ACPIC23: The Extremes


Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference (ACPIC23)

ACPIC 2023 delivered a wide range of clinical and research sessions from experts and leaders in paramedicine. Hosted in Melbourne (September 2023) the program was designed to inspire, educate and broaden horizons.

Conference theme: Lead - Evolve - Impact

The Extremes – Heat: Are they hot or are they hot? - Presented by: Ethan Dooley

“Are they hot or are they hot?” This session discusses the pre-hospital management of hyperthermia using mass gathering events to set the scene to explore the difference between environmental hyperthermia and hyperthermia associated with drug ingestion and acute behavioural disturbance. We will immerse you into the world of paramedicine at events, highlight the aetiology, pathophysiology, assessment findings and treatment based on contemporary evidence-based practice, while having some fun along journey.

The Extremes – Cold: Hypothermia - How do you warm up a cold chicken? - Presented by: Kerryn Wratt

A discussion on the latest in clinical management of environmental hypothermia including the use of case studies to highlight aetiology, pathophysiology, assessment findings and treatment based on recommendations of the International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine, The European Resuscitation Council, The Australia and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation and the Wilderness Medicine Society.

The Extremes – Into The Wild: Case Studies from Wild World of Wilderness Medicine - Presented by: Ryan Parry

Endurance Medical Services (EMS) is an industry leader in specialist remote and austere medicine services, typically multi-day endurance events, such as ultramarathons. Ryan, Wilderness Paramedic and Associate Medical Director, presents an overview to the approach of providing medical support to these logistically complex events, a selection of case studies from the field, and subsequent learnings that everyone can apply to their own practice.

Biography: Ethan Dooley

Ethan is the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of 1300MEDICS and Retrieval Medics International. He is a dual registered paramedic and nurse with a broad range of qualifications and experience across a variety of pre-hospital, and hospital environments, with his passion lying in providing contemporary and innovated medical services to mass gatherings and special events. The services he oversees provides care to over seven thousand events per year, seeing twenty thousand patients, across three states, which gives him a unique and comprehensive understanding of this specialist area. Ethan enjoys contributing to various advisory boards and reference groups which advance the profession of paramedicine or improve the care patients receive at events and venues. Being a little adventurous at heart, Ethan has undertaken additional training in tactical medicine and underwater / diving medicine. On the odd day off, you will find Ethan out on the water scuba diving or travelling to somewhere new!

Biography: Kerryn Wratt

Kerryn is a Critical Care Flight Paramedic based in Nelson, New Zealand. Prior to this he spent 2 years as CSO and then Critical Care Flight Paramedic Intern in Tasmania as well as 20 years in Victoria in a wide range of locations and roles. Kerryn has a well developed interest in wilderness medicine having had the opportunity to provide clinical care and teach in places as diverse as Kenya, Hungary, Alaska, Patagonia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea. Kerryn has also led the establishment of the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society (AWEMS) where he is the current president.

Biography: Ryan Parry

Ryan is a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria, with experience working in a variety of roles for London Ambulance Service and ProMedical in Vanuatu. Ryan draws upon his outdoors experience as a Wilderness Paramedic and Associate Medical Director for Endurance Medical Services, a specialist remote and austere medicine company. Through Endurance Medical Services, Ryan is also the Program Director for the Wilderness Student Paramedic Program, providing theoretical and practical wilderness medicine education and industry placements for final year paramedic students.

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Presented by Ethan Dooley, Kerryn Wratt & Ryan Parry



116 minutes
30th Nov 2023
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