Chris Baggoley is the Executive Director of Medical Services for the Southern Adelaide Health Network. Up until July 2016 he was Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government, a post he held for five years.
He has been the Chief Executive for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Chief Medical Officer for the South Australian Department of Health and Director of Emergency Departments at Flinders Medical Centre, Ashford Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
He was President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges.
Hamish Ewing is a recently retired General Surgeon who was Associate Professor of Surgery at The Northern Hospital, Epping since 1989. In 2011, he also assumed the position of inaugural Clinical Dean for the University of Melbourne at the Northern Hospital.
Earlier research interests included animal model research into LASER treatment of Barrett’s Oesophagus. More recently his major interest focussed on Breast Cancer and Medical Education.
Within the College of Surgeons, he was previously a member of the Basic Surgical Training Committee, being Chair of the OSCE sub-committee for some years. In 2002, he first visited Dili, East Timor, as a relieving General Surgeon. This exciting, challenging and rewarding experience led to annual return trips to East Timor and subsequently Chairmanship of P.I.P. Monitoring Committee, External Examiner to University of PNG. M.Med(Surg) exams and membership to the Rowan Nicks & International Committees of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In recent years he has been on the teaching faculty of the RACS TIPS course (Training in Professional Skills) .
Outreach medical development and medical education has become a very important component in the life of a Melbourne trained General Surgeon who still enjoys trying to play Touch football.
Neil is the Director of Intensive Care at University Hospital Geelong, a 24-bed adult and paediatric tertiary ICU that cares for over 1700 critically adults and children from South-Western Victoria every year. He is interested in clinical leadership, communication, end-of-life care, philanthropy, online education, and most recently writing.
Neils’ interest in clinical leadership arose when he became Direcotr of ICU in his late 30’sm, with no formal leadership training. He has undergone training throughout his career, including the STEPS program, Cognitive Institute, Monash University, and the Burlington Group. He has recently undergone extensive communication training as part of the i-validate project.
Neil is the clinical lead for i-validate (identifying values, listening, and advising high-risk patients in acute care) program. This collaboration between Barwon Health and Deakin University aims to improve patient-centred end-of-life care through training in clinical communication. The team developed a communication course by bringing together expets, and attending Cambridge, Harvard, and local workshops. In 2015 i-validate trained its first cohort of ICU doctors and nurses, leading to better communication and better outcomes for critically ill patients with a life-limiting illness. The program is ongoing, training doctors form ICU, Emergency, General Medicine, and Senior ICU Nurses.
Over the last two years Neil has contributed to the public conversation about health issues with pieces published in The Age newspaper (“Give death it’s due in a system focused on life”, “mothers: respect the strong selfless women in your life”), the ABC Drum, and participating in a Lateline program about end of life conversations.
He is actively involved in research, and is currently completing a PhD on long-term outcomes of critical illness through the ANZIC-RC, Monash University, running the i-validate research program, and actively involved in the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group.
Finally he is a founding member and Director of the educational website Crit-IQ, and Clinical Associate Professor at Deakin University School of Medicine.
Neil has strong philanthropic interests including as a Board Director for the Intensive Care Foundation, an Intensive Care Specialist for Open Heart International Fiji, a volunteer program that provides cardiac surgery for rheumatic heart disease, and through the free access to developing countried for Crit-IQ.
Dr Steve Philpot is an Intensive Care Specialist at Cabrini Hospital with a special interest in end of life care, organ and tissue donation, communication skills training and empathy in the workplace.
He is the National Lead Trainer for the DonateLife Family Donation Conversation Workshops, the Convenor of the CICM communication program “How To Run An Effective Family Meeting”, convenor of the Cabrini Health “Shared Decision Making” workshop and chair of the Cabrini Health End of Life Care Committee. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University.
Peter Saul is a senior intensivist in Newcastle NSW. He was involved in writing all the existing guidelines for end of life decision making in NSW, and chaired the committees that designed the statewide forms for recording treatment limitations.
He is currently working with state and local groups to develop web-based and electronic systems for recording conversations with patients about end of life preferences.
Dr Stephen Warrillow FRACP FCICM Grad Cert Emerg Health (Aeromedicine & Retrieval)
Director of Intensive Care, Austin Health Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne, Victoria
Stephen is strongly engaged with medical education, critical care research, clinical governance and organ donation. In his role as the Victorian Regional Chair for ANZICS, he actively advocates for critical care practice. His current research and clinical interests centre on critical care hepatology and ICU survivor outcomes.