ICEM 2022 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Dr Simon Judkins
Immediate-Past President of the College
Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Austin Health
Simon Judkins is Immediate-Past President of the College, and Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Austin Health, where he has worked for 20 years. He is Chair of Choosing Wisely Australia’s Choosing Wisely Committee and has great passion for health resource stewardship and sustainability. Simon also works at Albury Health in New South Wales to better understand challenges in providing regional health care, and is a Board Member at Castlemaine Health in Victoria. Simon is a great believer in Australia’s public health system and the work ethos of specialist emergency physicians. He strongly advocates for equity and access to health care for all and addressing issues of diversity, gender equity and bullying.
A/Prof Paul Middleton
Director of the South Western Emergency Research Institute (SWERI) – Liverpool Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor Paul Middleton is a specialist in prehospital and emergency medicine, and has worked as part of prehospital trauma and helicopter critical care retrieval teams in both the UK and Australia.
He is the Director of the South Western Emergency Research Institute (SWERI) at Liverpool Hospital and Chair of the bi-national Emergency Department Epidemiology Network (EDEN) for ACEM. He has published extensive clinical research on non-invasive assessment of illness, pre-hospital research and clinical trials, patient safety, epidemiology, health economics and critical patient transport, and he has a research degree from Imperial College London in the area of innovative non-invasive diagnostic patient monitoring.
Paul is Immediate Past Chair of the NSW branch of the Australian Resuscitation Council, ex-Chief Medical Officer to St John Australia, is convenor of the Resus @ The Park conferences and the founder of Emergency Medicine Television (EMTV) . He is also the Chair and founder of Take Heart Australia, a charity designed to include all Australians in a mission to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
Dr Elyssia Bourke
Elyssia is an adult and paediatric advanced emergency trainee working in Victoria. She is also currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Melbourne. She is looking forward to designing an interesting and informative conference with sessions which are relevant to clinicians at all stages of their emergency medicine career and creating a social program that highlights all that Melbourne has to offer.
Dr Simon Craig
Adjunct Clinical Professor – Department of Paediatrics, Monash University
Simon Craig is a paediatric emergency physician working at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University. He has a strong interest in clinical research, and is an active member of the PREDICT network, which undertakes multi centre studies in paediatric emergency medicine. He wrote the Monash Children’s Paediatric Emergency Medication Book which is now being adapted for use internationally. Simon is undertaking a PhD in acute severe asthma and has over 80 peer-reviewed publications. However, in recent years has discovered how much time can be wasted on Twitter!
Dr Lai Heng Foong
Dr Foong is an Emergency Physician based in Sydney who has a passion for Public Health and Disaster preparedness, Indigenous Health and the social determinants of health. Before she studied medicine, she completed a Bachelor degree majoring in Philosophy. She has a special interest in medical ethics, especially in medical decision making and health equity. She has recently been appointed the Chair of the NSW ED Community of Practice (CoP) in Covid-19 Response. She is currently the Chair of the Public Health and Disaster Committee of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), and a member of the Indigenous Health Committee. She is a co-author of the ACEM Clinical Management Guidelines for Covid-19.
Dr Jessica Forbes
Jess is a new FACEM from Queensland. She completed her emergency medicine training in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Townsville before returning to Brisbane to work with the Queensland Ambulance Service High Acuity Response Unit. Jess has been heavily involved with ACEM since her early days as a trainee, and was a member of the 2017 ACEM ASM Organising Committee.
A/Prof Tony Joseph
Clinical Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Clinical Associate Professor Anthony Joseph (FACEM) is a Senior Emergency Physician and Trauma Director at Royal North Shore Hospital, a leading teaching and referral hospital in Sydney, Australia. He is a co-founder and past President of the Australasian Trauma Society. He has also held a number of senior positions at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine as a member of College Council and Chair of the Standards, Quality, Trauma and Ultrasound Committees. He was the inaugural Chair of the ACEM Non- Specialist Training Committee in 2008 and remains in that position. He is also a Senior member of the ACEM Court of Examiners. He is a current member of the ACEM International Emergency Medicine Committee. He is a sub-editor and reviewer for “Injury” journal and a reviewer for “Emergency Medicine Australasia” journal. He has authored or co-authored over 30 articles for peer –reviewed journals and has written a number of book chapters.
He was also involved in the formation of the Trauma subcommittee of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine.
He also remains involved in clinical research and health advocacy, as well as the teaching and education of junior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals both locally and in developing countries. His academic appointment is in the Discipline of Emergency Medicine, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney and he has been a tutor for medical students at USyd for many years.
Dr Rob Mitchell
Emergency & Retrieval Physician – Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre
Rob Mitchell is an emergency & retrieval physician at the Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre, Melbourne. Has a strong interest in global emergency care, having previously completed Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) assignments in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands. Rob is undertaking a PhD on emergency care (EC) systems in resource-limited environments, and is engaged with several Pacific EC development projects funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
He holds a MPH&TM and PGCert in Disaster & Refugee Health, and in 2014 completed a Churchill Fellowship on postgraduate training in global EC.
Dr Georgina Phillips
Georgina Phillips worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne over 20 years with special interest in clinical excellence, equity & research for patients with complex psychosocial issues including homelessness, addiction & mental illness.
Since 1996 she is an Australian Volunteer emergency doctor in Kiribati, ongoing involvement in EM development, mentoring clinicians & building capacity for emergency care in the Asia-Pacific region-PNG, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Timor Leste & Myanmar.
Georgina currently visits EM specialist at Fiji National University & University of PNG, an honorary professor at the University of Medicine (1),Yangon in Myanmar.
She is also an ACEM Country Liaison Representative for Solomon Islands & Pacific region, co-section editor for EMA, past chair of ACEM IEMC & on ACEM Foundation.
Dr Viet Tran
Director of Emergency Medicine Research – Royal Hobart Hospital
Chair – TASER group
Viet is an Emergency Physician who balances his passion for both research & medical education. He works as the Director of Emergency Medicine Research at the Royal Hobart Hospital and is also Chair of the TASER group (Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research). As an educator, Viet is the Emergency Medicine discipline lead at the Tasmanian School of Medicine and the Tasmanian Regional Censor & Deputy Faculty Chair for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Dr Gina Watkins
Gina Watkins is passionate about enhancing Emergency Care for those most in need. She has combined her career in NSW with pursuit of her interests in education and international development through the ACEM Foundation & Global Care committees, and has taught EM in Botswana, Nepal and Vanuatu. Recently she has been focussing on the barriers to equitable health care and longevity among Indigenous Australians. Her insatiable curiosity has drawn her into research, where she has been an advocate for better coordination of research within the College, becoming the inaugural Chair of the Clinical Trials Network, and a member of the first Research Committee. She has a track record in planning ACEM events and looks forward to welcoming people from many diverse backgrounds to Melbourne in 2022.
Dr Peter White
ACEM Chief Executive Officer
Dr John Bonning
Oversight Committee Representative
President – ACEM New Zealand
John Bonning is the first President of ACEM from Aotearoa New Zealand as well as the Chair of the Council of Medical Colleges in NZ and a practicing Emergency Physician at Waikato Hospital’s Emergency Department where he was the DEM prior to his presidency. John did half his training in Melbourne and makes annual trips to Alice Springs to do locum work in winter so have experience working on both sides of the Tasman.
As a doctor for 30 years he is a passionate advocate for a strong public health system, equitable access to emergency care, and rational use of health resources.