Emergency Tasmania 2018 Co-Convenors
Brian is a USA trained Emergency Physician who has called Tasmania home for over a decade. He has been Chair of the Tasmania Faculty of ACEM during this time and has organized numerous conferences, workshops and educational events. He has special interests in point-of-care ultrasound, medical education, administration, research methodology and critical appraisal of the literature. He absolutely relishes Cradle Mountain and hopes that participants get the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place.
Bess completed the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice at the University of Tasmania in 2015 and currently works as a paramedic with Ambulance Tasmania. Bess has been an active member of Paramedics Australasia for a number of years, and is the current Chair of the Paramedics Australasia Tasmanian Chapter. Bess is an active advocate of continuing professional development, ensuring the availability of opportunities for all paramedics to enable continued excellence in caring for our patients through Paramedics Australasia activities. Bess looks forward to meeting everyone at Cradle Mountain and hopefully seeing some snow!
Ryan is an experienced paramedic having worked in both metropolitan and rural NSW before moving to Tasmania in 2015. He completed NSW Ambulance’s Diploma of paramedicine before undertaking bachelor degrees in both clinical practice (paramedic) and nursing. Ryan was awarded First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Health Science for his project ‘Rapid-MI-Tas’, benchmarking time to treatment in STEMI in Southern Tasmania in 2017. Throughout his career Ryan has developed a passion for health policy and research that supports cooperation between, and integration of, ambulance services and the broader health system.
Michael has spent much of his career working within military, Intensive care and Emergency settings. Michael currently works as a Clinical Nurse Educator with Tasmanian Health Service North West Mersey Community Hospital.
Michael is the President of the Tasmanian chapter of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA). He is a member of the Executive board and the National Education Committee CENA. Michael is a clinical lecturer for the University of Tasmania for the Transition to practice Honours program and the Baccalaureate in Nursing. Michael also is an instructor for the Advanced Life Support One course run by the Australian Resuscitation Council. Currently studying his second masters (Nurse Practitioner) as one is never enough, Michael gets excited when the words ‘advanced scope of practice’, ‘research’, ‘epidemiology’ and ‘nurse led models of care’ are bandied around. Michael holds the belief that Nurses hold the key to bridging health care gaps and coordinating effective patient centred care. In any event, he is still searching for that magical key. Wishing for more time in the day, Michael longs for the next holiday to bush walk, sky dive or scuba dive the amazing places around the world.