Military doctor to use scholarship to improve trauma skills

An Australian Army Reserve anesthetist has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship for his civilian role as a trauma specialist at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

LEGEND: Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Hendel, an anesthetist and reservist with the 3rd Medical Battalion in Adelaide, has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship for his civilian role as a trauma specialist at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. History of Captain Andrew Page. Photo by Michelle McFarlane.

Lt Col Simon Hendel of 3rd Adelaide Medic Battalion will use the travel grant to investigate a range of options for tactical emergency medicine systems that could be used in the Australian Defense Force and Services to help better prepare for major traumatic incidents.

Lt Col Hendel said the fellowship would involve training and apprenticeship with specialist emergency service units in Europe, the UK and the US.

“The Churchill Fellowship is an overseas travel fellowship that allows Australians to essentially design their own projects to explore international best practice capabilities overseas, which are not yet mature or under development in Australia” , said Lt. Col. Hendel.

“The idea is for scholars to go overseas, learn from our overseas partners and apply those lessons here in Australia.

“It is administered by the Churchill Trust, which was established on the death of the former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill.”

Lt Col Hendel said his work on the fellowship would build on his civilian employment as a trauma consultant at Alfred Hospital and a medical adviser to the Victoria Police and Ambulance Services.

“Many lessons have been learned on deployments by equipping non-medical personnel with advanced trauma first aid skills, enabling them to provide life-saving treatment to a patient with severe trauma,” he said. -he declares.

“Fundamentally, we want to learn from our overseas law enforcement partners, and very often they have had to learn how to deal with trauma the hard way.

“Victoria and the rest of Australia are still in the early stages of developing civilian emergency medical support during major violent incidents or tactical emergency medical systems.

“The law enforcement agencies I plan to visit overseas have developed quite mature systems and in many circumstances have had those systems tested in the real world.

“I’m trying to learn those lessons so I can provide expertise in trauma and medicine to specialist police and other emergency service personnel,” Lt. Col. Hendel said.

“It’s about making sure that trauma patients have the best possible chance of survival.”

More than 4,000 Australians have received Churchill scholarships over the past six decades.

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