Executive Committee & Portfolio Managers

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President

Matt Pepper

Matt served 7 years in the Australian Army before becoming a paramedic.

With 12 years as a Paramedic across QAS, ACTAS and now NSW Ambulance Matt works as a Special Operations Intensive Care Paramedic in Sydney.

With a range of instructional roles he teaches tactical medicine to various government agencies, the ADF and emergency services.

Matt was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2015 to study tactical medicine and prehospital terrorism response with various agencies through the USA, UK and Canada.

He is currently completing a Masters of Philosophy researching the characteristics of the prehospital response to terrorism.


Vice President

Ben T

Ben is in his 14th year of service in the Australian Army where he serves as a medic. During this time, he has worked with some of Australia’s most elite forces and has served on operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ben’s professional interests lie in the development of TCCC for military first responders, and the cross over of lessons learnt on the battlefield into the domestic law enforcement spectrum.


Secretary

Tim Makrides

After serving for six years in the Australian Army as a Medic, Tim transferred to the reserve forces and took up a new role with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) where he currently operates as a Critical Care Paramedic.

As well as his role with ATMA and QAS, Tim is also the Clinical Development Manager at TacMed Australia where he oversees a range of portfolios including education and clinical development.

Tim has a keen interest in TECC/ TEMS policy development within Australia, specifically general awareness guidelines for first responders and medical integration in police tactical teams.

Treasurer

Ben Grellman

Ben spent his formative years working and adventuring in the Australian wilderness as a guide and technical skills instructor. Ben found a passion for providing medical care in remote areas as a wilderness first responder instructor with The Safety Network.

The natural progression was into ambulance where Ben has worked for Ambulance Victoria and now with ACT Ambulance as an Intensive Care Paramedic. Ben has a Masters Degree in Paramedical Science (Critical Care) and also works as a specialist instructor for Tacmed Australia.

Ben has a keen interest in developing models to deliver high level pre-hospital care to remote and tactical environments.


Board Member

Adam C

Adam has spent 12 years in the Australian Army as a medic, where he currently serves in Special Operations Command.  He has operational and training deployments to South East Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.  During his time in SOCOMD he has graduated from a foreign special operations medic course, deployed to Afghanistan and was a member of TAG (East). 

Since transferring to the reserve forces he has joined the NSW Ambulance Service where he currently practices as an ALS Paramedic. 


Board Member

Dr. Dan Pronk

Dan completed his medical schooling on an Army scholarship and served the majority of his military career with Special Operations Units, including four tours of Afghanistan and over 100 combat missions where he was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service for his conduct in action on his second tour of Afghanistan.

During his military service Dan served as an Australian medical liaison to the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, as well as representing Australian Special Operations at the NATO Special Operations Forces Medical Expert Panel.

Dan holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and is an instructor on the Royal Australian College of Surgeon’s Early Management of Severe Trauma Course.

He currently works as the Deputy Medical Superintendent of a regional hospital in Queensland. He maintains his interest in tactical medicine through involvement with the Army School of Health's Care of the Battlefield Casualty program, as well as acting as Medical Director for TacMed Australia and providing tactical medical consultations for various police and government agencies.


Board Member

Dave H

Dave joined the Queensland Police Service at 23 and was appointed to the elite Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) in 2006 where he has served in roles as a Marksman, Dog Handler, Search and Rescue Coordinator and most recently, the units Medic and Medical Portfolio Manager.

Dave also served in the Australian Army Reserves for 15 years.

Dave has a keen interest in bringing together Police Tactical Group Medics from across Australia and developing standardised training and clinical practice guidelines.


Board Member

Dr Marty Graves

LTCOL. Graves is an Anaesthetist in the Australian army. He has an interest in Anaesthesia for Trauma Surgery, prehospital care, draw-over anaesthesia and military medical history. His current anaesthetic practice includes anaesthesia for head and neck surgery, difficult airways and regional anaesthesia.

He has deployed with the Australian Army to East Timor and Afghanistan including four tours of Afghanistan as the Medical Officer for the Special Operations Task Group and as an anaesthetist at the Multinational Role 3 Military Hospital in Kandahar. In 2007 he received a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his actions during a mass-casualty event resulting from a suicide IED. He developed and is currently the senior lecturer of NATO’s Special Operations Surgical Team Development Course.


Board Member

Oliver Elis

Oli currently works for NSW Ambulance as an Intensive Care Paramedic within its Special Operations Team in Sydney. This unit role incorporates austere and prolonged care and encompasses vertical access, structural collapse and disaster assistance both domestically and abroad.

In addition it is the responsible agency for all high threat/ tactical medical support within the state of NSW and Oli, along with a small cohort of dedicated and passionate providers, has been a driving force behind the development of this civilian capability in Australia.

Oli’s influence comes from 6 years as a qualified Commando within an Australian Military Special Operations unit with multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and the middle east. He is a senior tactical medical instructor and advisor for TacMed Australia and holds a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) that he completed under scholarship at CSU.


Board Member

Ben Davoren

Ben spent 10 years in the Australian Army where he began his service as an infantryman and then transferred to become a Medic. Ben’s passion for medicine developed after he completed a Combat First Aid Course and this led to him becoming a SOCOMD Platoon Medic, where he deployed on combat operations as part of the Special Operations Task Group.

Ben has seen operational service in a multitude of domestic and international operations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Timor-Leste, and the Solomon Islands. Ben’s qualifications include a Diploma of Paramedical Science and Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment. Ben has a passion for tactical and remote area medicine and takes pride in passing on his knowledge and experience and is currently the Business Development Manager at TacMed Australia.


Operations Officer

Caitlin Pedel

Caitlin.Pedel@atma.net.au


Deputy Operations Officer

Hannah Gaulke

Hannah.Gaulke@atma.net.au


CPD Events Manager

Jayson Schmidt

Jayson.Schmidt@atma.net.au


Membership Manager

Renae Veedikint

Renae.Veedikint@atma.net.au


Public Education Campaign Manager

Tim Williams

Tim.Williams@atma.net.au


Clinical Guidelines & Research Subcommittee Co-Chair 

Aldon Delport

Aldon.Delport@atma.net.au

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