Diving & Hyperbaric
Medicine Conference 2022

Overview of the
Wesley Hyperbaric Conference

Wesley Hyperbaric  is proud to present this conference to empower doctors who have not had clinical experience in hyperbaric medicine or had medical school formal teaching in the subject.

This two-day course offers expert knowledge in the two main areas of use to doctors; diving medicine and hyperbaric medicine. It is expected to fill fast as COVID 19 distancing applies to the venue. Only 75 registrants will be able to attend in person. Tangalooma resort has many styles of accommodation at discounted pricing held for conference attendees and families.

We have experts presenting in many disciplines including; Emergency Medicine, General Practice, Anaesthesia / Hyperbaric Medicine, Ear Nose and Throat surgery and Radio-Oncology. The format has many interactive sessions and opportunities for questioning our panel experts.

Tangalooma offers a huge range of diversions for family or accompanying friends with amazing beaches, wreck dives and wild dolphins feeding in the shallows every night.

We are offering a side workshop in BLS with special emphasis on diving, drowning cardiac arrest for the first 16 who register.

The conference begins on Saturday after welcome drinks on Friday night. The conference venue is a beachside ocean-facing marquee with amazing views. On Saturday evening we will host a Buffet dinner in an ocean-view restaurant with a sunset aspect.

After lunch, on Sunday it is back onto the ferry and returns to Holt Street Wharf, 20 mins from the airport terminal.

Dr. Susannah Sherlock – Convener

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Program Breakdown

Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine Seminar
Tangalooma Resort, Moreton IslandFriday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2022

Meet Our Speakers


Prof Kersi Tarapowalla - BLS course

Anaesthetist with wide range of experience specially neuroanaesthesia, vascular anaesthesia, and spinal surgery. He has a masters qualification in clinical education and has been involved in setting up simulation centres. He has a keen interest in education by using simulation and has written and delivered multiple simulation courses. He was the course coordinator for the UQ course in Critical Care and have stepped down to an academic title recently.

Dr. Susannah Sherlock

Susannah is an Anaesthetist, Hyperbaric Physician, Educator and Examiner for ANZCA. She was a primary examiner for ANZCA for 10 years and remains an examiner for the post graduate Diploma of Advanced Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine qualification with ANZCA. She is a passionate promoter of medical education and is a Senior Clinical lecturer with UQ School of Medicine. Additionally, she been a senior instructor for Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crisis (EMAC) at the Clinical Skills Development Centre at RBWH for over a decade. Research interests in hyperbaric medicine include in treatment of radiation injury, Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural hearing loss and long COVID. She has experience in 4 hyperbaric units (Vic, Tas and Qld) over 18 years. In addition, she is also a trained psychotherapist and uses clinical hypnosis to manage performance anxiety for students and runs a private practice for patients with medical anxiety. She has an Advanced PADI certificate and has completed the RAN SUMO course (School of Underwater Medicine). She is also a certified wing walker on vintage biplanes and drives a V8 Mustang for pure driving pleasure whilst wait listed for a Tesla!

Assoc Prof Graeme Kay

2022 will be Graeme’s 9th year working at Wesley Hyperbaric having returned to reality in 2013 following an extended break from medicine backpacking through Europe with his wife and then 18-month-old daughter. Growing up outside Mackay, he has been SCUBA diving from the age of 15. After graduating with a biomedical science degree with honours in microbiology and immunology, he worked in immunoassay manufacture for several years in Sydney before returning to Queensland to study medicine. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006, worked in Rockhampton for several years, leaving an anaesthetic PHO position to follow his wife to North Queensland where he ended up working as a full-time rural relief PHO. He has worked in all the hospitals and health services within the Townsville and North Queensland region. Enjoying the challenge of working in locations such as Palm and Magnetic Islands, he changed tack from anaesthesia to rural general practice to follow the adventure. It was during this training period he undertook his specialty rotation in diving and hyperbaric medicine, purely as a selfish indulgence. During this time, he completed his diploma of diving and hyperbaric medicine awarded by the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. Graeme has had a strong interest in medical education and health care worker advocacy, having been RMO president at Rockhampton Base Hospital, PMCQ representative, hosting students on elective placement and holding regular tutorials for Uniting Health clinical school students. He received his academic appointment of Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor from Bond University in 2021 in recognition of his services for their students. He also holds a casual SMO appointment at the RBWH HMU.


Prof. Michael Bennett AM

Professor Bennett is the Academic Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, a Senior Staff Specialist in diving and hyperbaric medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Professor in the faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. After training as an Anaesthetist in the UK, Michael returned to Sydney in 1990 as a retrieval specialist on the Lifesaver Helicopter and here developed an interest in both diving and hyperbaric medicine. He was medical director of the Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at POWH from 1993 to 2007. He also has a strong interest in clinical epidemiology and is an experienced clinician and researcher. He is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed publications including 15 Cochrane reviews of the evidence in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. Prof. Bennett was the convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group Introductory Course in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine from its inception in 1999 to 2014. He is an executive member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) special interest group in diving and hyperbaric medicine and chair of the ANZCA DHM subcommittee responsible for the ANZCA Diploma of Advanced DHM. He is a past Vice-President of the UHMS and a past President of SPUMS.

Prof. David Smart AM

David is an Emergency Physician in private practice. He is also a VMO and the supervisor of training at Royal Hobart Hospital Hyperbaric Unit. He is an Executive member of SPUMS (South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society) and is the immediate past President. He is an examiner and the Chair of Court of Examinations for the Diploma of diving and hyperbaric medicine for ANZCA. He is an active researcher and has a major interest in commercial diving safety. Married with children, His hobbies include underwater photography, carpentry and joinery. He has been a Master diver for 40 years.

Dr. Emily Perry

Dr Emily Perry is a Visiting Otolaryngologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital as well as the Queensland Children’s Hospital, in addition to her Brisbane-based private practice. As such, she has a broad adult and paediatric practice. Her subspecialty focus is Head and Neck tumour management, including surgical thyroid disease. Dr Perry is interested in facilitating educational and collaborative opportunities, helping to establish the Queensland Paediatric ENT radiology, Queensland Paediatric Airway MDT and the Thyroid MDT meetings at the Queensland Children’s Hospital as well as coordinating the Qld ENT Journal Club for over 5 years.

Assoc. Prof. Siddhartha Baxi

A/Prof Siddhartha (Sid) Baxi is a Radiation Oncologist and Regional Medical Director at GenesisCare Gold Coast. He works within the clinical oncology network of specialists at John Flynn Hospital, and in the Southport, Tweed and Pindara regions. His academic links are with Griffith University and Menzies School of Health Research. With experience gained from the establishment of the Alan Walker Cancer Centre, Darwin (2009-2012) and South West Radiation Oncology Service, Bunbury (2013-2017), A/Prof Baxi brings a strategic and horizon view of healthcare, bringing together clinical and innovation endeavours for the benefit of our patients. His tumour streams focus on the Central Nervous System - CNS, head and neck, upper and lower GI, skin, thoracic and haematology with Fellowships in head/neck cancer, lung and uro-oncology. A/Prof Baxi is technologically adept at imaging guided radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy and stereotactic techniques, offering the full spectrum of radiation therapy. His extra-curricular clinical work has focused on teaching medical students and trainee oncologists. His research capacity focuses on collaborative links particularly with the GenesisCare research program. Many of his initiatives have focused on research and service development around regional/remote Australia, and Aboriginal healthcare. He continues to work in medical innovations and start up enterprises; and as clinical reference expert for Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee.


Dr. David Kramer

Dr David Kramer is a Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Originally trained in the UK, he moved to Australia in 2005 to continue his medical career while pursuing his interest in SCUBA diving and underwater photography. He subsequently undertook further training in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine combining that hobby with professional interest. Aside from clinical practice, Dr Kramer is strongly involved in educational activities, including ACEM Fellowship education at a regional level, facilitating Clinical Rural Skills courses for junior doctors, and promoting better awareness and understanding of diving related illness by providing teaching sessions in the SE Queensland region in Emergency Department and Retrieval Services teaching.

Dr. Keyoren Fernandes

Keyoren is a GP with special interests in Diving & Underwater Medicine and Travel Medicine. He is also a hyperbaric doctor at Wesley Hyperbaric, and previously worked at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Hyperbaric Unit. He is a certified rescue diver with SDI. Outside of medicine he likes to spend his time diving, sailing and travelling. His favourite dive sites to date are the Yucatán and Baja peninsulas in Mexico.

Dr. Anne Marie Newth

Anne Marie is the Medical Director at Hyperbaric Health in Victoria. She has experience training in 2 hyperbaric units – Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Over the past year Annemarie has had a particular interest in Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss and the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of the management. This led to the most recent systematic review in this area. Annemarie has a research background in cellular & molecular biology with a Master’s degree in this field. Annemarie is an experienced emergency medical practitioner in public and private hospital environments throughout Australia. She is currently working as a senior medical officer at Echuca Regional Hospital with a specific interest in the development of regional and rural emergency medicine training. Annemarie also works as an international trekking guide and expedition doctor for Peak Learning Adventures based out of Canberra. She also has a particular interest in the development of women in leadership in medicine. In her spare time, Annemarie is also the co-founder and chief product & technology officer for the start-up company Spiritum Scrubs.

Dr. Lizzie Elliott

Lizzie is a GP who also works in the Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Unit in Hobart. She has subspecialised in Polar and Expedition Medicine, providing medical support to the 2014-15 Casey Diving Project in Antarctica and has supported International science projects in Greenland from 2008-2015. She is currently completing a Masters in Lifestyle Medicine and is passionate about Nutritional medicine.

Dr. Cathy Meehan

Catherine is a GP in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia. She has a special interest in diving medicine and has the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) diploma in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, as well as the Auckland University Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Science- Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. Catherine was secretary of SPUMS from 1993 to 2005. She is now back on the committee as a committee member as well as heading the Future Annual Scientific Meetings committee. Catherine has convened several SPUMS Annual Scientific Meetings and is a consistent attender of the meetings, since 1992. Catherine is an active recreational diver. She is a Dive Master, and a qualified deep cavern diver. She continues to do further training in recreational technical diving.

Mr. Paul Smith

Paul is an ex Naval Officer LCDR Mine Clearance Diving Officer who served for 23 years. He went on to train as a Master Mariner with Maersk. He has experience in operating hyperbaric chambers in military and hospital settings (Wesley Hyperbaric and RBWH in Brisbane) over 16 years when not at sea. He also has commercial hyperbaric experience in supporting tunnelling projects in Brisbane. He enjoys cycling and water sports.

Dr. Chris Jelliffe

Chris is currently the Clinical Director of the Townsville University Hospital Hyperbaric Medicine Unit. He first became involved in diving medicine in the UK in the 80’s as he was both a GP and an active SCUBA diver. He completed training in Diving Medicine at both the Institute of Naval Medicine in Gosport and the University of Aberdeen. He was subsequently appointed as a Medical Referee for the British Sub-Aqua Club, and as a Commercial Diving Medical Examiner for the London Health and Safety Executive. He retrained as an anaesthetist during the 90’s and emigrated to Australia in 1999 when he became involved with the Townsville Hospital Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, which was part of the Department of Anaesthetics He has been regularly working at the Townsville unit for the past 14 years, and was appointed as Clinical Director in 2018.


Dr. Louisa Kippen

Louisa is an Anaesthetist with a long-standing keen interest in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, having trained at both Townsville and RWBH and most recently worked at the Townsville University Hospital Hyperbaric Medicine Unit. Louisa has recently returned to Brisbane, based primarily at QEII Hospital in Anaesthesia but will soon be joining the Wesley Hyperbaric team as well. Louisa’s hyperbaric interests cover all manner of sins but specifically she has been very involved in treating women after breast cancer surgery in the setting of neoadjuvant radiation treatment, as well as other radiation injuries in soft and bony tissues. Louisa is currently loving expanding her scuba diving experience and as an anaesthetic cliché is also into cycling! Louisa is passionate about training and education of our junior colleagues and has recently assumed the role of student, intern and RMO term supervisor at QEII, a role similar to one she fulfilled in Townsville. She believes that helping students optimise their time and learning in critical care rotations not only improves patient outcomes throughout the hospital but also increases retention in the workforce and is a very important part of doctor welfare.

Dr Yena Hwang

Yena is an Anaesthetist and has hyperbaric experience at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Darwin. She is a VMO at the Wesley Hyperbaric Unit. She is currently doing a chronic pain fellowship at STARS Metro North.

BLS Workshop

Workshop in BLS based upon ARC guidelines including focus on the drowning patient and compressed air diver (SCUBA) special circumstance guideline. AED use is also covered. This is a small group activity with a full group discussion followed by two separate allocations of time for hands on demonstrations of CPR (2 separate groups of 8 registrants with 4 facilitators). A certificate of competence will be provided at the completion of the course. This small workshop is led by Dr Susannah Sherlock and Prof Taraporewalla as the clinical supervisors. Both are experienced EMAC (Effective management of anaesthetic crisis) instructors for ANZCA. Dr Louisa Kippin and Dr Yena Hwang will assist. Both are anaesthetists in public hospitals in Brisbane and have hyperbaric and diving medicine experience.
Learning outcomes

Demonstrate BLS including use of AED Describe the fundamental differences that apply in drowning and SCUBA diver resuscitation.

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