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Keynote Speakers Trauma 2017

Kate Curtis


Professor Kate Curtis has been an emergency and trauma nurse clinician since 1994 and is Professor of Trauma and Emergency Nursing at the University of Sydney, where she leads the Paediatric Critical Injury Research Program. She is an honorary Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and in 2011 was awarded the Frank McDermott Award for research completed and published in the last 10 years judged to have led to the greatest improvements in care of severely injured patients in Australia and NZ. Kate’s translational research program continues to focus on improving the way we deliver care to patients and their families and she is the world’s most published author in the field of Trauma and Emergency Nursing. Kate is also on the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal of Emergency Nursing and a Fellow of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.



Professor Brian Fildes is an Adjunct Professor with the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), a centre within the Monash Injury Research Institute. Brian has a PhD in Psychology and qualifications in Science and Engineering. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University in the UK. His speciality is Human Factors research in road safety. He has particular interests in occupant protection, speeding, driver perception and injuries to older people, both on the road and in the home.

Brian joined MUARC soon after it was established in 1987. He developed and managed a team of researchers and graduate students working on a number of safety research projects. He has been instrumental in helping government agencies implement a number of new injury prevention counter-measures and programs as well as evaluating real world crash performance for the automotive industry. From 2008-2012, Brian was based at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy, and was involved in a number of teaching and research activities in Europe.

Professor Fildes has an extensive publication record and is on several editorial panels for a number of international scientific journals and has supervised over 15 Masters and PhD graduate students. He is also the immediate past President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) and has received numerous awards for his research in injury prevention.

Mark Fiztgerald


Professor Mark Fitzgerald is Director of the National Trauma Research Institute and Director of Trauma Services at The Alfred. He graduated MB BS from the University of Melbourne in 1981, achieved Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 1987, was awarded an MD for ‘Computer Aided Decision Support for Trauma Reception and Resuscitation’ from Monash University in 2015 and was a Global Clinical Scholar (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Harvard Medical School 2014 – 2015. Professor Fitzgerald is an Ambulance Victoria Medical Advisor and a member of the Victorian State Trauma Committee.
Professor Fitzgerald has led the establishment of trauma resuscitation and management programs along with Trauma Systems Development in Sri Lanka, India, China, the Philippines and Myanmar.
Professor Fitzgerald’s research themes include trauma systems improvement, error reduction and standardisation of resuscitation care. He has over 140 publications in peer-review journals as well as 11 book chapters and is a reviewer for multiple medical and surgical journals.
Honours awarded to Professor Fitzgerald include the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in 2003, the Foundation Medal Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2003, Honorary Life Membership of the Neurotrauma Society of India in 2010 and the Gordon Trinca Medal, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2013.

Belinda Gabbe


Professor Belinda Gabbe is the Head of the Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and holds a Professorial Chair appointment at the University of Swansea (UK). She is Head of the Victorian State Trauma Outcomes Registry and Monitoring (VSTORM) group and is the Principal Investigator of the Victorian State Trauma Registry and the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry. She leads the NHMRC funded RESTORE project which is focused on providing a comprehensive evaluation of the outcomes and experiences of major trauma patients in the first five years after injury. Her research focuses on evaluating trauma care, trauma systems research, and improving understanding of the burden of injury.

Dr. Rebecca Ivers


Professor Rebecca Ivers is an injury epidemiologist and leading researcher in global health. Director of the Injury Division at the George Institute for Global Health she has academic affiliations at the University of Sydney and Flinders University. Recognised for her expertise in prevention of injury and trauma care, she designs and leads large observational studies and randomised trials focusing on injury in high-risk and disadvantaged populations in Australia and in low-and middle-income countries globally. Her research interests focus on the burden and prevention of unintentional injuries (road injury, falls, burns, drowning) as well as health systems research around trauma care and rehabilitation. Professor Ivers is associate editor for the journal Injury Prevention, past President of the Australian Injury Prevention Network and a member of the UN Road Safety Collaboration. In 2014 Professor Ivers was named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac list of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence (category: Innovation).

Linda McCracken


Linda McCracken has 40 years of nursing experience, 32 of which were in rural and urban emergency rooms. She also received a full certificate in Forensic Studies from Mount Royal University and serves as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Linda championed healthcare provider training across the province on universal screening for domestic violence and sexual assault since 2001. She is a core educator in the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Calgary Zone on Domestic Violence Intervention, acute care & community and she developed a Train-the-Trainer curriculum for the Calgary Zone Maternal & Child Health portfolio and sexual assault response training for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Calgary Police Services and the Victim Services of the RCMP in rural Alberta. Also, Linda has been published in an emergency and forensic nursing journal on the forensic aspects of trauma care.

In 2007 Linda became the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for AHS-Calgary Zone. She received the 2012 Government of Alberta Inspiration Award on Leadership in Family Violence Prevention as well as an Honorary Lifetime Award for long time service and contributions to the National Emergency Nurses Affiliation of Canada. In addition, Linda serves as a consultant for frontline staff and various AHS clinical policy/procedures and guideline domestic violence working groups and Workplace Health & Safety required operational practices committees.



Associate Professor Michael Parr trained in anaesthesia, internal medicine and intensive care in the UK, New Zealand, USA and Australia. He is Director of Intensive Care at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Conjoint Professor University of New South Wales, and Director of Macquarie University Hospital Intensive Care and Clinical Professor Macquarie University. He is an editor of ‘Resuscitation’, Deputy Chair of the Australian Resuscitation Council and a member of ILCOR ALS committee, and Vice-President of the Australasian Trauma Society.

Sandro Rizoli


Dr Sandro Rizoli received his M.D. and completed a General Surgery residency in Brazil. He moved to Canada in 1992 where he underwent a second residency in General Surgery followed by fellowships in Trauma and Critical Care. During this time he also completed a PhD at the University of Toronto.

In 2012 he was promoted to Full Professor in Surgery in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Medical Director of the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Program at St Michael’s Hospital of the University of Toronto; has an endowed Chair in Trauma Care; Ex-President of the Trauma Association of Canada and Chief of Region XII of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr Rizoli research focuses in the physiopathology and management of hemorrhagic shock and catecholamines in head trauma.

In 2006 he was awarded the Royal College Gold Medal in Surgery for the work on hypertonic resuscitation. He has 230 peer-reviewed original publications in medical journals including Journal of Biological Chemistry, Annals of Surgery, JAMA and CMAJ.

Dr Richard Simons


Dr Richard Simons is a practicing emergency general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, at UBC. Dr Simons earned his Medical Degree from Cambridge University, and did his surgical residency in London, UK, before moving to the United States in 1984 for further training. He subsequently practiced as a general surgeon, trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist at the University of Washington in Seattle and then at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr Simons moved to Vancouver in 1996 establishing a trauma program with a clinical trauma service supporting undergraduate, residency, fellowship, and Canadian Forces Medical Services trauma training. Dr Simons’ primary academic focus has been the implementation of trauma systems in BC and across Canada along with the development of national guidelines for trauma care.

Dr Simons has recently been involved with developing training programs supporting rural trauma care in Canada and developing trauma systems and trauma training programs in Gondar, Ethiopia. He is the past president of the Trauma Association of Canada, past RCPSC McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professor and recent recipient of the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma Meritorious Achievement Award.

He is married (Chris) with three sons (Jonathan, Mark, Philip) and four grandchildren.

Thomas Stelfox


Dr Thomas Stelfox is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He is the Scientific Director of Alberta Health Services Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network. He received his M.D. from the University of Alberta, Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Health Care Policy at Harvard University and Critical Care Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research program focuses on the application of health services research methods to evaluate and improve the quality of health care delivery to critically ill patients. His research activities include developing quality indicators; developing strategies to improve continuity of patient care across the care continuum; and improving the translation of scientific evidence into clinical practice.