7th annual meeting of the International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging | 13th annual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Radiographers

NAI in Children Speakers

Mick Stephenson ASM

Executive Director Emergency Operations, Ambulance Victoria

Mick Stephenson commenced his career with Ambulance Victoria in 1996 as a paramedic, becoming a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedic in 1999.  A former intensive care nurse his special interests lie in algorithmic patient care, cardiac arrest improvements, systematic patient assessment and the validation of paramedic work through research.  He is a co-author and researcher on a number of clinical trials of international significance.  He has a strong interest in workplace health and safety including the prevention and management of psychological injury in paramedics. He has held many positions as a MICA paramedic and senior manager and is currently the Executive Director Emergency Operations with AV together with holding the role Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University.  Mick was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2015 for his contribution to improving patient care and clinical outcomes.

Dean McWhirter

Assistant Commissioner, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police

Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter has had a diverse career during his 38 years in Victoria Police, including operational, investigation and corporate supervisory roles.

In March 2015, Dean was appointed as Assistant Commissioner of the Family Violence Command. The Command is responsible for Victoria Police’s strategy, policy and best practice relating to family violence, sexual offences and child abuse, and is the first of its kind in any policing jurisdiction in Australia. The Command is leading Victoria Police’s response to family violence and works collaboratively with community stakeholders, to ensure appropriate implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations.

Dean is an advocate for victim welfare and as a result, has overseen the production of a number of support and education materials regarding sexual assault and child abuse including the Family Violence Command’s podcast, Unspeakable.

Dean is Chair of the National Working Group including police, courts and justice departments that delivered the operational outcomes of the National Domestic Order Scheme. He is also the holder of the Australian Police Medal, which recognises distinguished service by a police employee of any Australian Police Force.

A/Prof Warwick Teague

Director, Trauma Service, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

A/Prof Warwick Teague is Director of Trauma and Academic Paediatric Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. His clinical paediatric practice includes general, burns, trauma, upper gastrointestinal and neonatal surgery.

Warwick is active in research and academic activities within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne. This research builds upon experience gained during a PhD from the University of Oxford. Warwick’s research is organized around three primary themes: 1) paediatric trauma (injury prevention, trauma systems, imaging in trauma, and quality improvement in specific injury care), 2) developmental biology, and 3) clinical paediatric surgery.

Warwick is a member of the Victorian Government State Trauma Committee, and several trauma-focused committees within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is also a faculty member for both the Emergency Management of Severe Burns (EMSB, Australian New Zealand Burns Association) and Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC, IATSIC) courses.

Warwick’s previous appointments include Director of Paediatric Trauma and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Adelaide) Laparoscopic Surgery Fellow at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Edinburgh, UK), and Lecturer in Medicine (Embryology) at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK).

Dr. Stuart Lewena

Director Emergency Medicine, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Stuart Lewena is the Director of Emergency Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.  He trained as a paediatrician in Western Australia prior to completing sub specialist training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and moving to Victoria.  He is a past President of Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia and represented this organisation on The Australian Resuscitation Council.  In his current role he is responsible for providing leadership in the delivery of emergency healthcare to children attending RCH and for coordinating this care throughout the hospital and community.  He is supported by a committed and passionate team and is grounded by the foundation of his loving family.

Nicola Watt

Manager (Acting) of Social Work, Aboriginal Health and Pastoral Care Services, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Nicola Watt BA, BSW(Hons), MSW is a Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is currently Acting Manager of Social Work, Aboriginal Health and Pastoral Care Services at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Nicola worked in child protection services for many years both in Australia and the United Kingdom, before commencing work in the health sector over 10 years ago. She is passionate about promoting children’s best interests and improving hospital responses to vulnerable children. This commitment is demonstrated by the lead role she took in developing the Royal Children’s Hospital’s whole of hospital response to family violence, and her management of the Aboriginal Health program over the past few years. She has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics including training initiatives, evaluation methodologies and partnering with consumers, and she regularly provides education to hospital staff and students on practice issues relating to vulnerable children.

A/Prof Warwick Butt

Director of The Royal Children’s Intensive Care Unit, Melbourne

Warwick Butt is the Director of The Royal Children’s Intensive Care Unit, Melbourne. He is on the editorial board of both US (PCCM) and Australian Critical Care (CC&R) journals and a regular reviewer for European and US intensive Care (ICM, CCM). He has had over 300 scientific communications and been an invited lecturer at adult and paediatric world congresses in both general and cardiac critical care. He has spoken at many international and national meetings with major research interests including the assessment of the short and long term outcome of ICU, the prediction of outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury and the use of extracorporeal technology (ECMO, RRT, and CVVP) in critical illness and sepsis. More recently he has led research into the effect of Nitric Oxide and post Cardio-Pulmonary Bypass SIRS and Low Cardiac Output Syndrome, and similarly  the efficacy of administering  NO into the membrane lung of ECMO circuits in patients receiving ECMO.

Dr. Padma Rao

Director of Medical Imaging, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Dr. Padma Rao is Director of Medical Imaging at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is a UK trained physician and radiologist and has been specialising in paediatric radiology since 1996. Padma was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in 2002. Padma has particular interests in imaging in non-accidental injury and forensic radiology and in radiology of the urinary tract. Padma has authored a number of journal articles and presentations along with several book chapters and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and workshops.

Padma enjoys teaching and is an examiner for the Part 2 Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Board examinations. She is prior Treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Paediatric Radiology, and maintains an active role on the Executive of the ANZSPR.

Padma is on the Board of Directors for Kind Cuts for Kids, a volunteer not for profit organization that aims to provide sustainable outreach medical and surgical care to children in developing countries by skill transfer and teaching of the local health care professionals, also participating in the workshops herself.

Dr. Anne Smith

Medical Director of the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service

Anne Smith is the Medical Director of the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service which is the forensic service for Victorian children aged less than 18 years. Anne is a general paediatrician who has a Masters in Forensic Medicine and is a Fellow of both the RACP and the RCPA. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the evaluation of injured, abused and neglected children and until very recently also enjoyed private practice in the suburbs. She has researched, published, developed curricula and delivered education and training in clinical forensic medicine. In addition to her education and training duties as the Director of VFPMS she has developed three paediatric clinical forensic medicine units of study in the Monash Uni Masters of Forensic Medicine Program.  Anne has long standing interests in interagency protocols, service improvements, peer review and quality assurance, particularly around medical report writing.  

Adjunct Associate Professor Tracy Beaton

Chief Practitioner and Director of the Office of Professional Practice, Department of Health and Human Services

Tracy Beaton is the Chief Practitioner and Director of the Office of Professional Practice at the Department of Health and Human Services. She leads the Office to assist to improve the quality of lives of people who access human services. Tracy provides expert advice, consultation and review of complex cases impacting children in child protection, youth justice and others in need of human services.

Tracy joined the then Department of Human Services in 2008 as Chief Mental Health Nurse with a focus on policy and practice to enhance recovery and ethical care of vulnerable Victorians.

Tracy has a number of academic publications and presentations with her most recent publication in August 2016 where she contributed to a legal academic text addressing Family Violence and the Law in Victoria. Since 2011 Tracy has held an appointment with La Trobe University as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Health Science.

Tracy is a council member of the Victorian Institute for Forensic Medicine; Victorian Clinical Council; Parkville College Council; and the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Pediatrics Mortality and Morbidity council.

Emma Carnovale

General Counsel, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Emma is General Counsel at the Royal Children’s Hospital, a position she has held since 2015 following five years as legal counsel at Austin Health. With over 20 years’ legal experience, Emma has worked in both the private and public sectors.  She has a strong interest in areas of law impacting on every day human rights and, most relevantly to the ISFRI Pre-congress workshop, before working in health she held various roles in the criminal justice system earlier in her career.  Emma draws on her diverse experience to tackle the many and varied issues arising for in-house counsel in hospitals. Emma loves being part of an organisation that has a positive impact on the lives of children and their families, and seeing the law promote and support improved experiences and outcomes for those coming into contact with the health system.

Dr Owen Arthurs

Dr Owen Arthurs PhD FRCR is an Academic Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, funded by an NIHR Fellowship. He holds a PhD in brain imaging, and trained in both paediatrics and academic radiology in Cambridge, London and Paris.

Owen is an expert in paediatric and perinatal post-mortem imaging, and the GOSH Pathology & Radiology departments run the world's busiest paediatric minimally invasive autopsy service. He is currently chair of the International Society of Forensic Radiology & Imaging (ISFRI) Paediatric Working Group, and European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) Research Committee and Post Mortem Imaging Taskforce. He is Associate Editor of the journal of Forensic Radiology & Imaging, and on the Editorial Board of Pediatric Radiology. He has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications including several review articles and book chapters, given 60 invited lectures and won national and international awards for his work, most recently awarded the 2016 Royal College of Radiologists Roentgen Professorship.

Professor Michael S. Pollanen

Michael S. Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario, Canada and a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MD (1999) and PhD (1995) and completed his residency in 2003. His duties include supervising and directing the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (7000 autopsies/year), conducting autopsy (>2500 autopsies conducted to date), testifying in court (>250 court testimonies to date), and directing academic activities in forensic pathology at the University of Toronto. Professor Pollanen's main educational focus is training forensic pathologists and strengthening forensic capacity in the developing world. He has been involved in case work or forensic missions in: East Timor, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Thailand, Jamaica, Iraq, and Bermuda. His current research interests include nodding disease in Uganda, the pathology of torture, and amyloid. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Pollanen is a member of the forensic advisory board of the International Committee of the Red Cross and is currently the President of the International Association of Forensic Science (2015-17). He is Founder of Forensic Pathology in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is also a Deputy Chief Coroner in Ontario. Professor Pollanen enjoys swimming and he swam across Lake Erie (Sturgeon Point, USA to Crystal Beach, Canada) in July 2016.

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