Emergency medicine pioneer to speak at VHA conference

July 12, 2019

Sydney-based emergency medicine specialist, Professor Gordian Fulde, who revolutionised emergency department operations in the 1980’s and founded the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, will speak at the 2019 VHA Annual Conference: The future of health an imperative for change on 3 October.

Retiring in 2018, Professor Fulde was the Director of Emergency at St Vincent’s Hospital for more than three decades, making him the longest serving emergency department director in Australia. While Professor Fulde occasionally appears on the TV show Kings Cross ER, and more recently on the ABC’s Anh Do’s Brush with Fame, he is actively involved in teaching and training students and staff in many facets of emergency medicine.

He is passionately outspoken about the scourge of ‘ice’ and alcohol-fuelled violence which delivers a flood of people into Australian hospitals each week as well as supports many schools and community organisations, sharing his stories of working in an urban warzone, and warning of the dangers of a binge drinking culture, which is overwhelmingly the main cause of injury in Australia’s emergency departments. 

In 2016 Professor Fulde was recognised for his contribution to the community and emergency healthcare with the accolade of Senior Australian of the Year and in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to emergency medicine and to the community as an advocate for a range of public health issues.

The VHA Annual Conference will be held on 3 and 4 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. To register click  here.