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About Us

We believe at Wilderness First Aid Consultants (WFAC) that 'Knowledge Saves Lives'.

WFAC have a professional and dynamic skill based team consisting of a balanced mix of medical and outdoor adventurists available to teach, train and develop your knowledge of first aid. WFAC is 100% Australian owned and operated with some courses internationally recognised in the United States. WFAC will adapt to your first aid requirements with courses designed to suit professional to recreational needs.

WFAC has a recognisable and respected name with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We encourage learning using memorable, hands on scenarios combined with theory resulting in heightened learning and a whole lot of fun.

From the ends of the earth to the soaring heights of the mountains, far and wide; enjoy the wilderness and stay safe, but if you ever need to help someone out make sure that you have the 'Knowledge to Save Lives'.

Our Team

Wilderness First Aid Consultants staff are a talented and experienced team. As you can see below, we employ many gifted people from wide ranging medical and professional backgrounds, all sharing a common commitment to quality, practical and fun wilderness medicine education.

Our Instructors have multiple skills and passions. Many have a background or current profession as Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, Outdoor Professionals and Ski-patrollers. A combined skill base of medical/first aid experience, outdoor leading or guiding experience and a passion for first aid and education draws them to WFAC (or we find them!) to instruct and be involved with Australia's leader in Wilderness First Aid for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts.

All of our staff are excellent educators who care about the students they teach. All of our instructors have been out there in the field - making the hard calls in the wind, rain, heat and snow. Making tough decisions, dealing with tricky and sometimes stressful situations and knowing how that can make you feel is what makes our Instructor's uniquely able to facilitate student learning, competence and confidence.

Medical Advisors

Dr Edi  Albert

Dr Edi Albert

Edi started out both in medicine and outdoor pursuits in the highlands of Scotland. Following completion of rural GP training, a Masters degree in education and management, and a certain weariness of climbing, mountain running and skiing in heavy rain and strong winds, he headed off to Tasmania for a working holiday and 10 years later is still there. He works as a doctor in Antarctica and Perisher Valley, and more conventionally in emergency medicine in Hobart. Amongst many trips, he has been an expedition doctor and climber to Broad Peak in the Karakoram, and Pumori in the Nepal Himalaya. He has also sea kayaked high in the Canadian Arctic and, nearer home, across Bass Strait. He has had a wide ranging career in medical education, including as a Senior Lecturer in the Tasmanian School of Medicine during which time he was heavily involved in the design and development of a new five year medical course. His post-graduate education work has been focussed on rural and remote medicine, both locally, and at a national level with the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine, and most recently involved the development and delivery of the Expedition Medicine Program at General Practice Training Tasmania – a unique program in Australia from which has grown a suite of short courses. In 2007 he won the General Practice Education & Training “Medical Educator of the Year” Award. He continues to juggle his clinical and educational work with sea kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing.
Dr Geoff Ramin

Dr Geoff Ramin

Dr Geoff Ramin's consultancy business, International Medical Systems (IMS) provides high quality medical repatriation services to and from anywhere in the world. IMS also provides a range of consultancy and educational services related to pre-hospital care, aeromedical transportation and medical retrieval. IMS' activities have been as diverse as helping develop industrial paramedic services on Groote Eylandt, providing medical support to sporting events and training all aeromedical doctors for the Hong Kong helicopter based medical retrieval system. Geoff is a specialist Emergency Physician who also works clinically in Intensive Care. He has extensive experience in pre-hospital care and medical retrieval. He is a Regional Consultant for the Queensland Ambulance Service and a Medical Consultant to Mondial Assistance. His passion for adventures includes mountaineering, scuba diving, hiking in the wilderness and generally getting lost. He recently returned from summiting Mont Blanc and Mount Kilimanjaro and has several expeditions planned for each year. Dr Geoff Ramin is also the co-director / owner of Medicine On The Edge ( MOTE ). MOTE combines high quality medical education with a range of diverse adventure activities. In particular MOTE specialises in workshops related to Altitude and Expedition Medicine. MOTE provides high end medical training suited for medical professionals seeking the next level beyond what is offered by Equip. For more information please visit www.mote.net.au
Dr Jim Duff

Dr Jim Duff

Jim is one of our Medical Advisors and has over 30 years of experience in climbing, trekking and teaching wilderness medicine. He has been a volunteer doctor for the Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche and Manang rescue posts, has been on many Himalayan expeditions and he is a keen sailor. Jim is the founder of the International Porter Protection Group and author of numerous articles on travel and medical matters. Jim is also the co-developer of the Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC).

Instructors

Mark McDowell

Mark McDowell

Mark is loosely based in Victoria where he works as a hiking and sea kayak guide primarily. He spends the majority of his time travelling the country leading expeditions for schools in some of the most remote and amazing places Australia has to offer. Mark's love of the outdoors is something that he tries to share with all his students. When Mark is not teaching first aid or guiding groups he is planning his next travelling adventure in an attempt to see as much of the world as he can afford!
James Thorp

James Thorp

Born into a large Tasmanian middle class family James Thorp was forced into a kayak at the age of 11 and pushed into a rapid! It went surprisingly well, and thus his life has been a wet experience ever since. 20 years of paddling the Worlds rivers and oceans has left a lot of scars, a passport full of stamps, some epic stories, a depleted bank account and a worried mother. To fund this nomadic lifestyle James looks after people in wild places, 12 years as an expedition guide has given James lots of patient care experience in the field plus a burning hatred for porridge and muesli-bars. James has been teaching wilderness medicine courses for the past 6 years and currently splits his time between teaching wilderness medicine and running the Sea kayaking and Zodiac operations for a Polar expedition company in both the Antarctic and the high Arctic.
Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson

Julie has worked in the outdoor industry for many years. She has worked for NOLS in the US, Mexico, New Zealand and in the Kimberley, Australia. She now combines her field and programme supervision work with NOLS with teaching for WFAC. In her spare time she sea-kayaks, hikes, dives and sometimes visits her home in Albany, WA.
Fiona McColley

Fiona McColley

Fiona has lived and worked in the outdoors for over 20 years. With a B.A. in Outdoor Education, an A.A.S in Emergency Medical Science (as a Paramedic), and a current W-EMTP certification she has traveled all over the globe. Her passion is helping to set up medical clinics for those in need. A love of biking, travel and adventure lead to the creation of international adventure travel company for kids, and she has presented biking safety and risk management workshops at conferences throughout the USA. Fiona has been teaching Wilderness Medicine for over 10 years.
Emma Potter

Emma Potter

Emma has been teaching with WFAC since 2010. A mighty South Ozzie originally, she has spent the past 8 years in Western Australia teaching Outdoor Education. 2012 has seen a change in direction and she is heading to Antarctica and is looking forward to hanging with the penguins! Anything outdoors is her passion but one thing she never travels without is her surfboard.
Andrew Hooke

Andrew Hooke

Andy started his love for the outdoors early. While growing up on a farm in central Victoria, every bit of spare time was spent out and about in the bush.
It was while out hiking on top of Mt Howitt in the Vic high country that he realised he could be doing this for a living!!
After a year in England working for an Outdoor Education Centre, he moved to the top of Mt Buller to study at La Trobe’s Australian Alpine Institute to do a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation. Since graduating from La Trobe in 2006 he has been working in a variety of different rolls in the outdoor recreation / education field.
At the end of 2011 Andy came on board with us here at Wilderness First Aid Consultants. His love for the outdoors, and everything adventure makes him a very experienced, approachable and fun instructor.
Heather Kirkpatrick

Heather Kirkpatrick

Heather leads rafting, mountaineering, sea kayaking and hiking expeditions worldwide as a freelance outdoor educator. Her employers include The National Outdoor Leadership School, adventure travel companies and tertiary institutions. She regularly teaches survival skills to expeditioners and trains the Search and Rescue Team in Antarctica for the Australian Antarctic Division. Heather has been teaching wilderness first aid for eight years and incorporates a lot of stories from the field into her teaching.
Stephen Hawk

Stephen Hawk

Stephen Hawk grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where he spent his childhood camping, fishing, and mountain biking. After pursuing a career in computer science he decided to flee the office environment and return to the woods, leaving behind the glorious world of PC load letter errors and TPS reports. He has since led adventure biking trips across the United States, traveled to Ecuador to participate in relief medic expeditions, and attended medical school. Stephen has also taught classes in astronomy and basic sciences for the past two years at a non profit in North Carolina for all ages of students. He is still an avid mountain biker and continues to accumulate many tales of self-injury while out in the wilderness to share with his students. 
Callum Blackhall

Callum Blackhall

Growing up in the North of Scotland Callum spent his time in the outdoors climbing, skiing, mountain biking and motorcycling.
A passion for overland vehicle based independent travel led to a move to Australia in 2003. Since then he has explored widely by motorcycle or Land Rover in "Europe, Australias outback, Northern Sahara desert, Mongolian steppe and Siberian forests.
Working as a dentist in Private Practice he calls Tasmania home - at least 8 months of the year! Callum spent 6 years working in some of the principle trauma centres in Scotland dealing with a multitude of maxillofacial and dental injuries.
His love of exploring led to an interest in Wilderness Medicine and First Aid and he has been involved with Wilderness First Aid Consultants since 2010.
Paul Mallamaci

Paul Mallamaci

Paul has worked in the Outdoor Industry since 2000. Working for Outward Bound Schools both in Australia and NZ,and was a Staff Trainer in Malaysia. Prior to his Outdoor career he was a division 2 nurse working throughout Australia. He has a passion for people and tries to spend as much time as possible in his kayak or visiting remote places.
Eamon Larkin

Eamon Larkin

Eamon comes from a background in Outdoor Education & Adventure guiding, with over 15 years experience working with students and schools, now teaching and assessing potential guides. In winter he escapes briefly to lead remote Sea kayaking expeditions in Fiji.
He has a passion for travel and trekking through various countries, learning languages along the way. Eamon lives on the south coast of NSW.
Pat Guinane

Pat Guinane

Pat is a director of Z Access Adventures based in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. He is passionate about just about anything outdoors but can usually be found rockclimbing or canyoning. Pat has a diverse background in training, outdoor guiding/ education and environmental science.
Gareth Ward

Gareth Ward

Gareth is an orthopaedic nurse who also loves to head up to Kokoda PNG as a trek leader and climb some hills! He enjoys combining his love of the outdoors with his interest in acute medical care and undergraduate teaching.