Invited Speakers

Prof Dev Mitra

Prof Dev Mitra is Head of Clinical Research at the National Trauma Research Institute and a Consultant Emergency Physician at The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre. He is a chief investigator on the PATCH trauma trial and currently involved in updating the module on critical bleeding for the National Blood Authority, Commonwealth of Australia.

Matthew Oliver

Dr Matthew Oliver is an Emergency Physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Associate Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Sydney. Originally from the UK and spent time working with the Trauma team at Los Angeles County Hospital. Matthew is interested in Trauma research, Critical Care and surfing!

Natalie Thurtle

Natalie is currently a consultant emergency physician and post-graduate fellow in toxicology at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. She has worked intermittently with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2008, most recently in Mosul, Iraq. She works for a small UK NGO which is engaged in trying to improve healthcare access for people in remote, rural Nepal. She is also working on a PhD at University of Sydney looking at severe childhood lead poisoning in Nigeria.

Kylie McArdle

Kylie McArdle is an Intensivist based on the Central Coast of NSW. She is dual training in Clinical Toxicology, and is currently the Postgraduate Fellow at the NSW Poisons Information Centre. Her research interests involve the intersection of Toxicology and Intensive Care medicine. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Hyperlactatemia following drug overdose. 

James Ducanto

James (Jim) DuCanto, M.D. is an Anesthesiologist in private practice for the past 21 years in Wisconsin who is, for lack of a better description, obsessed with airway management innovation and teaching. 

His recent innovations include the SALAD technique and Simulation System for airway decontamination, and the SSCOR DuCanto Suction Catheter, a large bore hyper curved rigid suction catheter intended for routine and Emergency Airway Management.  Jim runs the Anesthesiology clerkship for medical students and residents at the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, as well as a small simulation center at that facility.  His attitude toward work life balance is simple—“Balance is achieved when you take self-care seriously, and you do everything you can at work to learn and improve yourself.”  Stay frosty

Prof Kate Curtis

Professor Kate Curtis has been an Emergency Nurse since 1994 and is Clinical Nurse Consultant for Emergency at Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Kate is Professor of Emergency and Trauma Nursing at the University of Sydney and an honorary professorial fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. Kate’s translational research program focuses on improving the way we deliver care to patients and their families, and has attracted more than $4 million funding. Kate is the world’s most published author in the field of Trauma and Emergency Nursing and has mentored more than 40 clinicians in research projects.

Anne Creaton

Dr Anne Creaton is an emergency physician based in Melbourne. Her interests include pre-hospital and retrieval medicine, disaster response, medical education and capacity building in emergency care. She has been involved with capacity building in Fiji and the Pacific region since 2013, working as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine with Fiji National University (FNU.) She developed the emergency medicine training program, and developed courses in emergency life support for first responders and hospital staff in Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu. She attended the first WHO meeting on Emergency Care Systems at WHO headquarters in Geneva in September 2015 and is currently focused on developing pre-hospital care and emergency nursing training in Fiji.

She is an editor of the inaugural Oxford Specialist Handbook of Retrieval Medicine (Oxford University Press) and has published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the topic of physicians working in resource poor settings.


Michael Parr

Michael Parr trained in anaesthesia, internal medicine and intensive care in the UK, New Zealand, USA and Australia. He is Director of Intensive Care at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Conjoint Professor University of New South Wales, and Director of Macquarie University Hospital Intensive Care and Clinical Professor Macquarie University. He is President of the Australasian Trauma Society, an editor of ‘Resuscitation’ and ANZCA representative to and Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Australian Resuscitation Council. He is a member of International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, Advanced Life Support committee. He is co-chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation Intensive Care Services Network: Performance working group, and clinical representative on the Clinical Excellence Commission RCA review, and Deteriorating Patient Steering committees.

Dr Lai Heng Foong

Dr Foong is an Emergency Physician based in Sydney who has a passion in Indigenous Health and the social determinants of health. She is currently the Chair of the Public Health Committee of ACEM, and a member of the Indigenous Health Subcommittee.  She has travelled and lived in many countries since she left Malaysia from High school to explore the world.   She has lived, travelled and worked in many continents.  She spent time as a medical student and an Emergency trainee in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, including Tiwi Islands, Melville Island, Utopia, Jabiru and Goulburn Island.  She also spent time working in Cambodia, Angola and United States.  More recently she has been involved in International Emergency Medicine as an educator in Cuba, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Her journey around the world has broadened her outlook and she has spent her recent years looking at how culture can influence healthcare decision making.  She recently chaired an Expert Advisory Group for developing an e-module on Assessing Cultural Competence in Emergency Medicine trainees.  She is interested in travelling, books, food and art.

A/Prof Peter Shine

Clinical Associate Professor Peter Shine is a Gomeroi man from north-western NSW. He has worked and been involved in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health and social emotional wellbeing for 20 years. He is currently the Director of Aboriginal Health Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). He wrote the first NSLHD Aboriginal Health Services Plan 2013-2016  This was the very first Aboriginal Health Plan written for NSLHD. He has led and developed many other ground breaking projects and documents. He has a Master of Public Health, Master of Health Science (Health Promotion) Graduate Certificate in Health (Primary Health Care), Graduate Diploma of Public Health, Advanced Certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs with Distinction, Diploma of Community Services (Welfare). Peter’s professional specialities are Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Emotional Well Being, The Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health, The Social Determinants of Health and Health Promotion. He is a strong advocate for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health equity, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and dismantling Institutional and individual racism from all societies. Peter is married to Jo, a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. They have three adult children and one grandchild. He enjoys his vegetable garden, painting, playing the piano and guitar.

Nick Buckley

Nick 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.

Dr Angela Chiew

Dr Angela Chiew is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist. She works at Prince of Wales Hospital and for the NSW Poisons Information Centre.

Dr Chiew is completing her PhD, in paracetamol overdose looking at massive paracetamol overdose, sustained release overdose and new biomarkers.

She is an investigator in the Australian Toxicology Monitoring (ATOM) Study that looks at various drugs in overdose from calls to the NSW and QLD PIC. 

Stephen Asha

Stephen Asha is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine Research at St George Hospital in Sydney. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of NSW. He has a bunch of publications, some of which he is quite proud of, and others he hopes are never chosen to be critiqued in a forum such as this.

When not at the hospital he aims to be in the bush on a mountain bike (the rougher the better) or with an overnight pack, in the snow on skis in the winter (never on a board!!) or on a kayak in the summer. As a result of these activities it is not uncommon to sight Prof Asha with a cast or a split on some appendage.


Mark Newcombe

Mark is an emergency and retrieval physician working in the Illawarra Region of NSW and with Sydney HEMS / NSW Ambulance. He has interests in trauma management, point of care ultrasonography and critical care medicine. Mark is also the co-director of DevelopingEM, a not for profit emergency and critical care medical conference organising agency. Apart from the provision of high quality education this organisation aims to improve collaboration between developed and developing critical care organisations around the globe. DevelopingEM has facilitated the sponsored attendance of over 400 physicians from the host countries and regions where their 4 international conferences have been based. He will be explaining how this novel organisation, DevelopingEM, works to achieve their goals without sponsorship from the pharmaceutical or medical device industry. He is also the co-director of DevelopingEM Ltd.


Colin Page

Colin Page is a clinical toxicologist and director of the Queensland Poisons Information Centre. At the moment he spends most of his time with his 2 young children and undertaking a PhD when time permits. His toxicological interests include cardiac drug toxicity, paracetamol overdose and acute behavioural disturbance.

Mark Garcia

Mark Garcia is an emergency physician at Bankstown Hospital in Sydney. He is the father of two children under two and is almost certainly the only doctor in the world who doesn’t drink coffee. The result is someone who walks around in a zombie-like state who appears to always have a calm demeanour in crisis situations but the reality is that he has mastered the art of sleeping with his eyes open.

He is a self-described Facebook addict who administers the emergency medicine education group of various names but currently called McJournal McClubbyFace (by popular vote). In his limited spare time he enjoys getting slaughtered by other competitors on the triathlon circuit.

Katherine Isoardi

Katherine is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane,  She also has appointments with the Queensland and NSW Poisons Information Service.  Her interests include toxicology, trauma and retrieval medicine.


Conor Davis

More information will be available soon.

Dr Chris Partyka

Dr Chris Partyka works as both a Staff Specialist Emergency Physician at Liverpool Hospital as well as a Prehospital and Retrieval Physician for Greater Sydney Area HEMS (NSW Ambulance). His interests include resuscitation, point of care ultrasound and clinical research. Chris is passionate about medical education and shares his critical care lessons through his FOAM blog ‘thebluntdissection’

Vijay Manivel

Dr Vijay Manivel, Emergency Physician and ED Ultrasound Director at Nepean Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital, NSW. A firm believer of ultrasound as an integral part of the clinical examination and a decision enhancing tool, especially in emergency medicine where the magic of sound waves is invaluable in making time-critical life-saving decisions.

Term supervisor for US special skills term at Nepean Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospitals, actively involved in regular ultrasound medicine teaching and research related to ultrasound in emergency medicine. 


Naren Gunja

Dr. Gunja is an emergency physician and toxicologist at the Western Sydney Toxicology Service, which manages nearly 1000 patients annually with poisoning and envenomation. He has published in clinical toxicology and is involved in mediation safety activities. A/Prof. Gunja has a masters degree in forensic toxicology and is involved in Coronial and post-mortem interpretation. He is a clinical associate professor at Sydney Medical school teaching pharmacology and toxicology. 


Mick Stephenson

Mick Stephenson commenced his career with Ambulance Victoria in 1996 as a paramedic, becoming a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedic in 1999.  A former intensive care nurse his special interests lie in algorithmic patient care, cardiac arrest improvements, systematic patient assessment and the validation of paramedic work through research.  He is a co-author and researcher on a number of clinical trials of international significance.  He has a strong interest in workplace health and safety including the prevention and management of psychological injury in paramedics. He has held many positions as a MICA paramedic and senior manager and is currently the Executive Director Emergency Operations with AV together with holding the role Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University.  Mick was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2015 for his contribution to improving patient care and clinical outcomes.



Natalie May

Dr. Natalie May trained in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric EM in the UK before moving to Sydney where she now works as a Specialist in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with Sydney HEMS, in Emergency Medicine at St George and Royal North Shore Hospitals and occasionally in Neonatal and Paediatric Transport (NETS). She is a medical education enthusiast and has been an editor and regular contributor to the St Emlyn’s blog and podcast since 2012.  She loves running, tea and karaoke.

Sanj Fernando

Sanj Fernando in his own words, is a short, bald, black man who grew up on a coconut plantation in Sri Lanka. He met his wife at a beer drinking contest in Tasmania and moved to NSW with her 15 years ago. He is a senior Emergency Physician and Specialist retrieval / pre-hospital physician working in South West Sydney and NSW Ambulance (Greater Sydney Area HEMS). He has interests in medical education, medico-legal issues, ethical practice, and bushwalking in South West Tasmania. This combined with his three kids ensures that his hair will probably never grow back.


Anna Paula Freitas

I am an emergency physician in Porto Alegre, south of Brazil. I am the program director of Hospital de Pronto Socorro’s EM Residency, which was the first in Brazil, where I also graduated from in 2004. I am the Coordinator of ABRAMEDE’s EM Residency Committee – for curriculum and new programs. I am also part of Brazilian EM Board committee.    

Srilal Silva

More information will be available soon.

Alana Rousselet

Alana Rousselot specialises in Community Development. She has been involved with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities throughout NSW. She has developed and facilitated multiple health initiatives targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and breaking down the barriers between community and western medical services.

Alana has written the resource for the Northern Sydney Local Health District’s Death and Dying in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture known as ‘Sorry Business’. She currently works with the Benevolent Society, coordinating a Community Centre building community capacity and developing interagency partnerships.


Dr James Kokkinos

Dr Kokkinos is a practising neurologist and a Greek Orthodox Priest at a Parish in Parramatta. He has an interest in spirituality, and also quite interested in the soul-mind- brain philosophical problem. He is a Visiting Medical Officer in Neurology at Bankstown Hospital. His main interest is stroke, and has done a few presentations and extensive reading on assessing prognosis in ischaemic encephalopathy.

Ruby Lohman

Ruby Lohman is the founder of Death Dinner Party, a series of events in Sydney and Melbourne that bring people together to talk and learn about death. Death Dinner Party creates intimate spaces – both in the real world and online – that aim to inspire and empower. Since 2015, several hundred people have attended Death Dinner Party events, sharing their thoughts and experiences, and learning from a variety of speakers – all over good food and wine.

Ruby is also a freelance writer and editor, journalist, content strategist and funeral director’s stepdaughter. The first car she ever drove was a hearse. She has long been fascinated by death and funerals, and believes it’s time to reclaim some of the knowledge and rituals we’ve given away to institutions, and re-learn how to die and grieve well.

Twitter: @deathdinparty
Instagram: @deathdinnerparty

Ben Lawton

Ben Lawton is a paediatric emergency physician who divides his time between Logan and Lady Cliento Children’s Hospitals. He is a simulation enthusiast and co-founder of Don’t Forget The Bubbles.

Rhiannon Browne

Rhiannon is an Emergency Physician from South-West Sydney. She works at Campbelltown Hospital, teaches at Western Sydney University, and is co-founder of the Network of Women in Emergency Medicine (NoWEM). She is passionate about improving patient care through clinical leadership and education. In her spare time she co-directs a media production company promoting progressive social change.

Jenny Holman

Jenny Holman has worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant / Organ Donor Coordinator at Royal North Shore, Sydney Australia since 2009. Her background includes decades in neuro ICU and palliative care. She is passionate about good end of life care and communication, bereavement, self-care in the workplace, and is a SMACC addict. Jenny particularly enjoys caring for patients and their families from diverse cultures as they navigate the difficult journey of end of life care.

In her other life she is an avid swimmer, reader, mother of 3 young adult children, has a  husband of 30 years, is an appalling cook and lover of anything sweet.

Melanie Berry

Melanie Berry – I am an Emergency Staff Specialist at Orange Base Hospital, a retrieval doctor with RFDS at Dubbo and I work in telemedicine providing critical care advice and management to smaller hospitals around the Western LHD. I have an interest in research in Emergency medicine and am currently completing my Masters in Clinical Epidemiology. We moved from Sydney to Orange in 2016 for a change of pace with my husband and 2 kids, it turns out we are busier then ever but love the life we have here. Regional and remote medicine has reminded me why I began medicine in the first place and I happily recommend it to anyone considering a change from urban emergency medicine.

Dr James Edwards

Dr James Edwards is the Acting Director of the Emergency Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH). James is the inaugural Medical Director of the Sydney Local Health District Demand Management Unit overseeing patient flow across the district. He is also the Clinical Chair of the NSW Prevocational Training Council at the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and previously held the position of Director of Prevocational Education and Training at RPAH for six years.  In the Sydney University Medical Program, he chairs the Pre-internship program that aims to smooth the transition from medical school to internship.

Katie Rasmussen

Dr Katie Rasmussen is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. She trained in the UK, has worked in South Africa and is starting to call Australia home now after being here for 5 years.

Gillian Greenwood

A manager for her children in Performing Arts by day and a paediatric DIVA (Difficult IV Access) expert by night.

Gillian is an experienced Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in Ambulatory Care & HITH of 18 yrs and has recently completed a Master’s as a Nurse Practitioner in the Mixed Emergency Department setting and is an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor.

Her main focus is directed towards improving care for children both in the acute hospital and in the home setting.

Audrey-Anne Broussaeu

Graduated from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) in emergency medicine, I pursued a one-year fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine in Toronto. With a certificate in Clinical Teaching and a Master in clinical epidemiology I am devoting my time in providing the best care care for older adults in the Emergency Department.

Leigh-Anne Claase

Dr Claase is the Publishing Director at Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd. Before embarking on her career in medical publishing, she trained as a pharmacist and earned a PhD in neuropharmacology. Leigh-Anne left the editorial team at the British National Formulary in London six years ago to take up her position in Melbourne. As Publishing Director, Leigh-Anne is responsible for quality of content and digital strategy. She has a wide range of professional interests, spanning knowledge transfer, change management, guideline methodology, digital product development, and content management infrastructure.

Valerie Malka

Dr Valerie Malka is a Trauma and General Surgeon and Deputy Director of Trauma at Sydney’s Liverpool Hospital. She was the previous Director of Trauma Services at Westmead Hospital. She is an Early Management of Severe Trauma Director and Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course Instructor with a great passion for trauma and acute emergency surgery. She has held previous committee positions with the State and National Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and also successfully organises and convenes international trauma, critical care and emergency surgery conferences.

Dr Malka is currently Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons National Road Safety Advisory Committee. She has special interests in education and quality assurance and has worked extensively in patient safety and the maintenance of ethics in healthcare. She has a great commitment to injury prevention and community education and advocacy. She has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee on humanitarian missions and holds a Diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance from Geneva University and a Master’s Degree in International Public Health with a major in Humanitarian Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and in her spare time works as a freelance, writing medical, health and wellbeing articles.

Dr Mihaela Marginean

Dr. Mihaela Marginean ( Miki )

MD, FACEM, CCPU ( eFAST, Basic Echocardiography in Life Support, Rapid Cardiac echocarciography, Basic Early Pregnancy, Pleural effusion, Renal Hydronnephrosis and calculi, Basic soft tissue, acute  scrotum)

Consultant Emergency Physician working at Calvary Hospital Canberra  and Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.

I have special interest in point of care ultrasound as an essential tool in the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care setting.

I have completed 2 years fellowship with Ultrasound Leadership Academy in the USA and I am almost completed my Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound.

In my free time I love skiing and hiking.

Vana Tam

Vana Tam is a geriatrician based in Western Sydney. She is the clinical lead of the Geriatric Surgical Liaison Service at Westmead Hospital. Since 2012, the service has been delivering proactive geriatrics care to older patients with traumatic injuries and emergency surgical conditions. Vana’s research interest is in frailty and clinical outcomes of older surgical patients. 

Vana is passionate about teaching. She is the coordinator of the geriatrics advanced training and co-chair of the Prevocational Clinical Training Committee in Westmead Hospital.

Andrew Evans

Dr. Andrew Evans BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons) FRCP FRACP

Dr. Andrew Evans is a Senior Staff Specialist in Geriatric Medicine at Westmead Hospital and Internal Medicine at Manly Hospital, where he is the Clinical Lead for their Acute Stroke Units. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is a former Clinical Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London where he participated and published in research studies in acute stroke treatment, Stroke Units and secondary prevention in atrial fibrillation.

Robbie Lendrum

Robbie has worked with London’s Air Ambulance since 2012.  Alongside his role as a consultant in pre-hospital care with Bart’s Health, he is also a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.  

He is passionate about developing, delivering and conducting research into innovative pre-hospital resuscitation strategies and treatments, to improve the outcomes for our patients suffering from major trauma in London, the UK and internationally.

Margaret Nicholson

Margaret Nicholson is an ICU Nurse Practitioner at Liverpool Hospital. Margaret has held numerous positions with over 25 years’ experience in intensive care including management and research, and over 30 years in nursing.

Margaret has been a part of the Medical Emergency Team, developing the Key Performance Indicators and training of staff attending emergency calls during her time in ICU.  Part of her role includes management of patients with tracheostomy tubes, she became involved in the training of nursing and medical staff in tracheostomy emergencies after working collaboratively with Intensivists and ENT specialists and Head and Neck surgeons and has run workshops with Anaesthetist and ENT specialists on airway emergencies.

Margaret is an executive committee member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) NSW, the Chair of the National ACCCN Resuscitation Advisory panel, an executive committee member of the Australian Resuscitation Council, and a committee member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners NSW. Margaret is leading work with a team from the Agency for Clinical Innovation NSW to develop a booklet for patients and carers going home with a tracheostomy.

At home she has five children, five grandchildren, lives on acreage and she has completed building a house with her husband.

Margaret Murphy

Born in Ireland, Margaret immigrated to Australia in 1988. Margaret has extensive experience in emergency nursing. She is the Clinical Nurse Consultant at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. Prior to working in emergency Margaret worked in Mental Health, Intensive Care, Education and Change Management. More recently she has worked as a principal project officer at the NSW Ministry of Health. She has a strong commitment to clinical nursing and improving emergency care. She is currently completing a PhD at The University of Sydney.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor is an emergency physician working at Mona Vale, RPA and Liverpool Hospital where he also has the role of Director of Emergency Simulation. He will be Director of Prevocational Education and Training at the new Northern Beaches Hospital and is passionate about simulation based interdisciplinary education and human factor training. In his spare time he enjoys yoga, playing tennis and walking his dogs!

Balwinder Sidhu

Balwinder Sidhu started her career as Lecturer Microbiology, Faculty of Foods and Nutrition in India. She has 24 years of experience of planning, implementing and evaluating health improvement initiatives. While overseas she has completed number of collaborative projects in partnership with Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and Department of Public Health. On her relocation to Australia she has worked in the field of public health, health promotion, community development and adult teaching & training. She has special interest to work with culturally & linguistically diverse communities, social determinants of health and issues of access, equity & consumer participation.


Peter Grant

Dr Peter Grant is a Senior Emergency Staff Specialist based at St George Hospital in Sydney, who also holds a VMO appointment at Calvary Hospital in the ACT. Peter has worked previously with Sydney Aero-Medical Retrieval Service, has served as Director of Clinical Training, and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW. He has an interest in interactive medical education, including ECG and imaging interpretation in the acute Emergency Department setting.


Megan Cox

Dr Megan Cox is a FACEM with extensive International EM experience; working in developing countries for over 20 years. Her first experience was in the Solomon Islands in 1996 as a medical officer and she subsequently went on to work in Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda as an EM Specialist for various NGOs. For 6 years from 2012 she was employed by the University of Botswana as an Emergency Specialist and Head of EM registrar training. In 2017 she witnessed the graduation of Botswana’s first ever EM specialists. Back home in Sydney ; she now works for the University of Sydney, NSW Ambulance and as an ED VMO for the Southeastern Area Health Service.


Betty Chan

Ass/P Betty Chan

Clinical Toxicology and Emergency Physician

Prince of Wales Hospital

VMO toxicologist New South Wales Poisons Information Centre.

Research interest: Digoxin, dihydropyridine, methotrexate, sodium channel blockers poisoning.


Una Nic Ionmhain

Una Nic Ionmhain is an emergency physician with an unpronounceable Irish name who works at both Gosford and Liverpool Hospitals. Having completed her emergency medicine training in Ireland and Western Australia she migrated east to undertake a fellowship in prehospital medicine with Careflight / Sydney HEMS. She is passionate about the critical care aspects of ED, namely trauma, cardiology and toxicology. As an ALS instructor, she feels strongly about remaining up to date with the latest and greatest publications and thinking beyond algorithms. In her spare time, she loves dogs, traveling, running, hiking, and coffee


James Bliss

Dr Jimmy Bliss is an Emergency Physician at Liverpool Hospital and a Prehospital and Retrieval Specialist with NSW Ambulance.  His interests include resuscitation, point of care ultrasound and clinical governance.

Rhiannon Browne

Rhiannon is an Emergency Physician from South-West Sydney. She works at Campbelltown Hospital, teaches at Western Sydney University, and is co-founder of the Network of Women in Emergency Medicine (NoWEM). She is passionate about improving patient care through clinical leadership and education. In her spare time she co-directs a media production company promoting progressive social change.

Jonathan Gatward

Jon is a dual trained Anaesthetist / Intensivist from the UK but now works full time as an Intensivist in Sydney. He has special interests and qualifications in medical education, simulation, debriefing and airway management. Jon runs the highly popular Critical Care Airway Management Course, which has now trained over 200 doctors, nurses and paramedics from all critical care specialities using skills stations and immersive simulation. He is the CICM representative to the Safe Airway Society of Australia and New Zealand and the ICU lead for the newly formed RNSH Airway Management Group, which is standardising airway procedures, resources and equipment across ED, ICU and Anaesthesia at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is the medical lead for the RNSH Tracheostomy Team and is a member of Intensive Care NSW Best Practice Working Group at the Agency for Clinical Innovation. He is loving being Dad to 2 year-old Thomas, and anticipating the next addition any day now.

Twitter: @jgatward


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Key Dates

Conference Dates: 17 - 19 September  2018