Chris Cotton

Chris Cotton is an Intensive Care Paramedic and Clinical Support Officer with SA Ambulance Service, and a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia. He has a passion for research and education and has co-authored a number of internationally published research studies relevant to pre-hospital care.

Chris has been on the EMSA committee since 2007, and became convenor in 2008; a role he has occupied ever since (probably because he wasn't quick enough to step back when nominations were called for!). Chris feels very humbled to be in such great company with the highly professional and dedicated committee team who run EMSA.

Chris was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honour's in 2011 for services to the paramedic profession.

Dana Aldwin

Dana has been a paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service for over 9 years. She has an interest in the on-going development of the paramedic profession and pursues this through her work on the South Australian Paramedics Australiasia committee and the Emergency South Australia Conference committee; both of which she has served on since 2011. Dana also has a passion for the education of future paramedics which sees her in teaching roles for paramedic interns on road and paramedic students at Flinders University.

Scientific Committee

Karen Hammad

After graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1995 Dr Hammad discovered and fell in love with emergency nursing. Since this time Dr Hammad has maintained a passion for emergency nursing having worked in a variety of emergency departments in both the public and private sector. In 2001 Dr Hammad recognised the vital role that emergency nurses play in disaster response and in 2016 completed a PhD in this area. Dr Hammad maintains her commitment to the speciality of emergency nursing as a Fellow of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia where she has served as a Company Director and State President for 7 years. Dr Hammad is currently employed full time as a Senior Lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University where she is the course coordinator for both the post graduate emergency nursing program and a multidisciplinary Masters Degree in Disaster Health Care which is the first of its kind in the region. Dr Hammad is an active researcher with an interest in the roles and experiences of health professionals in disaster mitigation and response. Dr Hammad is also an Associate Director at the Torrens Resilience Institute in Adelaide, South Australia which is a multidisciplinary disaster research hub. In her spare time on the weekends Dr Hammad continues to practice as an emergency nurse. 

Andrew Perry

Dr Andrew Perry is an Emergency Medicine physician with a sub-specialty focus on Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine.  He currently splits his time between working at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospital EDs and SAAS-MedSTAR, the South Australian retrieval service. Andrew has interests in medical education, medical politics and clinical governance. He has held a number of state and national advocacy roles with several organisations including the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Medical Council and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.  

Ina Schapiro

Ina Schapiro started her career as an emergency physician in 2015 when she received her Fellowship. She has since then worked at Flinders Medical Centre in the ED where her main interests have been mentoring and education. She established the intra-departmental mentoring program for medical staff in early 2017 and later same year developed the South Australian Fellows4Fellows mentoring program linking up junior emergency consultants with senior consultants. Ina has commenced the position as co-Director of Emergency Training in February 2018 which will be her main portfolio the next couple of years.

Professional Interests: Mentoring, Teaching and medical education, Wellbeing for staff working in the health care sector


Shana Leonard

Shana has been with SA Ambulance Service since 2008 starting as a Volunteer Ambulance Officer in the Clare Valley and qualified as an Intensive Care Paramedic in 2017. Shana has held the positions of manual tasks trainer, clinical instructor on Paramedic Intern Development Team, clinical educator and assessor, operational safety trainer as well as SPRINT paramedic. She has also been a casual academic tutor at Flinders University since 2011.


Nicole Kelly

Nicole is the Trauma Coordinator (Advanced Nurse Consultant) for the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network and the Co-Chair for the South Australian State Trauma Committee. Nicole has over 15years Emergency Nursing and Trauma experience and is a member of the CENA and has been a EMSA Conference Committee member for the past 5 conferences.

Her portfolio includes management of major trauma patients both within the emergency care setting as well as in-patient trauma case management; ED and organisational major incident preparedness and injury prevention strategies including P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program. In 2011 Nicole was awarded the Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Award for Leadership and was named the Inaugural SA Health Young Professional of the Year in 2016. Nicole has a passion for quality patient focused coordinated trauma care and multi-disciplinary education both at the bedside, and educational forums, courses and conference including EMSA.



Lachlan Ophof

Lachlan Ophof started his career with SA Ambulance Service as a volunteer and has been a paid employee since 2010. Since 2010 Lachlan has held various positions including Clinical Instructor, Regional Team Leader and Operations Team Leader for Executive Operations Support. Lachlan’s current portfolio is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of state-wide rosters and resource planning. Lachlan is a pre-hospital enthusiast, ambitious professional and also a Registered Critical Care Nurse.



Jack Fabian

Jack Fabian, B.Nurs GDip NursSci (Emerg), is the SA Branch President of the College of Emergency Nursing SA Inc, and currently works as a Registered Nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. With a passion for emergency care and developing more junior staff, joining the Emergency SA committee was a natural progression in his career. Areas of emergency care that he has a keen interest in include resuscitation, simulation training, airway management and triage.

Lachlan Graham

Lachie is a current Paramedic Intern with SA Ambulance. After working in the Emergency Operations Centre since 2014 he completed his Bachelor of Paramedic Science (Flinders University) and moved to ‘the road’. Lachie has an interest in utilising technology in service delivery and education ensuring clinicians in regional centres are not disadvantaged by virtue of distance. Lachie has recently been appointed a general committee member of Paramedics Australasia where he is committed to improving their Live Stream capability ensuring all members are able to benefit from CPD content in their own time.

Lachie sits on the social media committee and oversees the audio-visual aspect of the 2018 EMSA Conference.

Social Events

Elissa Pearton

Elissa is an Emergency Registrar who has worked in retrieval medicine and hospitals across SA, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
In her down time she likes to spend time taking a moment to breathe ... namaste.

Registrations and Website

Amy Cotton

Amy is currently the Editor for the national paramedic journal Australian Paramedic. She has worked in the field of promoting professional paramedic practice for more than 10 years, as previous Editor for Paramedics Australasia (PA) journal, Response and working with PA in their corporate communications unit.

Amy has an Honours degree in Psychology and has previously worked in research and promotion of road safety issues with the South Australian Government, program evaluation and research with the Adelaide Hills Division of General Practice and researching positive health factors with the CSIRO.

Amy has been on the EMSA committee since 2008 and has a passion for sharing knowledge, promoting discussion and encouraging engagement.

General Committee

Brad Mitchell

Brad Mitchell is a Director on the National Board of Paramedics Australasia, where he holds a portfolio overseeing NAPA (Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics) as well as the current e-learning and CPD certification process.

Brad is a lecturer in the Paramedic Science degree at Flinders University, and maintains his clinical qualification by working part-time as a paramedic with SA Ambulance Service. He is also a member of the SA Health Young Professionals Group Steering Committee.

Brad holds a Bachelor Nursing/Bachelor Clinical Practice (Paramedic) from Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2007. His education also comprises the postgraduate certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies through Charles Sturt University, and he is currently undertaking his Masters in Clinical Education at Flinders University.


Brad’s interests include evidence-based practice, and incorporating technology/innovations into teaching and paramedic practice. He is passionate about paramedic education and professional out-of-hospital care through paramedic registration.