Brendan is an Emergency Physician and Forensic Medical Officer in Melbourne. He is passionate about medical education, social justice, and Irish whiskey. He is proud of his ongoing advocacy for all three.
Jo Ann originated from the world of academia, teaching and conducting research in the area of Exercise and Sports Science. She then moved across to the field of medicine spending eight years in Emergency Medicine before gaining a Fellowship in Clinical Forensic Medicine while working as a Forensic Physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine for the past 10 years. Jo Ann can’t leave the world of exercise and sport behind and still teaches aerobics and PT sessions, and coaches junior soccer with the altruistic pretence of “population health” while really using the sessions to take out the frustrations from her “grown-up” job. Jo Ann shares her frenetic lifestyle with two children, two golden retrievers, two turtles and thankfully only one police officer husband.
Maaike is a forensic physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, where she am also the clinical lead for family violence. She originally trained in obstetrics & gynaecology. She is a senior lecturer at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University. She is proud that her kids have attended all but one smacc conference.
Nicola is an emergency and senior forensic physician, which puts her right at the intersection of medicine and the law. She runs the training program for forensic registrars, introducing GP and emergency trainees to the vagaries of both these worlds. She is a passionate advocate for safety of patients and staff, creatively using education and legal instruments to challenge the status quo. She also works with the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, and the Incident Response Team for Safer Care Victoria. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Communiqué, and Medico-Legal Editor of Emergency Medicine Australasia. As a mum of three, a student of law, and an avid kickboxer, she has decided to fill her spare time this year with training to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.