I studied medicine and specialised in Anaesthesia in South Africa. Throughout this period I maintained a strong interest in trauma and emergency care. This passion saw me complete four very active years on the ambulance reserve and eight years with the National Sea Rescue Institute. This voluntary work, coupled with my military training and passion for skydiving allowed me access to many aircraft types for both pleasure and rescue work.
After leaving South Africa in 1995 I worked in England for nearly three years before returning to South Africa for a year and then to Adelaide Australia for nearly another three years where I specialised in Intensive Care medicine. I completed my first ATLS course in London in 1996.
I arrived in NZ at the start of 2002 to work at Tauranga Hospital where I remain to this day. This hospital sees a good amount of trauma, and until the last five years before our ED developed sufficient resource, severe trauma was mostly managed by the ICU consultant and surgical teams. My passion for trauma care saw to become an EMST instructor and after a few years I was elected to be a course director. For the past seven years I have functioned on the RACS EMST Committe as the the NZ Region Director and for the last year as the Deputy Chair. I was also priveledged to be able to contribute to the ATLS 10th Ed manual.
My leadership positions include:
HOD ICU / HDU, Lead Clinician for the local Rescue Helicopter, Medical Leader – Anaesthesia, Radiology and Surgical Services, Chair Credentialing Committee