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David Heslop – Profile

Webinar Title: The CBRNE Prehospital Major Incident Environment – Recent Advances and Persistent Gaps Impacting Casualty Treatment, Medical Operations, and Decontamination Operations

Associate Professor David Heslop is the Director of Health Management at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Sydney. He retains significant military responsibilities as Senior Medical Adviser for CBRNE to Special Operations Headquarters Australia and to Australian Defence Force (ADF) joint senior leadership. He is also a clinically active vocationally registered General Practitioner, a senior trainee in Occupational and Environmental Medicine with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and a fellowship candidate for the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. During a military career of over 12 years he has deployed into a variety of complex and austere combat environments, and has advanced international training in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Medicine. In 2014, he was appointed as Senior Medical Officer for Special Operations Command, and was the Officer Commanding and Senior Medical Officer to the ADF CBRNE medical incident response element at Special Operations Engineer Regiment from 2012-2015.

Associate Professor Heslop has extensive experience in the conception, design, planning, delivery, and operations of health support systems and capability in remote and austere contexts; incorporating the management of exotic or novel hazards and risks. Additionally, he has direct experience in planning for and management of major disasters, mass casualty and multiple casualty situations. He is regularly consulted and participate in the development and review of national and international clinical and operational general military and CBRNE policy and doctrine. In addition to his teaching role at UNSW Sydney he undertakes civilian instruction in Major Incident Medical Management System (MIMMS), EmergoTrain system (ETS), and Advanced HAZMAT Life Support (AHLS) courses.

His research interests lie in health and medical systems innovation and research. He is a chief investigator on the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER) ($2.5M), and undertakes collaborative research exploring evaluation of the medical aspects of high risk and high consequence environments through a novel computational modelling and simulation effort named Chimaera Evolution with Defence Science and Technology Group Australia ($575k). He has published in the areas of epidemic modelling and military health systems. His current research effort and interests focus on complexity science, agent based and deterministic modelling, emergent complex adaptive systems phenomena, test and evaluation of systems, policy research, epidemic modelling, exotic and emerging infections, disaster preparedness and response, organisational resilience in health care, development of robust socio-technical systems in health care, and the modelling, simulation and investigation of public health interventions and systems.