Associate Professor Julia Crilly
Invited Speaker

Presentation Topic: Delivering emergency care in challenging environments

Associate Professor Julia Crilly. RN, MEmergN(Hons), PhD was awarded her PhD in 2007. She has a strong clinical background, having worked as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department before progressing into full time research. Julia is currently in a joint appointment position between Griffith University and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as Associate Professor of Emergency Care. Her program of research is focussed on evaluating innovative emergency department models of care that aim to improve care delivery and patient flow. She has led and been involved in multi-disciplinary and multi-site research that has attracted over $3 Million dollars. Julia has had the opportunity to work with organisations such as the CSIRO, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service and international partners (clinicians and academics) from around the world.

Wayne Varndell
Invited Speaker

Presentation Topic: Seven deadly sins of emergency nursing

Wayne Varndell is Clinical Nurse Consultant at Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department, and NSW Branch President for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.  Wayne has held various educational and advanced practice roles in emergency nursing, and is an active academic within the field of emergency care and nursing.  His research interests include quality of care and illness experiences of individuals presenting to ED, the role of extended and advanced nursing practice and models of care, and pain and sedation management of critically ill intubated patient in ED.  He has received over $900,000 in research and project funding, and in 2014, was awarded Australasian Emergency Nurse of the Year.

Ms Bronte Martin
Invited Speaker

Ms Bronte Martin is the Director of Nursing (Trauma & Disaster) at the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre.

As a founding member of the NCCTRC team in 2007, Ms Martin has been active in the establishment of key clinical, acute healthcare partnerships in Emergency & Disaster Management response within the Asian-Pacific region. Recent Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) deployments include Tropical Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu in March 2015 and Philippines super-Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

Ms Martin is registered nurse with 20 years’ experience previously holding senior positions in Emergency, Critical Care, Trauma, Aviation and Retrieval Nursing specialties. She has Masters in Nursing (Emergency & Trauma), Graduate Diploma Clinical Practice (Emergency), and Certificates in Critical Care & Aeromedical Evacuation. Additionally, she holds Advanced Diplomas in Management (Government), and Personnel & Operations Management (Defence).

Bronte is also a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force and is currently the Senior Instructor for Military Critical Care Aeromedical Teams, having been a member of Specialist Reserve for the past 15 years. Previous operational experiences include deployments to Solomon Islands in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2010; following which she was the recipient of the Australasian Military Medicine Association 2011 Weary Dunlop Prize and NATO Commanders Commendation for her work on Intelligent Tasking Aeromedical coordination project.

Most recently, Bronte returned from a 6-month secondment undertaken in 2015 with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Secretariat in Geneva to develop and establish the Global Classification, Mentorship & Verification program; ensuring validated, quality international Emergency medical care is delivered in response to sudden onset disasters.


Presentation Topic: The road less travelled… Broken Hill to Kandahar, Tacloban and beyond

Lauren Gale
Invited Speaker

Presentation Topic:  Flying Doctor research on the causes and costs of accidents and injuries in Australia, research report link 

Lauren is the Director of Programs & Policy for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, responsible for leading the RFDS Research and Policy Unit in Canberra, which has most recently released publications looking into oral health in remote and rural Australia; accident and injury in remote and rural Australia; and, the demand from Indigenous Australians in remote and rural areas for aeromedical services.

Prior to commencing with the RFDS in 2013, Lauren was a Policy Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet with responsibility areas including rural health, mental health, indigenous health and women’s health.

Lauren completed a Master of Public Policy (Social Policy) at the Australian National University in 2013 and previously completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Hons.) at the University of Sydney, including an honours thesis on Australian rural health policy and persistent health workforce shortages in rural areas.

Lauren is also currently the Chair of the Board of the Women’s Centre for Health Matters ACT and the Board of Netball ACT.

Christopher Cliffe RN DipN MPH GCert (Leadership) JP
Invited Speaker

Presentation Topic: Remote health – the last frontier

Chief Executive Officer – CRANAplus (The Professional Body for Remote & Isolated Health)

Chairperson – CONNMO (Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations)

Currently living in tropical Far North Queensland, Christopher Cliffe has extensive experience in the fields of remote and isolated health care, having worked as a remote area nurse in a variety of remote and rural communities across the country. Although Christopher was born and raised in rural South Australia, his work has taken him far afield. Not only has he undertaken missions for the International Red Cross in war and disaster zones in the Sudan, Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, he has also worked in the wake of large scale disasters including the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Christopher Cliffe has led a variety of health care organisations, including as Nursing Director for Remote Health in the Northern Territory, Director of Nursing at the Leigh Creek, Lorne & Colac hospitals, Manager of Primary Health Care for the Royal Flying Doctors Service in Queensland, Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery for Cape York Hospital & Health Service and currently as the Chief Executive Officer of CRANAplus. He also served as the inaugural Executive Officer of the National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care and was a long serving President of the CRANAplus Board of Directors.

In addition to his undergraduate nursing qualification obtained at the University of South Australia, Christopher holds a Masters degree in Public Health & Grad Cert in Rural Leadership. Christopher was an appointee to the National Lead Clinicians Group and is currently the Chair of CoNNMO (Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations).

Regardless of his role, Christopher continues to practice clinically as a Registered Nurse in remote and isolated locations, something he feels is essential to ensure he remains current and contemporary as a leader in remote health.