medical education.  She completed a Graduate Certificate in Med Ed in 1995 as part of her fellowship training.  Her major focus has always been on teaching and learning styles, critical thinking and the journey from novice to expert. She was lucky enough to lead the authoring group that developed the ACEM Critical Care Airway Modules.  Her other educational achievements include author for the ACEM Curriculum Framework and development of the EMCD. She continues as Clinical Lead of the Cairns EMET Hub, a highly successful outreach program

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Joel Negin

Associate Professor Joel Negin is the Head of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney – ranked as the top School of Public Health in the Asia-Pacific region and #18 globally. Joel came to academia after a varied background that included management consultancy, technical advisor to National AIDS Councils in Botswana and Kenya, and international development project management throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  Much of his work now focuses on health systems strengthening in low and middle income countries and he has been involved in analysis of Australia’s aid program and engagement in Africa and the Pacific in particular.   

Ed Oakley

EdOakleyA/Prof Oakley is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Director of Emergency Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and an honorary Research fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Ed a member of the Paediatric Leadership Group of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network; the Clinical trials group of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine; the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, and a Board member of the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

Other Affiliations:

Director Emergency Medicine – Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Clinical Associate Professor – University of Melbourne

Executive Past Chair – Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence

Brian O'Connell

Brian O'ConnellBrian trained as a GP in Galway, Ireland before moving to Sydney in 2009… for a year. Still here, he is now an Emergency Physician based in north coast NSW and father to two little Aussies. Brian has a keen interest in medical education and EM in developing countries. He co-founded the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Groups ( in 2015 and has coordinated the expansion of the grassroots network across Australia and New Zealand. Brian is a member of the ACEM Ultrasound Subcommittee.

Kate O'Mahony

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Paula O'Sullivan

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Colin Page

Colin PageColin Page is a Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician who runs an ACEM accredited Clinical Toxicology unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. He is also the medical director of the Queensland Poisons Information Centre and is actively involved in toxicology research.

Didier Palmer

Didier PalmerDidier Palmer OAM FRCS FRCP FCEM FACEM originally trained in the UK. He has been Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Royal Darwin Hospital since 2000. He has interests in many areas of emergency medicine including trauma resuscitation, teamwork, quality emergency care and fostering inclusive workplaces. He sits on various National and Regional committees and is the Chair of the ACEM Standards Committee. In his spare time he rides horses (show jumping and dressage) and rides a motorbike to work.

Richard Paoloni

Richard PaoloniDr. Paoloni is the Chief Medical Advisor for ConnectedMed, coordinating the activities of the FACEMs employed by the company. He is an experienced senior emergency physician, Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) and an Associate Professor with the University of Sydney. Richard is currently the Chair of the ACEM Workforce Subcommittee and a member of the ACEM Standards Committee.  Previous roles include the NSW Faculty Chair of ACEM (4 years) and Director of Emergency Medicine at Concord Hospital (12 years). He has a strong interest in streamlining access to emergency care, developing and refining new models of care and promoting high quality service within emergency medicine consultations.

Ron Paterson

Ron PattersonRon Paterson is Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School. He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010 and New Zealand Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013–2016.

Ron is an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. He is co-editor of the textbook Health Law in New Zealand (2015) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012). He was Chairman of the New Zealand Banking Ombudsman Scheme (2010–2013) and a non-Fellow Board member of the Board of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2010–2013).

Ron has chaired several major health quality reviews in New Zealand and Australia. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to health in 2011 and an honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2014.

Tony Pearce

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Luke Phillips

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Fernando Pisano

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Mary Potter Forbes

Mary potter forbesI am a health and commercial litigation lawyer, academic, and a director of the consulting firm Forbes Associates International Pty Ltd, which is currently working with the aged care division of the Shanghai-based Argyle Hotel Group on the development of retirement and aged cared services in China. I have been involved in health sector consulting projects in China, Malaysia and Vietnam, including projects funded by the Asian Development Bank. I have published on health law, patient safety, mental health facility environments and clinical risk management and presented at conferences locally and in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Japan, Malaysia & Vietnam. 

Jo Rainbow

Jo RainbowDr Jo Rainbow graduated from Oxford 1993 and trained in Paediatrics at John Radcliffe, Oxford until 1997. She decided to have a year out in Australia to recover from the MRCP, and never returned. She completed her subspecialty training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Childrens’ Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital – the major paediatric trauma centres for Sydney, and tertiary paediatric hospitals for NSW. She met her husband while on secondment to Orange, a regional centre 3 hours/250 km from Sydney. She is now juggling motherhood, part-time work, and a fluctuating golf handicap.

Cliff Reid

Cliff ReidClinical Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at Sydney Medical School. Emergency & Critical Care Physician, Educator & Blogger.

Mark Rewi

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Ian Rogers

Ian RogersIan Rogers holds an appointment with University of Notre Dame Australia as Professor of Emergency Medicine at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Perth, Western Australia’s only private emergency department. One of the early graduates of the Australasian emergency medicine training program, he has had a long career in Victoria, New Zealand and Western Australia as an emergency medicine educator and researcher. His long term research has focused on areas such as hypothermia, temperature measurement, the medicine of endurance exercise and the interface between emergency medicine and palliative care.

Christopher Ryan

Chris RyanDr Ryan is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital.Though his work is primarily clinical, he maintains an active research programme, which in recent years has focused on the intersection between psychiatry, medicine, the law and ethics. He is frequently asked to speak on suicide risk assessment and the law as it relates to compulsory psychiatric treatment.

Melanie Rule

Dr Melanie Rule is an FACEM working in both Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. She is a member of the ACEM Mentoring Reference Group and co-ordinates her local mentoring program for trainees. She holds the position of DEMT and has a strong interest in Education, particular in teaching communication skills and teamwork. She teaches on the AFEM Revision course for Fellowship exam candidates. 

Sean Scott

Sean ScottSean is an Australian trained emergency physician and intensivist practicing critical care from rural African retrieval to ECMO for transplants. Sean works to bridge the gap that often exists between the emergency department and the ICU in a variety of international contexts. He works clinically as a staff specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. In 2006 he completed his Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and has since worked with Partners in Health (PIH) and the Lesotho Flying Doctors Service (LFDS) in Sothern Africa. He has also worked as an emergency physician, intensivist and medical educator in Italy. Sean has an interest in international critical care education and is a strong believer in #FOAMed. He is the director of critical care simulation at the Don Harrison patient safety simulation centre and is deputy supervisor of intensive care training at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He is currently a faculty member for the Dutch emergency medicine masterclass series ( Sean also runs workshops in critical care ultrasound and teaches adult and pediatric life support in Australia and South Africa.

Chris Semsarian

chris semsarianProfessor Chris Semsarian  AM

Prof Semsarian is a cardiologist with a specific research focus in the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease. He trained at the University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. A focus area of his research is in the investigation and prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, particularly amongst children and young adults. Prof Semsarian has an established research program which is at the interface of basic science, clinical research and public health, with the ultimate goal to prevent the complications of genetic heart diseases in our community. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, in the highest-ranking cardiovascular and general medical journals. He has also been the primary supervisor of over 30 PhD, honours, and medical honours students since 2003, and is an active member of the mentoring program at the University of Sydney, particularly in supporting gender equity.

He has led major community programs in the area of prevention of sudden death, including having defibrillators in all public places including sporting grounds, as well as organised programs to teach CPR to all members of the community. Prof Semsarian was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) on January 26, 2017 for significant service to medicine in the field of cardiology as a clinician, administrator and educator, and to the community.

Amith Shetty

Amit ShettyDr.AMITH SHETTY is a Practicing Staff Specialist in Emergency department at Westmead Hospital and Co-Director of Emergency Medical research unit since 2013.

Holly Smith

Holly SmithHolly is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. With a paediatric and intensive care background, she has long been involved in the care of critically ill kids. She is deeply interested in optimising outcomes from paediatric resuscitation and trauma care, and has extended interests in trainee education and support, as well as the rarefied field of paediatric organ and tissue donation.

Chaudhuri Sonai Giri

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Andrew Staib

Andrew StaibDr Andrew Staib MBBS FACEM CHIA

Dr Staib is Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and the Co-Director of the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC) funded by the Queensland Clinical Excellence Division, Healthcare Improvement Unit.  He has research interests in health systems and translation of research into improved patient outcomes, as well as lab based research into shock at a cellular level.  Dr Staib was heavily involved as a clinical leader in the transformation of the Princess Alexandra Hospital into Australia’s first large scale tertiary digital hospital and now in the ongoing digital transformation of Queensland Health as Co-Chair of the Statewide Digital Healthcare Improvement Network.

Helen Stergiou

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Scott Stirling

Scott StirlingScott Stirling is the ultrasound lead at Logan Hospital in Queensland. Scott completed medical school at the university of Sydney and then returned to his native USA to complete a residency in Emergency medicine. During his time at the University of South Florida, he fell in love with point of care ultrasound. He obtained his RDMS certification in 2011. Scott returned to Australia in 2013 obtaining his fellowship in emergency medicine and currently runs an ultrasound special skills post in Logan Hospital Queensland. His interest include nerve blocks, echo and lung ultrasound.

Clair Sullivan

claire sullivanDr Clair Sullivan MBBS (Hons) MD FRACP CHIA

Dr Sullivan graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland. She completed a Research Doctorate in Medicine (UK) at The General Infirmary at the University of Leeds. Dr Sullivan is also a practising medical informatician. Dr Sullivan is currently a senior staff specialist in Endocrinology and cares for patients at Princess Alexandra Hospital. She is the Co-Chair for the Queensland Diabetes Network.  Dr Sullivan is the Medical Lead for Digital Health Improvement for Queensland and Co-Chair of the Statewide Network for Digital Healthcare Improvement.

Gary Tall

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Martin Than

M Than imageDr Martin Than – Emergency Medicine Specialist, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand

Martin is Director of Research at Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department and has a specific interest in evidence-based healthcare and the safe rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice. His work focuses on cardiac biomarkers and acute coronary syndrome with approximately 110 papers in this field since 2011. Martin has now led two randomised controlled trials on the benefits of using accelerated decision making pathways for patients being assessed for possible ACS, and led the implementation of rapid chest pain assessment pathways into every hospital throughout New Zealand.

Natalie Thurtle

Dr Natalie Thurtle is currently an emergency physician and post graduate fellow in toxicology at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2008, most recently in Mosul, Iraq. She also works for a small UK NGO which is engaged in trying to improve healthcare access for people in remote, rural Nepal.  She is a consultant to MSF on the northern Nigeria lead poisoning outbreaks and has just surprised herself (and probably a few other people) by starting a PhD at University of Sydney to try to optimise the operational research contribution from these outbreaks. 

Kelly Thompson

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Jessica Tidswell

Jess TidswellJess Tidswell is an Emergency Registrar, currently working in the Top End, at Royal Darwin Hospital’s Emergency department. She started her training in her home town of Adelaide, at the University of Adelaide, completing her undergraduate degree in 2012. Jess then interned at the the Royal Adelaide Hospital, before heading north to work in the Northern Territory. For the past few years Jess has worked in a variety of areas of the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Top End, including remote communities. She plans to continue her training in the Top End, where she finds the work fascinating, the people diverse and the lifestyle enjoyable.

Patrick Toito'ona

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Gillian Triggs

gillian triggsEmeritus Professor Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012-2017. She is now the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Melbourne.

Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. Gillian is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law.

Gillian graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on including law including human rights law.

She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.

Gillian has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General’s International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.

She is the author of many books and paper, including International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices (Second Edition, 2011).

Gillian also served the Commission as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1 August 2016 to 9 February 2017.

Gillian is married to Alan Brown AM, a former Australian diplomat, and has two children and one grandchild.

Melinda Truesdale

PortraitAssociate Professor Melinda Truesdale is the current Director, Royal Women’s Emergency Department Melbourne and was the Director, Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department from 2008-2014, where she still works as an emergency physician.  Professor Truesdale has particular interests in medical law, aerospace medicine and quality standards. She is a former Chair of the Ultrasound subcommittee and member of Standards Committee, the current Deputy Chair of the Accreditation subcommittee, and a member of quality subcommittee. She spent her sabbatical in 2013 in Montreal focussed on quality indicators and the flow of patients through emergency departments.

Dinesh Varma

Dinesh VarmaAssociate Professor Dinesh Varma Head of Trauma & Emergency Radiology Deputy Director of Radiology, Alfred Health Associate Professor Varma is Deputy Director of Radiology at Alfred Health and a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Monash University. He is immediate Past President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. His particular area of interest is Trauma and Emergency Radiology and MRI, and the role of radiology in the integrated multidisciplinary approach to imaging and management of multi-trauma patients. His main area of research is in traumatic brain and cervical spine injuries.

Kavita Varshney

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Ioana Vlad

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Katie Walker

Katie WalkerDr Walker has led a team of medical investigators since 2012, evaluating the concept of the medical scribe (or doctor’s clerical assistant).

The team ran pilot studies at Cabrini using American scribes, demonstrating that doctors can see around 20% (1-5) more patients per hour if they are supported in this way.

They then evaluated how to train scribes and run a scribe program. Two studies were conducted to evaluate patient experiences around the use of scribes and the group demonstrated there was no negative impact on patients(6). They also evaluated the feelings of doctors towards working with scribes and found the vast majority were overwhelmingly positive about having a scribe work with them and would even like to work with a scribe during every shift (7). The group is now conducting a multi-centre evaluation across Victorian emergency departments to determine the feasibility of scribe usage across Australia.

Dr Walker has other research interests, including appropriate end-of-life care in emergency medicine patients and quality of care in emergency medicine. She sits on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Clinical Trials Group committee and is the Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Cabrini.

Tom Wallis

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Chris Ward

Chicago, IL - The 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting - Chris Ward at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting here today, Saturday December 3, 2016. More than 30,000 physicians, researchers, health care professionals, cancer survivors and patient advocates are expected to attend the 51st Annual meeting at the McCormick Convention Center. The Annual Meeting highlights the latest findings in all major areas of oncology from basic through clinical and epidemiological studies.  Photo by © ASCO/Todd Buchanan 2016 Technical Questions: todd@medmeetingimages.comProfessor Chris Ward is a Clinical Haematologist at Royal North Shore Hospital with clinical and research interests in coagulation and platelet biology. He leads the Northern Blood Research Centre, supervising research in platelet function, hypercoagulability in cancer and other disease states, and global tests of coagulation. He is lead investigator for clinical trials of new anticoagulants and contributes to pharmaceutical and public health advisory boards in this area.  He contributes to national and state advisory guidelines, on NHMRC venous thrombosis prevention (NHMRC 2009) and currently for the Anticoagulation Working Party of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission.

Jules Wilcocks

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Garry Wilkes

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Peter White

PETER wHITECurrent ACEM CEO, Dr Peter White started his career in education as a science and mathematics secondary school teacher. Following the completion of a PhD in 2002, he made the move from the class room to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) working in the area of assessment and in 2006 was appointed CEO of RANZCOG, before moving to ACEM.
Peter is passionate about maintaining the high standard of ACEM, and with that the high standard of the ACEM training program.

Jules Willcocks

Jules WillcocksJules is an emergency physician in Gosford on the Central Coast of NSW where he also wears the DEMT hat. For the past few years he has also been coming to Alice Springs to work whenever he can squeeze it into his roster. He undertook the ACEM Mentoring Champions Program last year and subsequently set up a mentoring program in Gosford ED. Following on from this he is expanding the mentoring to a hospital wide program for new interns which is due to start at the beginning of next year. He is studying coaching training through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership to complement the mentoring process. He is a founding director of the Twice the Doctor charity and when not working likes to indulge his alternate career of playing poker or spend time at the beach

Robert Wood

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Justin Yeung

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