ACPIC 2020: Lessons learned from the Whakaari White Island eruption


In October 2020, ACP was pleased to deliver our first fully online and interactive paramedic conference. The conference attracted over 1100 attendees, 60 speakers and 36 sessions.

Presented by: Tony Smith

In this presentation, Tony Smith, Clinical Director, St. John NZ, discusses the lessons learned during the 2019 volcanic eruption and how this event impacted the ambulance service and health services in New Zealand.


Tony Smith is the Clinical Director for St John in New Zealand and is also an Intensive Care Medicine Specialist at Auckland City Hospital. 

Tony chairs the working group that develops the Clinical Procedures and Guidelines for the ambulance sector in New Zealand and he oversees all of the clinical aspects of St John activities in New Zealand, noting that the ambulance service is just one aspect of this. He is a member of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council and the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation. He has an active involvement in out-of-hospital research, with a focus on a collaborative approach to multicentre trials. He is a member of the HEMS team in Auckland and has an active role in out-of-hospital care.

Presented by Tony Smith



30 minutes
25th Jan 2021
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