Published and Edited Australian Short Stories magazine1982-1999, winner Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Young Adult fiction (Fog, a dox) 2013 Australian Literature Award 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010 and in 2018 was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Books include: Night Animals, Shark, Ocean, Bloke, Cape Otway, Convincing Ground, Little Red Yellow and Black Book. Yuin, Bunurong/Tasmanian heritage. Board member of Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. Lives in East Gippsland. His latest novels are, Bloke, published by Penguin in 2009, Chainsaw File, Oxford 2010, Fog, Magabala 2012 and Mrs Whitlam, Magabala 2016. Dark Emu, a history of Aboriginal agriculture was published by Magabala in 2014 and won the New South Wales Premiers’ Book of the Year Award in 2016 and was performed as Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2018. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award by the Australia Council in 2018.
David Pilcher is an Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. His interests include ICU performance monitoring, severity of illness assessment, organ donation, lung transplantation and ECMO. He is the Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE). He is a medical advisor to DonateLife in Victoria. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and Clinical Lead for the Safer Care Victoria Critical Care Clinical Network.
Both Cyril and Dayna were born in Darwin, with Cyril being originally from the Tiwi Islands and spent time growing up in both places, and Dayna being originally from Central Australia however grew up in Darwin. Dayna moved down to Alice Springs at the start of 2015 to spend more time with family, in particular her grandmother to learn and be immersed in culture. Cyril left the saltwater and moved to the desert for love in mid 2017. Dayna works for Indigenous Affairs and enjoys being able to impart knowledge and build capacity of fellow Aboriginal Australians to empower them to determine their own destinies. Cyril works for the Clontarf Foundation at Yirara College in a role that includes mentoring young Aboriginal men to provide them the foundations to both complete their education and grow into well rounded young men ready to face the challenges of life ahead.
Both Dayna and Cyril come from large Aboriginal families being the Rioli family and the Liddle family. Cyril’s family is well known for their skills in Australian Football League (AFL) with many family members playing at the highest level, including his son Cyril Rioli Jnr who has now retired. Cyril has two children and two granddaughters and both Cyril and Dayna enjoy spending time with their family. Their other hobbies include watching both the local footy and on tv along with fishing, hunting, painting (Aboriginal art) and the newest hobby being photography.
Penny has been working in Alice springs as Director of the unit for the past 12 years. Previously she worked at RPA and Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney, the United Kingdom and many developing countries.
Penny has managed to be part of the ICU Board the NT clinical senate, and a participant in many committees advising policy on alcohol and aboriginal health issues including submitting to the Royal Commission on aboriginal and Torres Strait islander alcohol use. These opportunities have happened as a result of working in Alice springs.
Alison loves flying and visiting remote parts of Australia. As an Intensivist in Cairns and Retrievalist in the Northern Territory she sees first-hand the impacts of remoteness on health both in the community and critical care settings. Alison moved to Alice Springs after visiting for a Midnight Oils concert, adding a Central Australia experience to that in the Top End.
Having recently completed a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound and a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Alison is passionate about providing high quality intensive care, retrieval medicine and public healthcare in rural Australia. She is driving for delivery of excellence in point of care ultrasound as well as advocating for services in the NT that address the social determinants of health, optimising the delivery of retrieval services to communities in need, and helping to build better remote healthcare solutions for the challenging environment that is the NT.
Dr Tim Leong MBBS, FCICM, DDU(Crit Care), PGDipEcho, Prof Cert HSM, Improvement Advisor (Ko Awatea)
Deputy Director, Head of Quality Improvement, Department of Intensive Care, Alfred Health
In addition to providing clinical care for Alfred Health critical care patients, I have a particular interest in the following current projects and activities:
Professor Bart Currie
Infectious Diseases Physician, Royal Darwin Hospital and Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Director, RHD Australia and HOT NORTH
Bart Currie is an infectious diseases and public health physician at Royal Darwin Hospital and Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program. He leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team at Menzies School of Health Research. He is the Director of RHD Australia, the National Support Unit for Australia’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy and also Director of HOT NORTH, the NHMRC-funded Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative.
Dr Ranjan Joshi is a Senior Intensivist in Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. Having trained in both adult and Paediatric Intensive Care, he has got a keen interest in congenital heart disease (Adult/Paediatric) particularly managing them without the access to cardiac surgery. He is also a very passionate advocate of Obstetric Intensive Care. He loves to participate in teaching and workshops in regional centres to improve management of the critically ill patients in a resource limited environment.
Dr Stephen Brady is a rheumatologist and general physician with over 20 years’ experience working in remote areas of the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland. He has been Head of the
Department of Medicine at Alice Springs Hospital since 2001. He is the recipient of the 2016 RACP Medal for Outstanding Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas. His research and clinical interests include Acute Rheumatic Fever and Systemic Lupus Erythematosis.
Having moved from alpine North-East Victoria, Brad now works as an Intensivist in Alice Springs. He enjoys the intellectual challenge of the critically ill undifferentiated patient and the physical challenge of solo bushwalking and mountain biking in the ranges around Alice.
He is interested in the way an individual’s early financial and educational opportunities alter health status in later life.
Dr Michelle Withers is an Emergency Physician and Retrieval Specialist who has worked in Alice Springs for 10 years. Her interests include trauma, remote and rural medicine.
Anna has seen the Todd River flow many times since arriving in Alice in 2004 as a junior doctor. She has been working as a FACEM in Alice ED since 2014 and is currently Deputy Director of Alice Springs ED. She is passionate about indigenous health and the social determinants of health.
She has been assisting the medical response at Wide Open Space festival, an eclectic music and arts festival in Central Australia since its inception in 2009. Seeing it evolve from a first aid kit in the back of a car to a coordinated approach.
She lives on a permaculture farm surrounded by vegetables, chickens, pigs, and goats. She has 2 boys and plays canoe polo and makes goat’s cheese in her spare time.
Dr Stephen Gourley is the Director of Emergency Medicine at Alice Springs Hospital and has been in this role for over 10 years. He has a particular interest in Indigenous and rural and remote health as well as management and advocacy to improve the health of these populations. He is on the ACEM Indigenous Health Subcommittee and the Rural Regional and Remote committee. He is currently the deputy chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, on the Board of the Federal AMA and the Chair of the NT Clinical Senate, which are platforms to develop strategic priorities for better health outcomes in regional Australia.
Martin is an ethicist and storyteller… and a rural doctor working for Nganampa Health Council, the Indigenous-run health service for the semi-traditional communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkuntjatjara Lands of Central Australia. After graduating in 1980, Dr Kelly worked in a number of public hospitals in Queensland, Canberra and Sydney. His post graduate studies culminated in a doctoral thesis entitled “Trust me, I’m a doctor!” on the role of trust and the importance of the interpersonal relationship in medical practice. Clinical decision-making, fostering patient autonomy and the relationship as the locus of clinical work were essential issues of the thesis, as they have been during twenty years working out bush.
Lloyd Einsiedel is a physician who has provided a clinical service to central Australia for more than fifteen years. He is currently the executive director of Baker central Australia, and acting Domain Head, Aboriginal Health, responsible for the national research program in Aboriginal health, which focuses on heart disease and diabetes. His clinical experience has informed his research interests which include health literacy, the influence of the social determinants of health on infectious diseases and the implications of infection with the human T cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) for Aboriginal Australians in central Australia. Over the past decade he has established productive collaborations with international HTLV-1 experts at Imperial College, London, and the Institut Pasteur, Paris, improving our understanding of the epidemiology of HTLV-1 and its disease associations in the region. His contribution to this field was recently recognized with the award of the IRVA clinical prize by the International Retrovirology Association.
Dr Mary Wicks (MBBS (Hon1), MPHC, FRACP) is a General Physician working in Central Australia. She works as a visiting Physician to Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs and as an Outreach Physician providing Diabetes Specialist services to remote Aboriginal Communities under the auspices of Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute and as an independent practitioner.
Prior to studying Medicine Mary was variously, a Critical Care Nurse, a Midwife and later a Remote Area Nurse and Manager of a remote Aboriginal Health Service in the remote East Kimberley Region of Western Australia.
Mary is interested in providing culturally appropriate health care in the complex sociocultural environment of Central Australia. She will embark on a PhD in 2020 with her research interest being in the area of Intergenerational Diabetes in Central Australia. She hopes this research may contribute to the understanding and management of the current epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Aboriginal people of Central Australia.
Mark Hamilton is the sole vascular surgeon for the Northern Territory of Australia and upper 1/3 of Western Australia, a catchment of approximately 1.8 million square km. He cares for approximately 250,000 patients and has the highest rates of diabetic foot and vascular disease in Australia, and the largest per capita dialysis population in the developed world, with ~800 patients on dialysis in the NT alone. He provides vascular surgery services to both Darwin and Alice Springs, as well as outreach to Samoa, where he supports the National Kidney Foundation. He heads the Multidisciplinary High-Risk foot service in the Top End, and oversees renal access surgery for the entire NT. He has been involved in delivering vascular surgery services to regional and remote Australia for more than ten years, and prior to this from NZ to the pacific, and has an in depth understanding of the issues around equitable delivery of high quality, high complexity medical services in the regional and remote context. In his spare time, he is doing a Post Grad qualification in Aeromedical retrieval because he wants more letters after his name than in it. He is known to disappear into the outback and take photographs on occasion as well.
Dr Sandawana William Majoni: MBChB, MRCP, UKCCST, FRACP, MMedStats, MClinicalMed (Ldrship&Mgtment), FRCP(London).
Dr Majoni pre-eminent senior staff specialist in nephrology and general internal medicine in the Northern Territory (NT) Department of health’s Top End Health Service at the Royal Darwin Hospital. He is the current Clinical Dean for the Flinders University’s Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) in the Top End Health Services, an honorary research fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research, the transplantation lead for Top End Renal Services, the clinical lead for the department of nephrology, deputising the NT Director of Renal Services in the Top End and the clinical lead for renal services to the Katherine region of the Top End. He also a biostatistician. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in nephrology, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases. He has supervised several medical trainees and medical students.
Paul Torzillo is the Head of Respiratory Medicine and a senior Intensive Care physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He is also Executive Clinical Director of that hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Clinical Director of Critical Care Services for the Sydney Local Health District. He has worked as a consultant to the Child and Adolescent Health Division of WHO in the areas of the Acute Respiratory Infection Control Program and Integrated Management of the Sick Child Initiative. He has contributed to manuals for hospital care of both Children and Adults in low income countries. He has had a major involvement in Aboriginal Health for over 30 years and worked on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program in the early 1980s. He is Medical Director of the Nganampa Health Council in the north-west corner of South Australia having worked with that organization since its inception in 1983. He has published on many aspects of Aboriginal health, remote service delivery and has had a key role in long term work on Aboriginal housing and health. He has had a major interest in acute respiratory infection in childhood and has published widely in this area. He has been awarded an Order of Australia for his work in Indigenous health and was a Ministerial appointment to the National Indigenous Health Equity Council and to the National Health Performance Authority.
I am a UK and Australian trained Emergency and Pre-hospital Retrieval Medicine Specialist and was Director of the local Retrieval Medicine Service between 2012 and 2018. I have previously worked for mission hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa, expedition companies around the world as well as the UK Helicopter Emergency Medicine System GNAAS and UK Mountain Rescue. I have a keen interest in trail running and rock climbing
Greg McAnulty graduated from the University of Sydney in medicine 1982 and in Old English Literature and Language in 1989. He worked in emergency and acute hospital medicine in Sydney before training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the UK from 1989.
Since the end of 2015 he has been working in Alice Springs Hospital, Australia as a consultant in intensive care. He also spent a year in Alice Springs in 2007-8. Before that, he completed his specialty training in the UK was appointed as a consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia in 1999 at St George’s Hospital, London. He worked in general adult and neuro critical care and provided anaesthesia for thoracic surgery. He was director of the Cardiothoracic
Intensive Care Unit at St George’s from 1999 until 2005. He was director of post graduate medical education at St George’s from 2004 until 2007 and until 2015 was director of the St George’s Simulation and Skills Centre.
He worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Bosnia in 1995-1996, became a board member in 2000 and was president of MSF UK for six years. He served on the MSF International Council Board for four years. He worked with MSF in Sierra Leone during the recent ebola outbreak and with other medical aid organisations in west Africa and elsewhere.
Dr Steve Philpot is an Intensive Care Specialist at Cabrini Hospital with a special interest in end of life care, organ and tissue donation, communication skills training and empathy in the workplace.
He is the National Lead Trainer for the DonateLife Family Donation Conversation Workshops, the Convenor of the CICM communication training program, convenor of the Cabrini Health “Shared Decision Making” and “Advance Care Planning Conversations” workshops and chair of the Cabrini Health End of Life Care Committee. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and is involved in undergraduate communication training.
He is currently completing and Master of Health and Medical Law at Melbourne University.
Dr Briony Robson, BBiomedSc, MD
Senior House Officer, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane
Having spent most of her training and career thus far in rural settings, Dr Briony Robson has become passionate about critical care, and for remote and Indigenous health care. After completing Masters courses in remote and Indigenous health care, Dr Robson consolidated these interests through rural student placements and completing two years as a resident at Alice Springs Hospital. Her experiences in ASH ICU in 2018 as an intern confirmed her career goal for intensive care training, and motivated her to pursue research into critical care services in remote health care settings.
Kathryn Kerr emigrated from Scotland as a child - just one of the many things she has in common with Jimmy Barnes and Angus Young. Having trained as a solicitor, Kathryn worked in law enforcement for several years. She is now an ICU Registrar at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
Kathryn’s interest in Indigenous Health was sparked whilst on a student placement in Bagot community in Darwin as part of the John Flynn Placement Program, and was further developed when she had the opportunity to work in ICU at Alice Springs Hospital in 2018.
Kathryn’s non-clinical appointments have included the Clinical Ethics Committee at Calvary Mater Newcastle; the board of the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute; and the Admissions Committee for the University of Newcastle Medical School.
Fearing that degrees in law and medicine were making her too employable, Kathryn also has a degree in English Literature.
I am originally from Northern Ireland and completed my medical degree in Scotland. I originally took a year off from medicine to travel, and my 3 months holiday in Australia began almost 10 years ago! I have completed my adult intensive care training all over Australia, including North Queensland, Darwin and Melbourne, which also included a rotation to Alice Springs. Currently I am doing PICU. When I used to have spare time, I enjoy the AFL and rugby union, but I have a toddler who keeps me busy - and who also cheers for Ireland!
I’m Gerard and I’m a new FCICM as of 2019. I completed my degree through UNSW spending most of my time in rural areas. I trained at RPA in Sydney but had time in Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and even Samoa. I’m working part time as an ICU fellow in John Hunter Hospital. My other 0.5 FTE is in Sydney Children’s Hospital – so if we are ever working together in an adult unit and you can’t find me, I may have wandered out to PICU. I love travel so I combine this with medicine by upskilling, educating and working in low/middle income countries every opportunity I get.
Medically I am interested in global health & remote medicine. If I had to pick one type of patient it would be a sick multi-trauma – I find them both interesting and challenging. Outside of work I play hockey, and can generally be found in a national park on my days off.