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.