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Invited Speakers


The following speakers have been confirmed to present at the ASM, with additional speakers to be announced soon.

Associate Professor Nemat Alsaba
Emergency Physician

Assistant Professor in Medical Education and Simulation

Dr Nemat Alsaba is an Emergency Physician at the Gold Coast University Hospital, an A/Professor of Medical Education and Simulation, and the Deputy Director of the simulation program at Bond University. Nemat is also a Harvard Macy Alumni and a returning faculty facilitator.

She is an emerging researcher passionate about Geriatric Emergency Medicine, simulation, medical education, and interprofessional education, trying to combine all to improve older adult patient care and outcome.

When she is not busy working or teaching, she enjoys the company of her three adult kids and taking photos of the sky and cloud formations.

Professor Rick Body
Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester
Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Rick Body is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester and the Group Director of Research and Innovation at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. He works as an honorary consultant in emergency medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary, a university-affiliated teaching hospital and Major Trauma Centre. Professor Body’s main area of research is in diagnostic medicine. He pioneered the use of low concentrations of cardiac troponin measured with a high-sensitivity assay to rule out acute myocardial infarction with a single blood test; and he developed the Troponin-only Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (T-MACS) decision aid. Professor Body is a member of the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry Committee for Cardiac Biomarkers.

Dr John Bonning

Dr John Bonning has been a specialist emergency physician for more than 15 years, and a doctor for 30 years. He was Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Waikato Hospital in Aotearoa New Zealand until 2017 and Chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Faculty of ACEM until 2018. In 2018, Dr Bonning was elected as the first Aotearoa New Zealand President-Elect of ACEM. He is also Chair of the New Zealand Council of Medical Colleges.

Having worked extensively in different EDs throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the UK, he has a firsthand knowledge of different models of care in a variety of settings, from the smallest rural to the largest tertiary hospital. His passions in Emergency Medicine include equity and sustainability, both organisational and personal.

John has various other roles as an Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies (ACME) Instructor, a Police Medical Officer and an expert advisor to the Police, Coroner, Courts and the Health and Disability Commissioner.

Dr Anne Campbell
Recruitment Medical Officer – DHR, Defence Human Resources
Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa, New Zealand Defence Force

Professor Ian Civil
Clinical Director
NZ National Trauma Network, New Zealand

Ian is Professor of Surgery with the University of Auckland and practices at Auckland City Hospital where he is the Director of Trauma Services. He has served as President of a number of international trauma organisations including the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care. Ian was a founding member of the Australasian Trauma Society and served as President from 2011-2013. He served as President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2010-2012. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the World Journal of Surgery and is the Deputy Editor of Injury. Since 2012 Ian has been the Clinical Director of the NZ National Trauma Network.

Professor Louise Cullen
Pre-Eminent Staff Specialist, Emergency and Trauma Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Professor, University of Queensland

Louise Cullen is a Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, a clinical trialist and outcomes researcher in acute diseases. She is enthusiastically involved in the translation of research by clinical redesign and innovation.

As an accomplished acute disease researcher, Prof Cullen has focused on the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with possible Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in the Emergency Department (ED). She has been engaged in many international collaborations and has authored over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet, focussed on strategies to improve efficiency, whilst maintaining safety for patients with possible ACS and other acute cardiac diseases.

Professor Cullen’s mantra is that “you do not do research for research sake” and as such, clinical redesign and translational research is a key part of her endeavours. She is currently the Professional Lead of the Promoting Value-based care in EDs (PROV-ED) project, supporting widespread implementation of established clinical redesign initiatives in Emergency Departments (EDs) across Queensland Health (QH).

Associate Professor Kerstin de Wit
Associate Professor
Queen’s University and McMaster University

Kerstin de Wit trained in internal medicine, emergency medicine and research in the UK. She completed a Thrombosis Fellowship in Ottawa in 2013. Since then, she has worked in both emergency medicine and thrombosis. She leads a research program which focuses on the diagnosis of bleeding and clotting disorders in the emergency department, and is funded by CIHR and PSI.

Dr Michael Downes
Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist
Newcastle, NSW

Michael is an emergency physician and clinical toxicologist based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He is a consultant to the New South Wales poisons information centre and was the inaugural President of TAPNA Inc. from 2018 to 2020.

He has an interest in medical education and has run Toxicology courses in Australia as well as in Sri Lanka. Other academic and clinical interests include the management of the acutely behaviourally disturbed/intoxicated patient and paediatric poisoning. He is active on twitter as @ToxTalks.

Dr Kate Grundy
Palliative Medicine Physician, Christchurch Hospital
Clinical Director, Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services

Kate is the Clinical Director of the Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services and Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago. She established the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care Service in 1999.

Kate has served a term as President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (RACP) and was inaugural Chair of both the Palliative Care Council of NZ and the Palliative Care Workstream (South Island Alliance). She is a member of the Patient Deteriorating Leadership Group with the Health Quality Safety Commission and the current Chair of the CDHB Clinical Ethics Advisory Group.

Kate is passionate about quality, education and improving clinician-patient communication.


Associate Professor Naren Gunja
Clinical & Forensic Toxicologist

Following on from his primary fellowship in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Gunja trained in Clinical Toxicology at Westmead in Sydney. After further training in forensic toxicology, he works with the Coroner and Police, as well as a Clinical Toxicologist at the NSW Poisons Centre and Toxicology units in Western Sydney. His interests include chemical disaster preparedness, snake bite, and heavy metal poisoning. Dr. Gunja is Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School keenly involved in teaching for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.


Dr Clare Healy
General Practitioner and Forensic Medicine Specialist
Christchurch, New Zealand

Dr Clare Healy is a GP and forensic physician. She has been working in the field of sexual assault medicine for over 20 years. She completed a Masters in Forensic Medicine in 2009 and has been involved in Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC- was DSAC), an education and training provider, for many years.

Clare has seen many patients for assessment following alleged strangulation. In 2015, she contributed to a NZ Law Commission Report concerning Strangulation and a “Sunday” TV programme on the same topic. She has provided expert opinions in regard to allegations of sexual & physical assault. Clare is also a Clinical Editor for Healthpathways- providing guidance on managing over 500 conditions, including family violence.

Dr Kerry Hoggett
Emergency Physician & Clinical Toxicologist
Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia

Dr Kerry Hoggett is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist based at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia, and works for the Western Australian Poisons Information Centre. In these roles she provides bedside clinical care to patients with poisoning and envenoming, outpatient services to patients with occupational or chronic exposures, and telephone support to clinicians who are managing poisoned patients throughout WA, Northern Territory and South Australia. She is an editor of the Toxicology Handbook 3rd edition and has contributed to Cameron’s Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine. She has also contributed to the in-country development of Emergency Medicine in Myanmar and holds an Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine with University of Medicine (1). She is the current President of the Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA).

Dr Kieran Holland
Clinical Lead, HealthPathways Platform
Streamliners, New Zealand

Following medical training, Kieran became interested in health system improvement. From 2009 he worked with the Canterbury Initiative on a range of projects including HealthPathways, wait list prioritisation, and electronic referral and triage tools. In his current role since 2016, Kieran has enjoyed collaborating with clinicians and technologists across the HealthPathways Community to improve quality and experience of care for patients in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Dr Carolyn Hullick
Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Governance
Hunter New England LHD

Dr Hullick is an Emergency Physician in Newcastle, New South Wales. She is also a Clinical Director at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare focusing on aged care, transitions of care and sepsis.

As a Harkness Fellow in New York, she investigated care for older people in emergency departments. With this expertise in geriatric emergency medicine, she has developed a program to support acutely unwell residents in residential aged care and has leadership roles with ACEM and IFEM. She recognises that vulnerable and complex older people need a health system which collaborates, communicates and places people and their families at the centre of care.

Dr Jeffrey Kline
Eskenazi Foundation Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine, Indiana University, US
Editor-In-Chief, Academic Emergency Medicine

Dr Jeffrey Kline received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and then did an emergency medicine residency followed by a research fellowship the Carolinas Medical Center. He now serves as Associate Chair of Research and Brooks Bock Chair of emergency medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is the present Editor In Chief of Academic Emergency Medicine.

His diagnostic research interests focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism in the emergency care setting and mentoring physician-scientists in emergency care. What he does best is grow heirloom tomatoes.

Dr William Lukin
Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine
Emergency and Trauma Centre Royal, Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Medical Director, Metro North Community Palliative Care Service, Metro North Health Brisbane, Queensland

Dr Lukin is an Emergency Physician and Palliative Care Physician who works in Brisbane. His interests include Trauma, Geriatric Emergency medicine, end of life care and Palliative Care. He has a special interest in Residential Aged Care and it was the care of these people in the emergency department that led to his interest in palliative medicine and end of life care.

Hector Matthews
Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri
Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health, Canterbury District Health Board

Hector Matthews has a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Māori & Indigenous Studies, Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Systems Management, Ahorei (senior tutor) of Mau Taiaha, Nidan (second degree black belt), Seido Karate.

Hector is the Executive Director of Māori and Pacific Health at the Canterbury District Health Board. Hector has been working in Māori health and Māori communities since leaving the army with the rank of Captain in 1997, following a one year peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. Hector chaired the establishment of a Kura Kaupapa Māori in Christchurch for 10 years, and chaired the council of CPIT for 8 years. He also managed a large urban marae for four years and is a current lay member of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Married with three tamariki and three mokopuna, whānau is at the centre of Hector’s work and life. Hector strongly supports the revitalisation of te reo Māori and tikanga as a foundation for whānau wellbeing.

Associate Professor David Mountain
Emergency Physician/Medical Co-director, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Western Australia
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Western Australia & Curtin University

David is a UK born graduate from Newcastle upon Tyne, who has practiced Emergency Medicine for 24 years. He is a researcher with interests in chest pain, PE/VTE, diagnostics/guidelines, systems change, GP patients and time based targets and the aged in Emergency Departments. His role is currently 50% administrative (divisional Co-director), clinical work and research. David maintains a keen interest in medical politics, and still speaks on behalf of clinicians in WA for AMAWA/ACEM. In his spare time David is a late starting hockey player, golfer, rugby tragic (Western Force, England, Australia, Newcastle) and cook.

Dr Andrew Munro
Specialist in Emergency Medicine

Using his nursing background to help him through the Otago University School of Medicine Andrew now has more than 30 years of hospital experience. He trained in Emergency Medicine in Western Australia, London and Christchurch gaining his fellowship in 2004. He has worked NSW, where he became a lecturer for the NSW Rural School of Medicine. Returning to New Zealand in 2009, he took up a consultant position in Nelson Hospital.

He is a founding member of NZ EM research network and is a member of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group. He is currently working on Advance Care Planning, serious illness conversations and Shared Goals of Care projects for his region.

Professor Frank Peacock
Professor, Vice Chair for Research
Henry JN Taub Department of Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

W. Frank Peacock IV, MD, FACEP, FACC, FESC is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Research in the department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. With >600 publications, he is a two-time winner of the Best Research Paper of the Year Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and he was the 2019 recipient of the Ray Bahr Award for Excellence from the American College of Cardiology.

Professor Suzanne Pitama
Associate Dean Māori/Hauora Māori Curriculum Lead
University of Otago, Christchurch

Suzanne is the Hauora Māori Discipline lead of the Otago Medical School, Associate Dean Māori, Christchurch campus. Suzanne is focussed on addressing Māori health inequities through medical education, health research and through membership on appropriate committees and boards, which include the HRC Board and as a Director on the Australia Medical Council Ltd. Suzanne has received a number of awards for her teaching including the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence and the Indigenous Leadership Award from the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (Australasian) community of practice. Suzanne was awarded the Joan Metge Medal for her research within the field of Indigenous medical education.

Dr Adam Pomerleau
Director and Clinical Toxicologist, New Zealand National Poisons Centre
University of Otago

Adam is an emergency physician and clinical toxicologist. He regularly provides telephone consultations to FACEMs and other healthcare practitioners across New Zealand regarding poisonings as part of the National Poisons Centre’s 24/7 service. He also works clinical shifts in the ED at Dunedin Hospital. Originally from California, Adam moved to New Zealand in 2017 to take up his current role. Since then he has been focused on enhancing the integration of the National Poisons Centre with the broader healthcare sector. These efforts have included promoting wider utilisation of the service by clinicians, collaborating with stakeholders on public health issues and emergency preparedness/response, and better understanding the epidemiology of poisonings in New Zealand.

Scott Robertson
Head Coach, Crusaders, New Zealand

Former Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks loose forward, Scott Robertson, is currently in his fifth year as Head Coach of the Crusaders, having secured four consecutive Super Rugby titles since 2017. Robertson was Head Coach of the Canterbury national provincial team from 2013-2016, guiding the team to three Premiership titles in that role. He also assisted the team to five successive titles between 2008 and 2012, first as the Assistant Forwards Coach for four years and then as the Assistant Coach in 2012. He has also enjoyed success as Head Coach of the New Zealand Under 20 team, claiming victory at the 2015 Under 20 World Championship. Prior to that he was the forwards coach in 2014.

During his playing career, Robertson earned 86 caps for the Crusaders, including four titles as a player between 1998-2002. He played 23 tests for the All Blacks, following his debut in 1998 as All Black #974. Following his international playing career, he played three seasons for Perpignan in France, before moving to Japan to join the Ricoh Black Rams – as a player for one season, and then as a coach.

Dr Tony Rosen
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Program Director, Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT)
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr Rosen is a researcher in elder abuse and geriatric injury prevention at Weill Cornell Medical College and a practicing Emergency Physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr Rosen’s research focuses on improving identification, intervention, and prevention of elder abuse in the ED and other health care settings. His research has explored forensic injury patterns in physical elder abuse and health care utilization among elder abuse victims using Medicare claims data and data mining / machine learning approaches. Dr Rosen has also led the development of an Emergency Department-based multi-disciplinary Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT) to assess, treat, and ensure the safety of elder abuse and neglect victims while collecting evidence and working closely with the authorities. His work with collaborators also explores the optimal role of prosecutors in elder abuse response. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine in 2014 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and completed a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Weill Cornell in 2016. He received his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College and MPH in epidemiology from UCLA.

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