2019 Program

The 2019 ASA+FNA Conference has now concluded.

Where permission has been given for presentations to be publicised, a download link will be noted next to the presenter’s name on the below program.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

1200 Registration Open
OPENING SESSION | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1400-1415 Conference Opening
Welcome to Country | Olman Walley
1415-1435 Di Fuller
Nurse Specialist – Transport | Starship Child Health
THIS IS OUR WORLD AND OUR WORK – Resilience and our future workforce
1435-1455 Mark Holmes & Jana Ewing
Flight Nurse & NTS Educator | NSW Air Ambulance & Learning and Development Specialist Non-technical skills | Virgin Australia, Brisbane
Today’s ‘wild extremes’ are tomorrow’s ‘business as usual’ – Human Factors and the Future of Retrieval Education
1455-1515 David Hales
Aviation Safety and Quality | Royal Flying Doctor Service WA
Fatigue Risk Management Plan
1515-1535 Matthew O’Keeffe
Welfare Director | Australian Federation of Airline Pilots
Peer Support Programs as a win-win for companies and aeromedical professionals
1535-1555 AFTERNOON TEA | CROWN BALLROOM 1
SESSION 1 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1555-1625 Fred Fernandes
Section Manager Strategic Safety Analysis |
Coordination and Safety Systems | CASA Aviation Group
Sector Safety Risk Profiles for Aeromedical Transport
1625-1645 John Brockelsby
Safety, Quality and Risk Manager | Royal Flying Doctor Service WA
A Case Study of the aftermath of a violent event at 15,000 feet.
1645-1730 PANEL | “Code Black”
We have all seen read and heard about the increasing level of violence in our hospitals and we have just learnt about one such incident that occurred in flight.

  • Are we prepared for this violence to spill into our aeromedical environment?
  • What can we do to prevent, control and manage such incidents, if and when they occur?
  • What else can we do?

Moderator | Paul Ingram
Participants | Benjamin Stanton, Maree Cummins, Donna Porter, James Williams, John Brocklesby

DAY ONE CONCLUDES
1730-1900 WELCOME DRINKS | Trade Exhibition | Crown Ballroom 3

Wednesday 16 October 2019

0700-0800 FNA Annual General Meeting – Plenary Room
0730 Visit the trade exhibition for your morning coffee or tea!
0800 Registration Open
SESSION 2 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
0830-0840 Day Two Opening & Housekeeping
0840-0930 Keynote Speaker
Mark Mathews
Big Wave Pro-Surfer
Life Beyond Fear
0930-0950 Ben Harris
Critical Care Paramedic | St John Ambulance WA
Helicopter Retrieval in Wild Extremes: A West Australian Experience

0950-1010 Jess Sodenstrom
Clinical Toxicologist, Emergency Physician | Royal Perth Hospital
Clinical Senior Lecturer | University of Western Australia

Retrieval challenges in Toxicology
1010-1040 MORNING TEA | CROWN BALLROOM 3
SESSION 3 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1040-1100 Jenna McGeever
Clinical Nurse Specialist | NETS New South Wales
Rural retrieval of a paediatric patient with a critical airway
1100-1120 Toby Fogg
National Medical Director | Careflight
Beyond The Edge of the Ocean
1120-1140 Ben Stanton
Nurse Practitioner | Medstar
Clinical, Logistical and Coordination Extremes VA ECLS with IABP Aeromedical transport: An Australasian first
1140-1200 Colin Gunn
General Manager | Toll Helicopters
Eye Tracking for Evidence-based Training in EMS
1200-1300 LUNCH | CROWN BALLROOM 3
SESSION 4 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1300-1305 Hotspot #1
Bruce Wicksteed
Medical Operations Manager | Medical Air – Air Ambulance
Out on a Limb’ … in India
1305-1310 Hotspot #2
David Carpenter
Flight Nurse | Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations
Dialysis Capital of the World: Kidney Disease and Aeromedical Retrieval in Central Australia
1310-1315 Hotspot #3
Gillian Massey
Improving Intubation Success in Transport
1315-1320 Hotspot #4
Mark Mennie
Pro Photographer
Aeromedical Imagery – illustrating our Best Practices – not Ourselves.
1320-1330 Questions & Discussion
SESSION 5 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1330-1350 Rebecca Tomkinson
Chief Executive Officer | Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations
Transforming an Australian icon
1350-1410 Heather Cudmore
Flight Nurse/Midwife | Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations
The extremes of Midwifery
1410-1430 Alana Harper
Emergency Medicine Specialist and HEMS Physician | Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
Diversity in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine
1430-1450 Stefan Becker
Head of Corporate Development | Rega Switzerland
The Rega drone – A technology platform to save lives
1450-1510 AFTERNOON TEA | CROWN BALLROOM 3
SESSION 6 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1510-1530 Phil Hogan
The third life’s certainties – To leave or not to leave?
1530-1550 Allan Newbold
Critical Care Paramedic | Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service
One Critical Care Paramedic verses Western Australia

1550-1610 Kaye Melmeth Oration
John Howes

SBN Jandakot | RFDS Western Ops
Aeromedical crew mix at the extremes
1620-1700 PANEL | Aeromedical retrieval crews – who should be on the team?
Contributors | Allan Newbold, John Howes, Toby Fogg
Moderator | Andrew Hooper
1700 Day Two concludes – Evening at leisure
1700 ASA Annual General Meeting (Crown Ballroom 1)

Thursday 17 October 2019

0745 Visit the trade exhibition for your morning coffee or tea!
0800 Registration Open
SESSION 7 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
0845-0900 Day 3 Announcements
0900-1000 Keynote Address
Craig Challen
2019 Australian of the Year | Technical Diver & Cave Explorer
The 2018 Tham Luang Cave Rescue
1000-1020 Cameron Edgar
Director Helicopter Operations | New South Wales Ambulance
A Team of Teams: Delivering Critical Care in Hostile Environments
1020-1040 MORNING TEA | CROWN BALLROOM 3
SESSION 8 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1040-1110 Mick Wilson Oration
David Ford
Course Coordinator Post Graduate Paramedicine | Edith Cowan University
Does Direct Helicopter Retrieval Improve Survival for Severely Injured Trauma Patients from Rural Western Australia?

1110-1130 Samuel Schaab
EMS/SAR/Utility Marketing Specialist | Leonardo Helicopters
SIAARTI Italian HEMS Guidelines
1130-1150 Mark Buick
Director, Principal Engineer | Total Aerospace Solutions 
Making the Medical Aeromedical
1150-1210 Andrew Hooper
Royal Flying Doctor Service | Western Operations
Air retrieval for clot retrieval; time metrics and outcomes of rural stroke patients air-transported for mechanical thrombectomy at a state stroke unit.
1210-1310 LUNCH | CROWN BALLROOM 3
SESSION 9 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1310-1350 Keynote Presentation
Anthony Lock
DSM, Director of Human Performance | Royal Perth & Bentley Hospitals WA
RAAF Reserve Squadron Leader 25 SQN
We made a difference to so many people in such a short space of time
1350-1410 Darlene Ongkili
Emergency Retrieval Unit | Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital
Wild Extremes; Tales From Borneo
1410-1430 Tim Wallace
Flight Nurse | Careflight Gove
Something is not enough: Pharmacy and cold chain management out of hospital.
1430-1450 Andrew Weatherall
Senior Retrieval Specialist | Careflight
Comparison of portable blood-warming devices under simulated pre-hospital conditions: a randomised in vitro blood circuit study.
1450-1510 AFTERNOON TEA | CROWN BALLROOM 3
SESSION 10 | CROWN BALLROOM 1
1510-1530 Sudhakar Rao
Director State Trauma Unit | Royal Perth Hospital
Regional and Remote Trauma – Maintaining Forward Momentum
1530-1550 Andrea Herring
National Clinical Operations Manager | Careflight
Trauma Systems and Trauma Care – That was then and this is now
1550-1610 René Borghese (AAMS)
Administrative Director | Duke Life Flight
Guiding a Team Through Tragedy: Leadership Lessons Learned From a Fatal Helicopter EMS Crash

1610-1630 Chris Denny
Emergency Medicine Specialist | Auckland City Hospital
HEMS Medical Director | Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer | University of Auckland

‘Leaders and followers’: A false dichotomy
1630-1650 Program Close
– Award Winner Announcement
– Prize Draws
1900-2300 CONFERENCE DINNER | CROWN BALLROOM 1

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