Faculty

Dr Mark Gilbert

MBChB, FACEM, PGCertCPU
Director
Dr Mark Gilbert is a FACEM and co-director of EDme. He has a long held interest in medical education. In addition to the EDme courses, he has instructed on ICU "Basic" courses, "EMST" courses, and Obstetric "PROMPT" courses. He is a reviewer of Doctors with "general" scope of registration for the NZMC. He has a special interest in Ultrasound and Echo in the ED, and in Human Factors in emergency medicine.

Dr Claire Dillon

MBChB FACEM PGCertCPU
Director
Dr Claire Dillon is a FACEM and co-director of EDme. She works as an Emergency Physician in a tertiary referral Emergency Department. Claire has previous experience as a DEMT and is currently on the NZ ACEM WBA panel. She is also employed by the University of Otago (Christchurch) as senior lecturer teaching clinical skills to undergraduate medical students.

Dr Laura Joyce

FACEM MBChB BMedSci(Hons) PGDipMedEd CCPU
Course Director for Fellowship courses
Dr Laura Joyce is co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training in Christchurch, and successfully passed the Fellowship Exam during the first sitting of the new format in 2015.1. She is passionate about medical education and is actively involved in fellowship teaching in Christchurch, with a special interest in Simulation Medicine, both in the sim-lab and in-situ on the ED floor. She is an APLS course director and instructor, and senior lecturer in Emergency Medicine with University of Otago.

Dr Jacques Loubser

FACEM MBChB
Course Director for Ultrasound courses
Dr Jacques Loubser is a FACEM and Clinical Lead in Ultrasound at Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department. He is passionate about anything that makes medicine safer for patients while giving more certainty in diagnosis as well as making the diagnostic process more efficient, satisfying and fun. Ultrasound in medicine ticks all these boxes and will continue to grow as a field. He is actively promoting ultrasound education and accreditation and loves seeing newly acquired skills play a role in patient care.

Karen Brown

Administrator
Karen Brown has 30yrs experience in hospital administration, most of that in the busy arena of the Emergency Department. She also runs the administration side of a private company. Her passions include photography, open water swimming, tramping and box fitness. She loves working in a team based environment.

Dr Jan Bone

FACEM MBChB BSc DCH Dip O&G DRLSS
Emergency Physician
Dr Jan Bone has been a FACEM since 2001. She is passionate about medical education and is actively involved in fellowship teaching in Christchurch, with a special interest in Simulation Medicine. She is a member of the ACEM Fellowship OSCE working group and is an ACEM Examiner.

Dr Lyn Pugh

MBChB FACEM
Emergency Physician
Dr Lyn Pugh is a FACEM who passed the Fellowship exam in its new format in 2015.1. She is actively involved in the fellowship teaching programme in Christchurch and in teaching on a number of multi-disciplinary educational courses including CORE and PROMPT. She has a long standing interest in medical education.

Dr Dave Dixon

MBChB FACEM
Emergency Physician
Dr Dave Dixon is a FACEM who passed the fellowship at the 2015.1 sitting. He is actively involved in the fellowship program at Christchurch hospital and previously in Dunedin. He has a keen interest in simulation training, medical education, ultrasound and rural medicine.

Dr Suzi Hamilton

FACEM MBChB
Emergency Physician
Dr Suzi Hamilton passed the Fellowship exam in 2016.2 on the first attempt having gone through the Christchurch fellowship teaching program. She is now paying it back, involved in RMO and fellowship teaching in Christchurch and an instructor for ETM (Emergency Trauma Management) and RISC (Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course). She is passionate about helping others achieve their potential hence is part of the ACEM mentoring committee and the CDHB education committee. She has previously been an editor of the EMA journal and has been a Trainee Representative for the ACEM.

Dr David Richards

MStJ FACEM MBChB BHB Dip Paed
Emergency Physician
Dr David Richards is a FACEM who passed his exam in the last millennia. He was DEMT at Christchurch, and ran the successful Primary Examination course for several years. David is currently clinical director of Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department. He has been on examination sub-committees for over 10 years, and has been an examiner for ACEM since 2007. He is currently deputy chair of the Fellowship MCQ/EMQ subcommittee.

Professor Mike Ardagh

ONZM, PhD, MBChB, DCH, FACEM
Emergency Physician
Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Specialist in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for Hospital HealthPathways at the Canterbury District Health Board. In relation to education and ACEM examinations, he passed earlier iterations of the primary and fellowship exams, he has been DEMT in Christchurch, ACEM Censor and Councillor for NZ, convenor and teacher of primary and fellowship examination programmes, convenor and teacher of undergraduate emergency medicine modules, instructor for EMST/ATLS, APLS and CCrISP courses, and member of the Education Committee of the Medical Council of NZ. Less relevant but somewhat related, he completed a PhD in bioethics and he was the National Clinical Director of Emergency Department Services with the NZ Ministry of Health, from the instigation of the position in 2009 until 2015.

Rex de Ryke

Charge Sonographer
He is current Chair of NZASUM and was appointed an ASUM Director in 2016. He received an honorary ASUM fellowship and humanitarian award in 2012. Rex is a passionate about all aspects of clinical ultrasound, with special interests in fetal medicine, fetal echo, and emergency medicine ultrasound. As well as his extensive clinical roles, Rex is involved in ongoing Sonographer education, is an examiner for ASUM, and is working with the Otago University in the development of a post-graduate ultrasound qualification. He has presented at numerous national conferences and meetings, and has authored and co-authored several research papers and case presentations. A current focus is coordinating and supporting PoCUS ultrasound service provision within the CDHB, and the greater NZ community, with an emphasis on quality service provision with image recording, review and audit. He acts as a link between the more formal imaging undertaken within the Radiology department and the many departments and subspecialties performing PoCUS examination.

CDHB Resuscitation Service

Sharon Owen and Penny Ingram have been the "faces" of the CDHB Resuscitation Service since 2008. Their role includes overseeing and supporting the delivery of both basic and advanced resuscitation training throughout the CDHB. They both have a passion for quality, multi-professional education and simulation that is realistic, fun, and makes a difference to practise in the clinical setting.

Visiting Faculty

In addition to our Christchurch Emergency Physicians we have on faculty a wide range of experts from Radiology, Obstetrics, Resuscitation specialists, and Emergency physicians from around New Zealand and Australia.