Our faculty have been selected for their ability to inspire, for their track record for change, their passion for teaching, and their expertise that crosses all resuscitation domains.


Brian is an emergency physician, prehospital and retrieval specialist. Research lead with Sydney HEMS. Proud Dubliner who came to Sydney and stayed on. Passionate about big sick, trauma and Irish rugby. On too many committees. Amateur blogger and podcaster. Motto: Detestor ego mediocritatem.

Brian Burns


Libby Hanrahan Critical Care Helicopter Paramedic

Libby has been a paramedic for half of her life…the last 7 years have been as a helicopter paramedic with NSW Ambulance on the rescue helicopter.  Libby loves working alongside her amazing paramedic, doctor and aviation colleagues.  The teamwork within aeromedical is next level…’What we achieve in the spaces, places, conditions and timeframes, relies on this teamwork.  It’s humbling and rewarding to be a part of.’.  Oh and she loves good food.

| @HanrahanLibby

Dr Karel Habig FACEM (etc)

Karel is an Emergency Physician working predominantly in Aeromedical Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine in Sydney.  Heavily involved in developing the field of taking Critical Care to patients Anytime, Anywhere…. including on the edges of cliffs.  Loves teaching and finding ways to “Make It Happen”. He podcasts at RAGE.



Geoff is an Anaesthetist and PreHospital and Retrieval Physician. He believes critical care can be delivered anywhere, anytime, and constantly drives for improvement in himself and those around him. Mostly by using cat videos. He loves to teach, inspire and enthuse. Again, mostly by cat videos. And occasional coarse language.

Geoff Healy


Dr Natalie May MBChB MPHe (electronic) MSC PGCert Workplace-Based Medical Education FRCEM FACEM

Natalie May trained in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric EM in the UK before moving to Sydney where she now works as locally as a Specialist in Emergency Medicine, as a Specialist in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with Sydney HEMS and occasionally in Neonatal and Paediatric Transport (NETS). She is a medical education enthusiast and has been an editor and regular contributor to the St Emlyn’s blog and podcast since 2012.  She loves running, tea and karaoke.

Nat May profile


Dr Chris Nickson FCICM FACEM MClinEpid(ClinTox) GCertClinSim (etc)

Chris is a Kiwi oslerphile suffering from knowledge dipsosis. He has a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives. He is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne where he is the Education & Simulation Lead. He has trained in clinical toxicology and as an emergency physician. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health Innovation and the current Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Education Committee. He is co-creator of LITFLINTENSIVE, RAGE and SMACC. His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.

Sadly due to current COVID travel restrictions Chris won’t be joining us in Manly in October 2021

+Chris Nickson

Dr Cliff Reid FACEM  FFICM  (etc)

Cliff cares about critically ill and injured adults and kids regardless of location. A Brit who was imported to Australia by his wife, he has oscillated between consultant posts in intensive care, emergency medicine, and prehospital & retrieval medicine. Cliff believes those of us privileged to be in a position of influence in critical care have a responsibility to enthuse and inspire other healthcare staff to be the best resuscitationists they can. He blogs at Resus.ME and podcasts at RAGE.

+Cliff Reid

Jesse Spurr– Critical Care Nurse

For his paid work, Jesse is a senior critical care nurse in a mixed adult and paediatric ICU and part of the hospital critical care outreach service. Much to the dismay of his ever-patient (and infinitely more successful) wife, Jesse likes to use his “spare” time doing “volunteer” work in the form of conference organising, co-producing free, open-access healthcare simulation podcast Simulcast, producing nursing practice development blog and podcast Injectable Orange, and all manner of other healthcare, research and education pseudo-academic activities. An exercise science graduate, sport and functional fitness tragic, Jesse classes himself a lifelong student of teaching, learning, health and human performance. Jesse’s proudest roles are head cheerleader for his wife, and their adult daughter, and best friend and co-navigator of life to his young son living with autism and ADHD.

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