Our Regional Chairs drive and oversee EMUGs activity in their region in collaboration with the Operations Team.

Chair

Committee Members

The hands on driving force that achieve EMUGs mission in their region.

New South Wales

Meet Team

New South Wales

Chair

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Dr Steve Korbel

Committee Members

Dr Leanne Hutchison

​Dr Maham Khan
 

Regional Champions

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Dr Brian O' Connell

Dr Scott Flannagan

Dr Chris Partyka

Central Council Members from NSW

Dr Brian O' Connell

Dr Jonathan Theoret

Honorary Advisors in NSW

Dr Justin Bowra

Dr Chris Partyka

AIDAN BARON

BParamed, BSc Hons, PGCertClinUS

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

The transducer chooses the wizard.

Training & Education

Aidan is a paramedic, educator, and researcher specialising in Point of Care Ultrasound. He has taught EM and Critical Care POCUS in over 10 countries, and is the course director of The PoCUS Course© EU and UK. Aidan is an honorary researcher in emergency, cardiovascular, and critical care at Kingston University and St George's University London, an adjunct lecturer in Pre-Hospital Care at Charles Sturt University Bathurst, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Paramedic Practice. He is currently an instructor for the Royal Australian Navy and medical retrieval services locally and abroad and is now enjoying life as a medical student in Sydney.

Why EMUGs?

EMUGs are non-traditional and embraced me as a student.

Why EMUGs?

EMUGs are non-traditional and embraced me as a student.

AIDAN BARON

BParamed, BSc Hons, PGCertClinUS

 

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

The transducer chooses the wizard.

Training & Education

Aidan is a paramedic, educator, and researcher specialising in Point of Care Ultrasound. He has taught EM and Critical Care POCUS in over 10 countries, and is the course director of The PoCUS Course© EU and UK. Aidan is an honorary researcher in emergency, cardiovascular, and critical care at Kingston University and St George's University London, an adjunct lecturer in Pre-Hospital Care at Charles Sturt University Bathurst, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Paramedic Practice. He is currently an instructor for the Royal Australian Navy and medical retrieval services locally and abroad and is now enjoying life as a medical student in Sydney.

MARIANNE NORTHOVER

MBBS BSc MPH

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

It's just so useful, and links in so well with teaching and procedures and is great all over the world in so many different resource settings and for all/most ages and sizes. The more you do it the more you love it and use it!

Training & Education

Med school and early years in UK. Then my masters in Paris and Madagascar, then joined ACEM in 2013 working in WA then Sydney, a year back in London and now in the Hunter network since end 2015.

Why EMUGs?

I attended vascular in the vines several years ago and found it great but then seemed to go off radar, especially being out of sydney. A good friend is in your team and I am currently ultrasound reg in the new post in our network so now seems to be the time to get involved hopefully long term and despite rosters!

When I grow up...

I think I wanted to be a vet (I even liked looking after worms) but an A level project on MSF somewhat inspired me and so I veered off to medicine, to the detriment of lots of other things I always loved to do that were very un science-y!

Bucket List

Travel round the 'stans and get back into serious hiking post kids... with kids!

Why EMUGs?

I attended vascular in the vines several years ago and found it great but then seemed to go off radar, especially being out of sydney. A good friend is in your team and I am currently ultrasound reg in the new post in our network so now seems to be the time to get involved hopefully long term and despite rosters!

When I grow up...

I think I wanted to be a vet (I even liked looking after worms) but an A level project on MSF somewhat inspired me and so I veered off to medicine, to the detriment of lots of other things I always loved to do that were very un science-y!

Bucket List

Travel round the 'stans and get back into serious hiking post kids... with kids!

MARIANNE NORTHOVER

MBBS BSc MPH

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

It's just so useful, and links in so well with teaching and procedures and is great all over the world in so many different resource settings and for all/most ages and sizes. The more you do it the more you love it and use it!

Training & Education

Med school and early years in UK. Then my masters in Paris and Madagascar, then joined ACEM in 2013 working in WA then Sydney, a year back in London and now in the Hunter network since end 2015.

Dr Brian O'Connell

MICGP FACEM CCPU

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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.

Dr Brian O'Connell

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.

DR SCOTT FLANNAGAN

MBBS FACEM CCPU

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

Improving patient care.​​

Training & Education

University of Sydney Graduate Medical Program

 

Why EMUGs?

Standardising POCUS education and use in Australia.

When I grow up...

A sailor

Bucket List

Sail around Australia

DR SCOTT FLANNAGAN

MBBS FACEM CCPU

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

Improving patient care.​​

Training & Education

University of Sydney Graduate Medical Program

Why EMUGs?

Standardising POCUS education and use in Australia.

When I grow up...

A sailor

Bucket List

Sail around Australia

DR CHRIS PARTYKA

MBBS/B MED SCI, FACEM, CCPU

​​Emergency Physician & Deputy Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Liverpool Hospital.  Prehospital and Retrieval Specialist, Greater Sydney Area HEMS (NSW Ambulance).  CCPU. Co-founded EMUGs in 2015 after seeing the positive influence of POCUS in the ED.

DR CHRIS PARTYKA

MBBS/B MED SCI, FACEM, CCPU

​​Emergency Physician & Deputy Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Liverpool Hospital.  Prehospital and Retrieval Specialist, Greater Sydney Area HEMS (NSW Ambulance).  CCPU. Co-founded EMUGs in 2015 after seeing the positive influence of POCUS in the ED.

DR LEANNA HUTCHISON

MBBS, CCPU

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

It’s fun and so useful in all aspects of critical care 

Training & Education

Undergraduate in UK, ACEM training in Sydney. I just finished a 6 month post in ultrasound at Sydney Adventist Hospital., am a late phase advanced trainee at St Vincent's Hospital.

Why EMUGs?

I went to one of the events last year and thought it was fantastic. Great topics, and resources, inspiring teachers. 

When I grow up...

Vet or Pilot 

Bucket List

Run the trails of Patagonia.

DR LEANNE HUTCHISON

MBBS, CCPU

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

It’s fun and so useful in all aspects of critical care 

Training & Education

Undergraduate in UK, ACEM training in Sydney. I just finished a 6 month post in ultrasound at Sydney Adventist Hospital., am a late phase advanced trainee at St Vincent's Hospital.

Why EMUGs?

I went to one of the events last year and thought it was fantastic. Great topics, and resources, inspiring teachers. 

When I grow up...

Vet or Pilot 

Bucket List

Run the trails of Patagonia.

DR STEPHEN KORBEL

MBBS, BSc(med), FACEM

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

I have found POCUS to be really valuable in assessing and managing patients in the Emergency Department. There have been several occasions where I have diagnosed life threatening conditions with POCUS which would not have been possible to diagnose without ultrasound. I feel it is essential to include this in our training program, and am passionate about developing a consistent approach to ultrasound in emergency departments across NSW and Australia.

Training & Education

Attended UNSW, graduating in 1996, then worked at Wollongong Hospital in Anaesthetics, ICU and Emergency Medicine. Did further training at RNS hospital, and have been working as an Emergency Consultant at St George Hospital since 2007. Previous Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMT) at St George Hospital. Also Network Director for Network 3 Emergency Medicine Training Network (with HETI).

Why EMUGs?

I was introduced to EMUGs by Brian O'Connell, and have found it to be a great group for sharing educational and other ultrasound related resources.

When I grow up...

Pro skier ( I did work as a volunteer ski-patroller for a while - which partly achieved this dream!).

Bucket List

Stadium Rock show (I am in a band, but not exactly at that level yet!)

DR STEPHEN KORBEL

MBBS, BSc(med), FACEM

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

I have found POCUS to be really valuable in assessing and managing patients in the Emergency Department. There have been several occasions where I have diagnosed life threatening conditions with POCUS which would not have been possible to diagnose without ultrasound. I feel it is essential to include this in our training program, and am passionate about developing a consistent approach to ultrasound in emergency departments across NSW and Australia.

Training & Education

Attended UNSW, graduating in 1996, then worked at Wollongong Hospital in Anaesthetics, ICU and Emergency Medicine. Did further training at RNS hospital, and have been working as an Emergency Consultant at St George Hospital since 2007. Previous Director of Emergency Medicine Training (DEMT) at St George Hospital. Also Network Director for Network 3 Emergency Medicine Training Network (with HETI).

Why EMUGs?

I was introduced to EMUGs by Brian O'Connell, and have found it to be a great group for sharing educational and other ultrasound related resources.

When I grow up...

Pro skier ( I did work as a volunteer ski-patroller for a while - which partly achieved this dream!).

Bucket List

Stadium Rock show (I am in a band, but not exactly at that level yet!)

DR MAHAM KAHN

BMBS

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

POCUS noob compared to most here but excited about it nonetheless. It’s such a useful skill, particularly applicable for me in my slightly more rural ED setting.

Training & Education

ACRRM trainee, AST in EM

Why EMUGs?

I heard about EMUGs from colleagues who were involved. I went to an EMUGs event and it was very informative, it brought together a great bunch of people who were very welcoming and really passionate about POCUS. It’s a great way to remain exposed to POCUS and learn from shared info/ cases/ tips & tricks. 

When I grow up...

Very early on, I wanted to be a newsreader and then a teacher but I’d say from age ~8+ I was set on being a doctor. 

Bucket List

Targa Tasmania

DR MAHAM KAHN

BMBS

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

POCUS noob compared to most here but excited about it nonetheless. It’s such a useful skill, particularly applicable for me in my slightly more rural ED setting.

Training & Education

ACRRM trainee, AST in EM

Why EMUGs?

I heard about EMUGs from colleagues who were involved. I went to an EMUGs event and it was very informative, it brought together a great bunch of people who were very welcoming and really passionate about POCUS. It’s a great way to remain exposed to POCUS and learn from shared info/ cases/ tips & tricks. 

When I grow up...

Very early on, I wanted to be a newsreader and then a teacher but I’d say from age ~8+ I was set on being a doctor. 

Bucket List

Targa Tasmania

Regional Champions

Dr Brian O'Connell

Dr Jonathan Theoret

Honorary Advisors from NSW

Dr Justin Bowra

Dr Chris Partyka

DR STEVE KORBEL

MBBS, BSc(med), FACEM, CCPU
 

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

I have found ultrasound to be extremely useful in our emergency department, in both stable and critically ill patients. It has revolutionised emergency medicine.
 

Training & Education

Emergency Physician at St George Hospital since 2008, having trained at Wollongong and Royal North Shore Hospital as a registrar.

Clinical Lead for ultrasound at St George Hospital.

Network Director for Emergency Medicine Training Network 3 (HETI).

Previous DEMT at St George Hospital.

DR STEVE KORBEL

MBBS, BSc(med), FACEM, CCPU
 

Why I'm LOCUS for POCUS

I have found ultrasound to be extremely useful in our emergency department, in both stable and critically ill patients. It has revolutionised emergency medicine.
 

Training & Education

Emergency Physician at St George Hospital since 2008, having trained at Wollongong and Royal North Shore Hospital as a registrar.

Clinical Lead for ultrasound at St George Hospital.

Network Director for Emergency Medicine Training Network 3 (HETI).

Previous DEMT at St George Hospital.