Dr Karen Hammad (FCENA)
Professor Brenda Wilson has worked in the health industry and aged care sector, across both public and private sectors for more than 40 years.
She graduated as a general nurse from Royal Adelaide Hospital (1976) and subsequently trained as an intensive and coronary care nurse (1978). She completed a Diploma of Applied Science at the South Australia College of Advanced Education (1982) and was awarded professorial status in the departments of nursing at Flinders University in 2000 and University of South Australia in 2015.
Tim is an aeromedical retrieval specialist who has worked as a doctor with the RFDS Queensland Section for over 3 years. He is also a generalist anaesthetist and film maker. He lives in Melbourne, Mt Isa and he gets to the remote parts of the Northern Territory when he can, for that is where his own life was saved and changed.
In 2001 while watching scenes from the World Trade Center attack unfold on television Karen was prompted to reflect on the readiness of the emergency department she was working in at the time as well as her own personal preparedness for something similar occurring in her own city. Karen recognised gaps in her own disaster preparedness and through discussions with colleagues became aware that others felt as unprepared as she did. This stirred a passion in Karen which determined the rest of her career focussing on building resilience and preparedness in front line health professionals.