Here is a sneak preview of our brilliant line-up of inspirational and thought provoking industry leaders and presenters...
Dr. Gabriel E. Blecher
MBBS(Hons) Postgrad Dip Man MSc(Epi) CCPU FACEM
Gabriel is an Emergency Physician and Deputy Director and Director of Quality and Safety at Monash
Medical Centre. He also has a clinical appointment at Cabrini Hospital.
He drives the
Monash Health Emergency Department Ultrasound Education and Quality
Committee. He has completed a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada and has an appointment with Monash University as a senior adjunct lecturer. His research interests include point-of-care ultrasound and efficient use of diagnostic testing in emergency medicine.
B.AppSci (Human Movement) Dip.ParamediSci (Prehospital Care), GradDip Intensive Care Paramed, GradDip EmergHlth (MICA), GradCert EmergHlth (Aeromed Retrieval)
Ben has been a Teaching Associate with Monash University Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice since 2003 and is currently a Teaching Associate in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Ben has extensive experience in prehospital critical care, and is an operational Intensive Care Flight Paramedic (MICA) with Air Ambulance Victoria. Ben has a keen interest in prehospital critical care, advanced clinical assessment, prehospital critical care interventions and developing clinical judgement in critical care practitioners. POCUS is one of his passions.
Ben has been heavily involved with the development and implementation of contemporary prehospital clinical practice guidelines both locally and internationally. He played a significant role in the introduction of POCUS to the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in Victoria. Ben is a PhD candidate at Monash University, and his project is investigating the physiological and metabolic health of paramedics, as well as specialist paramedic task performance.
Dr. Vicki Noble
MD Professor, Case Western Reserve/University Health Hospitals
Vicki Noble is the vice-chair for academic affairs and the residency program director at University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio where she is starting the hospital wide point of care ultrasound program for the system. She is a Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and a former chair of the ACEP Ultrasound Section, has been on the boards of WINFOCUS, PURE and the AIUM. She is the president-elect for the SUSME. She is the co-author of the Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound textbook, now in its second edition. Her research interests include lung ultrasound, ultrasound volume assessment and technology solutions to guide ultrasound interpretation as a means to broaden access to diagnostic ultrasound.
Dr. Brian O'Connell
MICGP, FACEM, CCPU
Emergency Physician, Grafton Base Hospital
Member of ACEM Ultrasound Subcommittee. Co-founded the EMUGs Network in 2015 after seeing the potential for POCUS in ED’s and recognising the chasm between offsite courses and onsite clinical practice. A keen advocate for standardising and coordinating POCUS resources and training.
DR. Thomas BROUGH
FACEM MC-CU (Master of Clinical Ultrasound)
Tom started teaching himself ultrasound as a junior registrar after developing a pathological fear of ionising radiation. After many years of graded exposure and morbidity + mortality meeting psychotherapy he has thankfully overcome this phobia. Nevertheless, he has been left with an enduring ideology that the integration of clinical ultrasound into emergency medicine will enhance clinical judgement and patient safety just as much as it will sharpen diagnostic accuracy. Tom divides his clinical time between Adult Retrieval Victoria and Albany Emergency Department in WA. He has a masters degree in clinical ultrasound, a special interest in echocardiography, and runs ultrasound education project called Diastology Lab.
Dr Cris Zollo
MBBS, BSc, MRCS(Ed), FACEM, DDU
Dr Cris Zollo is an Emergency Physican and the Clincial Lead for Ultrasound at Waikato Hospital Emergency Department, having attaining the ASUM DDU. Originally from England, Cris has experience working in emergency departments across New Zealand, Australia and the UK, but undertook most of her formal training at Waikato Hospital. She is a passionate advocate of increased POCUS availability, but acknowledges that this, like all other tests, should be used wisely, supported by appropriate training and credentialing.
DR. ASHES MUKHERJEE
MBBS, FRCS, FRCEM, FACEM, CFEU, CCPU
Ash is an emergency physician with a passion for point of care echocardiography.
After his undergraduate in India, he underwent post graduate EM training in the UK and is now a consultant at Armadale Hospital, WA. He is the lead for ultrasound training and has been influential towards training his team on the use of point of care echocardiography.
BAppSc(MedRad) GDUlt GCHPE FASA AMS
Carolynne is a senior sonographer and passionate POCUS educator at Monash Health in Victoria.
She has been instrumental to the growth of a large collaborative POCUS program at Monash Health. In 2016, Carolynne was awarded the Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA) Educator of
the Year for excellence in ultrasound education. She also serves the wider ultrasound
profession in a variety of chairing, committee & advisory roles.
Dr. Nathan Peters
BPHARM MBBS PGDIPCLINUS CCPU(RCE) FANZCA
Staff Specialist Anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Royal Brisbane
and Women’s Hospital.
Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Queensland.
Honorary Senior Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne.
Coordinator, focused ultrasound simulation education training programs, Clinical Skills Development
Nathan has interests in anaesthesia for vascular surgery and perioperative echocardiography. He has been instrumental in establishing the simulation-based ultrasound education programs at the Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Anaesthesia. He has now expanded the delivery of these programs widely around Queensland and has received recognition for his excellence in training in this area. He is
very enthusiastic about all forms of point of care ultrasound and the benefits that this brings to patient care.