Prof Gordian Fulde AO

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Gordian Fulde AO is an emergency medicine specialist, the founder of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and the director of the emergency department of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. He was named Senior Australian of the Year in 2016.
Gordian was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for “distinguished service to emergency medicine as a clinician and administrator, to medical education, and to the community as an advocate for a range of public health issues.”

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A/Prof Jason Bendall

Australian Resuscitation Council

Dr Jason Bendall is an Australian specialist anaesthetist and prehospital & retrieval physician living and working in Newcastle Australia. Jason is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University and The University of Sunshine Coast. Jason is currently the Commissioner & Director for St John Ambulance New South Wales and is St John Ambulance Australia’s representative on the Australian Resuscitation Council and is Deputy Convenor of ANZCORs First Aid task force.

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Chris Solomans

Cardiac Arrest Survivor

Chris worked as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (UK) for 20 years before moving to the patient transport service.

During the time Chris worked as an EMD, the BBC were filming a 5-year documentary called ‘Helicopter Heros’. This documentary followed the day-to-day operations of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the cases they attended.

Early one morning while the team were getting set up, Chris arrived at work feeling unwell. If you want to know what happened next, be at the 2018 National First Aid Trainers Conference!


A/Prof Michael Eburn

ANU College of Law & Australian Emergency Law Blog

Dr Eburn is the leading researcher in the area of emergency services, emergency management and the law. He is the author or co-author of three books and has made over 80 other contributions as book chapters, journal articles, professional publications and conference and professional development presentations. His blog, Australian Emergency Law, is widely read and respected throughout the sector (https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/). His current research on law and governance in emergency management is funded by the Australian Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Michael has been an invited expert on disaster law at events hosted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Kuala Lumpur and Geneva and an invited guest of the International Disaster Law project hosted by Roma Tre University and the University of Bologna in Italy.

Michael is a visiting fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, an affiliate with the Disaster Development Network, University of Northumbria (UK) and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University and
GNS Science, Wellington (NZ). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.


Chris Bertolo RN BNurs, GradCertICU

Nurse Educator

Chris has 17 years experience in emergency pre-hospital care and over a decade of experience in adult tertiary intensive care. He is dedicated to clinical education and is widely involved in clinical teaching and assessment – from teaching basic frontline first aid to assessing students in post-graduate critical care courses.

Chris maintains an active professional interest in most aspects of critical care, and has presented at state and national conferences on a range of subjects, most recently about neurological assessment and pre-hospital management of burns.

Simulation is a favourite tool that Chris uses whenever bedside teaching is not possible. Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with his young family.


Sarah Hunstead RN (B Nurs) MN

CPR Kids

Sarah has over 10 years 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 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 little girls.


Laurie Kelly


Laurie speaks both nationally and internationally on current knowledge of how the mind works to maximize the impact of training, and to create an openness factor in our approach to change and new learning.

With over 30 years experience, he has a reputation for having an uncanny ability to communicate on a level that everyone can appreciate and is passionate about the importance of the information he shares. Laurie’s experience in improving trainers’ skills in engagement is vast – he is one of the most sought after presenters in his field.

He preaches and practices the principles of Brain friendly Training in all his work so expect the talk to be walked. Have fun and enjoy the experience.

Jason Ash

MRWED Training & Assessment

Jason has more than 13 years of training and assessment experience, gained predominantly in corporate environments. He has specialised in delivering training in sales, coaching, business communication and management and has received international acclaim for his work in Learning and Development.

Jason was the winner of the Platinum Award for “Best Young Learning Leader” at the 2011 LearnX Asia-Pacific Awards and was named a young trainer to watch by US Training Magazine in 2012. In addition to his dynamic face-to-face facilitation, Jason has built skills in developing effective online training programs and has been heavily involved in the customisation of training material to meet unique client needs.

Jason is a two-time MRWED Trainer of the year and is one of only three trainers to be certified in Bob Pike’s Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp, the world’s most well-respected trainer training program.

A strong advocate for the participant-centred approach to training, Jason has spoken on the topic of Creative Training Techniques at conferences all over Australia and at multiple events in the United States. Most recently Jason was named as the top presenter at the Annual Creative Training Techniques conference in Minneapolis (2014).

Jeremy Holder

TacMed Australia

Jeremy served as a Medic in the Australian Regular Army for 7 years. Qualified as an Underwater Medicine Clinician, Jeremy served within Special Operations Command for 4 years, which included a deployment to Afghanistan as a platoon medic. Upon returning from overseas, Jeremy served in the ADF’s domestic Counter Terrorism team, Tactical Assault Group- East, for 12 months until discharging to become a civilian Intensive Care Paramedic in NSW. Jeremy remained a reservist for a number of years with 1st Commando Regt where he played an integral part in developing medical pre-deployment training for SOCOMD. Jeremy founded TacMed in 2010 to equip those people who put their lives at risk for others.

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Andy Panes

Director, National Institute of First Aid Trainers


Peter Lecornu

Chair, First Aid Industry Reference Committee


Maria Said

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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A/Prof Jason Bendall

Australian Resuscitation Council


A/Prof Michael Eburn

ANU College of Law & Australian Emergency Law Blog


Sarah Hunstead RN (B Nurs) MN

CPR Kids