Kerryn Wratt (CEO)
Kerryn is an Intensive Care Paramedic based in Tasmania, Australia. He grew up exploring the rugged mountains of New Zealand. His first taste of wilderness medicine occurred when managing a patient who had fallen on Franz Josef Glacier. This spurred Kerryn to pursue a career in paramedicine.
Kerryn had the opportunity to integrate his passion and his profession when he was granted a scholarship to investigate international models of medical response into wilderness settings in 2012. The resulting recommendations informed the establishment of Victoria’s state-wide paramedic wilderness response system. Kerryn then formed a company specialising in wilderness medicine and worked with others to introduce the AWLS program into Australia.
Kerryn has had the opportunity to facilitate the BWLS course on the Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal as well as volunteering with the HRA at Pheriche. Kerryn also lead the establishment of St John Papua New Guinea’s Ambulance Special Operations Team in preparation for the APEC leaders’ summit in Port Moresby. Recently Kerryn completed his FAWM and has led the establishment of the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society (AWEMS) as the peak body for the development of wilderness medicine across Australasia where he is the current president.
Adam is an experienced expedition leader that has lead expeditions within Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, South America, Asia and Central Asia for over 15 years. Originally from southern Africa he worked in Australia as the ‘Operations Manager’ of a large overseas expedition company for seven years, he was responsible for the safety and training of all participants and leaders prior to their month long expeditions.
He is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and the Executive Officer of Survive First Aid, an Australian based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which specialises in Wilderness and Remote Area medical training and is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Trainer.
He is married with two children and loves adventure travel, is an avid skier, mountain biker and former white water rafting guide who would really like to be a better surfer!
Bethan McDonald is a Canberra-based general practitioner and travel medicine doctor. She has spent 4 years living out of a backpack while working with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Sudan, Chad and Lebanon and various corners of rural Australia.
Her passion for travel off the beaten path has lead her to work as an expedition medic on the Kokoda Trail and specialise in prepping adventure travellers for trips that they not only survive but actually enjoy!
She has a diploma in tropical and mountain medicine, has done wilderness training from the Arctic to the jungle and has mangled the native tongue of every country that she has visited.
Bethan claims to have no natural talent at any outdoor pursuits, but that is no barrier to her being found hiking, rock climbing, diving and cross-country skiing at every opportunity.
- 30 years instructing in the outdoor industry
- 28 years of volunteering with Maffra SES, (a search and rescue unit)
- Volunteer as an Ambulance Community Officer
- Wilderness Responder with Ambulance Vic
- Member of AlpineSAR
Dinny has an elderly dog and three horses which are all “rejects” (two are failed pacers). She enjoys telemark skiing, rock climbing, bushwalking, mountain biking and running. She also loves traveling with her daughter. Previous trips include Guatemala and Mexico in 2016 and Nepal is in the pipeline for 2017
Jason is a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria and currently studying Intensive Care through Monash University to become a MICA paramedic. Before ambulance life, Jason was a qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor and has always found the human body and our capacity for resilience intriguing.
Jason has a strong passion for the wilderness and outdoors, enjoying mountain bike riding, trail running, hiking and exploring the world around us. He also has a keen interest in adult education and has taught a number of first aid and pre-hospital medical care courses in a variety of locations, including atop of mountains, sea side, lake side, in the rain forests and in the residential environments.
Currently, Jason is endeavouring to qualify for a position to provide medical care as part of a team in Antarctica and to enter into humanitarian retrieval medicine.
Duncan is a Remote Area Nurse and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. With a background in fire and emergency management, Duncan came to the healthcare area by way of wilderness first aid courses. An enthusiastic walker and skier Duncan has explored many areas in Australia and overseas by way of human powered travel. A member of Alpine Search and Rescue he also holds qualifications in Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Critical Care Nursing and radio communications.
Kasia is a specialist anaesthetist living and working in Northeastern Victoria. She holds Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification.
She has worked in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea and teaches AWLS both at home and abroad.
Her other areas of interest include human factors and communication in anaesthesia.
In her spare time, Kasia enjoys hiking, mountain biking and the occasional stint at Mt. Buller Medical Clinic.
Simon works as a Paramedic and is part of an Emergency Response Aquatic Unit, and the events team.
Prior to pursuing a career as a Paramedic, Simon was a school teacher and worked in Outdoor Education for over 10 years. He has led expeditions throughout Australia as well as to S.E Asia, Central America and Asia.
When not working, he is often found in the outdoors, stuck in the whitewater on a paddle out or bumbling down a ski run in an awkward drop knee position!
Steve has been working in the expedition and medical industries for more than 15 years. He began as a recon scout / patrol signaller in the Australian Army where he deployed to Iraq, East Timor, Hawaii and Thailand before working as an expedition leader/ medic and eventually a paramedic.
He holds a Bachelors in Health Science, a Diploma in Journalism and numerous outdoor adventure qualifications including rock climbing, abseiling, scuba diving, skydiving and kayaking.
Div 1 RN Full time 1986-1992
ALS Paramedic 1992-1999
MICA Paramedic 1999-2006
MICA Flight Paramedic 2006-Present.
Current role and experience includes extensive Search and Rescue experience in both Police/Ambulance Operations including onshore and offshore winching Ops. Skillset includes adult and Paediatric Rapid Sequence Intubation/Blood Administration/Point of care Ultrasound/Lateral Thoracostomy in a Paramedic based system with 1000+ retrievals.
Will Smith, MD, Paramedic, FAWM
Dr. Smith practices Emergency Medicine in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the US National Park Service.
Locally, he serves as the Co-Medical Director for Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Search & Rescue, Bridger Teton National Forest, and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.
Seth Hawkins, Medical Advisor
Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins, anthropologist, writer, and physician, holds dual board certification in emergency medicine and EMS. He currently serves as medical advisor for REI and NC Outward Bound School.
He is executive editor of Wilderness Medicine Magazine, co-author of Vertical Aid: Essential Wilderness Medicine for Climbers, Trekkers, and Mountaineers, editor of the textbook Wilderness EMS, and founder of multiple wilderness medicine organizations. The first physician designated Master Fellow by both the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and the Adventurers & Explorers Guild, he was also named a Top Ten EMS Innovator of 2011 and 2018 by the Journal of EMS.
David Fifer, M.S., NRP, FAWM
David Fifer is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medical Care at Eastern Kentucky University and a Wilderness Paramedic for Kentucky’s Powell County Ambulance Service. There, he coordinates RedSTAR- the Red River Gorge Special Treatment, Access and Rescue Team- which responds to wilderness emergencies in the Daniel Boone National Forest and Natural Bridge State Park.