ASEM Council


Searching for a Tasmanian and New Zealand Councillor on ASEM Council
Council is looking for interest to fill the positions of Tasmanian, WA and New Zealand ASEM Council representatives. This is an opportunity to become more involved with the Society and an opportunity to have a voice for Council. This involves participation in a teleconference every 6 weeks and an invitation to the Strategic Planning Day, held annually.



ASEM President/NZ Council Representative
Dr Vincent Lambourne

Vince is a UK trained consultant in EM, currently practicing in Timaru Public Hospital, New Zealand. He has have been fortunate enough to have followed a career path which involved a period working as a Staff Grade Specialist (non trainee) before embarking on a formal Registrar training programme, so feels fully aware of the advantages and disadvantages of both. After working for several years as a consultant, Vince finally saw the light and dragged his family half way around the world to NZ. They now live in Timaru in the South island, where he continues to work as an EM specialist, and as Clinical Director of Emergency and General Medicine. When not doing this, Vince spends his time chasing chickens around the paddock, gazing at the southern stars or providing a taxi service for rugby and netball matches. Vince says that joining ASEM has provided him with a great integration into EM as practiced in down under and he hopes that, with his somewhat diverse background he will prove to be worthy representative for NZ on the ASEM council.


ASEM Treasurer/Victorian Council Representative
Dr Adam Janson

After 25 years of medical practise I find myself as the Associate Director of Emergency Services at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. I have been there since working on the design over 10 years ago now. Daily I work with a large number of staff and interact with all sorts of clinicians, administrators, volunteers and let us not forget the patients!
When I started in Emergency Medicine ( 1986 Prince Henry’s Intern Casualty Rotation where I met my wife – thanks ..Alan Y) a large proportion of the work was done by non-specialists and I would encourage all emergency doctors , regardless of specialisation, to maintain a high level of clinical credibility with colleagues and peers.
I have worked in salaried positions in both public and private hospitals, as well in true fee for service private practise….you know the type ..if you have a quiet day shuffling charts but not seeing patients, or the patient doesn’t pay their bill because they didn’t feel they received a reasonable service……. Then, you don’t get paid. I did that fairly early in my career and I guess that attitude remains with me now.
I also enjoy travelling and have spent a number of holiday periods over the years working in the tourist industry as a ship’s doctor , tour manager as well as a tour doctor. I have been lucky enough to visit many unique places including Antarctica , Transylvania, Africa, Japan as well as other salubrious and some less salubrious ports in South East Asia and the South Pacific.
After seeing “Long Way Around” and “Down” and heading north from Cape town to Cairo, I passed my motorbike license and on some weekends find myself on my Suzuki Dr 650.Some doctors like buying carbon fibre wheels for their treadly...not really me just yet.
My wife Kathleen and two sons seem to put up with me – which of course is very good for me!
In recent times I have been looking into how we can better manage patients who do not need all the services of an Emergency Department and hospital. If you have any ideas please feel free to contact me.
I joined A.S.E.M. a few years ago to try and help maintain an organization that represented all Emergency Doctors and after a few years fell into the treasurers role. We are still around and relevant.


NSW Council Representatives
Dr Pater Roberts
Area Director, Emergency Medicine
Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service

I am currently working at Ryde Hospital Emergency Department in Sydney as director of the ED. I am also network director for Emergency Medicine for Northern Sydney, Central Coast Area Health Service.
In the past I have been a CMO, and my first job after obtaining my FACEM qualification was setting up a private ED at the Hills Private hospital. During my time there, we got together with the Sydney Adventist Hospital and with the help of ASCMO and ASEM set up the organisation that runs the Spring Seminar.
I think ASEM has an opportunity to provide a service to emergency medicine practitioners in Australia and New Zealand, and those workers mean a lot and are worth supporting.


NSW Council Representatives
Dr Gayle McInerney

I graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1968. I was employed as a “Casualty Supervisor” in 1971 and then a “Casualty Coordinator “ in 1974. In 1984 I was appointed as an Emergency Department Director.
I have been a member of the Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine since 1981. I am also a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Over the years, I have been a member of many Health Department and local committees concerned with Emergency Medicine. In 2002, I received the Order of Australia Medal for services in the development of Emergency Medicine strategies
In recent years, I have been interested in teaching. I have been a Clinical Lecturer for Sydney University and the University of NSW. I am also a Student Supervisor for the University of Notre Dame. I am also undertaking the College course to enable me to supervise doctors in Emergency Medicine Certificate training.
I am married with four children and nine grand children. They keep me busy.


Victorian Council Representative
Dr Marcel Berkhout
Chair of the Industrial Relations Sub Committee,
Private Practice Subcommittee

Marcel commenced his early medical career at Fremantle Hospital in WA in 1982 before becoming an ED registrar at Royal Hobart Hospital in 1984. He took up solo rural general practice at Triabunna on Tasmania's East Coast in 1985. When his wife got a job in Melbourne in 1991, Marcel returned to Emergency Medicine, initially at PANCH under Mick Westmore; then at the Alfred Hospital under Linus Dzuikas; before turning his hand to sessions at Epworth Hospital ED under Jeff Wassertheil's Directorship.
Private EDs those days were still conceptually new in Australia and provided another career option for entrepreneurial EM doctors. In 1994, Marcel was invited to join such a team which launched and ran WA's first private ED at St John of God, Murdoch under Paul Mark's Directorship. Walking into a brand new purpose built hospital provided Marcel a fantastic opportunity to help develop the unique structure of this ED from its beginnings.
In 1998, Marcel returned to Victoria and has been working full time in the private ED at Epworth, Richmond ever since. Marcel has elected to remain a CMO, and enjoys working in an ED that values the need for dual streams of ED practitioners. Since 2009, he also worked part-time in the ED at the Austin Hospital.
As a hobby Marcel has, since 2000, worked as a tour doctor for a high end tour group that takes him all over the world. He usually travels once a year on tour, with his next one cruising the East Coast of South Africa and Mozambique in February 2011. He is a sci-fi fan, and counts travel, cooking and reading amongst his favorite pastimes.
He has been a member of ASEM's Council since 2007 and is Editor of its Newsletter.
Marcel was elected as President, ASEM at the AGM in October 2010, and has taken over from Peter Roberts. He is keen to attract new members from across the EM spectrum, from trainees to those to practice emergency medicine as part of their broader duties, especially in rural and remote general practice.
Marcel would enjoy hearing from ASEM members wishing to raise matters or, hopefully, contribute an article or letter for inclusion in the 'Society News'. He has also started a 'President's blog' on the ASEM website to encourage more timely feedback to members.


South Australian Council Representative
Dr Joy Treasure

My background is twelve years working as a procedural rural GP in South Australia, including overlap of rural practice with Emergency Department employment since 1998. My current employment is as staff specialist in the Emergency Department at Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, which is an urban district Hospital seeing about 55,000 patients per year (mixed adult and paed). Some cases need to be transferred on to other Hospitals for subspecialty care, but the case mix is comprehensive and satisfying.
I am also involved with a teaching project known "Rural Emergency Skills Program" in which a group of emergency medical and nursing staff ( incl nurse practitioner ) are working together to take Emergency Medicine training weekends to rural South Australia ( teaching medical and nursing staff in their local hospital environment ). I have completed a Masters in Clinical Education. In my role at Lyell McEwin I have joint responsibility for the education program of medical students and interns in ED, and coordinate the attachments of rural GPs to our ED for upskilling.
My hope for ASEM in South Australia is to attract more members by targeting CMO type staff of both public and private hospitals.
I am excited by the possibilities of Australia assisting in Emergency Medicine education in developing countries.
I have a strong belief in empowerment (especially of rurally based doctors) by education and training.


ACT Council 
Dr Sashi Kumar

Dr. Sashi Kumar trained in Chennai, India , New Zealand and Australia. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Honorary Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at The Canberra Hospital and The Canberra Clinical School which is affiliated to the University of Sydney and The Australian National University in Canberra. He is the Site Medical Commander for Disasters in the Australian Capital Territory.
He is the deputy chair person of the National EMST/ATLS Committee based at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne and Directs the EMST/ATLS courses in Canberra for over 19 years. He has directed and instructed EMST/ATLS courses in Australia,New Zealand , Singapore,Fiji,Papua New Guinea and New York since 1992.
He was awarded the National EMST Scholarship in 2000.
He is also an Instructor of The CRISP (Care of the critically ill surgical patient) course ,The ELS (Emergency Life Support ) Major incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS ) courses and is a Senior Instructor of the Emergotrain System – Simulation Exercising in Disaster Medicine.
He has instructed and directed The CTLS (Comprehensive Trauma Life Support ) Course in India over the last few years.
He is a practising Emergency Physician and The Helicopter Retrieval consultant and Flying Doctor in a Tertiary level major teaching hospital which is a also the major Trauma centre for the region. His special interests are Trauma, ENT, Disaster Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma.


ACT Council Representative
Dr Kam Sinn
Emergency Paediatrician, The Canberra Hospital, Woden

Kam did his paediatric training at The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children at Camperdown, Sydney. He was the inaugural Fellow in the Vincent Fairfax Pain Unit at the Children’s Hospital, Camperdown. Since 1994, He has been working at the Emergency Department of The Canberra Hospital. He has skills and interest in all aspects of Paediatric Emergencies.


QLD Council Representative
Dr Frances Kinnear


NT Council Representative
Dr Paul Helliwell

I qualified from Cambridge and London then trained as a GP. I did stints as a GP in Yorkshire, on Tristan da Cunha Island (found in the South Atlantic Ocean, Google and The Guinness Book of Records) and the Chatham Islands (off New Zealand). I then went to Invercargill in NZ and decided to do emergency medicine training which I did in Invercargill, Adelaide and Christchurch. I was initially a specialist in Christchurch before moving back to Invercargill as head of department (and only specialist). By 2003, the cold, wind and rain of the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand had taken it's toll and we were cold, very cold. We moved to Alice Springs in Australia, from one extreme to the other.
I work as an emergency medicine specialist in Alice Springs with occasional stints in Tennant Creek which are meant as teaching and oversight of permanent staff (of which there are not many). I also cover the role of intern and IMG supervisor at Alice Springs. Currently Alice Springs covers an area of over 1 million square km and we see over 40,000 patient annually, mostly indigenous, and with an admission rate well over 30%, approaching 40% at times. Alice is recognised for specialist training in emergency training (and for retrieval) and we have an establishment of 8 specialists, 14 registrars and 20 juniors. I am a GP trainer as the ED is recognised for ACRRM training. Alice Springs is recognised by most colleges for training. I also am on the NT Board of the Medical Board of Australia.


Representative/QLD Council Representative
Dr Alexander Cox

Alex is a newly graduated doctor in Perth, WA. Formerly from Toowoomba, Queensland. Alex has prior degrees from the University of Southern Qld (Bachelor of Science, majoring in human biology) and (Qld University of Technology) in Paramedics.
He has been heavily involved in student advocacy and is always keen to be involved. His interests vary widely , including Emergency Medicine but also disaster management and retrieval medicine.


Junior Medical Officer Representative/NSW Council Representative
Anna Mysliborski

Anna is a final year graduate medical student studying at the University of Wollongong. Has had a long held passion for Emergency Medicine having previously practiced as an Emergency Nurse. Anna became the ASEM student representative after attending the 2015 Winter Symposium as a scholarship recipient. She is a Medical Student Ambassador for Elsevier Australia and is involved with the University of Wollongong Critical Care Interest Group. She has also previously volunteered with Team Medical Australia at numerous motorsport events and is hoping to revisit once completing studies.  Anna is keen to grow and develop the student chapter of ASEM, providing students a glimpse into Emergency Medicine.


Student Representative/NSW Council Representative
Tamara Johnson


ASEM Office Manager
Ms Zoe Russell