Australasian Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Society Committee

Executive Committee

Mr Kerryn Wratt

AWEMS President

GradDipEmerHlth (MP), B.ParamedicStudies, DipAmbParaStudies, B.Sci(Zool)

Kerryn's primary work is an Intensive Care Paramedic currently based in the remote North Eastern town of Omeo, Victoria, Australia, where he is responsible for ambulance services covering approximately 6500 square kilometres of high country between Mount Hotham and the Snowy River.

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Dr Kasia Grela

AWEMS Vice President

MBBS, FANZCA  

Kasia is a specialist anaesthetist practicing in rural Victoria. She also works as an expedition doctor, teaches Basic and Advanced Wilderness Life Support and is a trainer on various wilderness and expedition medicine courses both in Australia and internationally.
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Mr Duncan Maughan

AWEMS Secretary

B.App.Sci, MA, BN, GradCertNur(CardC), CCRN, MACN

Duncan is a Remote Area Nurse and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. With a background in fire and emergency management, Duncan came to the healthcare area by way of wilderness first aid courses.

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Dr Rowena Christiansen

AWEMS Treasurer

MBBS, MEmergHealth, MBA, BA Hons, LLB, DCH, ACCAM, GradCertSpaceStudies, AsFAsMA

Dr. Rowena Christiansen is a medical educator in the Melbourne Medical School, and also works as a pre-hospital emergency doctor and life support instructor.

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Committee Members

Liaisons

Dr Brenton Systermans

AWEMS Committee Member

Dr Brenton Systermans is an emergency medicine registrar with an interest in working in austere and remote environments.

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Ms Olivia Gregory

AWEMS Committee Member

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) degree and a certificate in Advanced Wilderness Life Support.

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Dr Dan Lack

AWEMS Committee Member

Dr Dan Lack is a GP registrar based in Launceston Tasmania with a number of diverse careers before finding medicine.

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Dr Seth Collings Hawkins

North American Liaison

Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins, anthropologist, writer, and physician, holds dual board certification in emergency medicine and EMS. He currently serves as medical advisor for REI and NC Outward Bound School.

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Mr Brad Stewart

AWEMS Committee Member- CPD Coordinator

Brad looks after arranging CPD events for AWEMS members by connecting people from the wilderness medicine community who have interesting stories, incidents, research, or other valuable knowledge.

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Dr Sophie Ootes

AWEMS Committee Member

MD, BA

Sophie is a doctor based in Western Victoria with a passion for expedition, retrieval, and sports medicine. She holds a certificate in Advanced Wilderness Life Support, and has attended the World Extreme Medicine Conference in Edinburgh.

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Mr Josh Lightfoot

AWEMS Committee Member

Josh is an emergency medicine and retrieval physician, split between working in metropolitan emergency departments in Adelaide and with the RFDS in Broken Hill.

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Past Committee Members

Mr Thomas Orchard

AWEMS Committee Member

Thomas is passionate about prehospital care with a particular focus on wilderness, remote area, austere environment and military medicine.

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Dr Sophie Wallace

AWEMS Committee Member

Sophie is an emergency physician based at the Royal Perth Hospital (a tertiary trauma centre) in Western Australia.

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