In 2020, the Australian Government in collaboration with the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and Ambulance Victoria developed a database to monitor intensive care utilisation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Professor Coatsworth will discuss the benefits of such a system to the Australian healthcare system.
About the speaker
Dr Nick Coatsworth is one of Australia’s key medical leaders and held a national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Bringing together his skills as an infectious disease physician, a respiratory physician, a practitioner of disaster and humanitarian medicine, and high level experience in health administration, Nick became one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic, engaging the Australian community through a variety of media platforms.
Nick has had a long history of leadership in medicine. He was Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin, and oversaw deployments of Australian Medical Assistance Teams to Vanuatu and Fiji after Cyclone Pam and Winston. Nick led the second AusMAT to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
During his early career years Nick was a field doctor for Medecins Sans Frontieres and practised in the Republic of Congo, Chad and Darfur. Later, he became President of the Australian Section of MSF and served on the Board for two terms. He has also served on the board of Careflight Limited, one of Australia’s leading aeromedical providers.
Nick now holds the position of Executive Director of the Medical Services Group at the Canberra Hospital. He retains a clinical role as an infectious diseases physician, educates young clinicians from medical student through to physician trainee, and is studying a part time Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University examining foreign policy decision making during COVID-19.