The over-arching theme of smaccGOLD was the bringing together of people from all facets of critical care to share ideas, collaborate, learn from one another and understand each other. Victoria Brazil (@SocraticEM) kicked off the conference with an amazing talk that set the scene for everything that followed. She examines the tribal nature of the health professions, the harms that can result and how we can make things better so that our patients benefit – with examples like cutting STEMI door-to-needle times in half.
After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.
He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE. He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.
His one great achievement is being the father of two amazing children.
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