Professor Tony Redmond
Deputy Director of Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester
Anthony (Tony) Redmond qualified in Medicine from the University of Manchester where he also completed his postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine. He was appointed Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester and subsequently Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester. In 1995, he was appointed Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Keele and Consultant Trauma Team Leader at the first Trauma Centre in the UK. He is now Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine at Keele University.
In 1994, Prof. Redmond established UK-Med, an NGO that provides international emergency humanitarian medical assistance and which now hosts the UK International Emergency Trauma, Medical, and Public Health Registers. He was the first Chair of the Foreign Medical Teams Working Group at WHO Geneva and is now a Lead mentor for Emergency Medical Teams at WHO and a member of the Minimum Data Set and EMT Training Working groups.
He is currently Professor of International Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester where he co-founded, and is Deputy Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI). Prof. Redmond is the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency Medical Teams and Emergency Capacity Building, based at HCRI. Recently he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Sichuan, China.
Professor Gerry FitzGerald - Conference Chair
Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Professor FitzGerald has a long professional career in emergency health and health management. He was previously Director of Emergency Medicine at Ipswich Hospital, Medical Director and Commissioner of the Queensland Ambulance Service, and Chief Health Officer for Queensland. He was one of the founders of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Since joining QUT, he has been developing disaster management and health management research and education programs. He has an extensive research and academic record including the research which led to the development of the Australian Triage Scale which is now accepted as standard practice throughout Australasia. He is also first Editor on a text in Disaster Health Management published in 2016 and was lead researcher on a project to develop national standards for disaster management programs in higher education institutions in Australia.
Professor FitzGerald has also considerable experience in the conduct of conferences having previously coordinated the Second International Conference on Emergency Medicine and the Australasian Conference on Emergency Medicine.
Professor Vivienne Tippett
Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Professor Vivienne Tippett has more than 25 years experience in health services as a clinician, researcher and consultant. She is a Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Research at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research interests lie in prehospital trauma management and emergency health systems development, clinical care and performance indicators for the prehospital sector, disaster and mass casualty response and emergency communications.
She is a past Director of the Australian Centre for Prehospital Research (QLD Ambulance Service) and received a Distinguished Services Medal from the service in 2011. She is currently a CRC Lead Researcher on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and a member of the Executive Board of the Centre for Disaster and Emergency Management at QUT. In 2013, Professor Tippett was identified as one of 125 Leading Women in Queensland by the YWCA.
Associate Professor Peter Aitken - Chair, Congress Program Committee
Senior Director of the Health Disaster Management Unit in Queensland Health
Dr. Peter Aitken is an Emergency Physician by trade (FACEM) with additional post graduate qualifications in Clinical Education (Masters) and Disaster Medicine (Masters and Doctorate) and experience across all areas of disaster health including strategy, policy, planning, education, training and research, as well as response and deployment. His current roles include being the Senior Director of the Health Disaster Management Unit in Queensland Health and an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr. Aitken has previously served as a WADEM Board Member and part of the WADEM Executive Committee, as well as roles with a number of other organisations including the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, as Chief Medical Officer for St John Ambulance Australia National Office and as one of the Writing Group for the WHO Classification and Minimum Standards for Foreign Medical Teams in Sudden Onset Disasters.
Professor Yasuhiro Otomo
Chair, Department of Acute Critical Care and Disaster Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Yasuhiro Otomo, MD, PhD is a trauma surgeon and an emergency physician with more than 30 years of clinical experience. His is the Chair of the Department of Acute Critical Care and Disaster Medicine at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU). At TMDU he teaches medical students, supervises the medical training of young residents, performs emergency surgery, oversees the medical practice in the intensive care unit, and conducts several scientific studies.
He has been one of the core members of Executive Committee on Japan Disaster Medical Assistance Team (Japan DMAT) since 2005 and is now the Committee Chair. in 2008, Prof. Otomo was appointed to the Committee of Health Emergency Management of the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. He served as the chair of a research project focusing on the establishment of emergency medical system as a countermeasure against CBRNE-related disasters and terrorism which was funded by the Ministry from 2006 until 2015. In 2015, Prof. Otomo was appointed as a lead mentor of WHO-EMT initiative, a mechanism of standardization, verification and registration of international disaster relief medical teams.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of international disaster medical relief. As a member of Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Medical Team he been deployed to Sudan (1988), Iran (1990), Colombia (1999), Indonesia (2003), and Nepal (2015). He was the Chair of the Steering Committee for the JDR Medical Team from 2010 to 2015.