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We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the 30th Anniversary ASA + FNA Conference 2018 


Stephen HearnsDr Stephen Hearns



Stephen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and is the lead consultant for Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service. This aeromedical retrieval service delivers pre-hospital critical care for major trauma patients, rural hospital secondary retrievals and major incident responses.

Stephen has published a number of papers and book chapters related to emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. He also led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference.  He is attracted to the challenges of emergency medicine in demanding remote environments with limited resources.

He has been an active voluntary member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 20 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK.

He regularly acts an expert witness for the NHS Scotland Central Legal Office, for the General Medical Council and for pursuers’ solicitors. He is a Scottish Public Service Ombudsman’s advisor in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.



Stefan M. Mazur



Stefan is a PreHospital and Retrieval physician and Medical Retrieval Consultant in South Australia with the state based retrieval service, SAAS MedSTAR, and is the Head of Unit, Training and Education for the service.  Stefan also works as an Emergency Physician in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department.


Stefan has worked previously in Wellington, Perth, Birmingham, Auckland, Sydney, Townsville and London.  His introduction to retrieval was undertaking paediatric and neonatal retrievals for NETS in Sydney, New South Wales, and subsequently he had PreHospital and Retrieval roles with Mediflight in South Australia, for CareFlight in Queensland where he was also the Director of Training and Education and spent a period in London working for London HEMS in PreHospital trauma care. 


Stefan has an academic position at the School of Public Health at James Cook University and is an examiner in retrieval medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.  He has published various papers and textbook chapters on prehospital care and disaster medicine, primarily looking at the role of prehospital ultrasound.



Renee Semonin Holleran

FNP-BC, PhD, CEN, CCRN (emeritus); CFRN and CTRN (retired), FAEN


Renee is currently a Nurse Practitioner in Holistic Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She currently works with veterans by providing pain management. She also volunteers at the Hope Free Clinic which affords medical care to the under-served in Utah.


Renee was a transport nurse for 24 years as well as working in the emergency department starting in 1977.  Renee was the Chief Flight Nurse for University Air Care and the Adult Transport Nurse Manager for Intermountain Life Flight. Renee was also the 1996 President of the Emergency Nurses Association.


She was the editor of the Air Medical Journal and the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Renee has been the editor of the Patient Transport Principles and Practice text for the second through the fifth editions.  The 4th edition of the text won the AJN book of the year award in 2011.


Renee has numerous publications and presentations related to patient transport and emergency nursing. She was one of the initial authors for the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) and the Flight Nurse Advanced Trauma Course (now known as the Transport Professional Advanced Trauma Course).


Renee remains active in patient transport as the Emergency Nurses Association representative on the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). She is also a member of the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) Publications Committee.



Christopher DennyChris Denny

BA (Honours), MD, MSc (Clin Epi), FRCPC, FACEP, FACEM

Chris serves as the Medical Director for the Auckland Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). He also works as a specialist in Emergency Medicine at the Auckland City Hospital. Chris is a representative on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Conjoint Committee of Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine. Occasionally, Chris serves as a Clinical Team Leader for the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team.

Prior to moving to New Zealand, Chris worked as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Canada Chris worked as a Transport Medicine Physician for the Ontario Air Ambulance (Ornge), and as a Team Doctor for CAN-TF3 Urban Search and Rescue. He was also fortunate to spend a year as a Fellow in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine in Adelaide, South Australia.

He remains an astronaut wannabee.



Maureen Roberts

Maureen is a Clinical Nurse Specialist 2 with NSW Air Ambulance Fixed Wing (retired)
She is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and holder of an Intensive Care Graduate Certificate. Maureen received the Ambulance Service Medal in 2014









Matthew O'Keeffe


Matthew is the current Welfare Director for the Australian Federation of Airline Pilots, supporting Australian pilots.

He is a serving board member of the HIMS Australia Advisory group.


The last 8 years Matthew worked as a pilot for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Adelaide. He currently fly's for a major Australian airline. He is passionate in supporting pilots to come forward rather than hide their illness.






Ben Meadley


Ben Meadley has gained extensive experience in prehospital care over the last 20 years and is currently an Intensive Care Flight Paramedic (MICA) with Ambulance Victoria. Ben has a keen interest in prehospital critical care, advanced clinical assessment and developing clinical judgement in critical care practitioners.


Ben has been heavily involved with the development and implementation of contemporary clinical practice guidelines both locally and internationally.


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 and physical employment standards.


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