Our Contributors

Alan Giles

Alan Giles

Podcaster

Alan is an Emergency Physician and medical educator based in Sydney, NSW. After completing his Fellowship in 1994, he has worked in both large and small Emergency Departments in 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 Sydney Local Health District and South Western Sydney Local Health District. 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 two adult children and two annoying cats.

Alex Markwell

Alex Markwell

Blogger

Alex Markwell is an Emergency Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where she a Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training. Alex is passionate about Doctors' Health, wellbeing, and work-life flexibility. She has recently been involved in the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment working group, and is founding member of Wellness Resilience and Performance in Emergency Medicine (https://wrapem.org/). She is also a Past President of AMA Queensland (2012-2013).

Alice Grey

Alice Grey

Podcaster

Alice is an Immunology & Allergy Advanced Trainee. Her training program has taken her to Royal Prince Alfred, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Concord Hospitals, New South Wales, Australia.

Allison Hempenstall

Allison Hempenstall

MD, BBioMed (Hons), DCH, DTM&H

Blogger

Allison Hempenstall is an ACRRM Registrar currently working on Thursday Island. Her interests include public health, tropical medicine and medical education. She also regularly writes for the FOAM blog www.islanddocs.com.au. You can find Allison on Twitter (@Dr_Hempenstall).

Amandeep Hansra

Amandeep Hansra

Blogger

Amandeep is a leader in digital health and telehealth services in Australia. She co -founded Evermed Consulting and provides consulting services to insurers, start ups, health services, investors and businesses. She was most recently the CEO and Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business ReadyCare; a joint venture between Telstra and Medgate, Switzerland’s leading telemedicine provider. Amandeep also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Telstra Health and separately has assisted Medgate in setting up a telemedicine business in the Philippines where she remains the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board. She is a locally trained specialist General Practitioner who has worked both nationally and overseas. Amandeep has a passion for medical start-ups and entrepreneurship providing advisory services for start-ups in the health technology space. She has been awarded the “Women Leading in Business Scholarship” for the Global Executive MBA at the University of Sydney. Her past career has included both public, volunteer and private work, as well as in Aboriginal Health, Refugee Health, Occupational Medicine and Travel Medicine. She is a Fellow of the RACGP, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, an examiner for the RACGP, holds a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Australia Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine. Amandeep also mentors junior doctors through the AMA and has completed the Company Directors Course through AICD. She is also a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Amelia Smyth

Amelia Smyth

BHSc MN RN

Blogger

Amelia Smyth is a second year Registered Nurse, currently employed as an Emergency Nurse in Melbourne, Victoria. Before contemplating a career in nursing Amelia worked as both a Mine-site Paramedic in remote WA, and an Ambulance Paramedic in Victoria. Amelia has keen interest in emergency medicine, and is ceaselessly fascinated by the compensatory mechanisms of the human body – especially when in an acute state of physiological and/or mental distress. When not at work, Amelia enjoys time in the sun listening to podcasts with her cattle dog Judy.

Amy Coopes

Amy Coopes

Blogger

Amy Coopes is a fourth-year medical student at the University of New South Wales and a John Flynn scholar. She left full-time journalism to pursue a career in medicine, after a decade in news reporting including five years as Australia correspondent for Agence France-Presse. Amy is an editor at Croakey and continues to freelance for publications including The BMJ, Eureka Street, Crikey and Fairfax.

Amy Fitzgerald

Amy Fitzgerald

Blogger

Amy Fitzgerald a Medical Resident Officer from Perth. Amy previously worked as a pharmacist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in the quality use of medicines department before undertaking medicine. In 2014 Amy undertook a medical service improvement project at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia, where she acted as project manager for a service redesign project tasked with designing a urodynamics service for this new tertiary centre.

Amy Neilson

Amy Neilson

Blogger

Dr Amy Neilson trained as an Australian generalist, obtaining Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) with Advanced Specialised Training in Emergency Medicine and Fellowship of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM). In Australia, she works predominantly as a regional, rural, or remote emergency doctor, and also holds specialist general practice registration. Amy's interest is in the optimal delivery of health care to complex populations in great need and in the ethics of the delivery of this care. Amy worked in Sierra Leone with the International Federation of the Red Cross during Ebola outbreak and has recently returned from her first field placement with MĆœdecins Sans Frontires, where she spent six months in Lebanon.

Anastasia Volovets

Anastasia Volovets

Podcaster

Anastasia is a consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist. After completing her advanced training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, she took off for the green pastures of Edinburgh in Scotland to complete a fellowship in advanced liver disease and liver transplantation. On return she did some more liver transplantology as a consultant before settling into a part time staff specialist duties at RPA as well as some private practice locally.

Andrew Linton

Andrew Linton

Blogger

Andrew is a Medical Oncologist and Director of Physician Training at Concord Hospital, New South Wales.

Andrew Tan

Andrew Tan

Blogger

Andrew is a Surgical Hospital Medical Officer at Western Health in Victoria.

Angelina Di Re

Angelina Di Re

Blogger

Angelina Di Re is a Surgical Education and Training (SET) 5 General Surgical Registrar based in New South Wales, with an interest in Colorectal Surgery. She completed her MBBS at the University of Western Sydney, and has also completed a Masters of Surgery (Colorectal) from the University of Sydney. Angelina is the current Chair of the Avant Doctors’ In Training Advisory Council and a Conjoint Associate Lecturer for the University of Western Sydney.

Angelina Tjokrowidjaja

Angelina Tjokrowidjaja

Podcaster

Angelina is currently a Medical Oncology Clinical Trials Fellow at St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia, and a PhD candidate at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. She completed her Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) while working as a junior medical doctor at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She is currently researching how to better individualise targeted and biological therapies in patients with advanced cancers using biomarkers. Angelina is also invested in teaching and is a tutor of medical students and junior doctors in the university and clinical setting.

Arjun Rao

Arjun Rao

Podcaster

Arjun is a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Emergency at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and a Conjoint Lecturer in Medicine at The University of NSW. He is a member of Advanced Paediatric Life Support, Australasia and regularly instructs on both provider and instructor courses. Arj is involved in Simulation training at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and completed the Harvard Institute for Medical Simulation “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” course at the Australian Institute of Medical Simulation in 2012. He also has an interest in online learning and been involved in a number of online education projects. Arjun completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney and FRACP in Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency at Royal Australian College of physicians.

Arrhchanah Balachandran

Arrhchanah Balachandran

Blogger

Arrhchanah graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2016 and has just finished up her Internship with Gold Coast Health. In her spare time, Arrhchanah enjoys going for runs, travelling and bingeing on Netflix. A career as a physician is where she sees herself in the not so distant future.

Barbara Depczynski

Barbara Depczynski

Podcaster

Barbara is a senior staff specialist in endocrinology at Prince of Wales Hospital. Barbara’s major interests are type 2 diabetes, inpatient diabetes management, pituitary disease and PCOS. Barbara Depczynski serves on ACI In Hospital Diabetes Management Working Group. She is involved with both under graduate and post graduate teaching.

Beckie Singer

Beckie Singer

Blogger

Beckie is an intern at Gosford Hospital, New South Wales. She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2016. Beckie took 2017 away from medicine to complete a Masters of Public Health, focusing on Indigenous Health and Wellbeing. Her love for Indigenous health care was kindled during an elective placement in Alice Springs Hospital Children’s Ward in 2015, and even though she only saw the Todd River flow once, already looks forward to going back. Beckie hopes to become a paediatrician working in both Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Indigenous health.

Belinda Gray

Belinda Gray

Podcaster

Belinda is currently an Inherited Cardiac Conditions Fellow at St George’s, University of London.

In 2013, she was awarded a Heart Foundation PhD scholarship for her studies in “New genetic approaches to inherited heart disease: clinical and genetic implications”.

In 2011, Belinda was awarded a CSANZ travelling fellowship to present at the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, USA.

Belinda has an interest in genetic heart diseases and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Born and raised in the town of Orange in country NSW, Dr Gray has an interest in the comprehensive management of patients from rural areas.

Belinda Robertson

Belinda Robertson

BSc(OT), MClin(Rehab)

Blogger

Belinda is a senior Occupational Therapist at Caulfield Hospital, a major sub-acute rehabilitation hospital in Melbourne. Australia. Not long after graduating from James Cook University Belinda left sunny Queensland for London to travel and work. While living in London Belinda worked at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. It was here while working with injured service personnel her love of complex trauma grew. Belinda recently completed her Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation and outside of work she loves to travel and play sport.

Bethan Richards

Bethan Richards

Podcaster

Bethan is currently the Head of Rheumatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, having previously been the RPA Basic Physician Training (BPT) Network Director of Physician Training for the last 6 years. Bethan has a wealth of experience in designing and implementing successful mentoring and teaching programs, and in 2016 was awarded the Australian Medical Association’s award for Teacher of the Year for her tireless work in providing advocacy and mentorship to doctors in training. She is also a developer of the RPA BPTOK pilot program at RPA which has been designed to empower BPTs with skills and knowledge to not only make them better physicians, but also to help them maintain their health and wellbeing during training and beyond.

Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford

Podcaster

Caroline leads the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group at the University of New South Wales. Her research aims to understand why gynaecological cancers develop, how and why they spread throughout the body, and how best to treat them. Caroline is also an experienced university lecturer, convening courses on medical research, cancer pathology and personalised medicine and is passionate about science communication and enhancing the health literacy of the wider community. Caroline is a strong advocate for women in science and was recently named an inaugural Superstar of STEM, a national program aimed at giving young women and girls a new generation of role models. She was also been awarded the inaugural Emerging Female Leader in Science, Medicine & Health at the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

Charlotte Hespe

Charlotte Hespe

Podcaster

Charlotte is a GP Clinician and Practice Owner of a general practice in Inner City, Sydney, where she has worked for the last 20 years. Charlotte is a GP Supervisor and the practice is a fully accredited practice that functions as a teaching Practice for both Medical students and GP Registrars. Charlotte also works as Associate Professor, Head of General Practice and GP Research for The University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Medicine, Sydney. She is current Faculty Chair for NSW/ACT and Vice President, RACGP. She is immediate past Chair for Central and Eastern Sydney PHN and is currently a director on the Board (EIS Health). Charlotte holds an FAICD qualification and has extensive experience in corporate Governance with 17 years’ experience as Chair in several Boards with a Primary health care focus.

Claire Fotheringham

Claire Fotheringham

Blogger

Claire is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist and MĂ©decins Sans FrontiĂšres Medical Advisor, Sydney NSW.

Claire Hooker

Claire Hooker

Podcaster

Claire is Coordinator of the Health and Medical Humanities program at the University of Sydney, located in Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health. Over the past few years Claire has been quietly building capacity in theory and evidence for arts and health. She teaches a course on Arts and Health every year.

Claudia Woolf

Claudia Woolf

Podcaster

Claudia is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

David Kumagaya

David Kumagaya

Blogger

David Kumagaya is a psychiatry registrar at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals. He harbors strong passions in psychotherapy, philosophy, and the creative arts, and endeavours to marry elements of each in pursuing novel and effective treatments for mental illness.

Eamon Merrick

Eamon Merrick

RN BHSc PGcert(Ed)MHSM PhD MACN

Associate Editor and Blogger

Eamon is a Registered Nurse, Assistant Professor, and Clinical Academic with the University of Canberra; and holds a Hon. Senior lecturer position with the University of Sydney When Eamon is not in the emergency department he is thinking about the ED. He is often surprised by exemplary patient care occurring in a complex environment. This neuroticism has landed him in the world of research. Studying and writing about teamwork and decision making is his therapy. His research and writing has changed clinical practice.

Eleni Azarias

Eleni Azarias

Blogger

Resident Medical Officer at Prince of Wales Hospital. Eleni has a medical degree from the University of Sydney and completed a Masters of Public Health from the same university as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Princeton University in the United States. She has worked in areas as diverse as finance (at JPMorgan Chase in New York), public health (at the World Health Organisation in Geneva) and the health insurance industry. Eleni has a strong interest in resource allocation in health care, bioethics and health care education.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

MBBS (Hons), Diploma in Child Health

Blogger

Elizabeth Green is an Advanced Trainee registrar in General Paediatrics at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She is also a Conjoint Lecturer for University of New South Wales. Her interests include medical education, communication and clinician self-care. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys having adventures travelling, rock climbing and blogging in the kitchen.

Elise Buisson

Elise Buisson

Blogger

Elise is a Medical Student, Western Sydney, Immediate Past President, Australian Medical Students’ Association, Sydney NSW

Emily Nash

Emily Nash

BAppSc (MRS) NucMed, MBBS (Hons), MPH

Subeditor

Emily is a Basic Physician Trainee in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Network and Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Emily’s interests include teaching medical students and junior doctors, as well as quality improvement in health care. In her spare time you will find her cake decorating and spending time with her baby boy.

Erin Vaughan

Erin Vaughan

Podcaster

Erin  is a second year Advanced Trainee in Nephrology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She completed her Basic Physician Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and internship and residency at Royal North Shore Hospital. Erin’s interests include general nephrology, dialysis and transplantation, junior doctor education and wellbeing.

Eve Purdy

Eve Purdy

Blogger

Eve Purdy is an Emergency Medicine resident at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is also completing her master’s in applied anthropology through the University of North Texas and is spending the year on the Gold Coast doing an education and research fellowship. Eve has specific interest in teamwork in the trauma and acute care environments as well as the impact of gender in medical education and practice. She likes data supported story telling and finds that she gets to engage in it often through both anthropology and clinical medicine!

Fiona Tran

Fiona Tran

MBBS

Blogger

Fiona Tran is an Advanced Trainee in Geriatric Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and War Memorial Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Fiona completed her MBBS at the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Sydney. Her interests include frailty and anaemia, community geriatrics and advanced care planning. Outside of work, Fiona is discovering the joys and challenges of new motherhood, enjoys long lunches and has too many coffees for her own good.

Gavin Andrews

Gavin Andrews

Podcaster

Gavin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales at St Vincent’s Hospital, where he heads the Anxiety and Depression Clinic, and the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression. He has a 15 year track record in web based treatments for anxiety and depression, a 40 year track record of treating anxiety and depression using CBT.

Geoff Toogood

Geoff Toogood

Blogger

Dr Geoff Toogood has been working in medicine for 30 years, specialising as a cardiologist for the past 20 years. He works at The Alfred Hospital and Peninsula Health, at which he has held director roles. He is also a surveyor with the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS). Geoff is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue, a national organisation that aims to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma, and encourage people to seek help. He became a beyondblue speaker to share his own experiences of mental health conditions and offer hope and support for the recovery of those affected and their family and friends.

Georgie Haysom

Georgie Haysom

Podcaster

Georgie is the Head of Advocacy at Avant, Australia’s largest medical defence organisation. In this role, Georgie works to improve the legislative and regulatory environment for members and the healthcare system as a whole.

She has worked in health law for nearly 25 years, assisting and advising doctors on a wide range of medicolegal issues, including several years representing doctors in medical negligence litigation.

She has a long-standing interest in the interaction between law, medicine and ethics, and the way in which the law impacts on medical practice.

Georgie has a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology), Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws specialising in bioethics from McGill University.

Glynis Ross

Glynis Ross

Podcaster

A/Prof Glynis Ross is Visiting Endocrinologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Senior Staff Specialist at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney. Her major interests are Diabetes in Pregnancy, Type 1 Diabetes, Insulin Pump Therapy and In-patient Diabetes Management. Dr Ross serves on State and National Diabetes Working Parties. Dr Ross has been on the Council of the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) since 2012, and is now Secretary. She was President of ADIPS (Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society) 2008-10 and on ADIPS Council from 1991-98 and 2002-12. She is involved in teaching programmes of the Australasian Colleges of Anaesthetics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Physicians, ADS (for Advanced Trainees in Endocrinology) as well as in teaching for Midwives, General Practitioners and Medical Students.

Hannah Turton

Hannah Turton

Blogger

Hannah Turton is a Clinical Pharmacist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is a strong believer of interdisciplinary collaboration for better patient outcomes. In her spare time she volunteers for the Education Subcommittee of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia (NSW Branch), and enjoys many coffees and swims in the ocean.

Imogen Mitchell

Imogen Mitchell

Podcaster

With a background as an Intensive Care specialist, Imogen is committed to improving medical delivery and education and to making a difference to practice through research and teaching that benefits patients, students and colleagues.

Imogen was in 2013 the recipient of a Harkness Fellowship for Health Policy and Practice, which she undertook at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States. She is a nationally and internationally recognised clinical and health systems researcher, specifically in the development of sustainable processes to manage patient deterioration and the early mobilisation of intensive care patients. Her research is currently focused on improving end-of-life care. Imogen’s teaching has been recognised with multiple awards, including Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and the Taoiseach Public Service Excellence Award (Ireland). She played a key role in the development of an innovative patient deterioration teaching program, COMPASS©, which is now embedded in healthcare organisations internationally.

Indy Sandaradura

Indy Sandaradura

Podcaster

Indy is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, and a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, NSW. He completed his medical degree in New Zealand and his specialty training in Sydney.

James Garrard

James Garrard

Blogger

James is a third year College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) trainee currently working in Bendigo, Victoria, where he has started his ICU training. After completing a science degree with honours, James went on to study Medicine in his hometown at the University of Wollongong in NSW. James completed his internship and residency in NSW at Hunter New England Health and is passionate about expanding critical care training and career opportunities in rural and regional Australia.

Jane Standen

Jane Standen

Podcaster

Jane is s Consultant Anaesthetist and interventional Pain Specialist. She studied medicine at the University of Sydney and trained in anaesthesia at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. Subspecialty training in pain management was undertaken at the Michael J Cousins Pain Management and Research Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Jane has expertise in the treatment of both early onset and persistent pain. She specialises in minimally invasive procedures, aiming to reduce pain and enhance quality of life. She practices with an empathetic manner and takes an evidence-based approach.

Jane is an honorary tutor with the University of Sydney Masters in Pain Management and is actively involved in pain management education at the Mater Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. She regularly conducts GP educational sessions.

Janice Yeung

Janice Yeung

BPHarm MBBS FCICM DipPallMed(clin)

Editor

Jan Yeung is a part-time intensivist at Bendigo Health. She enjoys her free time being a mother of two young children, perusing delis, experimenting with online recipes and contemplating doing exercise some day. Jan is still amazed that a city born and bred, urban culture-loving person like her has ended up living and working in a regional centre - and loving it! Her other interests are improving end of life care for patients in ICU, work-life ‘co-ordination’ and promoting gender balance in intensive care medicine.

Jason Frank

Jason Frank

Podcaster

Jason is the Director, Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards in the Office of Specialty Education at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as Vice-Chair, Education and the Director of Educational Research Development in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa. An associate professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine he was cross-appointed to the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa and the Department of Graduate Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Born in rural northern Canada, Jason Frank obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. His Masters of Education is from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Jennifer Lim

Jennifer Lim

Blogger

Jennifer is an Advanced Trainee (Medical Oncology) at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Concord Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Blogger

Jenny is an inner Sydney GP with a particular interest in the health of young families, including paediatrics, antenatal care, sexual/reproductive health, and psychological medicine such as postnatal depression and anxiety. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has worked in both urban and rural settings as a hospital doctor and a GP. Jenny also holds a Diploma in Child Health, a Masters in Public Health, and the Family Planning NSW Certificate in Sexual Health and has also worked in medical education with medical students and post-graduate doctors. She balances part-time work with being a mum to two little boys.

Jessica Tidswell

Jessica Tidswell

Blogger

Jess Tidswell is an Emergency Registrar, currently working in the Top End, at Royal Darwin Hospital's Emergency department. She started her training in her home town of Adelaide, at the University of Adelaide, completing her undergraduate degree in 2012. Jess then interned at the the Royal Adelaide Hospital, before heading north to work in the Northern Territory. For the past few years Jess has worked in a variety of areas of the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Top End, including remote communities. She committed to Emergency training last year and plans to continue her training in the Top End, where she finds the work fascinating, the people diverse and the lifestyle enjoyable.

Jessica Borbasi

Jessica Borbasi

Podcaster and Blogger

Jessica Borbasi is an advance trainee in Palliative Medicine. After completing her basic physicians training she took a year off to work at a think tank, the Centre for Independent Studies. She is the author of "Life Before Death: improving palliative care for older Australians" and is passionate about educating doctors and the public about the true nature of palliative medicine particularly, its ability to improve living not just dying.

Jessica Dean

Jessica Dean

BMedSci (Honours), MBBS, LLB

Blogger

Jessica Dean is a board director of beyondblue and sits on advisory groups for beyondblue’s Doctors’ Mental Health Program and National Suicide Prevention Campaign and Strategy. Jessica is a junior doctor pursuing training in intensive care medicine and is also completing a law degree.

Joanna Dargan

Joanna Dargan

Podcaster

Joanna is a a Urology Trainee currently working in New South Wales and interested in medical education and training.

Joanne Rimington

Joanne Rimington

Podcaster

Joanne works as a senior pharmacist for education and training, South East Sydney Local Health District. She previously worked as a clinical pharmacist at Prince of Wales Hospital. Joanne’s main areas of interest are improving inter-professional education opportunities, strategies to improve management of high risk medicines including narcotics, as well as improving knowledge and understanding by patients of their own medicines to enhance medication safety.

Joel Hardman

Joel Hardman

Podcaster

Joel graduated medicine from the University of Sydney in 2010. He completed his internship and residency at Westmead Hospital, NSW. Joel has completed two years as a Senior Resident Medical Officer/Unaccredited General Surgery and two years in Ear Nose and Throat Surgery. Joel completed his Masters in microRNAs in papillary thyroid cancer at the University of Sydney in 2016, was the Ear Nose and Throat Senior Resident Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital last year and is currently working as a Registrar at Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Joel Riley

Joel Riley

Blogger

Medical Registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with an interest in quality improvement and medical education. Joel has nearly a decade of experience teaching at the university level and been a tutor for four different medical schools across NSW. Joel's work in quality improvement has won several awards, including a nomination for the NSW Health Innovation awards in 2014 in the category of Translational Research. Most recently he led the Activity Based Funding App team to a fifty thousand dollar grant in the Sydney Local Health Innovations "The Pitch" process. Joel is passionate about transforming the health service to be truly patient-centred.

John Sammut

John Sammut

Podcaster

John is a Senior Emergency Physician with over 25 years’ experience in clinical practice. He has a passion for compassionate, patient centred care, communication in teams and education of junior staff.

John worked with the Clinical Excellence Commission for over 5 years (2010 – 2015) contributing to a variety of committees and programs: such as Between the Flags, the Surviving Sepsis campaign and as Medical lead in rolling out the State wide, In Safe Hands Program (SIBR) program: a patient centred system for multidisciplinary team communication. He now works as Director of the ICU, as an Emergency Physician and as Executive Clinical Director at Canterbury Hospital. John is also on the NSW Medical Council: both on Council and as Chair of the Performance Committee.

Jon Gatward

Jon Gatward

Podcaster

Jon is a dual trained Anaesthetist / Intensivist from the UK but now works full time as an Intensive Care Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He has special interests in medical education, simulation and airway management. He runs the in-situ simulation program at Royal North Shore ICU, where he is also the education coordinator.

Jon heads up the RNSH tracheostomy team, a group of inter-professional clinicians who care for patients with tracheostomy and laryngectomy. He also runs an airway course (the Critical Care Airway Management Course) in Sydney twice a year. He is also interested in patient safety and quality, and a member of the Intensive Care Services Network Best Practice Working Group at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. He is loving being a new Dad to baby Thomas.

Jordan Amor-Robertson

Jordan Amor-Robertson

Blogger

Jordan Amor-Robertson is a paediatric trainee. She completed her basic training at the Royal Darwin Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. After passing her exams in 2014 she gained overseas experience with a small NGO in Panama before joining MĆœdecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at the end of 2015. Jordan recently returned from Aweil, South Sudan, an area affected by conflict, where MSF is running the paediatric, neonatal and maternity wings of the Ministry of Health Hospital.

Josh Inglis

Josh Inglis

Blogger

Joshua Inglis is a junior medical officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He graduated with the MBBS from the University of Adelaide in 2016. Josh is an aspiring physician with interests in evidence-based medicine, clinical education and health policy.

Jules Catt

Jules Catt

Blogger

Jules Catt is an interventional radiologist at Liverpool and Prince of Wales Hospitals in Sydney. He specialises in minimally invasive image guided procedures and has a particular interest in the fields of embolotherapy and venous disease. Significant areas of practice include prostate artery embolisation for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and endovascular venous therapies. Jules has a Masters in public health and experience in national health policy through his work as Councillor on the Australian Medical Council and Faculty of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. He enjoys getting away from it all with plenty of beach time.

Kate Clezy

Kate Clezy

Podcaster

Kate 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, Healthcare Associated Infections Program, Clinical Excellence Commission.

Kate George

Kate George

Podcaster

Kate is a General Practitioner at Leichhardt in Sydney’s Inner West, Clinical Editor for HealthPathways Sydney and a Supervisor and Clinical Teaching Visitor for GPSynergy, in NSW.

Katrina Pavic

Katrina Pavic

Blogger

Katrina Pavic is currently a Rheumatology Advanced Trainee at Westmead Hospital, NSW. She completed her internship and residency at Westmead Hospital and her Basic Physician Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW. Katrina has a strong interest in medical education and is a Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Outside of medicine, her interests include reading and photography.

Klint Goers

Klint Goers

Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney, Australia

Blogger

Klint is a Senior Speech Pathologist at Nepean Hospital in Western Sydney, and primarily works in critical care, respiratory and neurosurgery. He has a special interest in tracheostomy, co-leads the local tracheostomy multidisciplinary team, and works to facilitate early verbal communication access for ventilator dependent patients. He is also the Deputy Head of the Speech Pathology department and is places high value on supervising and teaching others. Klint is aware that it can be full on to be a Junior doctor, and encourages them to approach allied health for advice.

Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies

Blogger

Kyle is a final year medical student, scheduled for release into the broad world of medicine as an Intern in 2017. Kyle has diverse interests in medicine, but has found his passion within Critical Care and is happiest among the organised chaos of ED and ICU. While looking forward to all that a budding career in medicine has to offer, in the meantime this passion is satiated through his involvement with the ACT Critical Care Society.

Kyle Sheldrick

Kyle Sheldrick

Blogger

Kyle Sheldrick is a Neurosurgery Registrar from Sydney.

Kylie Yates

Kylie Yates

Podcaster

Kylie is a staff specialist general Paediatrician at St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW. She is an APLS instructor and co-developer of their Paediatric units simulation based training programme. Kylie is enthusiastic about introducing new ideas to hospital practice but still thinks talking to families is the best bit of the job. She graduated from the University of Sydney and was trained in Paediatrics at Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Lauren Cone

Lauren Cone

Blogger

Dr Lauren Cone has worked in rural medicine for 10 years, and is a practicing GP in Tamworth, NSW. She is the Acting Clinical Dean of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, Tamworth Campus. Lauren is on the board of the NSW Rural Doctors Network, and has a strong interest in recruitment, retention and support of rural doctors. Her clinical interests include medical education, mental health, family medicine and palliative care.

Laura Glenn

Laura Glenn

BMed / MD

Subeditor

Laura is a Basic Physician Trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and currently preparing to undertake the RACP examinations in 2017. She has a passionate interest in medical education, having co-ordinated the resident teaching program for medical students at RPA hospital in 2015, and with many years of experience teaching and mentoring medical students. She is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology through the University of Sydney. In the future, she hopes to spend some time in rural Australia training in internal medicine and working with indigenous and remote communities.

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

MBBS BSc MRCP

Blogger

Lauren is from Wales and was trained at the Imperial College London. She is currently an ICU Registrar working at Royal North Shore Hospital. Lauren really likes her kids, cheese and weightlifting.

Leena O'Brien

Leena O'Brien

BSc (Biomedical), MBBS, FRACGP

Blogger

Leena O’Brien is a General Practitioner from Brisbane with an interest in Women’s and Children’s health. She graduated with a MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 2005 and obtained her General Practice Fellowship in 2011. Since marrying an American in the US Air Force, Leena relocated to Europe initially and is now currently living in the United States. She enjoys working part time in medical education as an Adjunct faculty member of a local US medical school and frequently returns to Australia as a GP locum to maintain her clinical skills. Her passions outside of medicine include skiing, travelling and raising a family.

Leonie Watterson

Leonie Watterson

MBBS FANZCA MMeedClin GradCert Org LeadershipCoaching

Blogger

Leonie Watterson is a senior anaesthetist, Director of the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School. She is project lead for “The Flipside”. Leonie is interested in positive psychology and coaching and is author of the courses, Conversations in Medical Supervision and Conversations in Medical Management, developed on behalf of NSW HETI. The Flipside was produced as a collaborative initiative by the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre Junior and Senior Medical Staff Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, and the NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETI). The initiative was partially funded through a 2017 HETI Strategic Innovations in Medical Education grant.

Linda Wu

Linda Wu

B Med, MD, B Sc (Med) - Hons

Junior Editor

Medical Registrar at Royal North Shore Hospital. Linda is passionate about medical education and believes in fostering an open supportive culture for junior doctors. She also has a special interest in endocrinology and related research. Ironically, in her spare time she enjoys baking goods of not unsubstantial calorie content.

Louise Teo

Louise Teo

Blogger

Louise is a  Physician in Training & Founder of The Medical Startup.com, in Melbourne Victoria

Lucy Wynter

Lucy Wynter

Blogger

Lucy is Nephrologist at Inner West Renal Services, Sydney and a Clinical Studies Advisor, Senior Lecturer with Sydney University. She has a strong interest in medical education and was involved in the redesign of the clinical bedside tutorial program at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Lucy has a Masters in Bioethics from Sydney Medical School.

Luke Anderson

Luke Anderson

BMed

Blogger

Luke is a Critical Care Senior Resident Medical Officer at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. His professional interests include anaesthetics, rural and remote medicine and medical education. He enjoys teaching medical students in his role as a Conjoint Fellow with the University of Newcastle, and as a trainee simulation instructor at the Hunter New England Simulation Centre. When not at work he is training at S2 Performance as a remarkably average member of the Powerlifting team.

Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes

Blogger

Malcolm Forbes is a Psychiatry Registrar and Honorary Clinical Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He represents junior doctors with positions in Avant Mutual, the AMA and the RANZCP. When not working, Malcolm spends his days playing guitar and trying (and so far failing) to learn French.

Marie-Louise Stokes

Marie-Louise Stokes

Podcaster

Marie-Louise was the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ (RACP) Director of Education. Prior to joining the RACP, Marie-Louise worked in a number of senior roles in postgraduate medical education and training within the NSW Health system. Previous roles included Medical Advisor and Manager in the Medical Education Training and Workforce Unit of the NSW Health Department, Medical Advisor for the NSW Medical Training and Education Council and Senior Medical Officer at the NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training.

She is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Marina Davis

Marina Davis

Blogger

Marina Davis is a Network Manager at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation responsible for leading the work of the NSW Diabetes Taskforce. The NSW Diabetes Taskforce has been convened to oversee a statewide approach to improving care for people with diabetes living in NSW. Marina is an Occupational Therapist by background passionate about working with clinicians, consumers, and managers to drive healthcare improvement.

Mark Latt

Mark Latt

Podcaster

Mark is a Staff Specialist in Geriatric Medicine and runs a multidisciplinary outpatient Falls Management Service at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW. He is a Principal Investigator in NHMRC funded trials examining the prevention of falls in Parkinson’s disease, dementia and minor neurocognitive disorder.

Martin Seneviratne

Martin Seneviratne

BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons)

Blogger

Martin is a junior doctor with a passion for digital health, who has worked with multiple health-tech startups and the Australian Digital Health Agency. After completing his internship and residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Martin was awarded a John Monash Scholarship to undertake a Masters in Clinical Informatics at Stanford University. He will ultimately return to Australia and continue physicians training.

Matthew Oliver

Matthew Oliver

Blogger

Emergency Medicine Advanced Trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Matthew was medically trained in the UK before moving to Los Angeles to complete a Research Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care. Matthew has an interest in Trauma, Resuscitation and Toxicology, as well as education and all things FOAM. Outside of work, he is addicted to surfing and you won’t find him far from the water.

Matthew Links

Matthew Links

Blogger

Matthew has worked for 20 years as a medical oncologist and now works as a Director of Clinical Training at Gold Coast University Hospital, Australia. He has an interest in communication and patient centered care.

Melanie Boon

Melanie Boon

Podcaster

Melanie is a psychologist with the Employee Assistance Program at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District. Melanie has experience in various clinical settings such as community mental health, private practice, workers compensation and EAP settings.

Melvin Chin

Melvin Chin

Blogger

Melvin is a clinical academic medical oncologist – he cares for patients with cancer and he teaches in the Oncology and Palliative Care term for UNSW medical students. He is also a member of the SESLHD Human Research and Ethics Committee, the Translational Cancer Research Network and has been the Head of Department, Medical Oncology at Prince of Wales Hospital since September 2015.

Michael Byrom

Michael Byrom

Blogger

Dr Michael Byrom is a cardiothoracic surgeon with specialised training and experience in minimally invasive aortic valve replacement; aortic surgery, mitral valve repair; all-arterial coronary bypass surgery, surgical left ventricular remodeling, and minimally-invasive thoracic surgery including VATS lobectomy. Dr Byrom graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 1999 before working at the world-renowned Greenlane Hospital Cardiothoracic Unit in Auckland. From there he started his training in cardiothoracic surgery before moving to Australia in 2007 to undertake his PhD with The Baird Institute. Dr Byrom completed his training in Sydney, then gained a yearÕs post-fellow training at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, one of the largest centres for cardiac surgery in England where he performed over 240 operations as the primary surgeon. During his time there Dr Byrom focused on techniques in minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery, but also gained considerable experience performing aortic root and arch replacement, mitral valve repair, and left ventricular remodeling procedures. Dr Byrom's PhD studies at the University of Sydney, completed in 2013, involved a multi-disciplinary project between the departments of cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, biochemistry and physics, to produce two entirely new conduits for use in vascular bypass surgery. As a result, Dr Byrom gained unique insight into the design and optimal use of small- and large-diameter conduits for coronary artery bypass and aortic surgery as well as other biomaterials in use in cardiothoracic surgery. At the same time as his PhD studies Dr Byrom also undertook a Graduate Diploma in Surgery focused on biostatistics and epidemiology, and his research interests include the design of laboratory methods and animal models to advance translational research and bring benchside developments into clinical practice.

Nariman Ahmadi

Nariman Ahmadi

Podcaster

Nari is a Urologist and Robotic Surgeon. He completed his training in New South Wales (NSW) with his fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Following completion of his training, Nari completed an additional two year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Urological Oncology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA. He holds a Visiting Medical Officer position at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Nari has a particular interest in minimally invasive treatments for benign and malignant urological conditions as well as general urological conditions.

Natalie May

Natalie May

MBChB, MPHe, MSc, MCEM, FCEM, FACEM

Blogger

Natalie May trained in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric EM in the UK where she worked for just over a year as a consultant before moving to Sydney where she now works as locally as a Specialist in Emergency Medicine, as a Specialist in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with Sydney HEMS and occasionally in Neonatal and Pediatric Transport (NETS). She has spoken internationally in Australia, Europe and the US, on topics in paediatrics, medical education and social media for teaching and learning. She is a proud contributor to the St. Emlyn's blog and podcast, as well as a member of the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) conference organising committee.

Nathan Mortimer

Nathan Mortimer

BMed MD BSc(Med)Hons

Digital Assets Coordinator

Nathan is a Resident at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and plans to pursue Basic Physician Training. Aside from internal medicine, Nathans’s professional interests include IT, Health Informatics and medical education. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, travel and cooking.

Nathan Jamieson

Nathan Jamieson

BMed (with Distinction), MD (with Distinction)

Blogger

Nathan is a Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Originally from rural NSW, he completed his medical degree in 2016 at the UNSW Coffs Harbour Rural Clinical School. Nathan has an interest in qualitative research methodology and its application in exploring patient experiences of chronic disease.

Nick Malouf

Nick Malouf

BSc, MBBS

Junior Editor

Resident at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Nick has a background in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Nick is keen to pursue the physician training pathway and has particular interests in gastroenterology, endocrinology and medical education.

Nick Talley

Nick Talley

Podcaster

Nick is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Nick was previously Pro Vice Chancellor (and Dean) of the Faculty of Health and Medicine (2010-2015) and seconded to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor-Research (Acting) at the University from June 2013 to March 2014. He practices consultant gastroenterology and is a Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

He is an expert clinician, educator and researcher, with extensive experience as a leader in the medical and University sectors and currently President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and Chair-Elect of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC).

Nick has published over 800 original and review articles in the peer-reviewed literature, and is considered one of the world’s most influential clinician-researchers (H index 116, Scopus). He is also the author of the highly regarded textbooks Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine. In June 2014, Professor Talley was inaugurated as one of the first 15 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) and was elected to the Executive of the Academy.

Nick’s award and prizes include the 2015 Laureate Professorship, 2014 NSW Excellence in Biological Sciences prize and the 2014 American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Educator Award.

Nicole Hersch

Nicole Hersch

MBBS

Blogger

Nicole is currently a Respiratory Registrar at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, and will be completing an Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship in 2018. Nicole has a keen interest in Tuberculosis and spent most of 2016 working in a community health centre in Dili, Timor-Leste, managing patients with TB, HIV, malnutrition and a variety of general medical conditions. Beyond the hospital walls, Nicole enjoys reading, live music and good food, wine and sport - not necessarily in that order.

Nikki Stamp

Nikki Stamp

FRACS

Blogger

Dr Nikki Stamp FRACS is an Australian trained cardiothoracic surgeon. Nikki trained throughout Australia and holds a Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine with Honors. She also holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in cardiothoracic surgery. Nikki has a strong desire to change the way we think about health and is a passionate supporter of the Heart Foundation and women's heart disease advocacy. She is a sought after speaker for women in surgery and a participant of social media campaign #ILookLikeASurgeon. Nikki is mentor and supporter of women in surgery and of women in all careers. Nikki writes regularly for The Huffington Post and has also contributed for The Cusp and Steel Heels. She was chosen as one of 40 under 40 for Time Out Sydney, as well as one of Mamamia's Inspirational Women You Can Look Up To. She has appeared on the Today Show and The Daily Edition and as the host for ABC's flagship science show Catalyst.

Nudrat Rashid

Nudrat Rashid

Podcaster

Nudrat qualified at Ahmadu Bello Hospital, Nigeria and undertook ICU training at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney with the College of Intensive Care Medicine. She also attained her MSC in Internal Medicine with honours from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr Rashid is currently an Intensive Care Specialist with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Intensive Care Services and is also the Director of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has a keen interest in Organ Donation, Education and Echocardiography and blogs for “Life in the Fast Lane”.

Paul Hamor

Paul Hamor

Podcaster and Blogger

Paul is a Respiratory & Sleep Physician and Network Director of Physician Training at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He has had a long involvement in prevocational and undergraduate medical education. Paul has interests in the formulation of educational programs, presentation skills, delivering best evidence based-practice to the ward, as well as change methodology. He is also a strong advocate for work life balance and has been looking at the prevention and management of junior doctor burnout and programs to promote resilience.

Penny Browne

Penny Browne

Podcaster

Penny is the Senior Medical Officer at Avant, advising the Senior Management Team on all clinical matters, and leading the team that advocates for Avant members to drive change in the medico-legal environment. Penny has worked extensively in General Practice education and is currently a Senior Staff Specialist in General Practice at Hornsby Hospital.

Rewa Keegan

Rewa Keegan

Podcaster and Blogger

Rewa Keegan is a general surgeon. She completed her intern and resident years at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and commenced general surgical training in 2010, successfully gaining her fellowship in 2014. Rewa loves clinical teaching from a medical student to registrar level, particularly in the areas of surgical simulation and working with aspiring surgeons on developing their career plans. Rewa is very interested in surgical education, and has undertaken a number of research projects looking at how registrars perceive their experience in surgical training. Rewa plans to undertake further training in oncoplastic breast surgery and she and her husband ultimately plan to settle in a regional coastal centre after completing fellowships overseas.

Rhea Liang

Rhea Liang

Blogger

Rhea Liang is a general and breast surgeon on the Gold Coast, surgical educationalist, women in surgery advocate, and deputy chair of the Operating With Respect Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Rob Mitchell

Rob Mitchell

Blogger

Rob Mitchell is an advanced trainee in emergency medicine with interests in global emergency care, medical education and health workforce policy. Originally from Melbourne, he has completed his training between Cairns, Townsville and the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospitals, interspersed with AVI development assignments in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. A Churchill Fellow, Rob is also a former Chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training and President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association. He holds a Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Graduate Certificate of Disaster & Refugee Health from James Cook University as well as a Bachelor of Medical Science from Monash University. If you can’t find him at work, there is a fair chance he's 30m below the water with a SCUBA tank on his back.

Rob Zielinski

Rob Zielinski

Blogger

Rob Zielinski is a general medical oncologist who sub specialises in genitorurinary, melanoma and lung cancers. He treats many rarer cancers including CNS tumours, sarcomas and head and neck cancers and is the chair of the Orange Clinical Trials Unit. Rob also sits on the board of the Central West Medical Association a group that represents generalpractitioners and specialists in the central west acting as their advocate. He is on the council of the Primary Health Network of the Western Local Health District and the Deputy Chair of the Regional and Rural group which reports to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). This is a group that represents and advocates for the interests of cancer centres and patients across regional and rural centres in Australia.Rob Zielinski is a general medical oncologist who sub specialises in genitorurinary, melanoma and lung cancers. He treats many rarer cancers including CNS tumours, sarcomas and head and neck cancers and is the chair of the Orange Clinical Trials Unit. Rob also sits on the board of the Central West Medical Association a group that represents generalpractitioners and specialists in the central west acting as their advocate. He is on the council of the Primary Health Network of the Western Local Health District and the Deputy Chair of the Regional and Rural group which reports to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). This is a group that represents and advocates for the interests of cancer centres and patients across regional and rural centres in Australia.

Rolf Gomes

Rolf Gomes

MBBS

Blogger

Heart of Australia is the brainchild of Brisbane cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes, a father of three and the principal of Medihearts - his established private cardiology practice in Brisbane. Rolf comes from a family of 3 siblings (initially 4 siblings prior to the death of his eldest brother at the age of 5). Rolf was born in Calcutta and came to Australia at the age of 9 with his parents. From very humble beginnings Rolf later graduated from Electrical Engineering and worked for 2 years as an Electrical Engineer for a petro chemical company. He then left a good job to pursue a career in medicine because
.as he would say
. “I just wanted to be in a job where I was chatting to people all day and at the same time doing something useful with my life”. So he went back to wiping down coffee tables for another four years and eventually graduated from Medicine
.and later Cardiology. Rolf was instantly attracted to Cardiology because 
.. “in essence
the heart is just like a pump
.it’s got plumbing, valves and electrics

also
.obstetrics scared the hell out of me and the other stuff was just too hard!” Rolf recognised early what might be possible by mobilising healthcare technology. Perhaps this was his Engineering background resurfacing
.by combining the dictum of medicine which is to “prolong life and ease suffering“ with the mantra of engineers which is to “make things happen”, and with the aid of like-minded organisations and colleagues, Rolf was finally able to realise his vision - to bring services
.many which people in the city take for granted
.to the bush. Close to 6 years after taking the first step
..and going down many dry gullies
.on the 3rd of October 2014 Heart of Australia was launched. What has been achieved since is nothing short of amazing.

Rose McCarthy

Rose McCarthy

Junior Editor

Rose is a Resident at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney with a special interest in dermatology and pathology. Rose studied Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney and previously completed an undergraduate degree in the area of media arts and production at the University of Technology, Sydney. Rose's professional interests include information design, health promotion and medical education. In her free time she enjoys tennis, art galleries and travelling.

Sarah Freyberg

Sarah Freyberg

Blogger

Sarah Freyberg is a Senior Resident Medical Officer working at Royal North Shore Hospital. Sarah is passionate about improving clinical handover, as well as medical education. She has recently returned from a Ôgap yearÕ during which she, in between exploring South Africa, completed a Masters in Clinical Trials Research.

Sarah Syed

Sarah Syed

Blogger

Sarah Syed is currently a Resident Medical Officer at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, NSW, and will be commencing Basic Physician Training in 2018. She has a keen interest in Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care. Beyond the hospital, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading, good food and is passionate about advocacy for refugee and asylum seekers.

Sascha Baldry

Sascha Baldry

Blogger

Sascha a qualified paramedic working full time in regional New South Wales (NSW) Australia, for NSW Ambulance. She completed her undergraduate and post graduate degrees in paramedicine at the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Paramedicine. Sascha has lived on the land as a farmer for most of her adult life and is passionate about paramedic research and improving health care for rural populations.

Saschveen Singh

Saschveen Singh

Blogger

Saschveen Singh is an Australian doctor with MĂ©decins Sans FrontiĂšres (MSF) who has recently returned from Nduta refugee camp, Tanzania.

Scott Murray

Scott Murray

Podcaster

Scott is a Director of Prevocational Education and Training and a Senior Staff Specialist in Geriatric Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred and Balmain Hospitals, Sydney. Scott commenced Advanced Training at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals before completing his FRACP at University College London and St. Pancras Hospitals in London. His special interests include acute care for older patients, continence, and JMO education.

Shafqat Inam

Shafqat Inam

Podcaster

Shafqat is currently a Haematology registrar at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals, and Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and completed his junior medical officer and basic physician training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Shafqat has a particular interest in research and medical education.

Shannon Thomas

Shannon Thomas

Podcaster

Shannon is an Australian trained Vascular, Endovascular and Renal Transplant Surgeon who holds appointments at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, and a conjoint lecturer position at the University of New South Wales. Having completed post fellowship training at the Park Krankenhaus Hospital in Leipzig, Germany and Polyclinico Abano Terme in Veneto, Italy, Shannon has developed a subspecialty interest in Diabetic Vasculopathy, in particular, small vessel angioplasty techniques to salvage critically ischaemic limbs. His other interests include interventional nephrology (Renal Access), Aortic Aneurysmal and occlusive disease, as well as Spinal Access surgery. These interests are accompanied by active vascular research and teaching commitments.

Sophie Collins

Sophie Collins

Medical Student

Blogger

Sophie Collins is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Newcastle who cites the annual MedRevue and her rural and outreach experience as the highlights of her medical school journey thus far. She is passionate about paediatrics, Indigenous health, primary care, and remaining firmly undecided re: her future specialty. Outside of medicine she loves music and chocolate. Follow her on Twitter @sophiembc

Sophie Offen

Sophie Offen

Blogger

Sophie is a final year cardiology Advanced Trainee at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW. Her heart-related interests include structural heart disease, intervention and heart failure/transplant. She also has a soft spot for medical education, rural and indigenous health, and cardiovascular research.

Sue Jacobs

Sue Jacobs

Blogger

Sue Jacobs is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Mater Hospital, Sydney, working in both the public and private sectors. She has longstanding interest in high risk obstetrics, indigenous women’s health and substance use in pregnancy. Since 1995 Sue has done a weekly specialist Gynaecology clinic at the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern. She particularly enjoys providing high quality specialist care to women who may not access it otherwise. Sue partakes in a weekly public antenatal clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she sees women with substance use in pregnancy, women with multiple pregnancies and pregnant ATSI women (if requested by the Aboriginal Liason midwife). Sue is keen to see options for childbirth for women expanded to cater for a wide range of needs and preferences, within a framework which maintains safety of childbirth for women and babies.

Stephanie Pommerel

Stephanie Pommerel

Blogger

Stephanie Pommerel is a final year Medical Student at the University of Queensland. She has a keen interest in all aspects of medicine, from prevention of chronic conditions and patients’ experience with the health system to occupational and professional communication. Stephanie is the 2018 Chair for General Practice Student Network and represents Queensland medical students on the RACGP State Faculty Board. She enjoys writing on a variety of topics and has recently begun volunteering with Orange Sky, engaging the socially disadvantaged in conversation about their health.

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker

Blogger

Associate Medical Director, Dr Stephen Walker, addresses modern healthcare challenges by providing independent, professional advice and education to leading healthcare organisations. Previously, Stephen worked as Director of Clinical Training, Deputy Director of Medical Management and Emergency Physician at Mater Health Services, Brisbane. He has also served as Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine, Deputy Director and Director of the Emergency Department and Emergency Department Director at major metropolitan and regional hospitals. As Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Stephen served on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Examination Committees. Stephen maintains special interests in education and process improvement in clinical settings. He has published on trauma care efficacy and patient communication and serves the Committee of Management for Emergency Life Support Inc. Stephen has received the Mater Health Services Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award and in 2013 was named Queensland Clinical Educator of the Year.

Talila Milroy

Talila Milroy

BSc MBBS RPAH

Blogger

Resident at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Talila has a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney in addition to a Bachelor of Science in which she majored in psychology. Talila has two children and was the only Indigenous graduate in the class of 2016 in the Sydney Medical Program. During her undergraduate years Talila worked in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Sydney University, The Garvan Institute and Moreton Consulting. Talila is passionate about Indigenous social justice, health care education, being a mum and cooking.

Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

Podcaster

Tim is the inaugural Professor of eHealth and Director of the Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Team (RISe) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and he is Director of Research in the recently funded 7 year $112M Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). The CRC brings together academia, industry, government and service providers to transform care through technology. Tim has an active research and development group at The University of Sydney with 8 PhDs, 3 Postdoctoral Fellows and 5 Research and administrative staff. He combines his experience as an implementation scientist with a deep understanding of the role of technology in health system transformation. With over 70 Publications and has been CI on over 20 grants and consultancies totalling over $124M in the last 5 years, Tim’s focus is on working at the coal-face of service delivery to implement innovations in health and healthcare.

Tim Suharto

Tim Suharto

Podcaster

Tim is a specialist anaesthetist and one of the supervisors of training at Nepean Hospital. He is involved in the anaesthetic education program and leads the Group for Anaesthetic Simulation (GAS), which delivers in-situ crisis scenarios involving critical care doctors and nurses. Tim is an instructor for the Nepean Difficult Airway course as well as the Nepean Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) workshop. He is a strong advocate for innovation in medical education and developing links between sub-specialties in medicine to enhance understanding and collaboration.

Tim’s clinical work encompasses both public and private practice with regular sessions in acute pain medicine, anaesthesia for orthopaedics, ENT, neurosurgery and interventional radiological procedures.

Traudi Almhofer

Traudi Almhofer

MBBS, MMed (Perioperative)

Blogger

Traudi is an Anaesthetic Registrar at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. In addition to clinical Anaesthesia, she has a strong interest in patient advocacy, perioperative medicine and acute pain management. Traudi has a passion for medical education and is working toward a graduate diploma in clinical education through Flinders University. In her spare time she is a mum to two young and adventurous boys who love nothing more than running around in circles, tonka trucks of all varieties, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Zara Watson

Zara Watson

Podcaster

Zara is an unaccredited Ear Nose Throat Surgery Registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney graduate, Sydney, NSW.

Grace Leo

Grace Leo

BMed, MD, DCH

Junior Editor

Grace is a Senior Resident Medical Officer at Sydney Children’s Hospital who is passionate about improving education and communication within healthcare and the FOAM community. Aside from work with onthewards, Grace is involved with Don’t Forget The Bubbles and is on the organising committee for the inaugural DFTB17 conference. She is also a part of the back end of the Intensive Care Network and is on the organising committee for the Social Media and Critical Care Conference. She is a former Internal Director and Editor of the Australian Medical Student Journal. In her free time she loves travelling, board games, graphic design and good food.

Nhi-Nguyen

Nhi-Nguyen

B Med Sci, MBBS, FCICM

Podcaster and Senior Editor

Nhi Nguyen is a Senior Staff Specialist Department of Intensive Care Medicine at Nepean Hospital and Clinical Advisor Intensive Care NSW, Agency for Clinical Innovation. Nhi provides advice on the antenatal and peripartum management of pregnant patients with medical problems and has an interest in the critically ill obstetric patient.

Angus Ritchie

Angus Ritchie

Podcaster

Angus is a Staff Specialist Nephrologist at Concord Hospital, Physician Informaticist for Sydney Local Health District and Clinical Lead for HealthPathways Sydney, New South Wales.

Angie Pinto

Angie Pinto

Podcaster

Angie is a Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales, Australia. She graduated from the University of New South Wales, and obtained her dual fellowships in 2012. Angie trained at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Westmead Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. She divides her time between Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and as a researcher at The Kirby Institute.

Bruce Way

Bruce Way

MBBS FACEM

Senior Editor

Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Bruce has practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years. He has been the Director of Prevocational Education & Training at POWH for 14 years. Bruce is a member of the HETI Prevocational Accreditation Committee and a survey team leader. His teaching interests include simulation, ultrasound, resuscitation and teaching teachers. Bruce feels JMO education is the essential foundation of good doctors and the key to this is good supervision. Although technologically challenged himself, he is happy to utilise the skills of others.

Michelle Barrett

Michelle Barrett

Podcaster

Michelle graduated from Flinders University in 1991. As a 4th year Michelle joined the Army Undergraduate Scheme which meant they supported her for the remaining two and a half years and that she would have to return service (work for them) after completing her internship and residency. Michelle went to Canberra for Internship. She and her husband thought they would be there for a year – they are still there. In the Army Michelle had the privilege and challenge of deployment to Rwanda in 1994/95 that was a life changing seven months. Over the next few years Michelle worked at ADFA/Duntroon and Russell Offices and had two children. After completing her General Practice training she bought her own practice in 2000. Since then Michelle has continued in her General Practice as well as becoming more involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, junior medical officers and GP registrars. Michelle is keen to support the next generation of doctors – “it is our duty to look after them so they can look after our future”.

Alice Ma

Alice Ma

Podcaster

Alice Ma graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School in 2010. She has trained in ICU and Neurology. Alice is currently the Neurointerventional Fellow at Royal North Shore Hospital with a particular interest in stroke and endovascular clot retrieval.

Giselle Lo and Ute Vollmer-Conna

Giselle Lo and Ute Vollmer-Conna

Bloggers

Giselle is a fifth year medical student at UNSW. She is from Hong Kong; and has a keen interest in mental health issues. She is engaged in a research exploring the efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as a treatment of depression. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming and cuddling with cats. UtĂ© is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry, and serves as the Student Wellbeing Advisor for the University of New South Wales, Medicine. She is internationally recognized in the multidisciplinary field of Psychoneuroimmunology, and heads a state-of-the-art psychoneuroimmunology and autonomic research laboratory which enables innovative research into the complex interactions between the brain, the autonomic nervous system and the immune system in maintaining physical and mental health. UtĂ© also enjoys swimming and cats (separately and together), and her life’s motto is “never let formal education get in the way of your learning”.

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