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Subject to change. Last Updated 25 August 2017


Tuesday 29 August 2017

0900-1700 ASA Committee Meetings (combined with AAMS/EHAC/SAMMS) - Yarra Room - Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

ASA & International Colleagues Dinner


Wednesday 30 August 2017


Workshop Participant Bus Transfer Departs - Pirrama Road, Darling Island Wharf 

NOTE: Participants requiring bus transfer to and from the workshops will be collected from and returned to Pirrama Road, Darling Island Wharf. If you are making your own way to the ACE Training Centre in Bankstown, please arrive no later than 0845 for a 0900 start.

0900-1700 Operational Safety Forum - ACE Training Centre - Bankstown
0900-1700 Prehospital, Retrieval & Disaster Medicine Learning Place - ACE Training Centre - Bankstown
1645 Bus Transfer Departs - ACE Training Centre
1800 Bus arrives back at Darling Island Wharf
1800-1830 ASA + FNA Meeting - Doltone House Darling Island (North Wharf Room)
1800-1830 Conference Registration  - Doltone House Darling Island 

Welcome Drinks - Doltone House Darling Island  (South Wharf Room)


Thursday 31 August 2017     

0800 Conference Registration Open
  OPENING SESSION - 'The Endeavour' Theme Session - Doltone House Darling Island - North Wharf Room
0840 Conference Opening - please be seated promptly
0850 Arrival of His ExcellencyGeneral The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)
Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley
0855 Welcome to Country – Respected Gadigal Elder Uncle Chicka Madden

Official Opening and Address

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)
Governor of New South Wales

0915 Welcome - Mark Buick - ASA President
0930 Departure of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)
Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley

Associate Professor JN Armstrong
Chief Medical Officer - Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society
Appropriate Application of the Aviation – Medicine Analogy 

Introduced by Session Sponsor, Babcock

1015-1050 Associate Professor Cliff Reid
NSW Ambulance Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service
Training HEMS teams: Learning from the past, shaping the future
1050-1120 MORNING TEA - Trade Exhibition Area - South Wharf Room
  SESSION #1 -'Botany Bay' Theme Session
1120-1140 Tina Kendrick
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatrics - NETS NSW
Using the paediatric index of mortality score to report severity of illness in babies and children retrieved by NSW Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW)

Nicole Ghedina
Staff Specialist, Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations
Skill Maintenance in Retrieval Airway Management

1200-1220 Simon Craddock
Team Leader Training & Standards - South Australian Ambulance Rescue Retrieval & Aviation
A new role in Training & Standards for South Australian Ambulance Service, Rescue Retrieval & Aviation: A snap shot 12 months in
              MICRO BREAK & QUIZ QUESTION - Stand up, Stretch + Take a few deep breaths!
 Sam Love
Pilot - Skyline Aviation
Emergency Procedures Course (EPC) - An ever evolving area of change

Session Prize and Announcement

1250-1345 LUNCH - Trade Exhibition Area - South Wharf Room
  SESSION #2 - 'Sydney Harbour Bridge' Theme Session


Judi Shields
Clinical Nurse Coordinator - Retrieval Services QLD / Lady Cilento Childrens' Hospital ED
Fatigue have we learned from the past to ensure our safety today and into the future?


Professor Russell Jones
Professor of Clinical Education - Royal Flying Doctor Service
Demographics of patients suffering from snake bite, retrieved by the Royal Flying Doctor Service within Western Australia over a 10-year period: Learning from the Past

            MICRO BREAK & QUIZ QUESTION - Stand up, Stretch + Take a few deep breaths!
1430-1450 Angela Coward
Clinical Nurse Manager - New Zealand Air Ambulance Service
Saving Lives in The South Pacific and Beyond with a little bit of Kiwi ingenuity and a 16fr gastric tube
1450-1510 Stephen Langford
Director of Medical Services - Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations
Managing the pregnant retrievalist
1510-1535 AFTERNOON TEA - Trade Exhibition Area - South Wharf Room
  SESSION #3 - 'The Opera House' Theme Session

Toby Fogg
Medical Director - CareFlight

Samantha Bendall

Co-Director of Education and Retrieval Specialist - Careflight
Competence and Credentialing In Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine: A Suggested Framework

1555-1615 John Tessarolo
Group General Manager Human Factors Group - Pel-air Aviation
Application of an airline standard Safety Management System - Enhancing safety in aeromedical transport
            MICRO BREAK & QUIZ QUESTION - Stand up, Stretch + Take a few deep breaths!
1620-1640 Bruce Wicksteed
Director of Operations / Nursing - Paediatric Critical Care Retrieval Service (PCCRS)
Project Artemis: national coordination of paediatric critical care retrievals

Cameron Edgar

Zone Manager, NSW Ambulance Helicopters
Investigating the Past to Improve the Future: Training Paramedics to conduct Safety Investigations

1700 Day One concludes - Evening at leisure

ASA Annual General Meeting - North Wharf Room


Friday 1 September 2017

0830 Registration Desk Open
0745-0815 FNA Annual General Meeting - Parkview Room, Darling Island Wharf
  SESSION #4 - 'Circular Quay' Theme Session
0900-0905 Day 2 Announcements

Neil Alexander
Director - Total Aerospace Solutions
Indigenous Health and Aviation in East Arnhem Land. A Technical Perspective


Stefan Becker
President - European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee E.v.
Age 60 - Reasons to stop flying in HEMS?


Dr Cheah Phee Kheng

Medical Director of Emergency Retrieval Unit (ERU) Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital.

Training for Retrieval

1020-1050 MORNING TEA -Trade Exhibition Area - South Wharf Room
  SESSION #5 - 'Bondi Beach' Theme Session
1050-1110 Caren Harrison
Nurse Manager - Royal Flying Doctor Service
"Ravenshoe to Kowanyama - RFDS Lessons learned from 2 multi-casualty disaster responses in 16 months"
1110-1130 Dan Hankins
Emeritus Consultant and Associate Professor - Mayo Clinic (previous)
Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Emergency Medicine and Transport Practice
1130-1150 Dean Taylor
Retrieval Medical Officer - Royal Flying Doctor Service QLD
One size fits all –or does it? Looking back to plan for the future
          MICRO BREAK & QUIZ QUESTION - Stand up, Stretch + Take a few deep breaths!
1155-1215 Mark Delany
General Manager - Toll Helicopters
The utilisation of full simulation to enhance technical training and operational outcomes whilst supporting the risk based approach to training that we all operate within
1215-1235 Andrew Taylor
Pilot - Babcock Mission Critical Services
Hot and High - A look at why aircraft performance decreases rapidly with altitude and/or hot conditions
1235-1330 LUNCH - Trade Exhibition Area - South Wharf Room
  SESSION #6 - 'Taronga Zoo' Theme Session


Dave Tingey  Retrieval Practitioner - SAAS MedSTAR
John Hall  Rescue / Retrieval Paramedic - SAAS MedSTAR
Offshore Medical Rescue - practical considerations and techniques for medical rescue in the marine environment


Naomi Lacey

Logistics Coordinator - CareFlight
Logistics in the Never Never: the Challenges of Aeromedical Co-ordination in the Remote Top End of Australia

          MICRO BREAK & QUIZ QUESTION - Stand up, Stretch + Take a few deep breaths!
1415-1435 Jorinde Helmich
Emergency Registrar - Royal Adelaide Hospital
GI bleed: how to prevent a bloody mess on your flight!

Dan Martin

Nursing Director - SAAS MedSTAR
Back to the Future – the evolution of blood and blood product use in a prehospital and retrieval service

1455-1520 AFTERNOON TEA - Trade Exhibition Area - South Wharf Room
  SESSION #7 - 'ANZAC Bridge' Theme Session

Glenn Todhunter

Head of Flight Training - Aviation Training Team (Part 141/142)
Royal Flying Doctor Service

Stepping Beyond Boundaries


Dave Greenberg

Emergency Management consultant and former Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman,

Highs, lows and lessons from 25 years on the NZ Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter


Mark Buick - ASA President
- Awards and Prize Draws (delegates must be present to be eligible for prizes)


1900-2330 CONFERENCE DINNER - Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf


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