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Keynote Speakers

We are proud to welcome the following Keynote Speakers to the ASA + FNA 29th Conference 2017:


Glenn TodhunterMajor Glenn Todhunter

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

Major Glenn Todhunter is Australia’s first and only disabled military and RFDS aviator. On September 22 1995, Major Glenn Todhunter found himself trapped in the wreckage of his aircraft after it had crashed heavily from 200ft during a training flight. He almost died.

After several days in intensive care on life support, his journey back to health required amputation of both his legs below the knee and two months in hospital. What followed over the next eight years is a landmark journey rebuilding his life learning to walk, drive and fly again.

After having been told he would never fly again for Defence with a disability, he succeeded and in doing so became the first and only amputee aviator to have served in the history of the Australian Defence Force. To date Glenn has flown both rotary and fixed wing aircraft for the Australian Army.

Glenn actively enjoys sharing his experiences with others, endeavouring to assist people that have experienced trauma and/or disability with a message to never let fear hold you back. Glenn enjoys visiting schools to help raise awareness of disability as a mainstream issue, and he has been an active member of amputee and disability support groups.

In acknowledgement of his achievements, Glenn is the first non-doctor to be awarded lifetime honorary membership to the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He has featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, and was selected as one of four finalists for the 2006 Suncorp Queenslander of the Year.

Glenn now works for the Royal Flying Doctor Service - South Eastern Section as their Head of Flight Training and enjoys being part of an iconic organisation providing a vital service to the Australia community.


“The only limits to extraordinary results in life are the limits we impose upon ourselves…”
Glenn Todhunter 2005


Stepping Beyond Boundaries



Cliff ReidCliff Reid

Director of Emergency Medicine Training

NSW Ambulance Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service


Cliff works in emergency medicine at Mona Vale Hospital and in intensive care at Dubbo Base Hospital. He is a clinical associate professor in emergency medicine at Sydney University Medical School.


Training HEMS teams: learning from the past, shaping the future





JN ArmstrongJN Armstrong MD FRCPC

Consultant anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia, Calgary Health Region.
Associate Professor of Anesthesia,  Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Chief Medical Officer, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS)


Dr. JN Armstrong received a BSc in Physiology from the University of Calgary in 1980, and an MD from the same institution in 1981. He completed an internship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1981-82 and attained his CCFP (Canadian College of Family Practitioners) in 1983. Following this, with training in General Practice Anesthesia from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, he practiced as a GP Anesthetist and Family Practitioner in Yellowknife Northwest Territories until 1988. He then returned to an anesthesia residency at the University of Calgary and earned his FRCP (Fellow of the Royal College of Canada, Anesthesiology) in 1991. He has since been on staff at the Calgary General Hospital in the Calgary Health Zone.

He assumed the role of Clinical and Academic Department Head in Anesthesia for the Calgary Health Region and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary in 2004.

In 2013, after finishing his second term as Anesthesia Department Head he took on his current role as Chief Medical Officer for the Shock Trauma Air rescue Society (STARS). As the Chief Medical Officer he is responsible for the medical care delivered by the organization for the transport of the critically ill and injured across six bases and three provinces.

JN also has a strong interest in aviation and has been flying since 1973. He is a licensed commercial helicopter and fixed wing pilot. He currently holds active Airline Transport Licenses for both Fixed Wing and Helicopters. He presently flies as a Captain for STARS flying twin engine BK117 and AW 139 helicopters and also flies his own Cessna T210 privately.


Appropriate Application of the Aviation - Medicine Analogy      



Dave GreenbergDave Greenberg

Dave Greenberg grew up in New York City and knew he wanted to be a fireman from the time he was eight years old. He became a junior fire-fighter at age 13, and saved a stranger’s life, using CPR, a few days before his 14th birthday. After university, he became an IT consultant but remained a volunteer in the emergency services.
Dave came to Wellington, New Zealand for a one year IT contract in January 1990 and never left.
He joined Life Flight, as a crewman on Wellington’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter in March 1991 and spent the next 25 years a helicopter and fixed-wing air ambulance crewman as well as serving as Life Flight’s Wellington Operation manager and media spokesperson during a 25-year career that ended in May 2016.
Today Dave is an Emergency Management consultant and has recently completed a book, called Emergency Response, which will be released by Penguin Random House in early October.
Dave will have a look back at some of his nearly 4000 missions and how he thinks the air ambulance / air rescue industry has changed, for the better (and worse!) over the last 25 years.


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

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