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Greg Page

Original Yellow Wiggle and Cardiac Arrest Survivor

Greg Page was best known as the original Yellow Wiggle – having started his career with his three founding-Wiggle mates, Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, and Anthony Field almost 30 years ago.  Together, these Wiggly friends performed more than 6,000 concerts together all over the world.  They have performed to more than 3 million paying customers, sold more than 24 million DVD’s, and sold out the theatre at Madison Square Garden 13 times in one week!

However, Greg is now possibly best known as The Wiggle who had a cardiac arrest on stage – and survived.  After having left the group back in 2006 due to ill-health (nothing to do with his recent cardiac arrest), he had been out of the group for a long time – but the generation of fans that grew up with Page and the rest of the originals, are now in their late 20’s to early 30’s, and that means the mix of Original Wiggles songs and a pub-rock environment is ripe for lots of innocent fun!

But that fun turned to near death for Greg when at the end of the most recent performance by the group, raising funds for bushfire relief, one of his arteries blocked 100% and caused a sudden cardiac arrest.  If not for the quick thinking and life saving skills of bystanders, chances are Greg would have died. His life was saved because of CPR and an AED at Castle Hill RSL Club that was brought to the stage and used to revert his heart to a normal rhythm in time for paramedics to arrive and stabilise him until he received lifesaving surgery.

Upon waking up in recovery, Greg was told that his chances of surviving that type of cardiac arrest were only 1 in 10.  That means he had a 90% of not making it that night.  This rocked Greg.  The fact that 90% of people who have a sudden cardiac arrest out of hospital do not survive, was a hard-hitting stat that he couldn’t ignore.

And so, now on a mission, Greg’s purpose is to educate others about the importance of knowing CPR, and making AED’s more available in public places and in homes – but not only that, making sure that people know where to find an AED, by introducing a new initiative called “Heart of the Nation” which is a “badge of honour” like the Australian Made Campaign, which businesses everywhere can place on their entry doors, letting the community know that they have an AED inside if it is ever needed to save a life, just as Greg’s was.

 

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Prof Hugh Grantham

Australian Resuscitation Council

Professor Grantham was born and trained in England and has done his further studies in Australia. He has a strong interest in education and regularly teaches emergency medicine. He has been on the National Australian Resuscitation Council for over 20 years and is currently the convenor of the basic life support committee. He is the senior educator for the advanced life support course. He was medical director of the South Australian Ambulance Service for 18 years before becoming the inaugural professor the paramedics at Flinders University. Currently he holds adjunct positions with Curtain and QUT and is on the academic board of Equals International as well as the boards of the Emergency Medicine Foundation Queensland and St John Ambulance SA.

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Prof Roy Kimble

Director of Paediatric Surgery, Burns and Trauma

Professor Roy Kimble is Director of Paediatric Surgery, Burns and Trauma at The Queensland Children’s Hospital Brisbane, the largest children’s hospital in Australia. He is the founder and Head of the Centre of Children’s Burns & Trauma Research. Originally from Scotland, he has been working in the field of burns and trauma for 36 years in five countries. He is Director of Paediatric Trauma on the Queensland Statewide Network and Vice Patron of Kidsafe Queensland. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and has been a plenary or keynote speaker at overseas meetings on more than 200 occasions in 21 countries

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Glen Morrison

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Glen is a Registered Paramedic with over 20 years of experience within the pre-hospital setting.  Glen is currently seconded as the Senior Director overseeing the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout across Queensland.  Glen holds an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of the Sunshine Coast and with the rest of his spare time is also the  Deputy Chair of St John Ambulance (Qld) Ltd,  Board Director with the Kenneth James McPherson Education & Research Foundation, and Queensland Ambulance Service Legacy Scheme.  Glen is married with two beautiful kids.

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Sarah Hunstead RN (B Nurs) MN

CPR Kids

Sarah has over 15 years of experience in Paediatric Emergency Nursing. She has worked in various roles in the Emergency Department from Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Unit Manager, and has a passion for all things paediatrics.

With a love of lifelong learning, Sarah has a Masters Degree in Clinical Practice and has also lectured undergraduate nursing students in paediatrics at The University of Technology, Sydney.

CPR Kids is Sarah’s First Aid training company, and she has made it her mission to empower parents with the lifesaving skills of Paediatric BLS and First Aid.

In 2013 Sarah released her first book A life. A finger. A pea up a nose. A practical guide to baby and child first aid. And yes, the title was inspired by her second daughter who decided it would be a good idea to put a pea in her nostril.

Sarah lives in Sydney with her husband and 2 daughters.

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Chris Bertolo RN BNurs, GradCertICU

Nurse Educator

Chris is a passionate registered nurse with a lengthy career in education, from delivery of first aid units through to post-graduate level instruction. Chris has embraced life-long learning, completing a range of vocational qualifications in frontline management, training and assessment, as well as undertaking post-graduate study in intensive care nursing and a masters in clinical education. Chris values professionalism and supporting learners wherever they may be. He believes that with a great team, almost anything is possible.

Chris’ clinical experience includes pre-hospital care, general nursing, intensive care, patient safety, rural and remote practice, telehealth clinical teaching and nursing education. Currently, Chris works as Nursing Director, Education and Research in the public hospital sector.

When he is not busy with work, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with his young family.

Grant Edwards APM

In 2019 Grant retired from the Australian Federal Police after 34 years dedicated service. He has enjoyed a very diverse career working in fields such as family law, international drug trafficking, Intelligence, major organised crime, Cyber Crime and people smuggling, human trafficking and child exploitation. He has held position as Commander AFP member responsible for the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) as well as the Advisor to the Secretary of State for Security within the Government of Timor Leste. He has also deployed as Commander Afghanistan Mission oversighting the AFP’s contribution to rebuilding the Afghan Police as well as Deputy Head of the International Police Coordination Board, Afghanistan. Grant also spent a total of seven years based in the USA, most recently in Washington DC as AFP’s most senior officer in the Americas responsible for all law enforcement engagement with Canada, USA, Mexico, Central and South America.

Grant holds a master’s degree in leadership, policy and governance studies through Charles Sturt University, a Bachelor of Arts (Australian National University) and is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Senior Executive Program.

Grant is also an accomplished sportsperson having represented Australia in Athletics, Bobsleigh, and Scottish Highland Games. He has competed across the world in Strongman events, including the 1999 Worlds Strongest Man competition in Malta. He is well known for physically pulling steam trains; planes, boats, and trucks, culminating in a Guinness World Record for single-handedly pulling a 201-tonne steam locomotive. In 2017 and in 2017 pulled a 178 tonne C-17 US Military Globemaster at Dover Airforce Base to raise awareness for mental health.

His personal lived experience with PTSD was shown on the ABC’s Australian Story in 2017 and he now presents across the world on his mental health experience.

In 2019 he published his memoir titled “The Strongman”.

Website- www.strongcommander.com
Twitter – @strongcmdr
Linkdin – linkdin.com/in/grant-edwards1

Maria Said RN

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Maria Said, a registered nurse, has been a member of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) since 1993 when her son was diagnosed with severe allergic disease, including food allergy. As a volunteer, she became national President of the organisation in 1999. Maria, as an advocate for individuals who live with allergic disease, shares information to help improve quality of life. Maria works with consumers, teaching and health professionals, the food industry, government and the Australian community.

Maria is an associate member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and holds a position on several working parties. She has co-authored numerous publications in medical and food industry journals. Maria has presented at several US and European medical and food industry meetings.

Maria has been called upon to assist State Coroners as an expert witness in several coronial inquests where people have died as a result of food anaphylaxis. The unfolding of these investigations has resulted in improved management and increased safety throughout Australia.

Maria is co-chair of the National Allergy Strategy, a partnership between ASCIA and A&AA, which was launched in Sydney in August 2015.

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Maciek Fibrich

RTO Coach

For over 23 years, Maciek Fibrich has been challenging the status-quo in the VET sector, often pushing the limits to achieve unexpected outcomes for RTOs. Some will also argue that disruption is part of Maciek’s DNA, but the reality is, Maciek is truly passionate about ensuring quality within the VET sector and working out ways to use technology to push quality, yet ensuring it never impacts on the human nature of training and assessment.

Maciek commenced his VET journey in 1999 when he started his first RTO with his mother, and since then, he has seen the industry morph many times. He has enjoyed the many challenges faced due to the never-ending changes but has never lost sight of the industry’s main focus, educating our students.

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Andy Panes

Director, National Institute of First Aid Trainers & Chair of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee

Andy has a passion for professional development and educator growth. For the past 14 years, Andy has owned and operated a Queensland based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) focused on first aid education. During this time, he identified the need for more professional development opportunities for educators and a central place to gain up to date industry news and information. He formed the National Institute of First Aid Trainers and subsequently the National First Aid Trainers Conference, now in its fourth event. Andy consults with RTO across Australia and was elected as the Chair of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee in 2020.

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Amanda Noom

Allergy Concepts

Amanda Noom is the National Training Manager for Anapen® here in Australia.

Amanda’s background has seen her work within the Allergy field for over 12 years and she has 26 years of Nursing experience.

She worked as an Allergy Nurse in New Zealand and as a National Nurse Educator.

A move to Australia saw a brief return to general nursing until she returned to the Allergy space.

Amanda is delighted to be part of the Allergy Concepts team and looks forward to providing training support for Anapen®

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