Dennis is a Wongai man. His mob are from the Goldfields of Western Australia. He was born in Kalgoorlie and raised in Perth.
Dennis studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 2002. He has worked in a range of specialities in hospitals from Fremantle, Cairns, the chilly Kiwi city of Christchurch and now the balmy Top End town of Darwin. He recently finished specialist training as a General Paediatrician and Neonatologist.
Dennis and his wife, have 3 boisterous boys that keep them busy. They are usually seen running after them on the beaches of Darwin or kicking the footy with them in the local park.
Dr Megan Walmsley is an anaesthetist currently working at Royal Darwin Hospital. She is interested in high altitude and mountain medicine and have worked at medical clinics in Nepal on a number of occasions, including 2 seasons at 'Everest ER', the Mt Everest Base Camp clinic. She is also been part of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists Pacific Fellowship program and spent 6 months working in Suva, Fiji in 2017.
Dr Stephanie Schlueter, is the Co-Director for Emergency Medicine at Peel Health Campus in Mandurah, WA, the Deputy Director and clinician at the WA Country Health Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS) and has been the Emergency Medicine Clinical Lead- for WACHS Kimberley since 2015. Born and raised in Germany, Steph’s love for Australia began on a school exchange in 1996 and after several years of back and forth to Down Under she finally moved to Australia for good after graduating from Charité, University Hospital in Berlin in 2007.
22 years on from her first Oz experience she is now an Australian trained Emergency Medicine Physician (married to an aussie bloke J ) with a passion for rural and remote Emergency Medicine Education & Training. Special interests include simulation & debriefing, CRM and physician wellness & resilience. Stephanie is a course instructor and director for a variety of emergency medicine courses and has recently written her own “The Rural and Remote Emergency Medicine Skills Course” for country WA clinicians.
When not in the hospital or touring for education across the country Steph enjoys exploring the outback via 4WD with her husband and their 4 dogs, “helping” with the sheep on the farm and going for a jog.
Dr Greer Weaver is a GP anaesthetist/rural generalist (FACRRM/FRACGP, JCCA, DCH, DRANZCOG (basic)). She currently works at Gove District Hospital in East Arnhem Land, where she has been seeing crazy tropical medicine and scary indigenous health presentations since 2011. She works with a fantastic bunch of highly skilled generalists, and generally sees something new and remarkable every week.
Her hobbies include being on call (not really, but with 1:3 on the roster you need to embrace it!), fishing, phoning specialist friends for advice, training registrars in the hope she might be able to stay in bed more, and raising small Territorians in the hope that one day they will overcome their sea-sickness long enough to enjoy fishing as much as their parents.
Mary Pinder is a Senior Staff Specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA, the state centre for liver transplantation and neurosurgery. Mary has trained in intensive care medicine in the UK and South Africa as well as Australia. She has a strong interest in trainee (and fellow) welfare and education and is currently researching methods to improve the assessment process.
Becky Day is an Emergency Medicine Specialist and Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training at Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals in the Top End. She found her way to her passion of Emergency Medicine in 2007 when she arrived as a fresh-faced Registrar in Sydney, and has never looked back.
Although now a fully-fledged Aussie, she originally hails from the North East of England. She has an odd accent, an odder sense of humour and has been described as “a pocket rocket” on more than one occasion!
She sometimes moves so fast that she makes her colleagues dizzy. She is passionate about education and particularly loves simulation and making task trainers out of pieces of meat, latex and other random objects.
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 Masters of Health and Medical Law at Melbourne University.
Aboriginal Interpreter Co-ordinator
My name is Craig Castillon, I was born and raised in Darwin, Northern Territory and I have been working for the Department of Health since 2001. In all positions held over my working career, I’ve supported and creating greater awareness around Aboriginal Health. I pride myself on improving health literacy, through health professional’s practices when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait patients and their families across Top End Health Services.
Over my career, I have developed extensive ability to engage, build trust, and repour and foster excellent working partnerships with an aim to deliver improved health and well-being outcomes for families in urban, regional and remote communities.
I have been proactively involved in serval committees, (Medical Advisory Group, Senior Renal Leadership Committee, Healing and Wellness Advisory Committee, Cultural Events Committee). Shaping practises and providing cultural consideration to improve TEHS health strategies to the most venerable Territorians accessing Top End Health Services. My positive role modelling over the last 4 years working as the Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer in Renal, has resulted in vast improvements to remote Aboriginal patients who are needing to relocate from their communities to Darwin for going dialysis treatment, in both their health care engagement and health literacy.
Most recently I was appointed as TEHS Aboriginal Interpreter Co-Ordinator looking at ways to improve the communication between Aboriginal consumers and the hospital health professionals. The opportunity to strengthen Top End Health Services (TEHS) and improve the delivery to a large portion of non-English speaking users was a key driver in taking on the role.
In 2018 I was nominated for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee of the year award for my ongoing commitment towards improving health outcomes for Territorians at RDH. Over my career, community leaders, Traditional Elders and members of the Royal Darwin Hospital Leadership groups have recognised my commitment to deliver a culturally appropriate service to vulnerable Territorians. Highlighting my commitment to continue working towards closing the gap in Indigenous Health.
Bernie Dwyer is the National Training Coordinator for the Organ and Tissue Authority. Previously Bernie was an Intensive Care nurse and was also a major contributor to organ donation in Victoria, holding the roles of Organ Donor Coordinator and Clinical Manager.
Bernie has been extensively involved in education in this sector, and has a particular interest in examining and improving communication with families in acute grief.
Bernie’s current role is focused on the Organ & Tissue Authority’s Professional Education Program and the successful implementation of the Family Donation Conversation Workshops. She works closely with other facilitators across the country to deliver these workshops.
The workshops aim to improve end of life conversations and to ensure that donation conversations are conducted in a sensitive, compassionate way that offers families the opportunity to make an informed decision about donation.
A/Prof Dianne Stephens moved to Darwin in 1998 as the first ICU Specialist and inaugural Director of Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She developed the RDH ICU into a nationally respected tertiary level ICU and established the first organ donation agency in the NT. She has published widely on sepsis, melioidosis and critical illness in the Indigenous population and has broad experience as a medical leader in clinical governance.
A/Prof Stephens received an OAM for her leadership role in the ICU management of the 20 critically ill Bali bombing victims in 2002. She deployed for 3 months to Iraq in 2004/2005 where she worked in ICU in the USAF tertiary hospital facility in Balad and in October 2005 she deployed with the ADF to evacuate the victims of the second Bali bombings.
In 2016 Dianne spent a sabbatical year in Fiji and was living and working in Suva with her family during Cyclone Winston and its aftermath. On return to Australia in February 2017 she took up the new role of Medical Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) – focusing on disaster training and response locally, nationally and internationally in the Asia Pacific region.
Alison loves flying and visiting remote parts of Australia. As an Intensivist 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 the Territory. 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.
Jodie Mills has completed her Master in Public Health majoring in Aeromedical Retrieval and concurrently holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery and a Bachelor of Social Work. Jodie is now the Northern Operations Manager at CareFlight NT after working as a flight nurse/ midwife/ for 6 years. Jodie has an interest in employing best practice research to continue improving prehospital care in remote Australia, with a focus on developing strategic management pathways that emphasises supportive and responsive aeromedical retrieval of all patients. Jodie has a keen interest in research and is currently undertaking an RCT into the aeromedical retrieval of acute psychiatric patients.
A/Consumer and Cultural Consultant
My name is Shannon Daly I am a mother of 3 children born and raised in Darwin. I follow my grandmother’s line on my father’s side who identify as Jawoyn. I have worked in health for approximately 15 years and over the past 18 year held other positions within education, employment at various levels in both government, non-government organisation. In my current role as the Consumer and Cultural Consultant I provide ongoing cultural advice and education session to Top End Health Services staff. I am also a Health Literacy champion within my workplace.
Among many other task and priorities within my current capacity my passion is to work towards developing effective relationships using a holistic approach to influence closing the gap. I also work strongly towards empowering Aboriginal people to have a strong voice in the health system to inform and assist in systems changes that will enable us to deliver culturally safe, quality and cost effective to Aboriginal people. This also includes the embedding Aboriginal staff roles into our health system.
I am interested in promoting systems changes through a cultural safety lens.
Resy has been an intensive care staff specialist in the Royal Darwin Hospital since 2014. Resy was born and bred in The Netherlands. She went to medical school in Belgium, where she also obtained her specialist titles in internal medicine and intensive care. After having worked in Adelaide for a few years, she moved to the Top End of Australia where she has taken on a leadership role in Rapid Response System and deteriorating patient standard governance. She is a keen educator and has developed and delivered workshops in ICU, in RDH as well as throughout the Top End and the Kimberleys. She is supervisor of training for CICM and ACEM trainees rotating through RDH ICU and has supported several ICU CICM exam candidates during their exam preparation. Mentoring junior doctors is one of Resy’s favourite parts of working in ICU in Darwin.
Outside of work, Resy enjoys bush walking in the beautiful tropical environment of the Top End; she is an enthusiastic member of the Darwin Chorale and has performed in some of their concerts and stage shows. Her dream is to be a Bond girl in the next James Bond movie; although it will probably not happen, she got several dresses that may appropriate to wear in the film.
Dr Jaquelyne Hughes is a Torres Strait Islander woman. Her family come from Mabuiag Island in the near west Torres Strait.
Dr Hughes works as a nephrologist at Royal Darwin Hospital, and holds the clinical portfolio leadership for Consumer Engagement, New Start Dialysis Transition Clinic and Research Translation in the Top-End Renal Service.
Dr Hughes is a senior research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin and leads the “eGFR Study”, a longitudinal cohort kidney health study in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. She is the convenor of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Group with the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, was an expert advisor for the Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Performance Report to improve access and outcomes of kidney transplantation, and is a special advisor to the Minister for Indigenous Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney disease. She is the project leader for the Catching Some Air – Asserting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Information Rights in Renal Disease project.
Don Christophersen is local Darwin man with family connections through North Western Arnhem Land and Kakadu and has worked with various government agencies and private enterprise throughout the NT over last 40 years.
Don Christophersen has joined the TEHS as the Senior Aboriginal Cultural Advisor under the Palmerston Regional Hospital and has been based at RDH for the last 12 months. Don also delivers short courses to various organisations in the N.T. on Historical, Cultural and Contemporary Aboriginal Society. His passion is the researching and telling of the history of the Northern Territory both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. The time Don has spent working in the remote and urban areas of the N.T. has provided him with a wealth of experience and knowledge, which he is able to communicate to participants in a balanced and apolitical interactive learning experience.
Don’s skill set includes the ability to be able to communicate cultural, historical and social information across to individuals and various interest groups who are new to the NT who want to gain a good understanding of Aboriginal Cultural knowledge Systems and history. Over the last 6 years Don was employed by Flinders N.T. Medical Program at the CDU campus to deliver Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge Systems, Communication and N.T. History to the medical students and components of this educational material was delivered at RDH through Grand Rounds which were well attend by TEHS staff.
Registered Nurse and Midwife
Primary Health Care Manager
Angurugu and Milyakburra Health Centres
Groote and Bickerton Island - NT
Jenni is a New Zealand trained Registered Nurse and Australian trained Midwife who has been working in Remote Northern Australia since 1990. Jenni has worked across Cape York, Torres Strait and Top End Communities in Primary Health Care. She has been in her current position since November 1998, managing Angurugu and intermittently Milyakburra Health Centres. Jenni is very well supported by a team of just over 20 staff with a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professionals across a range of disciplines. Jenni is particularly interested in each end of the life span and enjoys Midwifery as well as Palliative Care. Advanced Care Planning has been a normal part of the day to day work the Angurugu Health Centre Team have undertaken for some years. It is a normalised process within the Groote and Bickerton Is communities. Groote Eylandt Archipelago is a beautiful part of northern Australian where fishing, boating and camping is amazing, wild life, especially bird life is abundant, and people are very friendly.