We will be gradually adding biographies of our ETM Course instructors over the coming months. Please check back regularly to see more profiles.
Dr Keith Amarakone (@Dr_Amiodarone) MBChB, BSc, M.A., FACEM
Paediatric Trauma Fellow – Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist, The Northern Hospital, Melbourne
Keith is an Emergency Physician who works as a Paediatric Emergency Specialist at The Northern Hospital, Melbourne. He is also the Trauma Fellow at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. His clinical interests include simulation and trauma.
What does Keith love about ETM?
“I love the drinks at Opera Bar on the Sydney course – with the view of the Harbour bridge”!
Dr Andy Buck (@edexam) MBBS BMedSc (Hons) GCCS FACEM
Emergency Medicine Specialist – Royal Darwin Hospital
Education Consultant to the Trauma Service – Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Andy is the co-creator and current director of the ETM Course. He works as a regular locum/FIFO Emergency Physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital and as an Education Consultant to the RCH trauma service (Victoria’s sole paediatric major trauma centre) where he has overseen a trauma education needs analysis and helped implement a new interdisciplinary trauma education program. Andy developed his interest in trauma during his early emergency training at the Alfred Hospital, one of Australasia’s busiest major trauma centres. He runs or is heavily involved in several blogs and podcasts including the ETM Course Blog & Podcast, EDExam, Resus Room Management and the Aussie Edition of the world famous EM:RAP. Andy is the co-creator of the ED Procedures Courses.
What does Andy love about ETM?
“I love meeting and teaching the amazing clinicians who are on the front line of trauma care around Australasia. I love that Emergency Medicine as a specialty is taking ownership of trauma reception and resuscitation and I love that ETM is becoming recognised nationally and internationally as the most modern, up to date and relevant course for trauma practitioners!”
Lecturer in Nursing (at a leading University in Melbourne)
Amanda has over 25 years of clinical nursing practice specialising in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care Nursing.
She has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at major trauma centres in Australia and New Zealand. She also has experience of working in rural and remote hospitals and health care facilities in Australia.
What does Amanda love about ETM?
“I love meeting and teaching clinicians who are passionate about improving their practice”.
Tim is an ETM Course Director and co-author of the Rural and Remote Trauma chapter of the ETM Course Manual. Tim is passionate about trauma and GP education.
What does Tim love about ETM?
“I used to direct on the other trauma course – ETM starts where it finishes and is great for teaching transferrable skills in resus room management… That and the faculty and candidates are always top notch!”
Check out Tim’s fantastic blog, KI Docs.
John Richards BE Mech (Aerospace) FACEM MBBS
Emergency Medicine Specialist – Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
John’s interest in trauma became personal after several major incidents whilst working in Nepal. His formal training in major trauma started at Royal London Hospital / HEMS aeromedical teams. Continuing interest in aviation, failure analysis and CRM has focused his interest on human factors in resuscitation. Other interests include clinical handover, emergency medicine in resource challenged environments and simulation.
What does John love about ETM?
“ETM is a great opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the way we interact with colleagues when challenged with simulated critical scenarios and events. Meeting and working with such passionate instructors and students is my motivation”.
Marc Schnekenburger FACEM
Emergency & Trauma Consultant – The Alfred, Melbourne
Retrieval Doctor – Dubbo NSW, Emergency and Flying Doctor Service
From paramedic to Emergency Specialist. A journey over 20 years from Munich in Germany to Melbourne!
– Paramedic and later prehospital doctor 1995 – 2007
– Emergency training including special interest in trauma and retrieval in NSW 2008 – 2014
– Emergency Physician with passion for trauma and retrieval from 2015 onward
What does Marc love about ETM?
The basics & essentials in trauma are centred around systems and teams. The knowledge you can learn in “books” (online, podcasts, journals, EMST, etc). Yet the ETM course covers all of it with a strong focus on teams and communication. It gives you a clear structure and leaves space to fill with your own experience. The change in group dynamics over three days is always an amazing and very enjoyable development!
Suzi Hamilton (@Suzi_NZ) MBChB, FACEM
Emergency Physician – Christchurch Public Hospital, NZ
Suzi is an Emergency Fellow in Christchurch ED, when she’s not working on boats / ski fields / polar ice caps! Her clinical interests include simulation and teaching, whilst the human factors and personality management in a resus room continue to fascinate her.
What does Suzi love about ETM?
Apart from great venues, good food and meeting heaps of interesting people?! The stuff that other courses don’t teach: resus room management, communication, getting the bigger picture. Love seeing people go away with smiles and new skills.
Andy Tagg (@andrewjtagg) BSc, MBBS, MRCSEd, FACEM
Emergency Physician – Western Health, Melbourne and Adult Retrieval Victoria
Having come to Australia the long way round as a ships doctor, Andy decided that the NHS was not for him. Settling in Melbourne’s western suburbs he enjoys looking after the wide variety of patients that Footscray has to offer.
During his tenure as a retrieval registrar Andrew got involved with the ETM course, acting in the very first scenario video and writing the textbook chapter on intra-hospital transfer. He has since gone on to be involved in creating the communication module for Trauma Victoria.
In his spare time (!) he writes for www.dontforgetthebubbles.com, a world renowned paediatric blog that he co-founded along with Tessa Davis, Henry Goldstein and Ben Lawton.
What does Andy love about ETM?
The opportunity to improve communication skills, make rural clinicians more comfortable and keep up to date.
Shane Tan (@drjuggler) MBBS FACEM GradCertEpi GradCertClinEd
Emergency Physician – Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training, Emergency Department, Alice Springs Hospital.
Shane has moved around Australia during medical training. He completed his medical degree and early training in Perth, WA and then completed emergency medicine training in NSW. He has worked as an emergency physician in Alice Springs for the last 3 years.
Shane maintains a special interest in clinical education and has worked as a simulation instructor at Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre and has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education.
Shane is also an avid juggler and crossfitter.
What does Shane love about ETM?
Working closely with highly skilled colleagues and meeting new people.
John Roe (@fatlip33) BSc MBChB MRCS DCH Cert Ret FACEM
ED Physician, Retrieval Physician – Darwin ED, Careflight NT.
John is a Pommie lost in the most amazing Australian adventure which started with his family in 2004. His heroes include Dr Peter Archer, Dr Simon Young and a certain young Dr AB; and anti-heroes are the MASH mob!
John also covers the Hottest 7s Rugby Comp and V8s in Darwin to mix things up.
What does John love about ETM?
Interacting with such an amazing faculty and learning from them and the candidates. ETM makes you bring your A-game.
Alicia is an ED Physician who has returned to her home town of Hobart. She has had an interest in Trauma since being a Surgical Trainee, before seeing the light and turning to the dark side (ED)! Alicia has been Chair of the RHH Trauma Committee and has also been on the AUSTQIP Steering Committee.
Alicia is a Wilderness Medicine Fellow who has worked with the RFDS as a Ships Physician in Antarctica. She is now exploring one of the last frontiers, the challenges of human spaceflight. Alicia has two boys with her non-medical husband, Greg and loves living the Tassie life.
What does Alicia love about ETM?
I love the way the course is reflective of the way we run trauma reception and resuscitation in the ED. The principles that the candidates (and instructors!) learn on the course can easily be transferred to other resus patients. I love that there is lots of simulation, that it’s a fun faculty to work with and that Andy constantly reviews and evolves the course to keep it absolutely up to date and the best value experience.
Brad works in a Non-Trauma Tertiary Centre. He’s a lover of a good team, a good old resuscitation, and emergency medicine in general. It’s in his blood.
Brad is a bit of a vinyl record tragic. He loves visiting various record stores over Australia or wherever the ETM Course is being held. (BTW: Adelaide has some awesome record stores). Brad has instructed on ETM Courses in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
What does Brad love about teaching on the ETM Course?
Love the collegiality, sharing of ideas, and learning how to do trauma better. Andy always seems to attract a great bunch of people to each Course.
It’s been said, you’re as good as your last trauma….My last one wasn’t bad actually!