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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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.

Anthony Bergin

anthonyBerginDr Anthony Bergin is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Security College. He is also a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, having previously served as the institute’s research director and deputy director. He was an academic engaged for 25 years in professional military education; first at the Royal Australian Naval College and then at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He led the Australian Defence Studies Centre at the academy for 12 years. Dr Bergin has published widely in scholarly journals and policy papers on Australian  national security and is a frequent contributor to quality press publications on these issues.

Rod Bishop

Rod BishopDr Rod Bishop is an emergency physician who has recently retired from clinical practice after nearly two decades at the director of one of Sydney’s busiest emergency departments. He has a strong academic interest in evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal, especially in the field of diagnostic testing; an area he continues to research and teach.

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.

David Bradt

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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

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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.

Stacey Carter

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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

Dr Angela Chiew is a staff specialist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

Louise Christie

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Simon Chu

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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.

Michael Coglin

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Sheree Conroy

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Carolyn Cormack

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mark Fitzgerald

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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

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Dawn Floyd

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Ian Forbes

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Jess Forbes

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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.

Stephen Gourley

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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

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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.  

Georgina Hayden

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Anna Holdgate

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Derek Holroyd

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Philip Hoyle

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Geoff Isbister

Geoff 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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Jenny Jameison

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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

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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

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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

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Bill Lukin

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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.

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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Peter McCanny

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Sally McCarthy

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Mary McCaskill

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Melissa McRae

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Paul Middleton

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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

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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

Naing Aung Myo

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Ed Oakley

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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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Maw Maw Oo

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Paula O'Sullivan

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Colin Page

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Richard Paoloni

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Ron Paterson

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Tony Pearce

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Luke Phillips

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Mary Potter Forbes

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Jo Rainbow

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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

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Sean Scott

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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

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Holly Smith

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Chaudhuri Sonai Giri

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Amanda Stafford

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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.

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Kelly Thompson

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Mokute Kago Thuto

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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

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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.

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