Keynote Speakers


A/Prof Paul Middleton

Clinical Associate Professor Paul Middleton is a specialist in emergency and prehospital medicine, and has worked in critical care retrieval in helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and ground ambulances.

He is Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council NSW branch, was the convenor of the first Resus At The Park conference in May 2014, and is also the Chair Take Heart Australia, a public health advocacy and educational charity designed to include all Australians in a mission to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Dr Victoria Brazil

Dr Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care – through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences. Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co- producer of Simulcast.

Jessica Stokes-Parish

Jessica Stokes-Parish is a nurse with 10 years of working experience in Medical Oncology/Palliative care and Intensive Care. After completing specialty training in Intensive Care and a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2011, she started working in the tertiary sector early 2013. This exciting role provided a range of experiences for Jessica, including simulation design and delivery, program management and operational management of a large simulation centre. Now a Nurse Academic at the University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health, she works to establish strong links between stakeholders and University to expand undergraduate opportunities in rural health. Jessica is currently working to complete her PhD in Medical Education, exploring the complex relationship between realism and engagement.

Dr Bill Bestic

Dr Bill Bestic is an anaesthetist at Royal North Shore Hospital and instructor at the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. Before embarking on a medical career, Bill served as an Officer in the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) where being ‘tested to destruction’ is considered an important part of performance development. His talk will address the value of failure as the most important teacher we get.

Dr Paul Marik

Dr Marik received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was an ICU attending at Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto, South Africa. Dr Marik has worked in various teaching hospitals in the US since 1992. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Neurocritical Care and Nutrition Science. Dr Marik is currently Professor of Medicine and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr Marik has written over 400 peer reviewed journal articles, 50 book chapters and authored four critical care books.He has been cited over 25 000 times in peer reviewed publications and has an H-index of 76. He has delivered over 300 lectures at international conferences and visiting professorships.

Chris Hicks

Chris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. His is interested in how teams work, or fail to work, during crisis events. To that end, he has studied all sorts of peculiar stuff, from mental practice to stress inoculation training, in an effort to help make teams safer and more effective. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, occasional runner, semi-retired pianist, proud husband and father of three lunatic boys. He is thrilled — and frankly a bit surprised — to be speaking at Resus @ the Harbour.Recent research projects include stress inoculation training for high acuity events, the role of mental practice in team-based trauma resuscitation, and a collaboration with human factors engineers to identify process, logistical and personnel-based latent safety hazards in the trauma bay.

Dr. Hicks served as the Assistant Program Director for the FRCP Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto from 2013-2016, and continues to chair the division’s simulation committee.  He is the director of the Simulation and Health Sciences for the Emergency Department (SHRED) fellowship program, launched in 2016, which blends resuscitation science and simulation scholarship.  Chris is a member of several local and regional trauma and education committees, and has been the recipient of numerous medical education and curriculum awards, including the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education, Development/Innovation in Postgraduate Education.

Clare Skinner

Clare is Director of EM at Hornsby Kuring-Gai Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales. Clare is a proud graduate of the local public school system and completed degrees in arts and science at the Australian National University before embarking on a medical degree at the University of Sydney.

Clare was a Junior Medical Officer at the Canberra Hospital before moving back to Sydney to undertake training in EM at Royal North Shore Hospital. Clare also completed a Masters of Public Health degree. Since attaining Fellowship in 2011, she has worked clinically across Northern Sydney and as Curriculum Advisor for the Sydney Medical School.

Clare is interested in improving workplace culture in EDs and hopes to achieve this by advocating for increased senior medical staffing, building positive relationships in and beyond the ED, providing excellent clinically-orientated education, and mentorship of trainees and Junior Medical Officers.

A/ Prof Charlie Corke

Charlie is one of Australia’s Australia‘s leading Intensive Care Specialists and is currently President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand.Charlie undertook medical training at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London. He completed training as a physician and then trained as an anaesthesist. Finally he completed a third specialty program and commenced a career in intensive care.After working in Hong Kong Charlie came to Australia, initially working as Director of Intensive Care at the Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne. In 1991 he became Director of Intensive Care in Geelong. In 2008 he stepped down as Director to concentrate more on his diverse medical interests.Charlie is regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program and is the originator of the MyValues approach to advance care planning and author of “Letting Go”.He lectures widely on medical communication and end-of-life decision-making. Charlie was featured on the ABC in the film ‘In the End’ and is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Stuart Stapleton

Stuart is currently the Director of the Emergency Department and Stream Leader for Critical Care Services at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, in the ACT. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, having obtained fellowship in 1993. He has had a large breadth of experience in various ED settings throughout his career, with a number roles including the Director of Trauma Services at Nepean Hospital, the Chair of the Nepean Blue Mountains Clinical Review Committee, the clinical lead on a virtual critical care telemedicine project with CSIRO and curriculum development for ultrasound in critical care. He holds the ASUM Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (Critical Care), and has a large interest in clinician ultrasound use and

Sean Golding

Captain Sean Golding is currently a Boeing 787 Flight Examiner for Qantas Airways, training pilots both on the aircraft and in the flight simulator.
With over 30 years flying experience, he has flown numerous aircraft including Airbus A330, Boeing 747, 767 and 787 and has had 15 years experience in flight simulation. Sean has held a number of international training advisory roles and was the Director of Safety for the Australian Airline Pilots Association.

With a strong focus on the development of pilot training and human factors in aviation, he has developed training systems and competency standards used by the airline industry. Realising the safety benefits achieved in aviation, Sean now also consults to other industries and assists with integrating non technical skills into training programs and safety management systems.

Dr. Rizwan Qureshi

Rizwan has an eye for seemingly simple medical cases with complicated underlay that can stimulate young medical minds.

Rizwan completed his medical degree and internship in large metropolis of Karachi, Pakistan where he witnessed some heart wrenching Emergencies.  Quest for Emergency medicine took him to the UK for basic emergency training and later at St George Hospital Sydney completing his fellowship. Rizwan has started an initiative in form of ‘Emergency focus course’ for young doctors, teaching them hands-on skills to rise up to the challenge of extremely busy and poorly resourced Emergency departments in Pakistan. A resuscitationist, technovert and a nature lover with love for coastal trekking and amaeture photography to help ease the brunt of it all.

Michael Reade

Professor Reade is an intensive care physician, anaesthetist and clinician scientist in the Australian Defence Force, seconded to the University of Queensland as the inaugural Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery. With the rank of Colonel, he is also the Director of Clinical Services the Regular Army’s only field hospital and has deployed overseas nine times, including twice to Afghanistan and three times to Iraq. His Oxford DPhil examined nitric oxide production in sepsis, and University of Pittsburgh MPH focussed on clinical trials. His research interests are trauma systems design, fluid resuscitation in trauma, and trials of tranexamic acid and the management of delirium in critical illness. His frozen platelet trial program, conducted with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, aims to improve worldwide access to this vital component of trauma resuscitation. He currently supervises 12 research students, holds or has held >A$17M research grants, has published >150 papers and delivered >240 national and international lectures.

Paul Chestovich

Paul Chestovich, MD, FACS is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He is the Chief of Surgical Research and Outcomes at University Medical Center and is the Associate Medical Director for the Nevada Donor Network. He is also a tactical physician for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team.  His clinical interests include trauma resuscitation, abdominal wall reconstruction, organ donation, and spinal access surgery.

Mike Patterson

Dr Mike Patterson FRCEM FFICIM
Chief Medical Officer – The Football Association
Clinical Lead for Medical Services at Wembley National Stadium
Consultant Intensivist & Emergency Physician – University College Hospitals London

Mike is in the unique position of providing an in-house pre-hospital care system for the mass events at one of the world’s most iconic venues, and immediate care for elite sport, including international soccer, rugby, American football and boxing.

Dr Brian Spain

Working at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), Northern Territory since 1997, and Director of Anaesthesia since 2001. Trained in Anaesthesia in WA, Victoria and the UK. Currently CoDirector of Surgery and Critical Care. A long-term interest in developing world medicine since a first surgical mission to West Timor in 1997 and subsequently many trips working and teaching in East Timor, Indonesia (West Timor and Flores) and Cambodia.

Involved in the RDH responses to Bali bombings 1 and 2, the East Timor shootings of 2006 and the development of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) since it’s inception in 2005. Deployed with Team Alpha on the AusMAT response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, and Australian team in Nepal following April 2015 earthquake. Facilitated training of Surgeons, Anaesthetists and Nurses from around Australia and the Pacific in disaster medicine. Most recently tasked to Papua New Guinea Highlands in March 2018 as mission team leader for the AusMAT deployment to Mendi after the earthquake.

A long term interest in developing world medicine since a first surgical mission to West Timor in 1997 and subsequently many trips working and teaching in East Timor, Indonesia (West Timor and Flores) and Cambodia.


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Key Dates

Conference Dates: 17 - 19 September  2018