Program and Speakers

The HREM 2022 Organising Committee is proud to reveal the Detailed Program. The 2-day program brings together leading medical professionals from a variety of medical disciplinarians from across the nation and focuses on clinical competence in diagnosis and treatment of high risk conditions as well as instruct in strategies to avoid the legal ramifications of these adverse events.

HREM 2022 has secured an impressive line-up of invited speakers, so don’t miss out on this captivating program! 

The program is shown in Australian Eastern Standard Time and is subject to change. This program is current as of 3 August 2022.

Dr Justin Bowra

Justin is an emergency physician who swore he would never become an ED director and then in 2016 founded My Emergency Dr, a 24/7 emergency telemedicine service that employs more than 130 FACEMs, so let’s just put that down to poor planning.

He is also resident ultrasound tragic at Royal North Shore Hospital, where he does his best with co-lead Dr Minh-Tu Duong to get his colleagues and trainee doctors to clean the probes, look after the machines and generally take POCUS more seriously than he did as a trainee.

He is a published author, but sadly just textbooks, and his dream of writing The Great Australian Novel (or at least pamphlet) remains unfulfilled for now. 

He is a doting husband and parent, and his wife and daughter say he should get out more. He’s a top bloke and definitely did not write this bio.

Dr Dane Chalkley

I’m originally from the UK where I grew up and trained, but now proudly Australian.
My daughter has an Aussie accent and started mispronouncing words, but thankfully not yoghurt.
My son remains staunchly British.
Emigrating was due to an interest in fishing, growing chilies and wearing flip-flops.
Life is too short to wear shoes or complain about weather.

I’m an Emergency Physician, Deputy Director of RPA ED, and Deputy Director of SLHD’s wellbeing centre. I also provide expert opinions in civil matters, mostly for defendants. I’ve been the lead for quality and safety at RPA ED for nearly 10 years. My interests started during my UK training where this is a significant part of clinicians’ remit.
In my opinion, quality and safety in health suffers from eminence based practices. So, I’m an avid promoter of safety 2 ideals and in supporting staff going through safety 1 processes.

Prof Louise Cullen

Louise Cullen is a Pre-Eminent Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, a clinical trialist and outcomes researcher in acute diseases. She is enthusiastically involved in the translation of research by clinical redesign and innovation. Prof Cullen has focused on the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with possible Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in the Emergency Department (ED) and the use (and misuse) of troponin, the biomarker for heart damage. She has been engaged in many international collaborations and has authored over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet, focused on strategies to improve efficiency, whilst maintaining safety for patients with possible ACS, syncope, heart failure, shortness of breath and atrial fibrillation.

Dr Jennifer Davidson

Jenni Davidson is a Sydney based Emergency Physician and long-standing DEMT with a passion for education and training. She has introduced several state-wide teaching days in NSW including the aptly named SEXI (Sydney Emergency X-ray Interpretation) day focusing on radiology for emergency doctors. She is a previous recipient of the ACEM Teaching Excellence award and runner up for the NSW supervisor of the year award. She is also renowned for her commitment to taking regular leave to fulfil her other passion – travel. Restricted international travel has also allowed her to spend many local beach holidays with her COVID cavador puppy Luca.

Dr Matt Davis

After a series of predictable mishaps since he was born, Matt – aka the Russell Coight of Emergency Medicine – began to take a keen interest in ED risk management and patient safety from the early 2000s. Better late than never…

Dr George Douros

George Douros is a Melbourne-based Emergency Physician working at Austin Health, Western Health, and Adult Retrieval Victoria. He is also a case investigator for the Coroners’ Court of Victoria and an external expert for ED-based sentinel events.
About 5 years ago, George fell down the safety science rabbit hole which provides a very different lens from the clinical, clinical-governance and legal lens to view adverse patient safety events. With that lens, he hopes to answer why, 20 years after the ‘To Err Is Human’ report and countless RCAs, we still aren’t safe.


Dr Tim Green

Dr Tim Green has been an emergency physician at  Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for 26 years, including 16 years as ED Director.  An unsolicited request to write a medico-legal report for an insurance claim has led to an accidental career as a medicolegal consultant.  To date he has written reports on more than 300 cases of civil medical litigation on behalf of defendant hospitals, LHDs and doctors, which has both informed his clinical practice and  consolidated his interest in the cognitive factors that underline clinical decision making and diagnostic error.  When not wearing PPE or pondering premature closure and hindsight bias he is happiest on a bicycle or working on rainforest restoration at his northern rivers macadamia farm.

Dr Stephen Hampton

Stephen Hampton trained as a General Practitioner. He has completed a Master of Public Health and is a foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine with the Royal College of Pathologists Australia. He has worked as a District Medical Officer in the Northern Territory and as a partner in a suburban General Practice. He has worked in the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (JHFMHN) since 2008 as a General Practitioner, Clinical Director for Primary Health and now as Executive Medical Director since 2012. He was the inaugural Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Specific Interest Group in Custodial Health. He founded the NSW Medical Leadership Group under the Clinical Excellence Commission (2015-2019). He currently works in clinically in General Practice in the Long Bay Correctional Facility where he has an interest in the care of patients with Personality Disorders and Intellectual Disability in custody.

Dr Anna Korin

Dr Anna Korin in an Emergency Physician working at the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre, one of two major adult trauma centres in Victoria. She has been a Supervisor of Intern Training at Alfred Health for the last 12 years and is a passionate advocate and mentor for junior medical staff. Her other public appointment is as a senior clinician in the Monash Health Quality and Safety Unit. Anna is a current examiner for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. She is also an examiner and is on the surgical writing committee for the Australian Medical Council. For the last 23 years, Anna has been treating bariatric patients, providing non-surgical and post-surgical care. Her most recent appointment has been to Medical Panels. In her spare time, Anna loves drinking coffee, crocheting, and walking her dog and/or family along the Elwood foreshore.

Prof Anne-Maree Kelly

Professor Anne-Maree Kelly is a senior emergency physician and research academic at Western Health, The University of Melbourne. She is also an adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology.  Her interest in patient safety and clinical decision-making in ED led her to the interface between law and medicine. She has more than 200 peer reviewed publications covered the breadth of Emergency Medicine, including guideline development. She also has completed more than 300 case reviews for coroners, APHRA and medical litigation.

Dr James Miers

James Miers is a Sydney based Emergency Physician and co-author or the Emergency Procedures App with John Mackenzie. James has an interest in the application of safe and sensible evidence based medicine in medical procedures.

Dr Matthew O'Meara

Matt is a paediatric emergency physician. He’s been a staff specialist in Emergency at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick for 26 years, including 19 years as director. For the last 6 years he’s also been the NSW Chief Paediatrician, a role providing advice, leadership and advocacy, especially in the safety and quality of care for children and adolescents.

Dr Kevin Ostrowski

Dr Kevin Ostrowski is an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital, The Sutherland Hospital, and a Retrieval Specialist for CareFlight. He trained locally in Sydney after graduating medical school in Queensland, and emigrating after obtaining a physiology degree back home in Canada. He has taken up a role at Parklea Correctional Centre as an extension of his Emergency Physician work, and thus can now efficiently navigate all corners of Sydney during peak hour traffic. In between commutes and ongoing work advancing trauma services within NSW, he is a bemused but beloved father of two, and an advocate for local trainees with interests beyond the hospital walls.

Dr Kate Porges

Kate is an Emergency Physician who has had a diverse range of experiences in Emergency Medicine, almost entirely regionally. She has predominantly worked on the Central Coast, NSW, as a clinician, as DEMT, and for over a decade, as Area Director, Emergency Services. Kate has also worked as a retrievalist, based out of Sydney, Far North Queensland and western NSW. She has taught in regional and rural Australia, and overseas in PNG, the Solomon Islands and East Timor. She has been on NSW AMA Council, and ACEM Council. Recently Kate has worked for RFDS, Broken Hill, in Mudgee ED as a clinician, and for vCare, providing remote Critical Care advice to Western NSW. Kate is also a pilot and enjoys nothing more than heading west of the Blue Mountains. She is one flight test away from her commercial pilot’s licence!

A/Prof John Raftos

John Raftos has been an Emergency Physician for 39 years.  He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Physicians.  He trained at Royal North Shore and Gosford Hospitals and was Director of Emergency Services at Sutherland Hospital for 28 years.  He has been a Senior Specialist in Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst for 25 years.  He is a conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia.  He has written more than 4,500 medicolegal opinions, including reports for the NSW State Coroner and reports for the Plaintiff and Defence in medical negligence matters.  His interests include running, skiing, and surfing.  He is still practising actively as an Emergency Physician.

Adj. A/Prof Christopher Ryan

An Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Chris is the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital. Though his work is primarily clinical, he maintains an active research programme and has written extensively on the ethics and legal aspects of psychiatry and medicine more generally.

Dr John Sammut

Currently works as a Senior Emergency Physician, Director of the ICU and Clinical Executive Director Canterbury Hospital. Senior Medical Consultant Advisor to SLHD. Non-executive Member of the Sydney LHD Board: March 2022- present. I have been a Medical Staff Council member since 2014 and Hearings member for the NSW Medical Council. I was also the prior Chair of Performance and then Chair of Conduct Committees and current Chair of the Family Violence /Special Incidents Committee since its inception in 2020. Deputy President NSW Medical Council since 2018 – 2020. President NSW Medical Council July 2020 – July 2022. Rotary President Campsie Branch  2019 – 2020.

Dr Sarah-Jane Spencer

Dr Sarah-Jane Spencer is a UK trained forensic psychiatrist who has been working with Justice Health since 2012 solely in custodial settings.  She enjoys working on the front line and striving to push boundaries and advocate for better care for the vulnerable populations. Over recent years one of her key focuses has been on collaborating with crucial external stakeholders and really trying to do better with the most challenging patients in custody.

Prof Johanna Westbrook

Professor Johanna Westbrook, PhD, FTSE, FAIDH, FACMI, FIAHSI, is Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. She is internationally recognised for her research evaluating the effects of ICT in health care. Her highly applied research has supported translation of this evidence into policy, practice, and IT system design changes. In 2014 she was named Australian ICT professional of the year and in 2019 as the national research leader in the field of medical informatics. Johanna’s expertise in multi-method evaluation has been applied to investigate organisational interventions designed to reduce unprofessional behaviours between health care workers that impact patient safety and staff wellbeing. She has over 500 publications and been awarded >$50M in research grants. In 2019 she received the Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Award from the NHMRC. In 2020 Westbrook was appointed as a Co-Director of the Safety, Quality and Informatics Leadership program, by the Harvard Medical School.