Program and Speakers

HREM 2021 promises to deliver an exciting and informative program. The program will feature keynote speakers, invited speakers and panel discussions delivered by leading experts in their respective fields. The 2-day program will brings together leading medical professionals from a variety of medical disciplinarians from across the Nation. The final program will announce soon. Stay tuned!

The program will focus 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.

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Dr Chris Ryan

Dr Chris Ryan is a Clinical Associate Professor, the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital and an Associate of Sydney Health Ethics. Though his work is primarily clinical, he maintains an active research program and an interest in medical education. He is author or co-author of over one hundred publications on topics such as suicide risk assessment and the intersections of medicine, law and ethics.

Dr Glenn Arendts

Glenn Arendts MBBS MMed PhD FACEM is Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Australia and a consultant emergency physician at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in Western Australia. He conducts ED based clinical research with a focus on the recognition and management of geriatric syndromes in the ED and harm minimisation strategies in older people. He designed and leads the FSH ED Falls Pathway which manages 3000 patients p.a. and uses standardised assessments to achieve markedly improved outcomes in older fallers. He has over 130 peer reviewed publications and is senior author of the Acute Geriatric Series for Emergency Medicine Australasia that summarises best practice evidence for common geriatric emergencies.

Dr John Sammut


Dr John Sammut Graduated USyd MBBS (Hons1) in 1986, completed FACEM in 1994. John currently works as a Senior Emergency Physician, Director of the ICU and Clinical Executive Director Canterbury Hospital and is a Senior Medical Consultant Advisor to SLHD. Over John’s career he has been involved in disaster training, chair of the MIMMS Australasia which was a UK based (ALSG) disaster training program in the 1990s, volunteer for SOCOG and was the Medical Manager for the Main Stadium during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. John spent five years working part time for the Clinical Excellence Commission. John has been the medical advisor and educator on CEC programs, involved in rolling out the sepsis kills program, the between the flag program (Chair of the ED Chart development) and Leader of the team rolling out SIBR across NSW: a system for MDT bedside rounding.


Professor Matthew Large

Professor Matthew Large is a Senior Staff Specialist Psychiatrist at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, a Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, and is the Clinical Director of the Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since 1995, and has wide-ranging experience in urban, rural, private and public psychiatry. He is one of Australia’s leading suicide researchers and has particular research interests suicide associated with hospital psychiatric care and suicide risk assessment. In his role as expert witness, Professor Matthew Large has given advice to Coroners and other matters after deaths in Australian States and Territories.

Dr Nicola Cunningham

Nicola is a Senior Forensic Physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, and an Emergency Physician at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. She also works as an Academy Member with the Patient Safety Review Team for Safer Care Victoria and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University. Nicola holds a Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, a Fellowship of the Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, a Master of Forensic Medicine (Monash University), and a Master of Health and Medical Law (University of Melbourne). She combines her clinical work with leadership, teaching, research and advocacy in the fields of clinical forensic medicine, emergency medicine, medical ethics, law, and patient safety.

Dr Sanj Fernando

Dr Sanj Fernando is a Senior Emergency Physician and Retrievalist. He was born in Sri Lanka and migrated to Australia. He has a variety of interests including medical education, global Emergency Medicine (he’s co-Director of DevelopingEM Ltd) and medico-legal issues within the practice of acute care medicine. He has recently taken over as director of Liverpool Hospital ED which is a guarantee that his hair will never grow back.

Dr Tim Green

Tim Green, MBBS (Hons) UNSW, FACEM is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Emergency Department, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Tim Green has been 34 years as a doctor, 26 years as an emergency physician, 16 years as an ED Director, 15 years as a self taught Medicolegal consultant and 278 medicolegal reports for the defendants of professional negligence litigation, coronial and disciplinary matters.


Professor 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. In 2020, Anne-Maree completed a Master of Health and Medical Law degree. She has completed more than 280 case reviews for coroners, APHRA and medical litigation (both defence and plaintiff). Her main area of research in Law is expert evidence, especially how acceptance of clinical uncertainty and balancing risks is conveyed to courts.

Dr Alan Giles

Dr Alan Giles is an Emergency Physician and Medical Educator based in Sydney. He presently works clinically at the Sydney Adventist Hospital and is the HNSP Director for SLHD and SSWLHD. Much of his early career was based at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney as the DEMT and full time clinician. Over the last decade he has concentrated more on teaching with an interest in POCUS, paediatrics and communication. Alan is an APLS instructor and has volunteered over the years in Cambodia and Laos. He has an educational You Tube channel named “EM Topics in 1 coffee” and now that his children have left the home he lives with his wife and 2 ginger cats. He still cant speak Spanish or play decent guitar.

John Kamaras

John Kamaras, LLB, BSc, Hon has been employed as a solicitor at Avant Law for over 19 years. This includes leadership roles as Special Counsel Coronial (National) for 4 years and Legal Practice Manager (NSW) for over 5 years.
John joined Avant (United Medical Protection) in 2001 as a solicitor and has acted for medical practitioners involved in coronial inquests, medical negligence claims, disciplinary proceedings, Medicare investigations and criminal proceedings. He has publishing and presented numerous articles and talks over the years.
He has broad experience with most areas of health law but with a specific interest in coronial law. He has had conduct of over 600 coronial matters during his career.
In his current role as Legal Practice Manager, he manages a team of 6 solicitors and their support staff, in addition to running matters and providing medico-legal advice and education.

Dr Harvey Lander

Dr Harvey Lander B Med MBA FRACMA is Director, Systems Improvement at the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), Sydney, Australia. The CEC has specialists in patient safety and is tasked with partnering with Local Health Districts to support improvements in safety and reliability of care across NSW Health. Harvey currently has responsibility for leading patient safety programs for the adult, maternity, neonatal and paediatric, older persons’, mental health, as well as the medication safety program. He contributes at a state level in supporting clinical and specifically medical leadership, executives and health services to improve the quality and safety of patient care in over 200 hospitals and smaller health facilities. He has contributed to publications on improving the recognition and response to sepsis and the deteriorating patient. He is passionate about systems improvements to help support safe, reliable, integrated, sustainable person-centred systems of care that reduce harm and improve patient experience and outcomes.

Harvey has previously worked as a Director of Medical Services in range of acute tertiary, outer metropolitan and regional hospitals (including an Area Clinical Governance Unit) across Australia and had responsibility for clinical governance, quality and safety, medical, pharmacy, and related services. He has previously served on the RACMA (Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators) Council, a Victorian Health Service Board Subcommittee and a School Council.

Dr Angela Chiew

Dr Angela Chiew BSci(Med) MBBS (Hons), FACEM, PhD is a Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician. She works at the Prince of Wales Hospital and for The Poisons Information Centre NSW. She is a clinical researcher with a PhD in paracetamol overdose. She loves to speak about anything to do with toxicology.

Steven Bowden

Steven Bowden, B.Hum.Nut, M.Sc, M.BA (exec) is an experienced health professional with over 16 years of experience within NSW Health. He is the Clinical Lead for Safety Intelligence at the Clinical Excellence Commission. In this role he works with clinicians to access, interpret and apply data across the continuum of care to improve patient safety. Steve is committed to improving data literacy across the sector and seeing clinicians, managers and organisations equipped to translate data into knowledge to inform strategic, operational and clinical decision making. He has previously held roles as the Manager of Healthcare Improvement Analytics (SESLHD), Head of Discipline for Nutrition and Dietetics (ISLHD), Manager of Clinical Efficiency and Evaluation (SESLHD), Subacute Program Manager and Allied Health Data Manager (SESIAHS).

Dr Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes is a pain medicine specialist who works at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle NSW. He has been Director of Hunter Integrated Pain Service, since its foundation in 1997. He is a past Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Board member of Painaustralia.
His research explores a “whole person” approach to pain, difficulties that arise when mind and body are seen as separate and benefits of mindbody integration. Related areas include opioid deprescribing, outcome measurement and redesign of health systems to better integrate specialist pain services and primary care.

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