Wanaka Presenters

Dr Chris Jenkins, Newcastle, NSW, Australia – Emergency Physician

Chris is a Staff Specialist in the Emergency Department at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, and also works as a specialist with the retrieval service in Sydney through Careflight NSW. Prior to his medical career, Chris was a dentist with significant oral and maxillofacial surgery experience.

He holds a masters degree in Medical Ethics and is involved in undergraduate ethics and emergency medicine teaching.


Dr John Mackenzie, Sydney, NSW, Australia – Emergency Physician

John works at Prince Of Wales hospital in Sydney. He also works deep within difficult territory at the Emergency Care Institute a part of NSW Health. Overcoming inertia and "not letting reflexes get the better of me" are professional goals, there is no evidence of any success. He cycles endlessly for no apparent reason and is very excited about returning to the home of the mighty All Blacks.


Dr Adeline Cardon-Dunbar, Maitland, NSW, Australia  – Staff Specialist Emergency Physician 

I am an Emergency Staff Specialist in Maitland Hospital and a Retrieval Staff Specialist for the Hunter Retrieval Service.

I graduated from the UNSW medical school in Sydney in 2008 and moved to Newcastle in 2009 to make life as a junior doctor and a parent easier and more practical. Life/work balance in Newcastle is awesome and we never looked back! 

I have 3 kids (16, 11 and 7yrs old) and I love spending my spare time doing outdoor sports especially running, riding, and skiing. 

You will immediately recognise me as I still have my outrageous French accent despite migrating down under over 20 years ago.


Dr Mark Miller, Newcastle, NSW, Australia – Emergency Physician

Mark is an Emergency Physician working at John Hunter and Lake Macquarie Private hospitals in Newcastle. His interests include trauma, point of care ultrasound, toxinology and community interventions to improve cardiac arrest outcomes.


Dr Donovan Dwyer, Randwick, NSW, Australia - Emergency Physician

Donovan trained and worked as a rural GP in South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand before gaining an interest in Emergency medicine. He migrated to Australia and completed his FACEM in 2000. A long-standing interest in paediatrics culminated in a Staff Specialist position at Sydney Children's Hospital. Currently Staff specialist St. George Hospital and Staff Specialist, co- DEMT and Director of Trauma Sydney Children's Hospital. Interests include sensible test ordering, clinical procedures, trauma and simulation.


Dr Simon Walker, Sydney, NSW, Australia  – Emergency Physician

Yet another British Emergency Physician based in Sydney. Working between Gosford and Westmead Children‘s Hospital but dreaming of a life away from Medicine (don’t we all?) This year I’ll be bringing 2/3 of my daughters along with me who will be trouble free as long as the iPad chargers don’t break. 


Dr Brad Peckler, Wellington, New Zealand - Emergency Physician

Brad received his undergraduate BA from Tulane University and his medical doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine.  His post graduate medical training was completed in Grenada, St. Vincent, New York, and England.  After finishing his training in Emergency Medicine and chief resident year at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York he became a core faculty member of the Cornell University Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, New York.  While there he did extensive training and teaching of trauma care.  He was part of a team that had developed and trauma course for primary care providers in Spanish that was given in many different countries.  In 2002 he went to a rural regional trauma center in Florence, South Carolina.  While there he continued his academic pursuits in New York and continued teaching and research.  In 2004 he moved to Florida to become a core faculty member in the Emergency Medicine residency at the University of South Florida at Tampa General Hospital.   He was the director of simulation and worked extensively with the medical school simulation program.  He has been working in New Zealand part time since 2009 and has been a full-time consultant since 2013 at Wellington Hospital and is the clinical lead of the Simulation Centre.  He is currently the president of NZASH (New Zealand Association for Simulation in Healthcare, a nationwide organization).  He has over 50 publications and continues to extensively lecture in New Zealand and abroad.   Simulation and educational process have been his focus of teaching and research.  He has traveled the globe presenting and giving courses in trauma, simulation, and ultrasound.  His skiing abilities are marginal and ability to get down the mountain are questionable but is fun to watch.


Dr James Sterrey, Randwick, NSW, Australia - Ophthalmology Registrar

After two years working in Alice Springs Hospital's busy ED department, James now has his eyes on Ophthalmology. If that
doesn't work out he plans to be a vintage car mechanic.


Dr Kirsty Povey, Glen Waverley, VIC - Emergency Physician

I am a GP turned emergency physician, with 37 years of mistakes to learn from! My special interests are geriatrics, and trying to hand on some knowledge to junior doctors and medical students. Rapidly heading towards retirement, where I plan to enjoy my grandchildren and keep teaching medical students.


Dr Conrad Loten, Newcastle, NSW - Emergency Physician

Conrad is a FACEM working at John Hunter Hospital. He is interested in cardiology, trauma and how to stay ahead of the registrars on a few more topics. He has learned a bit about research by publishing a study on Bluebottle stings, and couple on emergency cardiology. He likes to hang glide and paraglide, which he has been doing as often as possible since before he started at Med school.


Dr Samuel Bartholomew, Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand - Urgent Care Fellow

Sam works as a Rural Hospital SMO at Te Nikau Hospital Greymouth, NZ. He is an FRNZCUC CORE instructor and a previous medical advisor for NZHGPA. Sam is passionate about adventure, education, his family and trying not to get injured (often not successfully). “It’s who you are that determines what you do, not the other way round” and “understanding is more important than agreement.”


Mr James Abbott, Squamish, BC, Canada - Ski Patrol & Mountain Rescue

After moving to the mountains of Canada 'for a season', James decided to turn this into a life spent roaming and exploring the BC mountains with Whistler Blackcomb as his main base.  James began ski patrolling in 2013.  Through his 9 years of patrolling James has been involved in a number of major first aid calls, mountain rescues and helps mitigate the avalanche hazard on storm days.