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Honorary Advisors

The EMUGs Honorary Advisors are individuals with considerable industry leadership experience. They are the founders, champions and drivers of POCUS in Emergency Medicine. EMUGs is extremely grateful to these generous and busy individuals who lend their time and expertise to the organisation's governance in an advisory capacity.

Anthony Wald
Gabriel Blecher
Melody Hiew 
Elissa Kennedy-Smith
Western Australia
Adrian Goudie 
James Rippey 
New South Wales
Justin Bowra
Chris Partyka
Brian O' Connell
Kylie Baker
New Zealand
Mark Rewi
Rex de Ryke
Cris Zollo
Gaynor Prince
Martin Necas
Mick Kileen
Cian McDermott
South Australia
Alistair Murray


Dr Adrian Goudie is an Emergency Physician at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia. He completed his undergraduate degree and emergency training in Perth before working in Australia, South Africa and England, where he began training in ultrasound and echocardiography. Adrian has multiple research interests and is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors. 

Adrian Goudie -Western Australia


James has been using ultrasound in clinical practice since 2002. He was taught ultrasound in the UK by radiologists and cardiologists and integrating that knowledge into his clinical emergency medicine practice has shaped his career. James runs an Emergency Medicine ultrasound unit within a tertiary hospital ED. James' ultrasound interests and expertise lie in education, innovative teaching techniques, advanced emergency diagnostic and procedural ultrasound, critical care, and really anything emergency ultrasound related. ASUM’s prize winner for Best Sonologist, Best Sonography Tutor, and best article published in AJUM. James also occasionally runs ultrasound courses and is the currently lead of the ASUM DDU emergency medicine examination board.

James Rippey - Western Australia

AMS (Cardiac), PDM, Grad Cert ClinEd

Anthony is an accredited cardiac sonographer working in Point of Care Ultrasound education for the PoCUS program at Monash Health, Victoria. He is completing his Masters in Clinical Education and Teaching through Melbourne University, with a research interest in the facilitators and barriers to echocardiography teaching and training. Anthony is also an elected director for the Australasian Sonographers Association.

Anthony Wald - Victoria


Dr. Justin Bowra is an emergency physician and emergency ultrasound tragic at Royal North Shore Hospital, where he runs the ACEM Emergency Ultrasound Special Skills Post with Dr Minh-Tu Duong. He has been performing bedside US since 1999. He is the lead author of Emergency Ultrasound Made Easy (2nd ed), a past chair of the CCPU Board of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine, and recently retired from the ACEM ultrasound committee. Hobbies include telehealth, writing spectacularly unsuccessful film scripts and children’s books and being bossed around by his opinionated daughter. Come & work for him as an US fellow at RNSH ED, he’s a top bloke and definitely did not write this bio.

Justin Bowra - New South Wales


Chris is an Emergency Physician at Liverpool Hospital and a Prehospital & Retrieval Specialist at Greater Sydney Area HEMS (NSW Ambulance). He is also a co-founding member of EMUGs. Born and bred in Sydney, Chris saw the positive influence of point-of-care ultrasound at an early stage in his career & completed his CCPU just prior to his Fellowship in 2014. He has an ultrasound leadership role in both workplaces which encompasses clinical governance, education and research. 

Chris Partyka - New South Wales


Cian works as the Co-Director of Emergency Ultrasound Education and is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Mater University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Cian spent several years in Melbourne, Australia specialising in POCUS. He has been an organising committee member and ultrasound workshop director of the global Social Media and Critical Care conference and he leads international POCUS workshops in Europe, North American and Australia.

​Cian McDermott - Dublin, Ireland

FACEM, MBCHB(Auckland), PGC CPU(Otago), CCPU, PGC ClinED(Canterbury), ACLS instructor 

Mark has been a strong advocate for improving credentialing, equipment acquisition/maintenance, imaging management and education in point of care ultrasound. He would like clinicians to have better access to point of care training to meet high standards of quality and consistency.

Mark Rewi - New Zealand


Rex has been the Charge Sonographer within Canterbury District Hospital Board (CDHB) Radiology Services since 2003. He is immediate past Chair of NZASUM and was an ASUM director 2016-2018. Rex is passionate about all aspects of clinical ultrasound, with special interests in fetal medicine, fetal echo and emergency medicine ultrasound. Rex is currently coordinating and supporting POCUS service provision within the CDHB and greater NZ community, with an emphasis on quality of service provision, image recording, audit and review.

Rex de Ryke - New Zealand

​MBBS(Hons) Postgrad Dip Man MSc CCPU FACEM

Gaby is a Melbourne based Emergency Physician. Deputy Director at Monash Medical Centre and also an Emergency Physician at the Cabrini Hospital Emergency Department. Gaby chairs the Monash Health Emergency Department Ultrasound Education and Quality Committee. He has completed a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada and has an appointment with Monash University as an adjunct lecturer. His research interests include point-of-care ultrasound and efficient use of diagnostic testing in emergency medicine.

Gabriel Blecher - Victoria


Co-founded the EMUGs Network in 2015 after seeing the potential for POCUS in ED’s and recognising the chasm between offsite courses and onsite clinical practice.  A keen advocate for standardising and coordinating POCUS resources and training.

Brian O' Connell - New South Wales


Kylie Baker is an Emergency Physician who has worked at Ipswich Hospital, since 1991.  She has studied point of care ultrasound since 2001, attending Australian Institute of Ultrasound regularly first as a student, then as a teacher. ​This has resulted in research - specifically into lung ultrasound, funded by two generous grants from the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Fund.

Kylie Baker - Queensland.

We recognise these individuals for their significant active contributions to the growth and development of EMUGs. We acknowledge those who have contributed a tremendous amount of time and effort to EMUGs and helped us progress to where we are today.

EMUGs would not exist as the organisation we are were it not for the generous donations of time, experience and expertise from these EMUGs Angels. Our gratitude for these individuals is enormous!

EMUGs Angels

EMUGs Co-Founder and driver of the organisation since its inception and Central Council member until 2022.

Brian O' Connell


Hugely valuable Central Council member until 2022 and driver of all EMUGs SEED activity. POCUS Management Course faculty member.

Carolynne Cormack


Key Central Council member, Board Secretary and Treasurer until 2022. SONIC 2019 committee member. EMUGs Victoria leader, POCUS Management Course faculty member. EGLS faculty member.

Allan Whitehead


Central Council Co-Chair until 2021, EMUGs Victoria founder and previous Co-Chair.

Melody Hiew


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