34th Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian College for Emergency Medicine19 – 23 November 2017, Sydney Australia
Dr Rick Brennan
Director of Emergency Operations
World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
Rick Brennan is Director of Emergency Operations at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he oversees support to WHO’s response to emergencies and outbreaks globally.
Rick studied medicine at the University of Sydney and undertook emergency medicine training at Westmead Hospital; he later worked as a staff specialist at both the Queen Elizabeth and Westmead Hospitals. He has extensive experience in humanitarian settings in over 35 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. After receiving a Masters of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, he worked with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on humanitarian, chem-bio-nuclear and civil-military issues. Thereafter, Rick spent 10 years as the Health Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in New York, overseeing technical support to humanitarian health programmes world-wide. Prior to joining WHO, he was Chief of Party for JSI Research and Training in Liberia, managing a large post-conflict health system reconstruction project. Rick has been Emergency Director at WHO since 2012; from October 2014 to January 2016 he was also Director of Ebola Response at WHO headquarters.
Rick was an inaugural recipient of the Order of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine; in 2014 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Prof Maaret Castren
Department of Clinical Science and Education
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Maaret Castrén is a nurse, an anesthesiologist and an emergency physician. She is working as the Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Services in Helsinki, Finland. She is leading the prehospital and emergency care for the three biggest cities in Finland. She became the first professor of Emergency Medicine in Sweden at Karolinska Institutet 2007, and the first professor in EM in Finland at Turku University 2012 and at Helsinki University 2016. She has an international research group validated by external experts as excellent, near to outstanding. She is the past Chair of European Resuscitation Council and a member of ILCOR task force.
Dr Karen Hitchcock
Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia
Karen Hitchcock is a general physician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She holds a PhD in Literature and is an award-winning writer of fiction and medical essays. Her Quarterly Essay Dear Life: On caring for the elderly was published in 2015. She writes a monthly column (‘The Medicine’) for the Monthly magazine. Her collection of short stories Little White Slips won the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Steele-Rudd award.
Dr Sue Ieraci
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Sue Ieraci is an Australian-trained Emergency Physician who has held roles in ED management, medical regulation and health systems research/consulting while maintaining a clinical career. Her emergency medicine interests have focused on cognitive processes and decision-making systems, and matching service provision to patient needs. Her outlets for these discussions include participation in many on-line discussion sites and writing for the MJA blog site, MJA Insight.
Sue is an executive member of Friends of Science in Medicine, and spends time defending medicine from the false claims of miracle cures and pseudo-science.
She also has a keen interest in the creative arts and design, food and travel. The opportunity to teach the ELC course in Sri Lanka, as well as working with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds, has fueled her interest in culture, politics and humanity. This has also enhanced an appreciation for the amount of waste and risk-aversion in contemporary Australasian medicine, and a desire to promote personal care and good communication above over-testing and over-diagnosis.