Keynote Speakers


Professor Ian Maconachie

Prof Maconochie is a world renowned expert in paediatric resuscitation, and a key leader in ILCOR's work in this area.

He is a Professor of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial Academic Health Sciences Centre in London.

Prof Maconochie co-Chairs the Paediatric Section of ILCOR, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, a Registrar for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the current President of the Paediatric Section of the European Society of Emergency Medicine

Professor Laurie Morrison

Prof Morrison is one of Canada's leading resuscitation experts, respected globally for her research achievements.

She is the Robert & Dorothy Pitts Research Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine, Professor and Clinician Scientist in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael's Hospital.

Prof Morrison is Director of Rescu, a resuscitation research program focusing on the evaluation and implementation of prehospital and transport medicine time sensitive interventions in acute emergencies. She has established a collaborative network to conduct randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research.

She contributed to the International Liaison Council on Resuscitation Advance Life Support Taskforce Consensus on Science Statements and the AHA Guidelines for 2005, 2010 and 2015.


Professor Robert Neumar

An engaging speaker and a global leader in our field, we are delighted that Prof Neumar's expertise and eloquence will be on offer at NZ Resus 2020.

He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan, and co-chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

Prof Neumar's formal research training includes a Sarnoff Fellowship at Ohio State University, a Critical Care Research Fellowship under the direction Peter Safar at the University of Pittsburgh Resuscitation Research Center, and an Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship at Wayne State University under the direction of Dr. Blaine White.

He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Dr Tony Smith

Tony Smith is the Medical 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 multicenter trials. He is a member of the HEMS team in Auckland and has an active role in out-of-hospital care.



Dr Tony Walker

Associate Professor Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He is a Registered Paramedic with over three decades experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles within the ambulance sector.

Over past four years Tony has led significant transformation at Ambulance Victoria to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community. Tony is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia and a Board Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

He has been awarded the National Heart Foundation President's Award and the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving cardiovascular health and resuscitation practice and outcomes.


Other speakers to be announced soon!