Hakuba Presenters

Dr Michael Kao, Belmont, QLD, Australia – Staff Specialist Anaesthetist

Michael works as a staff specialist in Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital in Brisbane. He also work in private sectors on his day off from public work, mainly working in Sunnybank Private Hospital, sometimes in Mater Private, Greenslope Private, Canossa Private hospitals, all based in Brisbane.

He graduated from UNSW, did a few years of critical care in Wollongong and Nowra in NSW before achieving his anesthetic training in QLD.

His academic role is the introductory training supervisor in his hospital, and he lectures in the primary courses with the ANZCA in QLD.

Michael’s special interest in the field of anesthesia is on difficult airways. Outside of work, his interest is travel and use of frequent flyer miles to fly first/business class free/cheaply for these travels.

Dr Katie Heathershaw, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia - Paediatrician (Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrics, and General Paediatrics

Clinical Interests Child behaviour problems, developmental and learning disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD, sleep problems of infants and children, infant distress and general paediatric medicine.

Katie trained and worked for many years at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, as well as working in neonatal paediatrics at several Melbourne Maternity Hospitals. She established the Melbourne Children’s Clinic in 2001, the first private, multidisciplinary paediatric specialist centre. This environment also enables her to mentor of early career consultants as they are starting out. Katie also coordinates the local Mental Health Professionals Network, and regularly gives presentations about  ADHD, child behaviour, autism and other issues.

Dr Rebecca Brady, Brisbane, QLD, Australia - Emergency Physician

Rebecca is an Emergency Registrar currently working at Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane, and an Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) joint trainee. She studied medicine at James Cook University in North Queensland, graduating in 2013 and has also completed a Masters in Public Medicine and Tropical Health. Outside of work she enjoys travelling around Australia and overseas, and strongly believes in the therapeutic power of going to the beach, snowboarding, hiking and getting lost in a good book.

Dr Jason Nebbs, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Emergency Physician

Jason is a Kiwi and lives in a small city in southern Victoria called Melbourne. He works in both Public & Private ED and for the Victorian retrieval service.

Jason is a RAAF Specialist Reserve and also an APLS Instructor. Both of these roles involve some travel and people yelling at you.

His work interests currently include Observational Medicine and world domination of the Short Stay Unit, ultrasound and Social Media in Critical Care.

He was also able to find a wife, help produce 2 beautiful boys and represent Australia twice at World Champs in Dragon Boating. His passions include wine, food & rugby.

Dr Lisa Williamson, Dunstan, New Zealand - Rural Hospital Medical Consultant

Lisa started her early medical career heading towards emergency medicine but in 2002 a friend convinced her to go and work with him in Dunstan, a 24 bed hospital in Clyde. She enjoyed it so much she ended up staying there and is now vocationally registered as a Rural hospital medical consultant in NZ.  She has just taken a 6 month sabbatical to go to work in Dunedin Hospital ICU as a registrar. This included going on Otago rescue helicopter as the part of an inter hospital retrieval service - sadly she is now back to earth and returning to her usual role at Dunstan. 

Dr Michael Patterson, Balnarring, Victoria, Australia – Anaesthetist

Michael is an anaesthetic intensivist working at Peninsula Health on the Mornington Peninsula. He completed his training through Monash Health and the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He has an interest in medical education and improvement. Further study with Monash University in clinical simulation enabled Michael to explore formal and insitu simulation training in the operating theatre and intensive care. Human factors and non-technical skills are the aspects he most commonly delves into.

Cardiovascular management is an additional area of interest with a Diploma of Clinical Ultrasound through Melbourne University. All things ultrasound peak his interest, particularly transthoracic echo and regional anaesthesia.

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 Gordon Abbott, Safety Beach, NSW, Australia – Solicitor

Gordon lives on the mid-north coast, and runs a busy law practice in Woolgoolga with his wife Jacqueline. He intersperses law with voluntary surf-life saving patrol at weekends, and various trips around Australia and the world visiting his four daughters and grandson.

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.

Outside of medicine you will find him running the dogs or strategising about his next ski trip.......