Presented by Rohan Kilham
Presentation Synopsis: The Alpine Operations team is a small team of highly trained paramedics based in Perisher Station. Operating over winter only they specialise wilderness rescue in cold, austere conditions. Using a range of over-snow vehicles and equipment not used anywhere else in Australia, they access, treat and retrieve patients from anywhere within Kosciuszko National Park and its surrounds. This presentation will give an overview of the team, their daily and seasonal operations and the unique logistical and environmental challenges they face – demonstrated through a trauma case study at the end of the presentation.
Bio: Rohan Kilham is an Intensive Care Paramedic based in Queanbeyan. He is also part of the NSWA Alpine Operations Team based in Perisher Station. He has degrees in Chemistry, Philosophy and pre-hospital care and post graduate qualifications in Emergency Management and International Health. He is a competitive cyclist with a strong interest in mountaineering and rock climbing. He has a passion for cold places and has travelled the world in search of snow and ice. He lives in Canberra with his two nocturnal children and endlessly patient wife.