Hakuba Presenters

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Dr Richard Abbott, Broken Hill & Scone, NSW, Australia – RFDS FIFO & Rural Generalist

Richard is a rural generalist who has worked in Scone for over thirty years.  He also works part-time for the Royal Flying Doctor Service based at Broken Hill.

A former president of NSW Rural Doctors Association and vice-President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Richard was also a member of the Medical Council for Avant Medical Insurance and the Director of Rural Generalist Training NSW for the Health Education Training Institute. Today Richard is a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.

An occasional tennis player in off duty hours, he enjoys any opportunity to ski recreationally, which he cautiously off-sets with some scuba diving to allow for important observation of solar rays.

Mr James Abbott, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada – Ski Patroller

James has been living in British Columbia since leaving Australia in 2007 "to do a season!"

Now a ski patroller on Blackcomb Mountain, James arguably has one of the best offices in the world, and as part of his daily duties responds to emergencies when skiers and snowboarders become sick or injured on the slopes, assessing their injuries, and providing immediate first aid prior to transport down and off the mountain. Other dutites include snow stabilisation and avalanche prevention, public education on slopeside safety and slopeside etiquette, as well as moving and fixing signs, and fences and ropes, as needed.