Meet the Team
Dr Sally McCarthy (FACEM, MBA) is inaugural Medical Director of the Emergency Care Institute. Sally works clinically as a senior emergency physician at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney having previously been Director, Emergency Medicine at that and other hospitals. The immediate past president of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and a member of the Board of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, she is also a Clinical Lead for the NSW Whole of Hospital Program.
Vanessa is responsible for the strategic and operational functions of the ECI.
Special Project Officer
Nick is supporting a number of ECI priority emergency care related projects within the ECI Operational Plan 2014-2016. Nick's project areas of responsibility are the Nurse Delegated Emergency Care Project and Small ED Project.
Medical Project Officer
John leads the review and development of clinical resources for the website. John is represented on a number of statewide committees and provides clinical input into all ECI projects.
Hatem leads the ECI research program including the Airway Registry Project and Impact of the Physiotherapy Practitioner on ED care for patients with Musculoskeletal Injuries. Hatem also supports the Research Advisory Committee.
Lucy Harten-Ash and Gabrielle Mane
Lucy and Gabby joined the ECI in February 2017 and will be working with us for 6 months part-time on developing further clinical tools and emergency care related projects.
Advisory Committee Co-Chairs
Dr Matt Bragg is a senior staff specialist in emergency medicine at South Western Sydney LHD, currently working at both tertiary referral and rural district hospitals, and also holds a fractional appointment with NSW Ambulance as a retrieval/prehospital physician. His interests include clinical emergency medicine, emergency ultrasound, ED management, and retrieval medicine.
Professor Kate Curtis has been an Emergency Nurse for 22 years and is a Trauma Coordinator at St George Hospital Sydney. She has a fractional appointment at Sydney Nursing School. Kate also works regularly as an RN in the Wollongong Emergency Department, is a Fellow of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia and on the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal of Emergency Nursing.
Anne Hawkins is a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Emergency / Critical Care Services in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Anne provides leadership, consultancy service and ongoing review of clinical practice and standards of care in all aspects of emergency / critical care services to 12 small rural facilities and 2 base hospitals within the upper half of Murrumbidgee LHD.
Anne is a member of the Rural Critical Care taskforce and the NSW Rural Emergency Critical Care
Dr Jacqui Irvine is an Emergency Specialist working as the Director of Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. Jacqui has worked widely across New Zealand and Australia in Emergency and Primary Care roles and has a Masters in Applied Health Management. Having worked in many different environments Jacqui has developed special interest in redesign, service development and equity of access to high quality care with a particular focus on the rural environment.
Amith was appointed as Co-Chair of the Research Advisory Committee in March 2016.
Kylie is currently Nurse Manager, Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Kylie has 26 years experience in nursing in both the adult and paediatric environments. Kylie has worked in the UK and USA giving her broad exposure to different health care models and quality systems. Since 1999 Kylie has worked in the Emergency Care environment as a CNS then a Nurse Educator and in a management role since 2003.
Kylie is the immediate past NSW President of CENA and has a keen interest in quality and safety, education and training and clinical leadership. Kylie’s main passion is for the way we provide accessible safe care from the cradle to the grave in the city or the rural areas.