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
Emergency Physician
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 Physician
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, EDExamResus 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!”

Amanda Connors
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 Leeuwenburg (@KangarooBeach) BSc MSc PhD MBBS DIpAnaes DRANZCOG FRACGP FACRRM Grad Cert Aeromed Retreival
Rural Proceduralist (not #justaGP), Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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.

Bio: http://about.me/timleeuwenburg

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!