Workshop attendance is included in all full ASM registrations, and for Wednesday and Friday day registrations.


1000 – 1115
It’s About Time
Facilitated by A/Prof Didier Palmer OAM

Access block is arguably the single greatest threat to the discipline of emergency medicine, not only does it harm patients but it harms staff. Time based targets have been introduced in many countries, to try and address access block, with variable success. Measures which are used to concentrate on the marginal efficiency gains in the ED and ignore the hospital wide contribution to access block can result in EDs being driven too hard. The result of this can be decreased time available for emergency staff to care for patients, reach a diagnosis, provide education, develop skills, collaborate, research …. the things that give our working lives agency and meaning.

There is a balance to be struck, one thing that might help are ACEM’s new access measures, developed by College members, that aim to increase whole of hospital accountability. This interactive, multi-media session will explore what the new measures look like, why they look that way and how they might be implemented in various hospitals around the country exploring why “It’s about time”. Finally, we will seek your views on how the College should advocate to get the measures implemented across jurisdictions.


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.

Dr André Cromhout
Emergency Physician and Clinical Director
Wellington Regional Hospital, Capital & Coast District Health Board

André developed his love for rugby, the outdoors and braai’s in sunny South Africa where he also completed his medical training … a long time ago. The excitement of being at the coalface in an ever-changing environment, surrounded by fantastic colleagues prickled his interest in Emergency Medicine.

After bumming around (also known as gaining experience in many medical fields), André finally settled on his first interest: Emergency Medicine. He did his Fellowship training across New Zealand and Australia, has worked as an Emergency Physician in Wellington where he was the Director of Emergency Medicine from 2010 until August 2020. Whilst still working clinically on the floor, he now spends half his time in the ‘dark side’ of management and as a reward for years of complaining about poor flow has been appointed as Clinical Director of Hospital Flow in Wellington Regional Hospital.

When at work, he has a passion for patient safety and informed communication.

When he gets a rare free moment, André likes to spend it with his wonderful family and likes to travel wide and far whenever the opportunity arise.

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 Suzanne Smallbane
Director of Clinical Services – Medical
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Dr Suzanne Smallbane is an ordinary FACEM, working to represent the FACEMS of the Australian Capital Territory at a CAPP and Faculty level.

1130 – 1300
Workforce Wellbeing

Join us for an engaging and practical look at wellbeing. What is wellbeing? Why is it important? How can we practice wellbeing and how can we bring wellbeing to our departments?

Guided by hosts Dr Andy Tagg and A/Prof Jane Munro, we will explore these and many more concepts and practicalities around wellbeing and the prevention of burnout.

This 90minute workshop will leave you with the motivation and skills to make wellbeing a priority in your departments and the knowledge to ensure better care for yourself, your patients, your trainees and your colleagues.

Andrea Johnston
Manager, Membership & Culture
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Manager of Membership and Wellbeing at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), Andrea Johnston (AJ) leads the delivery of member support programs, wellbeing initiatives and membership administration for emergency medicine doctors in Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, while CPD Manager, AJ was awarded the ACEM Staff Scholarship to research existing wellbeing programs, services and initiatives available to emergency medicine doctors, with the aim of promoting and better connecting trainees and members. This project cemented AJ’s passion for supporting the wellbeing of the College trainees, members and staff, and ultimately led to her appointment to manage the new business unit within ACEM in 2019.


A/Prof Jane Munro
Head, Rheumatology Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Lead, Rheumatology Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research

A/Prof Jane Munro is the Head of the Rheumatology Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Lead of the Rheumatology research group at the Murdoch Children’s Research

Institute with a focus on Juvenile Arthritis. Jane is passionate about improving clinician wellbeing and strongly believes in the role of building community, story-telling, kindness

as well as the need for leadership training for clinicians, and improving gender equity in medicine. Jane loves planning events, trips with her three children and husband, reading, writing stories, playing trombone badly and laughing with her friends.

Dr Kelly Phelps
FACEM, Whakatāne Hospital
Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Originally from the USA, Kelly has embraced being a Kiwi since 2009 and currently a FACEM at Whakatāne Hospital. The only thing on Google you may find about her is proof of her love of education and adventure. If at all possible, she will combine the two. Nature is both her sanctuary and her rejuvenation. She would like to thank you all for the opportunity to share her stories that are close to her heart and close to her tears. She recommends re-reading House of God by Samuel Shem as a consultant, and she is currently reading the sequel Man’s 4th Best Hospital.


Dr Andrew Tagg
Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Western Health

Andrew Tagg is an Emergency Physician with a special interest in paediatrics. After escaping the NHS ten years ago he decided to settle in sunny Melbourne.

As a registrar he co-founded which has gone on to become a world leader in paediatric education. He is a passionate advocate for improving the wellbeing of all health care workers.

When not editing or writing for the website he is trying to teach his three children the difference between Batman and Superman.

1330 – 1500
Leadership Essentials: Adapting and Thriving in an Increasingly Complex World

– Sense making in complex adaptive systems
– Human Dynamics – How to link with those you’d rather avoid!
– Recognizing and responding to positive and negative conflict

Stuart Francis
Founder and Chairman, Francis Health

Stuart is the founder and chairman of Francis Health. He is an expert facilitator and change management advisor. Stuart is passionate about helping clinicians help patients by ensuring the complexities of organisational life support rather than hinder clinical practice.

He has worked with clients across Australia and New Zealand and in the UK. He has assisted Medical Directors establish directorates at Cambridge University Hospital, facilitated a 2 day symposium on ‘the role of a doctor in 21st century New Zealand’ for the NZ Medical Association, has led national programmes, mergers, and hospital transformation programmes.

He is a co-founder of Francis Health’s Change Collaborative – a comprehensive portfolio of personal development programmes from foundation to specialised advanced skills for Clinical Leaders and CxOs. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Naila Naseem
Partner, Francis Health

Naila Naseem is a Partner with Francis Health and brings over 30 years of experience as a clinician and consultant in Healthcare, Leadership and Change management.

Naila has played key leadership roles in transformation programmes in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and has a proven track record in coaching at executive and senior management level specialising in clinical staff that have been promoted to leadership positions within the Health sector.

Naila leads Francis Health’s Change Management Services internationally, specialising in Leadership Development, Organisation Development, Culture, Change Management, Performance Improvement and Coaching.

She is also the co-founder and lead for Francis Health’s Change Collaborative – a comprehensive portfolio of personal development programmes from foundation to specialised advanced skills for Clinical Leaders and CxOs.

1530 – 1700
Workforce Planning – What does the Future Look Like
Join an interactive panel discussion hosted by Dr Simon Judkins, joined by members of ACEM’s Workforce Planning Committee.


Moderator: Dr Simon Judkins
Immediate Past President, ACEM

Simon, the current Immediate Past President, has found the first year in the role fulfilling, demanding, rewarding and humbling. Having worked with inspiring people both within the ACEM team and individuals/organisations associated with ACEM, he remains focused on the principle which lead him to take on the role initially; those of equity and access to care, social justice and fairness. He continues to work on driving change in our health system to align with those principles. In addition, the advocacy related to clinician health and well-being has also been a particular focus.

This year, his focus will also be on workforce development, Safe ED’s, clinician/patient focused performance measures and Global EM. His interests in the Choosing Wisely program remains.

In his own ED, Simon has introduced an Inclusion and Diversity Committee and will be pulling a team together to stage the 2019 Victorian Scientific Meeting.

Dr Kimberly Humphrey
Emergency Medicine Specialist, Modbury Hospital, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

Kimberly is a full time Emergency Medicine Specialist at Modbury Hospital, in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Kimberly completed her medical degree at the University of Adelaide, and trained mainly at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, whilst also spending time training in Alice Springs and regional Queensland. She has a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education.

She has particular interests in public health, workforce and the role of emergency physicians as advocates. In pursuit of this, Kimberly currently serves on the Section Executive of the Advancing Women in Emergency Section, the Public Health and Disaster Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. She is an active member of the SA Doctor’s For the Environment Australia Committee.

Kimberly is interested in creating better outcomes for those in our community who have less power and voice, addressing workforce maldistribution across regional and rural Australia, and improving the experience of interacting with an emergency department for staff and patients alike.

Dr John Bonning
President, ACEM
Emergency Physician, Waikato District Health Board
Chair, Council of Medical Colleges, New Zealand

Dr John Bonning is the President of ACEM, a practicing Emergency Physician in the Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand and Chair of the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand. John is proud to have been involved with Te Rautaki Manaaki Mana since its inception in 2017. Equity in healthcare delivery to Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders is now embedded into the ACEM constitution.

One of the key platforms on which John based his presidency is equity of emergency healthcare delivery on both sides of the Tasman, and understanding the difference between equity and equality is key.

John has been a doctor for 30 years and has seen first-hand the multiple facets of inequity of healthcare delivery as manifest in Emergency Departments. John has also done locum work in Alice Springs for 10 years, alas not in 2020.

A/Prof Gabriel Lau
Emergency Physician
Port Macquarie Base Hospital

A/Prof Lau practices emergency medicine full time in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.  He is also on the clinical faculty at the University of New South Wales Rural Clinical School.  Gabriel is currently the Deputy Censor-in-Chief and the chair of the Specialist Training and Assessment Committee (STAC).  He has served in other numerous roles with ACEM and has a particular interest on providing quality rural training.

Gabriel has worked extensively in both rural and metropolitan emergency departments throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and brings to the college an understanding of the challenges of providing clinical care and training in a number of different environments.


A/Prof Sally McCarthy
Senior Emergency Physician
Prince of Wales Hospital and South East Regional Hospital

Sally was born in Sydney, New South Wales. She had planned to pursue a career in orthopaedics or surgery, before deciding that EM was the career for her.

Sally became involved in the organisational side of EM to improve the delivery of patient care. She actively advocates to ensure that the value of EM physicians is fully recognised, and to achieve excellence in education, the highest standards of practice and better working conditions for all ED staff.

She was highly active in the New South Wales Faculty before a colleague recommended she stand for Council. She has since been involved in many College activities, including her past role as President.

Sally considers EM a rewarding profession. She feels privileged to be part of the crisis points in people’s lives and to be able to intervene and make a positive difference. When she is not working, she enjoys skiing, travel and spending time with her large family.

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.

Dr Niall Small
A/Exec Director Medical Services
Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Niall is from Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1985. He completed training in general practice (including two years in Queensland) but realised quickly this would not be his long-term career.

After working a year in accident and emergency at Edinburgh, Niall returned to Queensland and completed EM training on the Gold Coast under the “wise tutelage” of Fellow and Associate Professor David Green. Niall was one of four new FACEMs who arrived at Townsville Hospital in 1997 and has been there ever since as part of an expanding ED.

He has always worked to develop regional EM training and workforce, which was one of his motivations for becoming involved in the work of ACEM’s Rural, Regional and Remote Committee.

As a long-retired rugby player, Niall says he now maintains mental and physical wellbeing through a “mild obsession” with cycling.

Dr Myles Sri-Ganeshan
Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee
The Austin Hospital

Myles is an Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee, currently working as the Emergency Medicine Research Fellow at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. Originally from the UK, his journey in Emergency Medicine has brought him work in both rural and urban settings across Australia (along with brief stints in Fiji and Botswana).

In addition to interests in research and international health, Myles is an advocate for workforce wellbeing currently occupying the role of ACEM Victorian Trainee Representative.

His spare time is occupied by  his young family, his yellow Labrador Pippa and the pursuit of the perfectly brewed cup of tea.


1000 – 1200
Equity in the Emergency Department

Join us for what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of how bias affects the way we interact with the world and its influence on our practice of medicine. Learn about how we can minimise bias in order to provide the best care for our patients and how to promote equity and diversity in emergency medicine.

Download Workbook here
Download Cultural Responsiveness First Nations Training Module here

Moderator: Mx Amil Reddy
Certified Canadian Inclusion Professional

Since 2008, Amil has been working alongside communities and companies to do better by being better. They do this by creating organizational change through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. All of the work Amil does is rooted by their intersectional experience as a trans person of colour and parent/teller of dad jokes. They love travel, a good Americano, and heading to the forest with their kiddos and pup, Peanut.

Dr Dinesh Palipana
Resident Medical Officer
Emergency Department, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland

Dinesh Palipana is a resident medical officer in the emergency department of the Gold Coast University Hospital. He was the first medical intern in Queensland with quadriplegia. He completed a degree in law before medicine and will be admitted as a lawyer in 2020. Dinesh co-founded Doctors with Disabilities Australia. Dinesh has contributed to a number of initiatives in inclusivity nationally and internationally, including the Disability Royal Commission. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal. He was the third Australian to receive a Henry Viscardi Achievement award, and has just been announced as Queensland’s 2021 Australian of Year.


Dr Shantha Raghwan
Logan Hospital, Queensland

Shani is a new fellow and an executive member of NoWEM (Network of Women in Emergency Medicine). She is an advocate for gender and diversity representation in emergency medicine and is also a member of AWE.

Dr Khama Ennis
Associated Chief of Emergency Medicine
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 Carmen Brown
Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist

Carmen is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynaecologist who has over 15 years experience in her specialty. 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 specialty 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 John Bonning
President, ACEM
Emergency Physician, Waikato District Health Board
Chair, Council of Medical Colleges, New Zealand

Dr John Bonning is the President of ACEM, a practicing Emergency Physician in the Waikato in Aotearoa New Zealand and Chair of the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand. John is proud to have been involved with Te Rautaki Manaaki Mana since its inception in 2017. Equity in healthcare delivery to Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders is now embedded into the ACEM constitution.

One of the key platforms on which John based his presidency is equity of emergency healthcare delivery on both sides of the Tasman, and understanding the difference between equity and equality is key.

John has been a doctor for 30 years and has seen first-hand the multiple facets of inequity of healthcare delivery as manifest in Emergency Departments. John has also done locum work in Alice Springs for 10 years, alas not in 2020.

Dr Tatum Bond
ACEM Advanced Trainee

Dr Tatum Bond is an ACEM advanced trainee and a proud Ngadjonji woman. Tatum’s maternal grandfathers land is that of the rainforest areas of the southern Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, a place that she is proud to call home as she completes her ACEM training in Cairns. Tatum grew up as the second eldest of five children in Tannum Sands, a small town in Central Queensland. She is the first and so far only doctor in her family, with her siblings chasing careers as a Firefighter, Nurse, Teacher and Electrician. Tatum currently holds a position as the Indigenous Trainee representative on ACEM’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and has also been a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) for 16 years. Tatum looks forward to being a part of this journey and sharing her experiences along the way.


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.


1300 – 1430
ALSO/AMaRE Maternity Emergency Workshop

Maternity care and the emergency department – from normal birth to trauma and the obstetric patient.

A session on maternity care and the emergency department provided by an obstetrician and midwife from the Australian faculty of Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO/AMaRE) . This session will cover the essentials ED teams need to know when a call comes through about a pregnant trauma patient, how to prepare and what to do once they have arrived including in the event of an arrest and need for resuscitative hysterectomy whether you’re at a major metropolitan tertiary centre or a regional, rural or remote setting. We will also cover normal birth in the ED and common complications related to birth using case vignettes. What to do, what not to do to optimise safety for mother, baby and your teams.


Dr Rebecca Szabo
Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Medical Educator and Lead of Simulation
The Royal Women’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne

Dr Rebecca Szabo is an obstetrician/gynaecologist, medical educator and lead of simulation at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne which is co-located with The Royal Melbourne Hospital so the major trauma centre in Victoria providing obstetric and trauma services. She is the lead of the Gandel Simulation Service a translational simulation service based at the Women’s in partnership with The University of Melbourne and has a Masters of Clinical Education focused on simulation. Rebecca is a senior lecturer at The University of Melbourne in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Education where she is lead of Simulation and is a member of the RANZCOG Simulation Training Advisory Group. She has been an instructor for the AMaRE / Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) program for the past 10 years and a board member for 3 years with experience working and teaching across Australia, Thailand and Mongolia. Rebecca is also on the Victorian statewide Healthcare Worker Infection Prevention and Wellbeing Taskforce for education and simulation expertise.


Dr Helen Cooke
Instructor, AMaRE / Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Program

Dr Helen Cooke is a midwife with extensive skills in complex pregnancy management. Helen worked for 6 years as a midwife providing advice on the NSW Perinatal Advice line taking responsibility for the management and transfer of women requiring transfer for higher level maternity care. Helen has been and instructor for the AMaRE / Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) program for the past 20 years and is a longstanding member of the board. Helen’s PhD was on the development, implementation and evaluation of an interprofessional education program in NSW, Fetal monitoring, Obstetric emergencies and Neonatal resuscitation Training (FONT). Currently Helen has a private consulting business for maternity services. Helen has experience teaching across Australia, Fiji and Thailand.


ASM Countdown

Important Dates

Registration opens       

31 August 2020

Early bird registration closes

9 October 2020