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Invited Speakers

International Speakers

Presenting in real time, via video link.

A/Prof Scott Weingart


Scott Weingart is an ED Intensivist from New York. He did fellowships in Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and ECMO. He is best known for talking to himself about Resuscitation and Critical Care on a podcast called EMCrit, which has been downloaded over 15 million times.

Twitter: @emcrit

Prof Mel Herbert

Mel Herbert is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the KECK school of Medicine. He is the owner and editor of EMRAP and the C3 project. Mel believes that Emergency Medicine is a highly admirable, noble medical speciality which provides its practitioners with the best education in the world.

Twitter: @MelHerbert

Dr Jessica Mason

Jessica Mason earned her medical degree at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and completed her emergency medicine residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center and The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Her interest in medical education through media drew her to fellowship and she is currently an education fellow at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Fresno.

Twitter: @JessMasonMD

A/Prof Ben Abella


A/Prof Abella is the Director of the Centre for Resuscitation Science and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. Attending medical school at Johns Hopkins followed by residency training at the University of Chicago, Dr. Abella has authored over 100 scholarly works in professional journals and has been featured in media outlets such as; CNN, National Geographic and the Today Show. He is the chair of the AHA National 3CPR Council and has participated in developing international CPR guidelines. He has won a number of honors for his research and has lectured widely on the topics of cardiac arrest and post-arrest hypothermia treatment.

Twitter: @BenjaminAbella

Mr Michael Lauria

Speaker information coming soon.

A/Prof Comilla Sasson

Comilla Sasson, MD, MS, is an attending physician at the University of Colorado Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado.

Prof Mark Wilson


Prof Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Pre-Hospital Care Specialist working at both Imperial College (mainly St Mary's Major Trauma Centre) and as an Air Ambulance doctor. He is a Clinical Professor specialising in Brain Injury at Imperial and Honorary Professor of Pre-Hospital Care (the Gibson Chair) at the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Twitter: @markhwilson

Dr Tim Hardcastle

MB ChB(Stell) MMed(Chir)(Stell) FCS(SA) PhD

Dr Tim Hardcastle is the Principal Specialist / Deputy Director of Trauma Service at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) in South Africa and a registered trauma surgeon. His interests include vascular trauma and non-operative management of penetrating liver trauma. He is passionate about integrating pre and in-hospital trauma care with trauma care systems.

Prof 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.

Advanced Resuscitation Training supported by ZOLL

Dr Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis, MD, Director of the Advanced Resuscitation Training program and Founder of the UC San Diego Center for Resuscitation Science

Closing Plenary Speaker

Simon Curran

Speaker information coming soon.

Local Speakers

A/Prof Naren Gunja


Dr. 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. He works as a Clinical & Forensic Toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Centre and at Toxicology units in Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals.

His interests include chemical disaster preparedness, snake bite, and heavy metal poisoning. Dr. Gunja is Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School keenly involved in teaching for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Twitter: @NarenGunja

Liz Crowe

Liz Crowe is an advanced clinician paediatric social worker with expertise in critical care in paediatric tertiary hospitals. She is currently a PhD student examining staff wellbeing in PICU to inform interventions to build resilience and capacity for all health care staff. Liz is a passionate and humorous educator who regularly speaks internationally. She is the successful author of "The Little Book of Loss and Grief You Can Read While You Cry" and is a proud member of the St Emlyn’s educators on #FOAMed.

Twitter: @LizCrowe2

A/Prof Dev Mitra

A/Prof Dev Mitra is Head Clinical Researcher 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.

A/Prof Anthony Delaney

Anthony Delaney is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in the:

  • Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
  • Senior Research Fellow at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Health at Monash University.

He lives in Sydney with his lovely wife Clare, his beautiful daughters Grace and Brigid, and his handsome son Patrick, three chooks and a brand new shed.

Twitter: @adintheICU

Dr Alan Giles

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

A/Prof Sally McCarthy

Speaker information coming soon.

Dr Toby Fogg

Dr Toby Fogg is the Medical Director of CareFlight and in his spare time works as an Emergency Physician at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

He is the principal investigator for the Australia and New Zealand Emergency Department Airway Registry. This is a multicenter observational study of the practice of intubation in the EDs in our region.

Twitter: @tobyf

A/Prof Kent Robinson


A/Prof Kent Robinson is a graduate of Otago Medical School, and completed his training in emergency medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He now works as a senior staff specialist at Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals and is also employed by the NSW ambulance service as a retrieval physician.

His interests are in trauma, pre-hospital care and medical education.

Dr Robinson is a clinical associate professor at Western Sydney University and is heavily involved with teaching critical care.

Twitter: @drkentrobinson

Dr Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor is an emergency physician and medical educator. He works at either end of the emergency spectrum at both Liverpool and Mona Vale Hospitals in Sydney. He has an interest in simulation-based medical education and has just completed a Masters in clinical education with a research interest in undergraduate interprofessional education. He is an ALS-2 course director, regularly teaching on ALS courses in NSW, and runs a BLS training program in Arabic for non-English speaking community members in the Liverpool area to help improve local survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

A/Prof David Caldicott

Associate Professor David Caldicott is an Emergency Consultant at the Emergency Department of the Calvary Hospital in Canberra and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the Australian National University. He is published widely in peer-reviewed literature, and presents nationally and internationally on the subject of the use of the emergency department as an observatory for the surveillance of novel psychotropic substances as they evolve, as well as their effects in acute overdose.

Twitter: @drplatypus @ACTINOSProject

A/Prof Louise Cullen

Speaker information coming soon.

Twitter: @louiseacullen

Prof Ken Hillman


Ken Hillman is Professor of Intensive Care at the SWS Clinical School, University of New South Wales and is an actively practising clinician in Intensive Care at Liverpool Hospital. He graduated from Sydney University and trained at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney and St. Bartholomews hospital in London. He became the Director of Intensive Care at Charing Cross Hospital in London before returning to Australia to become Director of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Coronary Care at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. He has over 170 peer-reviewed publications; 64 chapters in textbooks; co-authored an intensive care textbook; co-edited several textbooks; and written a book – Vital Signs: Stories from Intensive Care and received over $20 million in grants. He is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the introduction of the Medical Emergency Team and in 2005 together with Michael DeVita and Rinaldo Bellomo helped establish the 1st International Conference on the MET and has been actively involved since. He is the Director of the Simpson Centre for Health Services Research. For his work he was a recipient of the Order of Australia in 2015.

Dr 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.

Dr Chris Trethewy

Dr Chris Trethewy is a Senior Staff Specialist Emergency Physician based at Gosford Hospital. He is currently the head of Emergency Department Research for the Central Coast Local Health District. He is also a medical director of the Tamworth Retrieval Service and a state medical consultant for the Ambulance service of New South Wales. He has a long history of multidisciplinary education, collaborative research and training. He is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle and has an interest in critical care and improving the performance of the individual clinician and the team.

Twitter: @ElCapitanED

Dr Peter Wylie

Speaker information coming soon.

Tina Kendrick

PIC Grad cert., BN (Hons), MN

Speaker information coming soon.

Dr Sophie Unell

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A/Prof Peter Morley

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A/Prof Ian Seppelt

Speaker information coming soon.

Sarah Hunstead

RN (B Nurs) MN

Sarah has over 15 years experience in Paediatric Emergency Nursing, and is continually amazed by the things that children will get up to. With a love of lifelong learning, amongst other things, Sarah has a Masters Degree in Clinical Practice, and founded CPR Kids in 2012.

CPR Kids empowers families and carers of children to recognise and respond to their sick or injured child, with confidence. A life. A finger. A pea up a nose. A practical guide to baby and child first aid is Sarah’s first book. The title was inspired by her youngest daughter, who decided it would be a good idea to put a pea in her nostril.

Twitter: @CPRKiDS

Dr Arjun Rao

Speaker information coming soon.

Dr Holly Smith

Speaker information coming soon.

Dr Peter Fritz

Since becoming a consultant in 2004, Peter has had an interest in education and training, completing a 2-year Fellowship in Medical Simulation at Monash Health as well a Grad Cert in Health Professional Education at Monash University. Prior to commencing at The Alfred in 2014, Peter worked at Dandenong Hospital where he started a Clinical Medical Educator role dedicated to registrar training and during his time at Monash Simulation was responsible for the development of a number of high fidelity simulation based courses for emergency medicine focusing on airway and cardiovascular emergencies.

His time as a Retrieval Physician broadened his clinical experience and teaching opportunities and became involved in prehopsital education of paramedics and physicians.

Peters ongoing interests are airway and trauma simulation based training and he is the co-author of The Vortex Approach to the Unanticipated Difficult Airway.

Prof Chris Baggoley

Dr Chris Baggoley is the former Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government. Medical positions include Professor-Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital; Director of Emergency Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Censor-In-Chief and President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges; and Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies.

Dr John Mackenzie

Speaker information coming soon.

Twitter: @Zazousdad

Dr Setthy Ung

An emergency physician with a special interest in developing paediatric emergency systems in low resource settings including outer metropolitan hospitals and developing countries in the Southeast Asia region.

Has passionately implemented and taught paediatric resuscitation as an APLS Course Director / Instructor throughout Australia as well as whilst on volunteer missions in rural Cambodia and Laos for 15 years.

In between overseas missions, rolls up his sleeves daily for every sick child or neonate that presents to Campbelltown Hospital in the South West of Sydney. Strongly believes in the philosophy of Compassionate Care where all health professionals treat children as if they are one of their own. Wishes to see the day when no matter where a child is born in the world, their access to acute health care is the same regardless of cultural, political or economic status.

Dr Kate Clezy

Kate Clezy is an Infectious Diseases Physician and the Director of Infectious Diseases at the Prince of Wales Hospital. She is consultant to the SESLHD Clinical Governance Unit for Infection Prevention and Control and Clinical Advisor to the Healthcare Associated Infections Program and Clinical Excellence Commission.

Twitter: @clezkat

A/Prof Anders Aneman

Anders Aneman is a senior staff specialist and director of research in the ICU at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. He is a conjoint associate professor at the University of New South Wales and a clinical associate professor at the Macquarie University.

He is a Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine. His research interests include cardiorespiratory physiology, monitoring and pathophysiology.

Twitter: @AnemanAnders

Mr Malcolm Green


Malcolm Green is an ICU Nurse and the Senior Manager of the Adult Patient Safety Program at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. In this position Malcolm leads state-wide initiatives to improve the early recognition and response to deteriorating patients, sepsis and the prevention of harm from falls and pressure injuries in the NSW Public Health System. His seemingly conflicting interests of resuscitation and organ donation have seen him work for both the Australian Resuscitation Council and the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service and he is the NSW Branch Secretary for the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. Malcolm’s real job is that of husband and father to three beautiful kids who allow him to relive his youth by playing drums in a rock band.

Prof Geoff Isbister

Prof Isbister is a clinician researcher in clinical toxicology and his research has focused on understanding poisoning and envenoming in patients and undertaking studies to determine the effectiveness of antidotes and antivenoms in treatment of these conditions. He heads the Clinical Toxicology Research Group at the University. He has published over 220 original research publications and holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship as well as being Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant.

Twitter: @geoff_isbister

Dr Kate Sellors

Kate Sellors is an Emergency Staff Specialist and co-DEMT at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. She has an interest in toxicology (particularly recreational drugs) and critical care and loves nothing more than resuscitating a crashing overdose patient.

Twitter: @katesellors

Dr Angela Chiew


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

Twitter: @angelachiewa

Prof Nicholas Buckley


Nicholas Buckley 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, immediate past President of The Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology and Research Director of the South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC- http://www.sactrc.org). SACTRC has been funded for 14 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 Mary Langcake

Dr Mary Langcake is a Trauma and Upper GIT Surgeon at the Royal Australian Air Force. Dr Langcake has frontline medical military experience, having been deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. She is the Director of Trauma at St George Hospital, Sydney and Chair of the RACS Women in Surgery Committee (2006-2008).

Twitter: @Langers58

Dr Brian Burns


Dr Brian Burns is an Emergency Physician, (Mona Vale, Manly and Royal North Shore Hospitals), Retrieval Specialist & Director of Research in the Greater Sydney Area HEMS and Trauma Director at Orange Health Service, NSW. Dr Burn’s interests include critical care, trauma, shock, resuscitation and ECMO.

Twitter: @HawkmoonHEMS

Dr Valerie Malka

Dr Valerie Malka is a Trauma and General Surgeon and was the previous Director of Trauma Services for Westmead Hospital and Sydney West Area Health Service for over a decade. She was a previous EMST Director and is a DSTC Instructor with a great passion for trauma and acute care surgery.

Twitter: @ValerieMalka

Dr Matthew MacPartlin


Matthew is a emergency and intensive care physician. Originally from Dublin, he now lives in Sydney and works in Wollongong. Matthew has had a long involvement in motorsport medicine and rescue at a variety of levels. He has also contributed to several online critical care educational projects including the Intensive Care Network, Rollcage Medic, Life In the Fast Lane, SMACC and the Jellybean Podcast. He is a 3D printing tinker and fledgling drummer.

Twitter: @rollcagemedic

Dr Mark Garcia

Speaker information coming soon.

Dr 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!

Twitter: @drmatoliver

Dr Justin Bowra

Dr Justin Bowra splits his time as an Emergency physician between Royal North Shore Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN). He runs the emergency ultrasound training program at both hospital sites and is Director of Emergency Medicine Training at the SAN Hospital. He is a member and immediate past chair of the Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound Board (Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine) and is the representative of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine to the International Federation for Emergency Medicine liaison committee.

Wayne Varndell

MN (Research) BSc (Nursing) PGDip (AP) PGCE

Wayne Varndell is Clinical Nurse Consultant at Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department, and NSW Branch President for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. Wayne has held various educational and advanced practice roles in emergency nursing, and is an active academic within the field of emergency care and nursing. His research interests include quality of care and illness experiences of individuals presenting to ED, the role of extended and advanced nursing practice and models of care, and pain and sedation management of critically ill intubated patient in ED.

Twitter: @AcademicNation

Dr Matthew Bragg

Matt Bragg is a senior staff specialist in emergency medicine at South Western Sydney LHD, currently working at both tertiary referral and rural district hospitals, and also holds a fractional appointment with NSW Ambulance as a retrieval/prehospital physician. His interests include clinical emergency medicine, emergency ultrasound, ED management, and retrieval medicine.

Dr 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.

Twitter: @edjamesburns

Dr Peter Grant

Speaker information coming soon.

Dr Karel Habig

Lead Clinician of NSW Ambulance Service's Aeromedical Pre-hospital and Retrieval Service: Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Core training is Emergency Medicine and still works in ED in Sydney. Previously worked for London HEMS and as an Emergency Consultant at the Royal London whilst living in the UK. He is involved in FOAM Education, podcasting and developing the subspeciality of Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine.

Twitter: @karelhabig

A/Prof Michael Eburn

BCom LLB (UNSW) BA(Hons) (NE) LLM (Newcastle) MPET (Deakin) PhD (Monash)

Michael Eburn is a Barrister and Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law. He is well known for his blog - Australian Emergency Law which provides an up-to-date commentary on, and answers to questions about, legal issues affecting the emergency services including first aid and ambulance services. Dr Eburn is the author of Emergency Law (4th ed, 2013, Federation Press) and numerous journal articles on emergency law. He has published on legal issues in the Australian Journal of Paramedicine and is a regular columnist in Response, the official journal of Paramedics Australia. Before his academic career Dr Eburn served as a legal officer with NSW Health and as both a paid and honorary ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance. He has also been a volunteer with St John Ambulance (NSW) and the NSW State Emergency Service.

Prof Ben Newell

Ben Newell is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Deputy Head at the School of Psychology, UNSW, Sydney. His research focusses on the cognitive processes underlying judgment, choice and decision making and the application of this knowledge to environmental, medical, financial and forensic contexts. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and commentaries, and is the lead author of the book Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making.

Dr Andy Buck


Andy is the co-creator and current director of the Emergency Trauma Management (ETM) Course. He currently works as an Emergency Physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital and as an Education Consultant to the Royal Children’s Hospital Trauma Service in Melbourne. Andy has a strong interest in trauma, resuscitation room management, the functioning of “flash” or dynamic teams and is passionate about teaching others how to function as an effective team leader and team member in the resus room.

Twitter: @edexam

Dr Guru Nagaraj

Dr Guru Nagaraj is the Emergency Lead for GRACE (Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation) team at Hornsby Hospital, Clinical Supervisor for Geriatric Emergency Medicine registrar position at Hornsby Hospital, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Simulation lead at Hornsby Hospital ED, Executive member of Geriatric emergency medicine special interest group of ACEM, Active member of International Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group of ACEM and Faculty Scholar GAEM (Global Academy for Emergency Medicine).

Twitter: @GEMinAustralia

Brad Ceely

Speaker information coming soon.

Twitter: @brad_ceely

Prof David Lowe


David Lowe is a staff specialist in general, neuro and cardiothoracic intensive care at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney. He has dual qualifications in anaesthesia and intensive care and is the clinical lead for ECMO.

Involvement in ECMO includes ECPR for in and out of hospital cardiac arrests , perioperative VV and VA ECMO in particular to support heart/lung transplantation and severe heart failure , participation in the statewide NSW ECMO retrieval service and lectures / simulation at the St Vincents ECMO simulation course.

He is a principal investigator for the 2 Cheer study.

Equity Statement

The Resus @ The Park Conference 2017 (R@TP 2017) Organising Committee, along with our invited speakers, sponsors and supporters are committed to improving gender balance and equality across our research and clinical communities by building a diverse program. When building our program, we have endeavoured to include different professional experience, race and gender perspectives to ensure our delegates have the greatest opportunity for collaboration and innovation.