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.

Victoria
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
Queensland
Kylie Baker
New Zealand
Mark Rewi
Rex de Ryke
Cris Zollo
Gaynor Prince
Martin Necas
Mick Kileen
Ireland
Cian McDermott
South Australia
Alistair Murray

BMedSci(Hons) MBBS FACEM DDU

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

MBBS DDU DCH FACEM

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

FACEM CCPU

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

MBBS BMedSci DipRTM(RCSEd) FACEM CCPU

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

FRCEM FACEM CCPU

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

NZDMIT, DMU, DVU, AMS

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

MICGP, FACEM, CCPU

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

MBBS, FACEM, CCPU

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.

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.

Honorary Advisors

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. His research interests include the use of ultrasound in critical illness and focussed ultrasound in emergency management. He is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors. He is Past Secretary and Vice President of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, a past president and past chair of the DDU board of examiners of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and past chair of the Ultrasound Subcommittee of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Adrian Goudie

BMedSci(Hons) MBBS FACEM DipMedTox DDU

Originally trained in Ireland, I work as a Staff Specialist Emergency Physician in Adelaide, SA. I supervise an ultrasound special skills term at our hospital and take the clinical lead in ultrasound in the Emergency Department. I used to work as a travelling doctor at the road racing circuit in Ireland but have now slowed down and make my own beer.

Alistair Murray

MB BCh FACEM FRCEM FRCSEd(A&E) DipIMC DDU(emergency) PGdipCU CCPU

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

ACP (Cardiac), AMS (Cardiac), MClinEd

Brian is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Lead in ED Ultrasound at Coffs Clinical Network and loves to diagnose and treat a pathology earlier and more accurately because ED ultrasound was used! Brian Started learning ED ultrasound in St Vincent’s in 2009 under the tutelage of one Sir Justin Bowra, completing the UTEC course in Liverpool Hospital as a springboard in emergency scanning followed by the CCPU. In 2015, Brian co-founded EMUGs. He recently retired from the Central Council to focus on climate adaption. He had the privilege of sitting on the ACEM Ultrasound Committee for 2.5 years and promoted change in how the college viewed and engaged with ED ultrasound and EMUGs. Brian is also a strong proponent of the evolving SEED programs, Ultrasound registrar roles and administrative support for Clinical Leads as key components of sustainable and developing Emergency Ultrasound and advocates for these fundamental building blocks in every training ED in ANZ. He also recognises the need for appropriate training resources in every smaller ED throughout the region also with the vision that all patients throughout ANZ have access to quality point of care ultrasound.

Brian O'Connell

Senior Sonographer, PoCUS Educator, Monash Health Victoria

Chair Victorian branch Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA)

Pioneering sonographer PoCUS educator in Australia's first collaborative hospital-based PoCUS program. Awarded ASA Educator of the Year 2016 for innovation & achievement in PoCUS education.

Carolynne Cormack

BAppSc(MedRad) GDUlt GCHPEd FASA AMS

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

MBBS BMedSci DipRTM(RCSEd) FACEM CCPU

Dr Cian McDermott is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound Education and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Mater University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. He spent several years in Melbourne, Australia working in Emergency Medicine and specialising in point of care ultrasound. Cian is holds a Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound. Nationally Cian is a mentor & trainer in Ireland and works to implement FUSIC in the UK. Cian is the Emergency Medicine representative on the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland (JFICMI) point of care ultrasound committee accreditation with ASUM. He is also in the process of credentialling in level 2 transthoracic echocardiography with the European Society of Cardiovascular Imaging. Cian is an organising committee member and ultrasound workshop director of the global conference Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC.net.au) conference and he leads international POCUS workshops in Europe, North American and Australia. Nationally Cian is a mentor & trainer in Ireland and works to implement FUSIC in the UK. Cian is the Emergency Medicine representative on the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland (JFICMI) point of care ultrasound committee.

Cian McDermott

FACEM FRCEM CCPU

Dr Cris Zollo is a Emergency Physican and Clincial Lead for Ultrasound at Waikato Hospital Emergency Department. Originally from England, she has worked in EDs across New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Cris undertook most of her registrar training at Waikato Hospital and attained the ASUM DDU (Emergency Medicine) in 2018. Cris is a passionate advocate of increased POCUS availability, but acknowledges that this, like all other tests, should be used wisely, supported by appropriate training and credentialing. Cris is actively involved with EMUGS (Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Groups) and teaches ultrasound at all levels from first year doctors to DDU candidates.

Cris Zollo

MBBS, BSc, MRCS(Ed), FACEM, DDU

Dr. Elissa Kennedy-Smith is an Emergency Physician who works at My Emergency Doctor, Sandringham Hospital Emergency Department and The Royal Women’s Hospital in their Early Pregnancy Assessment Service. Elissa has an avid interest in all Emergency applications of Point of Care Ultrasound, completing multiple CCPUs in 2012, and then going on to attain her Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (Emergency) in 2017. She enjoys teaching all aspects of ED POCUS, is an Honorary Advisor for EMUGs, CLUS for Alfred Health, the current Chair of the ED Ultrasound Committee for ACEM and officially an “Ultrasound tragic”.

Elissa Kennedy-Smith

MBBS (Hons), FACEM, DDU- Emergency

Gabriel is an Emergency Physician and Deputy Director at Monash Medical Centre ED, where his main portfolio is Quality and Safety. He also has clinical appointments at both Cabrini Hospital and My Emergency Doctor and is an ex- member of the Ultrasound Committee of ACEM. He drives 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 a senior adjunct lecturer. His research interests include point-of-care ultrasound and efficient use of diagnostic testing in emergency medicine.

Gaby Blecher

MBBS(Hons) Postgrad Dip Man MSc(Epi) CCPU FACEM

Emergency physician and Sonologist at heart. Ultrasound is a practice changing tool that used in the right places, is life changing for patients and makes both our lives easier. It’s fun and can be used to educate patients to a deeper degree about themselves. It’s the best tool in resource limited areas where it can aid diagnostic decisions and be used to target pain relief. It facilitates interdisciplinary conversations and makes life smoother.

Gaynor Prince

MBChB FACEM DDU

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

MBBS DDU DCH FACEM

Dr. Justin Bowra is an emergency physician and resident emergency ultrasound tragic at Sydney Adventist (‘the San’) and Royal North Shore Hospitals. 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 is the ACEM representative on the ultrasound interest group of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine. Hobbies include writing spectacularly unsuccessful film scripts and children’s books and being bossed around by his small yet opinionated daughter. Come & work for him as an US fellow at the San, he’s a top bloke and definitely did not write this bio.

Justin Bowra

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

MBBS, FACEM, CCPU

As a full time emergency physician at one of the busiest emergency departments in Australasia bedside ultrasound remains an essential tool in my practice. As such I am committed to improving systems that enhance access to safe and effective bedside ultrasound for my colleagues to improve care for our patients.

Mark Rewi

MBCHB, FACEM, PGCert Clin Ed, CCPU

Martin is a clinical specialist sonographer, associate clinical director of ultrasound and clinical tutor of ultrasound imaging at Waikato hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. Martin completed his training in general and vascular ultrasound in Seattle, USA in 1996 and subsequently attained a Master’s Degree in Medical Sonography at the University of South Australia in 2007. Martin has practiced diagnostic ultrasound in USA, New Zealand and Australia in a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from private centers to tertiary teaching hospitals. Martin is an ultrasound enthusiast, clinical instructor, university lecturer, researcher, author and a prolific conference speaker. Martin’s main areas of interest include: general, vascular, paediatric and contrast-enhanced ultrasound. Martin is a strong advocate for efficient, focused and clinically targeted utilisation of ultrasound, evidence-based bracts and clinical research.

Martin Necas

MMedSon

Dr Melody Hiew (MBBS/B Med Sci, FACEM) is a consultant Emergency Physician based at Casey Hospital Emergency Department (Monash Health), where she is the Ultrasound Clinical Lead. She has served as co-chairperson of the Victorian chapter EMUGs (EMUG-Vic) and as a member of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Subcommittee. Her interest in point-of-care ultrasound began with an ultrasound fellowship at Fiona Stanley Hospital, where she obtained multiple CCPU units. She currently teaches and demonstrates POCUS for EMUG-Vic and Monash Health.

Melody Hiew

FACEM, MBBS/B Med Sci

Dr Mick Killeen. Emergency Specialist Whangarei Hospital, NZ. Clinical Lead in DEM Ultrasound Training. Involved in teaching ultrasound to ED trainees for many years. Qualifications include (but not limited to) Otago Cert CCPU 2012, Ultrasound leadership Academy Fellowship, University of Melbourne Certificate Ultrasound (working towards Masters.) Particular interests include the role of handheld in POCUS education, the creation of Training apps (for smart phones) that allow trainees access to training logs and other continuous training resources. In summary I am all about overcoming all barriers to POCUS training.

Mick Killeen

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