Invited Speakers

Virtual Master of Ceremonies

Dr Renee Lim

Director of Program Development, Pam McLean Centre
Senior Lecturer in Professional Development, Sydney University
Emergency and Palliative Care Department Locum Doctor

Renee Lim has been singing, dancing and acting since she was five. Though initially from Perth, she moved to Sydney to study medicine at UNSW, and the acting bug has never quite left her. Renee balances a diverse range of careers uniting her passion for medicine, health and wellbeing, and her belief in the integral value of education to empower people. She also has a great love of performance, which has led to starring roles in theatre, film and television as an actor and presenter.

When not performing, Renee works in the NSW hospital system as a locum doctor in the areas of emergency medicine, palliative care, and geriatrics for many years, visiting almost every major hospital in the greater Sydney area. While these specialties seem incredibly disparate, Renee has found the different challenges of each discipline integral to treating her patients holistically and with authentic empathic care.

In her role as Director of Program Development at the Pam McLean Centre,  she designs educational curriculum for both students and health professionals on communication skills, culture change and dealing with conflict. Renee has also worked with Sydney University, UNSW, Macquarie University, and NSW Health developing educational programs, and her research has been published and presented at both national and international conferences in Communication Teaching.

Renee also works as a consultant, using her various skills and experiences to focus on Engagement, behaviour change and The ‘Human Factor’ in varied contexts. She has worked with Medicines San Frontier, Streetwork, NSW Ambulance, Foodwise, and a number of corporations and is presently the Health Grants Advisor to the Paul Ramsay Foundation. She is also developing a program known as The Value of Kindness in conjunction with KFilms, to encourage humanity in the workplace.

Foundation Lecture

John Whaanga

Deputy Director-General, Māori Health, New Zealand

John is affiliated to Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rongomaiwahine. In 2018, John was acknowledged in parliament for his work in successfully negotiating a $100 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement for Ngā Iwi me Ngā Hapū o Te Rohe o Te Wairoa – this was the culmination of over 30 years work.

John began his career in the Department of Conservation in 1989 (working on Treaty of Waitangi policy and negotiations), before moving on to the Ministry of Education (Māori Education Group) in 1991.

John originally joined the Ministry of Health in 1993, as a foundation member of the then newly-established Māori Health Directorate, Te Kete Hauora. John then spent six years working in the Ministry, culminating in management roles in both public health and Māori health (as Manager, Te Kete Hauora).

In the last six years John has undertaken a number of significant roles in tertiary education, including as: Chief Advisor Wānanga, Tertiary Education Commission; Deputy Chief Executive, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa; and Chief Operating Officer, Taratahi Institute of Agriculture.

Tom Hamilton Orator

Prof Daniel Fatovich

Senior Emergency Physician & Clinical Researcher, Royal Perth Hospital
Head of the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM), Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia

Prof Fatovich is a senior emergency physician and clinical researcher at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department, with 30 years’ experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials in Emergency Medicine.  He is also Head of the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (CCREM) within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. CCREM has a focus on patient-oriented outcomes. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia, and Director of Research for Royal Perth Hospital, providing strategic advice and leadership and including board membership of the Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation, and chairing the Hospital’s Research Advisory Committee. He is an executive member of the ACEM Research Committee and the Clinical Trials Network and has received $12m in competitive grant funding. Earlier this year, he was the Ministerial adviser for the passage of the Guardianship and Administration (Medical Research) Act 2020. In 2017-18, he was deputy chair of the WA Methamphetamine Taskforce. Expertscape ranks him in the top 1% globally for expertise in Emergency Medicine, and he is on the international List of Industry Independent Experts. He loves to challenge doctors to think, and to think differently.


Invited Speakers


Dr Nemat Alsaba

Emergency Physician
Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, Bond University
Gold Coast Health

Dr Nemat Alsaba is an Emergency Physician at the Gold Coast University Hospital, A/Professor of Medical Education and Simulation and the Deputy Director of the simulation program at Bond University. Nemat is also a Harvard Macy Alumni and a returning faculty facilitator.

She is an emerging researcher passionate about Geriatric Emergency Medicine, simulation, medical education and interprofessional education trying her best to combine all to improve older adult patient care and outcome. Her current Research project which is funded by EMF is about “understanding EOL care in ED for older adults”.

When she is not busy working or teaching, she enjoys the company of her 3 adult kids and taking photos of the sky and cloud formations.

Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena

Managing Director, Karabena Consulting Trust and First 1000 Days Australia
Director, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce
President, EcoHealth International

A descendant of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, Kerry’s work has brought her to the forefront of Indigenous affairs in Australia. A former social worker with a Doctorate in Environmental Science, Kerry has held senior positions including Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of First 1000 Days Australia, President of EcoHealth International, CEO of the Lowitja Institute, and Director of Indigenous Health Research at Monash University.

With an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research, Kerry has led a wide range of organisations and committees including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council and the National Congress of Australia’s First People. Currently a Director of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of First 1000 Days Australia (F1000DA) and Karabena Consulting. Kerry holds an honorary professorial position with the University of Melbourne and has a number of entrepreneurial programs in development.

Dr Panka Arora

Senior Staff Specialist Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
CEO & Founder Walk in Specialist Emergency (WiSE)
Former President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, India

Dr Pankaj Arora is a Senior Emergency Physician with experience in Emergency Medicine across the Globe. He started his career in India as a Casualty Medical Officer in the public and private sector. He completed his training in UK and Australia in 2008, and worked as CoDEMT from 2011 to 2018 at Royal North Shore Hospital. He led a team of American Emergency Physicians from the US to establish training programs in India from 2012-2015. He has been instrumental in setting up a Community based FACEM run Emergency Care model in Sydney which has given excellent Care and experience to 30,000 patients in last 3 years.

Dr Ambra Barco

Infectious Diseases Physician
Novara Hospital, Novara, Italy

Ambra Barco is a Medical Doctor who graduated in 2014 at Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy. She received her Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2018. She specialized in Infectious and Tropical Diseases in 2020 at the Università di Torino. She took part to several missions in Africa, mainly dealing with tuberculosis management and treatment. She was involved in the response to the pandemic of COVID-19, working at the Infectious Disease ward of the Ospedale Maggiore della Carità in Novara. She is co-author of peer-reviewed articles published in international scientific journals.

Dr Lynne Barrass

Royal London Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Dr Lynne Barrass has worked as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at the Royal London Hospital since 2012. The Royal London Hospital is a large teaching hospital in Whitechapel, east London, and is part of Barts Health, the largest NHS Trust in the UK which serves over 2.5million people. It was founded in 1740 as the ‘London Hospital’, with a new building opening in 2012 in time for the Olympics. It is the busiest trauma centre in the UK, treating over 1255 trauma patients daily and is home to London’s Air Ambulance operating base. The Royal London also provides district general services for City and Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK.

Dr Barrass works with a group of 12 consultants, which covered a 44-bedded critical care unit prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her specialist interests include traumatic brain injury and neuro-vascular anaesthesia. Dr Barrass is Clinical Lead for Critical Care Governance and the local lead for Organ Donation.

Dr Victoria Brazil

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University
Gold Coast Health

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, team development, and talking at conferences. She also serves as a faculty member with the Harvard Macy Institute.

Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast (

Dr Carmen Brown

Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist

Carmen is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynaecologist who has over 15 years’ experience in her speciality. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia which is one of four Historically Black Medical Schools in the United States. She went on to finish her speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Houston, Texas at the Texas Medical Center, the largest Medical Center in the world. She has worked in private practice and has been a Senior Clinical Lecturer at training programs in the USA and New Zealand. She has a passion for improving access and equality in maternal health care and has been a part of several online platforms dedicated to bringing health care inequity due to structural racism to light. She is a member of Mocha OB, a group of over 500 female OB/GYN and GP OBS of colour who are making a point to educate and empower Black women with their health care. She does interviews and lectures on a variety of topics and was most recently featured on the NBC News Web Series “Global Hangouts” discussing the impact of the Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria. She is a blogger and writer and spends time writing about life as a doctor and mum to a child with autism. She has been married to her school sweetheart for over 20 years and is mum to 2. You can follow her at @AutismDrMom on Twitter or at “Confessions of a Doctor Mom” at:

Dr Marianne Cannon

Emergency Physician

Marianne is an Emergency Physician currently working in SEQ and Northern NSW. She is interested in system factors in trainee wellbeing , and public health including climate change and human health. Until recently she served on the Public Health and Disaster committee for ACEM, and the AMAQ Council.


Dr Trevor Chan

Senior Staff Specialist, St George Hospital

Trevor is the newly appointed Clinical Director of the Emergency Care Institute, part of the Agency for Clinical Innovation which is one of the NSW Health Pillars. He is the former Director of St George Emergency and was in this role for over ten years and has been Chair of the St George Clinical Council for the last three years. He is NSW Faculty Chair for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and a member of ACEM’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

Professor Julia Crilly OAM

Professor of Emergency Care
Gold Coast Health and Griffith University, Queensland

Julia Crilly is the Professor of Emergency Care, in a joint appointment between Gold Coast Health and Griffith University. She has a strong clinical background, having worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department for nearly 10 years before completing her PhD and progressing into full time research in 2007. She leads two multi-disciplinary programs of research that focus on evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups as well as understanding and improving aspects of the emergency department workforce. Julia has led and been involved in multi-disciplinary local, state-wide, national and international emergency care research that has attracted over $6 Million dollars in research funding.


Dr Carmel Crock

Director, Emergency Department, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne
Chair, ACEM Quality and Patient Safety Committee
Associate Professor,  Melbourne University

Dr Carmel Crock is ED Director, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne and chair of ACEM Quality and Patient Safety committee. She is Associate Professor at Melbourne University. She was given the Mark L Graber Diagnostic Quality award in 2020 for her work in advancing the study of diagnostic error and safety. She has helped found the Australian and New Zealand Affiliate of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (ANZA-SIDM). Her other passions in medicine include improving healthcare culture, and the relationship between physician wellbeing and patient safety.

Dr Mya Cubitt

Emergency Physician
ACEM VIC Faculty Chair

Mya is an Emergency Physician, and like all of you, she is passionate about delivering good patient focused care in our Emergency Departments. She is increasingly aware, that in order to do that, the systems need humanising and the clinicians need better engagement in the governance and policy – so that it feels less like it is done “to us” and more like it is done “with us”.

Mya has experience as an Acute Medical Unit Physician working with multidisciplinary colleagues. She has a Masters in Trauma (QMUL), with an interest in elderly trauma and is published on frailty scores in trauma. She is the convenor of GEMSEM2021 (, a multidisciplinary seminar day on elderly trauma.

Mya is building practical experience in healthcare leadership as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Chair of the Victorian Faculty for ACEM. During COVID19, Mya has been on the binational ACEM COVID19 Guideline writing group as section lead for the Trauma, Workforce and Wellbeing and Business as Usual sections (later amalgamated into Kim Hansen’s section on The New Normal).

She is a Kiwi, married to a South African, with three Australian children.


A/Prof Elana Curtis

Associate Professor, Director Vision 20:20
Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

Elana Curtis, FNZCPHM, MD, MPH, MBChB is a Māori (Te Arawa) public health medicine specialist from Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is an Associate Professor in Māori Health at the University of Auckland and provides academic leadership of Indigenous student recruitment, admission and retention into the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.  She has a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) focused on Indigenous health workforce development and has been involved in Kaupapa Māori Research investigating Indigenous and ethnic inequities within tertiary and health care contexts including: breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, emergency department care and racism within clinical decision making. A 2004-05 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, she has multiple international and national awards including the Māori TV Matariki Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health and Science, the LIMELite Award for Excellence in Indigenous Health Education Research (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) and the Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (Kaupapa Māori Category).


Richard Denniss

Chief Economist, The Australia Institute

Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, Richard was described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as “a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy”. The Australian Financial Review listed Denniss and Ben Oquist of The Australia Institute as equal tenth-place on their ‘Covert Power’ 2018 list of the most powerful people in Australia.

Prior to his appointment at The Australia Institute, Denniss was Senior Strategic Advisor to Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and was also Chief of Staff to Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja, former Leader of the Australian Democrats. He was also a Lecturer in Economics at the university of Newcastle.

Richard has a fortnightly column in the Guardian as well as writing regular essays for The Monthly. He publishes regularly in academic journals and has written 6 books including Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough (with Clive Hamilton), An introduction to Australian Public Policy (with Sarah Maddison), Minority policy: rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Brenton Prosser) Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense, Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World and the June 2018 Quarterly Essay, Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next.

Dr Khama Ennis

Emergency Physician
Associate Chief, Emergency Department
Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Massachusetts, USA

Dr Khama Ennis is a board certified Emergency Physician practicing in Western Massachusetts in the US.  She earned her undergraduate degree in medical anthropology at Brown University before attending New York University School of Medicine for her MD and the Harvard School of Public Health for her MPH. She served as Medical Director and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital from October 2015 until July 2020 and has continued as the Associate Chief of the Emergency Department.  She is the first Black woman to be elected to serve as President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson beginning October 2020.  She has participated in panel discussions and published multiple essays highlighting the impact of race and racism in the US.

Dr Luanne Freer

Medical Director
Yellowstone National Park, USA

Dr. Freer is a board certified emergency physician who practices as the medical director for Yellowstone National Park and Midway Island NWR, and is the past president of the Wilderness Medical Society. In 2003, she set up the first-ever medical clinic at Mt. Everest base camp and continues to volunteer as medical director for the Everest ER. After the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Freer banded together with a small group of friends who have been instrumental in completing construction of the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital in Kamding Nepal.

Jacqui Gibson-Roos

Community Member, ACEM Board
Community Representative, Council of Education
Co-Chair, ACEM Reconciliation Action Plan

Jacqui Gibson-Roos is a proud Aboriginal woman currently living on Boonwurrong Country in Melbourne. She is a community member of the ACEM Board, a community representative on the Council of Education and co-chairs ACEM’s reconciliation Action Plan.

With strong links to her local community, she is passionate about safe healthcare for all. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health regulation and accreditation through her various roles within AHPRA and Australian Medical Council including member of Dental Board of Australia.


Dr Rachel Goh

Emergency Registrar
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital

Rachel is a late-phase advanced trainee at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital with a passion for trainee wellbeing, the “soft” skills and clinical education. She has completed a Master of Public Health, is a member of the ACEM Quality and Patient Safety Committee and advocates for equitable health care as Chair of AMA Victoria’s Northern Subdivision. She enjoys game nights with friends over a glass (or two!) of red wine.

Dr Laksmi Govindasamy

PhD Candidate, Swinburne University

Laksmi is a medical doctor undertaking dual fellowship training in Emergency Medicine and Public Health. She studied medicine, arts and public health at The University of New South Wales. She is currently a PhD Candidate exploring gender and leadership in Emergency Departments through Swinburne University.

Laksmi is passionate about addressing inequity through healthcare and in pursuing a global health career. She serves as the trainee representative to ACEM’s Public Health and Disaster Committee. She has worked in the NSW Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response, and in public health and clinical roles in NSW, the Northern Territory, and Papua New Guinea. In her spare time, she likes to read nineteenth century novels, go cycle touring and spend time with her family in Murwillumbah.


Dr Michelle Hamrosi

GP/Lactation Consultant
Clinical Lecturer, ANU Rural Clinical School, NSW

Dr Michelle Hamrosi is a GP/Lactation Consultant and ANU Clinical Lecturer (Rural Clinical School) from Broulee, South Coast NSW.

She has a special interest in Women’s and Children Health, Breastfeeding Medicine and Mental Health. She is a member of Doctors for the Environment, Climate and Health Alliance and RACGP Climate and Environment Special Interest Group. Her hobbies include climate advocacy, backyard fruit, mushroom and veggie growing, beekeeping, baking sourdough, spending time in nature and raising three wild and exuberant children.


Dr Kim Hansen

Director of Emergency, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and Senior Staff Specialist
The Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland

Dr Kim Hansen is an experienced Emergency Physician with 0ver 20 years in clinical practice, with a passion for safety and quality in healthcare, and Equality in leadership. She works as Director of St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Emergency Department as well as a Senior Staff Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. Kim is Chair of the Board of Emergency Medicine Foundation, a not for profit that support clinician-led research. She also serves as Queensland’s ACEM Faculty Chair, a member of ACEM’s “CAPP” Council, the Vice Chair of the ACEM’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee, is inaugural Chair of Advancing Women in Emergency and was the inaugural Chair of the IFEM’s Quality and Safety Special Interest Group. She has published on a broad range of topics including Cognitive Bias, Incident Reporting, Overcrowding and COVID-19 management.

Kim enjoys connecting with others, playing sports including basketball and tennis, and going into the mountains for hiking or biking with her family and friends.

Dr Glenn Harrison

Emergency Physician
Royal Melbourne Hospital & Epworth Hospital (Geelong)

Dr Glenn Harrison is an Emergency Physician at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) & Epworth Hospital (Geelong) in Victoria. He is an Aboriginal man, a descendant of the Wotjobaluk people of the Wimmera districts in western Victoria, and is the first ACEM Aboriginal FACEM.

Glenn co-ordinates an Indigenous Intern program for medical graduates at Royal Melbourne Hospital and has a dedicated interest in developing our indigenous workforce and specialty training opportunities.

He is co-chair of the ACEM Indigenous Health Committee and is a member of the ACEM and RMH reconciliation Action Plan committee.

He is a Board Director of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and is a member of the Melbourne Academic Centre of Health (Indigenous Leadership Group) and has appointments at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Glenn is past DEMT at RMH and past ACEM Victorian faculty Treasurer.

Dr Katherine Henderson

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, United Kingdom

Dr Katherine Henderson is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital London where she was Clinical lead 2012-2018. She has been President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine since October 2019. She has an MSc in Healthcare Risk Management and special interests in both process and quality improvement of patient care.


Dr Arnagretta Hunter

Consultant Physician & Cardiologist
Human Futures Fellow ANU College Health & Medicine

Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a physician and cardiologist based in Canberra. She is a clinical senior lecturer with the Australian National University Medical School and the Human Futures Fellow for the ANU College of Health and Medicine. She chairs the ANU CHM Bushfire Impact Working Group, working with researchers across psychology, medicine and public health on the impacts of the recent devastating fires. She is involved with research on health and climate change, particularly the impact of heat and is a member of the ANU Climate Change Institute.. She is the interim chair of the Commission for the Human Future and is a (COVID thwarted) 2019 Churchill Fellow working on the role of narrative in medicine.

A/Prof Peter Jones

Director of Emergency Medicine Research
Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand

Peter is the Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Auckland City Hospital. He has MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare from Oxford University and a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Auckland. He has served on several ACEM committees including the Clinical Trials Group, the Trainee Research Committee (including as chair), the Quality Committee, the Overcrowding Committee and the Scientific Committee. He currently sits on the IFEM Research Committee. He led the ACEM review of Time Based Targets in 2019 and was on the recent IFEM Taskforce group looking at ED Crowding in 2020. He has published over 80 articles in the peer reviewed literature and presented more than 60 times at national and international conferences. He chairs the NZ Emergency Medicine Network for research and is currently seconded to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health as the Shorter Stays in ED health target champion. He has wide research collaborations within Australasia and internationally, with a broad range of research interests including analgesia, sepsis, VTE, ACS, dyspnoea, oxygen therapy, trauma, ED crowding, equity and health systems. He has experience in survey research, observational research, randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews.

Dr Angela La Macchia

FACEM, Peninsula Health

Dr Angela La Macchia is an emergency physician based in Melbourne and a proud Gumbaynggir woman. She went to medical school at Monash University on an academic excellence scholarship. During her specialty training she studied a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in the US and graduated with a capstone award and full honours. She is involved with the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association particularly in encouraging more indigenous trainees into the specialty of emergency medicine. Recently she has championed anti-racism through her work with NoWEM (the Network of Women in Emergency Medicine). She is passionate about cultural safety- both clinically and within the college.

Dr Ruth Large

Clinical Director, Information Services and Virtual Healthcare
Waikato District Health Board, New Zealand

Ruth was born and bred in the city but always wanted to be a farmer’s wife, her feminist parents encouraged intellectual persuits and she graduated from Auckland School of Medicine in 1999.

After graduation she spent time working in the outback of Australia and then in General Practice in New Zealand. Ruth trained in Emergency Medicine in Auckland receiving Fellowship in 2007.

She now finds herself as an Emergency Physician and Rural Hospitalist working for the largest rural District Health Board in New Zealand.

Working as Clinical Director of Thames Hospital since 2012 Ruth finds addressing the inequities of rural practice challenging. She has had a keen interest in Telehealth since her outback days and has been the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Telehealth Forum since 2013. She was appointed to the new position of Clinical Director of Virtual Healthcare for the Waikato DHB in 2015 and both roles allow her a glimpse into the future where patients have better access to the care that they deserve.

Ruth lives on a lifestyle block in the North Waikato with her farmer husband and three children, proving that you can have your cake and eat it too.

Nicole Liesis

Dr Nicole Liesis

Emergency Physician
Chair, ACEM Mentoring Reference Group

Nicole is a FACEM working in Perth, WA and a certified Strengths coach. As chair of the ACEM Mentoring Reference Group she champions mentoring in Emergency Medicine that embraces the strengths of many cultural perspectives to improve healthcare delivery. She is involved in Indigenous health priorities at local and national levels and embraces the Indigenous understanding of health and wellbeing that encompasses physical, emotional, cultural health grounded in connection with Country.

Nicole became the Diva of Danger in 2018 running the first Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Emergency Medicine revealing more than expected. Her vision is to abandon the out-dated salvation model of hospitalisation and provide healthcare for people in the comfort of their own, culturally safe communities and homes.

Dr Ken Milne

Chief of Staff
South Huron Hospital Association, Ontario, Canada

Dr Milne is the Chief of Staff at South Huron Hospital Association in Exeter, Ontario, Canada. He has been doing medical research for over 35 years publishing on a variety of topics. Dr Milne has been working clinically for 25 years and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Emergency Medicine) and Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He teaches evidence-based medicine, clinical epidemiology, critical appraisal and biostatistics at Western University in London, Ontario. Dr Milne is passionate about skepticism and critical thinking. He is the creator of the knowledge translation project, The Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine (TheSGEM).  Ken is married to Barb and has three amazing children.

Dr Milne serves as a senior editor of Academic Emergency Medicine. He has no funding from the pharmaceutical or biomedical device industry. He is on faculty for the Center for Medical Education and EMRAP. Dr Milne does partake in medical malpractice reviews and does hold a patent on a pediatric resuscitation device.

Dr Ian Norton

Specialist Emergency Physician
Founder & Managing Director, Respond Global

Dr Ian Norton, founder and Managing Director of Respond Global, is a specialist emergency physician and an expert in coordinating emergency health responses to disease outbreaks and disasters. He holds post-graduate qualifications in Surgery, International Health and Tropical Medicine.

Ian was head of the WHO’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative in Geneva from 2014-20. During this time, he led responses to Ebola, Diphtheria and Measles outbreaks as well as to earthquakes, cyclones, and war zones. Ian is the lead author of the current WHO Global Classification and Standards for medical teams deploying to disasters.

Previous to the WHO, Ian led the creation of disaster response teams in Australia and became the Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care & Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin. Ian established the Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) framework and designed the field hospitals that are today used for international disaster and infectious disease responses. He led the AUSMAT responses to the Pakistan floods, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and other outbreak and cyclone responses in the Pacific.

Ian established Respond Global as a social enterprise in early 2020 with the aim of empowering others to be able to plan, prepare and respond to health emergencies in their own countries. He and his team are currently assisting numerous organisations during the COVID pandemic, providing strategic and practical operational support about how to be COVID-Safe now and into the future.

Ian led the medical response to the crew quarantine aboard the Ruby Princess and the aged care crisis in Victoria on behalf of the Australian Government. Current clients are in the cruise, beef, higher education, fitness, humanitarian, and corporate sectors, and are spread across Australasia, Africa, Europe and the US.

Dr Luca Ragazzoni

Disaster Medicine Physician
University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy

Luca Ragazzoni. Assistant Professor and Scientific Coordinator of CRIMEDIM – Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine. Medical doctor, specialized in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, and PhD in Disaster Medicine. Luca has been deployed to several disasters stricken areas and humanitarian response efforts as head of mission or training advisor for the United Nations, Governmental, and Non-Governmental Organizations. He is the Deputy-Director of the European Master Disaster Medicine (EMDM) and the coordinator of different international programs, such as NEMS – National Emergency Medical Service in Sierra Leone and Humanitarian Medic. He is the coordinator and principal investigator of the European founded projects TEAMS and TEAMS 2.0 – Training for Emergency Medical Teams. He is the coordinator of the implementation of the overall workplan agreed with WHO within the official framework of CRIMEDIM as WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Emergency and Disaster Medicine. WADEM Board Member and Chair of EUSEM Disaster Medicine Section. He is author of many peer-reviewed articles published in international scientific journals and widely presented at national and international congresses.


Dr Max Raos

Emergency Specialist, Sydney, NSW

Dr Max Raos (Te Atiawa, Te Arawa) is an Emergency Specialist from Aotearoa practising in Sydney. He’s a father, a doctor, an equity advocate and exercise enthusiast.

Dr Lucy Reed

Director of Emergency Medicine
Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania

Lucy never meant to be a director. She loves clinical medicine and has always thrived in the busy, and crazy environment of the ED.

Her career started in UK, but in 2008 Lucy and her family moved to New Zealand and four years later set out on the next adventure to Tasmania. This is where the real professional challenges began. Lucy started at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) in 2012 as Director of Emergency Medicine training (DEMT) and fulfilling many other roles along the way. The department had been struggling and in 2016 Lucy took over the role of Director. She was reluctant to take this on but really had little choice. In the last 4 years the LGH lost accreditation for training with ACEM, regained it and is now a flourishing department with slowly growing FACEM numbers and a solid registrar group. The LGH has always been significantly access blocked and with an older, co-morbidly unwell population, admission rates are rising and access block is continuing. Tasmania has been very lucky, (this far) with the COVID pandemic.

Lucy lives on a berry farm in the bush outside of Launceston with her husband, 2 children, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 6 chooks, 2 pigs and a small flock of sheep. It is a perfect spot to live out a lock down.


Dr Megan Robb

Director of Emergency
Northern Hospital, Melbourne

Megan is the Director of the Emergency Department at Northern Health. She graduated with a MBChB from  Otago University, New Zealand in 2002 after previously graduating with a Diploma in Nursing. Megan completed her fellowship in Emergency Medicine in 2013.

Megan is a highly motivated and dedicated emergency physician with a proven track record in innovation and leadership. She has led significant change projects including the expansion and redesign of the Short Stay Units at Northern Health. She is passionate about empathy and courage  in leadership and fostering  team culture both within ED and across health services.

During CoVID-19 Megan has led Northern Health’s Emergency Department response including supporting nursing, allied health, medical and support staff. She has also been the lead of the Victorian Metro North Emergency Cluster Group.

She is originally from New Zealand, but calls Melbourne home along with her Aussie husband and 3 children. They love to travel and are all passionate supporters of the All Blacks!

Dr Clare Skinner

Director of Emergency Medicine
Hornsby Hospital

Dr Clare Skinner is a specialist Emergency Physician with interests in leadership, advocacy, workplace culture, quality and safety, clinical redesign and health system reform. Her current areas of focus include transformation of the emergency department workforce, improving care of people with mental health symptoms, building positive culture in hospitals, and fostering diversity and inclusion in health services. Clare works as a clinician, clinical manager and educator. She is a frequent contributor to academic journals, mainstream media and medical blogs on topics related to hospital practice and culture. Clare is a regular speaker at Emergency Medicine and leadership conferences and seminars. She was selected in the Top 50 Public Sector Women NSW in 2018.

Inia Tomas

Dr Inia Tomash

Emergency Medicine Consultant
Middlemore Hospital

Dr Inia Tomash is a consultant at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. He has worked in the Auckland region since 2010 and prior to this he worked in Emergency Medicine in Australia and Ireland. Inia has an interest in Māori and indigenous health, health equity and is currently co-chair of ACEM’s Manaaki Mana (Māori health equity) strategy group.

Inia has 3 young children, plays over 40’s football and is a keen armchair sportsman.


Dr Viet Tran

Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, Royal Hobart Hospital
Director of Emergency Medicine Research, Royal Hobart Hospital
Emergency Medicine Discipline Lead, University of Tasmania

Viet is an Emergency Physician who works as the Director of Emergency Medicine Research at the Royal Hobart Hospital. He is also Chair of the TASER group (Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research) & EM discipline lead at the Tasmanian School of Medicine. Viet’s roles within ACEM includes regional censor & deputy faculty chair for Tasmania as well as being on the organising committee for the 2015 & 2019 ACEM ASMs.

Dr Matthew Valentine

Clinical Director for Informatics, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, New Zealand
Co-Founder, Cure8Health

Matthew is a residency-trained Emergency Medicine specialist from the US. He has lived in New Zealand since 2008. In New Zealand he has primarily worked at Whakatane ED, but also in Tauranga Hospital and Wellington Hospital. He has an interest in rural Emergency Medicine and ensuring that all patients, regardless of where they live, get high quality emergency care when they need it. This has fed into his interest in clinical informatics, and the ways that technology can help support delivery of quality care. This desire motivates not only his DHB work, but led him to co-found Cure8Health, a startup health IT company that is dedicated to helping people own and control their health data, so that they can ensure that it is accurate and available to clinicians who are caring for them.

SNOMED. Ugh, another acronym and another attempt to try to make the reality of clinical nuance fit into tidy little boxes. But this brief presentation about the Systemised NOmenclature of MEDicine will explain why it is different. SNOMED spins of web of relationships between clinical concepts that we will be able to use to describe medical work like nothing before, and if we use it well now, we may well never need to use it again.

Dr Justin Yeung

Medical Director
WA Country Health Service, Command Centre

Justin is the Medical Director for the WA Country Health Service, Command Centre. Built on the innovative Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS) which commenced in 2012, the WACHS CC incorporates inpatient and mental health service streams, offering 24/7 networked access to specialists in Emergency Medicine, rural generalism and mental health. Our service currently provides support for 85 regional and remote hospitals and nursing posts. Oncoming project streams aim to add further support mechanisms for country clinicians – namely, remote patient monitoring (including CTG for pregnant women), acute patient transfer coordination and specialists via expanded clinical streams (including obstetrics and midwifery, neonatology / NETS, stroke, palliative care and internal medicine). Justin lives in Albany in the Great Southern regional WA, but has recently discovered the amazing scope of medicine in other parts of this vast state with locums in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.