We will be gradually adding biographies of our ETM Course instructors over the coming months. Please check back regularly to see more profiles.
Keith Amarakone (@Dr_Amiodarone) MBChB, BSc, MA, PGCertMEd, FACEM (PEM)
Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist – Royal Children’s Hospital and HMO Supervisor – The Northern Hospital, Melbourne
Keith has a keen interest in Trauma and works as the Paediatric Trauma Education Consultant at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where he is responsible for developing the Trauma Team Training Program for hospital staff, as well as designing and delivering paediatric trauma education courses state-wide, and internationally. He is interested in education, human factors, simulation and ethics.
What does Keith love about ETM?
Meeting like minded clinicians from all over Australia.
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
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
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
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.”
A Former Taswegian, who migrated to “The Mainland ” in the mid-noughties, to settle and train in the big smoke.
Brad’s interests include leadership and resuscitation room management, as well as trauma and sepsis.
Brad hopes to surf, camp and travel more and aims to create amazing memories for his youngest kids, ideally before reaching his incept date!
What does Brad love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“ETM Course always provides me with a chance to maintain/update my knowledge and procedural skills. I also get to hang out with some very smart people, who tend to laugh a lot….a great combination.”
Born in Victoria, Trevor spent 80% of his life in SA but still calls himself a Victorian..and Melbourne is still one of his favourite cities that he’s visited across the world. Trevor is a rural generalist having spent 22 years in rural procedural (anaesthetics, obstetrics) general practice from solo to group practices and always maintains an interest in emergency medicine, especially trauma.
Trevor’s interests outside of work include collecting guitars (and playing them badly) and attending concerts and listening to music. He has a certain amount of passion for AFL especially his beloved Port Adelaide.
What does Trevor love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Learning new things every time I come along to a course from both the candidates and other instructors.”
Cynthia is originally from Philadelphia, but is now a proud Australian citizen. She considers herself very lucky to be practicing emergency medicine in Australia. In addition to her interest in resus and trauma team management, Cynthia is interested in acute cardiac issues, sepsis and palliative care.
Cynthia lives in the Adelaide Hills with lots of animals including goats, cows, alpacas and some rambunctious rescue dogs.
What does Cynthia love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“The people, the energy and the opportunities for sharing experience with a wide range of resuscitationists!”
David is a Maltese doctor who moved to Australia for ‘a year’ in 2008. David has since gone on to do Emergency Training between Cairns and Melbourne and has settled into part-time trauma centre work and part-time retrieval work.
What does David love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Teaching on ETM gives me an opportunity to meet other front-line clinicians and sharing the ‘team sport’ approach and communication skills needed for trauma management. Not to mention the fun of networking with people from all over the country.”
Nicola is a “Yorkshire Lass” who came to Australia for a year in 2004 and never went home. She lives in Darwin with her paramedic husband and her two young sons who are true Territorians.
Nicola enjoys the challenge of working with the indigenous population. Her current interests include end of life care in the ED.
What does Nicola love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I enjoy teaching on ETM Course and interacting with the candidates and other instructors while keeping up to date with trauma management.”
Fran Williamson MBBS (hons), FACEM, Grad Dip Clin USS, CCPU
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital- Emergency Department & Trauma Services, Queensland Ambulance Service, Greenslopes Private Hospital
Fran is an Emergency Physician who splits her time between the prehospital environment, the emergency department and on the wards caring for trauma patients. She has a particular interest in trauma education and improving systems to streamline care.
What does Fran love about teaching on the ETM Course?
The ETM course teaches how modern trauma care is delivered. It’s a pleasure to see participants reflect on what they learn and how to use it into their own environment- whether that’s a trauma centre or rural environment, gaining skills to improve the care of all trauma patients!
Vekram has recently completed his emergency medicine training in Sydney and is now working with NSW Aeromedical Retrieval.
His special interests include trauma, public health and fact trolling health wellness bloggers.
What does Vekram love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“ETM is a fantastic course designed for the resus room. Your patients will enjoy their new found survival advantage.”
Mary completed her medical degree at UWA in 2002 then completed a fellowship in emergency medicine and paediatric emergency medicine in 2015.
Mary has a keen interest in education which includes emergency fellowship and emergency and paediatric education and training. Mary also teaches on a number of courses including APLS and EMST.
What does Mary love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Keeping educated about trauma management and learning from colleagues and candidates.”
Donna has been living and working in remote communities for the past 10 years, surviving cyclones, crocodiles, sharks, lock downs, and the wet season! Donna is passionate about providing the best medical care to people living in remote communities, especially in disadvantaged and under resourced regions.
Donna has twin boys and her hobbies include swimming, yoga and traveling.
What does Donna love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I love hearing trauma stories and sharing the challenges of being a solo doctor managing severe trauma. I also enjoy the team approach to trauma and the opportunity to learn something new from every course.”
Glyn is an ED Physician who did most of his training in Gold Coast and Northern NSW, including a retrieval stint with Careflight.
Between work, 4 year old twins, a 3 year old, and a bit of footy and basketball, Glyn doesn’t have a great deal of free time!
What does Glyn love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I enjoy teaching, plus I learn or improve something every time. I love hearing about the very varied systems/resources people work with, and of course a ETM has a great faculty, and it’s a lot of fun!”
Matthew Oliver BSc, MBBS, FACEM
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Originally from the UK, Mat spent a year at Los Angeles County Hospital working with the Trauma team before settling in Sydney, Australia.
Mat works at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has a keen interest in trauma, research and all things resuscitation, as well as surfing!
What does Mat love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“ETM provides a great opportunity to meet new people from different backgrounds and experiences, while also giving me the chance to learn more along the way.”
Andy Potter (@AndyPinFNQ) MBChB (Hons), FANZCA
Originally from the UK, Andy found himself in the Tropical North of Australia and never looked back. His training in Anaesthesia across Northern Australia took in retrieval medicine based out of Darwin and Anaesthesia in the NT and Far North Queensland.
Andy’s main work interests are in education in the OT, regional anaesthesia & ultrasound, and of course Trauma. He is involved in the training of ANZCA trainees and is the Rotational Supervisor for the Northern Rotation of the QLD Anaesthetic Rotational Training Scheme.
His mid-life crisis lead to putting on the Lycra & taking up distance running. He is a Liverpool Football Club tragic and ever optimistic that this year glory will come to Anfield.
What does Andy love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Meeting the enthusiastic participants and the expert instructors and learning from both.”
Kevin Lai (@kevinlai8) MBBS FACEM
Emergency Physician, Trauma Physician, Westmead, Auburn and Ryde Hospitals
Kevin is an Emergency Physician with special interest in Trauma and Simulation training. He also works as a Trauma Physician in an unique Tertiary Multi-disciplinary Trauma Department, caring for trauma patients from admission to discharge. Kevin is also the past chair of the ACEM Trauma Sub-committee and runs a simulation based multi-disciplinary Trauma Team Training course.
What does Kevin you love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Connecting with people who are passionate with Trauma Care.”
Belinda Hibble (@belinda_hibble) MBBS FACEM MPH DCH CertWH GradCertEmrgHlth (Aeromedicine & Retrieval)
Emergency Physician, University Hospital Geelong, St John of God (Geelong) Hospital, Deakin University
Belinda is an Emergency Physician hailing from the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, with an interest in Medical Education, Trauma and Women’s & Children’s Health. Belinda has been involved in many aspects of postgraduate medical education through her work with ACEM’s curriculum and training program development projects and Regional Workplace Based Assessment Panels.
What does Belinda love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Working in a regional trauma service, I love the opportunity to network with other trauma providers, refresh my own clinical and team work skills and share pearls with others that I’ve learnt along the way.”
Dave Tingey B Hlth Sc (Paramedic), M.Adv.Clin.Pract., PG Cert Aeromedical Retrieval, Dip Proj Mgmt
Retrieval Practitioner, SAAS MedSTAR
Dave Tingey ASM, is a Retrieval Paramedic Practitioner with SAAS MedSTAR. He dislikes dogma and negativity and has a passion for life long education and sharing his learning experiences with others.
What does Dave you love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I love learning from faculty and participants.”
Ben Stanton RN, Grad Dip Crit Care, Grad Cert Nurs Sc – Retrieval, PG Cert Aeromedical Retrieval, MNS
Nurse Practitioner, SAAS MedSTAR
Ben is a Nurse Practitioner who works as a Retrieval Practitioner at SAAS MedSTAR. When Ben is not packaging up a patient for transfer he is usually speaking at a conference around Australia. His interests include education and best patient care.R
What does Ben love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I love meeting like minded individuals with a passion for best trauma care and patient management.”
Tim Cowan (@timmyc39) FACEM
John Hunter Hospital, University of Newcastle
Originally from NZ, Tim moved to Australia after med school in search of warmer weather. Tim has worked in ED’s in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, with a smattering of rural GP, retrieval, military medicine and neurosurgery experience. Tim is married to an obstetrician which is good for a reality check whenever he thinks working in a ED job is stressful l!
Tim loves the dynamic and the teamwork of the ED environment and his interests include education, sim and resus room management.
What does Tim love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“It’s a great course. Bringing common sense trauma care together with human factor management really parallels what I think we should be doing in our resus bays (and beyond). I always learn something, and I highly recommend the course to anyone who will listen.”
Lyn Pugh MBChB FACEM
Lyn transferred from Scotland to New Zealand 12 years ago to work in ED. Lyn currently works as a consultant in Christchurch Hospital ED and as a senior clinical lecturer for the University of Otago.
Lyn has a keen interest in medical education and instructs on a number of courses including CORE (ALS) and PROMPT (obstetric emergencies).
What does Lyn love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I love meeting like minded, enthusiastic individuals with a shared interest in trauma …. and the food!”
Suneth Jayasekara (@DrSuneth) MBChB (Hons) FACEM GradCertHealthSim
Sunshine Coast Health Service
Suneth is an emergency physician with a special interest in healthcare simulation and pre-hospital and retrieval medicine.
What does Suneth love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I enjoy interacting with the participants and watching them learn and improve their skills and knowledge over the course. I believe in the concept of experiential learning through simulation.”
Justin Yeung (@dinogrumpy) MBBS, FACEM
Rural Emergency Physician
Albany Health Campus and WA Emergency Telehealth Service
Following medical school in Tasmania, Justin moved to Western Australian in the mid 90s. He spent nearly 10 years as a staff specialist at Royal Perth Hospital, before deciding on a sea change, moving to Albany on the south coast of WA in 2010. Whilst still living in this gorgeous part of the country, Justin’s main focus now is as part of the team leading the way with amazing innovation in acute Telehealth and remote medical service delivery for country WA, based … back at RPH.
What does Justin love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I enjoy networking with colleagues from around the country.”
Merwe Hartslief M.B.Ch.B; M.Med (General Surgery); FRACS
Merwe was born and qualified as a surgeon in South Africa and has a special interest in Trauma. He served as a trauma surgeon at a busy trauma centre at a university hospital before going into private practice for 6 years.
Merwe relocated to Australia in 2011 and started working as a general surgeon in a regional centre with a large catchment area. With the nearest sub-specialist support 400km away, Merwe became a true generalist managing most general surgical problems, including many trauma situations. Merwe also serves as a military surgeon and a major in the Australian Army Reserves
What does Merwe love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“I like handing down the few pearls and tricks one picks up after years of working in Trauma.
“To teach is to learn twice”.”
Andrew Hooper (@FlyDocAndy) MBBS, BA, FACEM
Emergency and Retrieval Physician
Royal Flying Doctor Service, Western Operations
Andy is the Head of Medical services at RFDS Western Operations. He trained in Emergency Medicine in Perth, Western Australia, before discovering the wonders and challenges of remote and retrieval critical care.
Andy is passionate about trauma management outside of major centres, and allowing clinicians to deliver first class care to patients regardless of location.
Andy is also an enthusiastic but frustrated crayfisherman.
What does Andy love about teaching on the ETM Course?
Meeting, teaching and learning from the incredible clinicians across the country.
John Bonning (@johnubonn) FACEM, MBChB, BHB
Waikato Hospital ED
John is President-Elect and current Board member of ACEM. He is also a practicing Emergency Physician at Waikato Hospital’s Emergency Department and the current Chair of the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand.
A doctor for 29 years, John is the immediate past Clinical Director of Waikato Hospital ED. He is currently a NZ Rugby Union Match Doctor and Police Medical Officer and is also very active in clinical practice.
John is an ETM, APLS and ACME course instructor and an expert advisor to the HDC and the Coroner. He is a passionate advocate for a strong public health system, equitable access to emergency care, and the rational use of health resources.
What does John love about teaching on the ETM Course?
“Teaching a rational & safe approach to trauma patients and connecting with clinicians interested in learning.”