our contributors

Amelia Smyth

Blogger

Amelia Smyth

Eamon Merrick

Associate Editor and Blogger

Eamon Merrick

Elizabeth Green

Blogger

Elizabeth Green

MBBS (Hons), Diploma in Child Health, Sydney Children’s Hospital

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

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Elise Buisson

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

Emily Nash

Subeditor

Emily Nash

Geoff Toogood

Blogger

Geoff Toogood

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.

Jessica Tidswell

Blogger

Jessica Tidswell

Laura Glenn

Subeditor

Laura Glenn

Jules Catt

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Jules Catt

MBBS (Hons) BSc (Med) MPH FRANZCR EBIR Liverpool and Prince of Wales Hospitals NSW Australia

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.

 

Lauren Jones

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Lauren Jones

Blogger

Royal North Shore Hospital NSW

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 and weightlifting.
Leena O’Brien

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Leena O’Brien

BSC (BIOMEDICAL), MBBS, FRACGP

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.

Martin Seneviratne

Martin Seneviratne

BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons)

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.

Rolf Gomes

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Rolf Gomes

Heart of Australia

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.

Sophie Collins

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Sophie Collins

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

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 Sophie on Twitter @sophiembc

Talila Milroy

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Talila Milroy

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital NSW BSc MBBS RPAH

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.

Traudi Almhofer

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Traudi Almhofer

MBBS, MMed (Perioperative)

ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL MELBOURNE VIC

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. She 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.