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Expedition & Wilderness Remote Medicine Faculty Team

Meet the Team

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Dr Andrew Peacock Medical Director - Australia

Andrew is an Australian nationally registered Medical Practitioner with wide ranging emergency and general medical experience.  His passion for the outdoors began in 1996 when he took two voluntary positions.  He worked initially as a doctor at the Tibetan Refugee Hospital in Dharamsala, India and then for the Himalayan Rescue Association in Manang, Nepal.  During that time he was responsible for the medical treatment of international trekkers and local villagers as well as the delivery of daily lectures about altitude illness while living at 3500m on the popular Annapurna trekking circuit.  Since that time Andrew been been fortunate to combine his climbing, trekking, mountaineering and other outdoor adventure passion with work as an Expedition Medical Officer on numerous occasions

Andrew is also an award winning adventure travel photographer and member of the Aurora Photos Select worldwide photographer network.

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Dr Domhnall Brannigan MB BCh BAO BA FACEM

Domhnall is an Irish convict import who arrived in Australia via the Perth colony in 2002. He was sent to Tasmania in 2006 for the term of his natural life and ended up a specialist Emergency Physician in Hobart

Over the last twenty years Domhnall has climbed, sailed, hiked, and biked in North America, Europe, and Australasia - and has occasionally been called on to practise medicine while enjoying himself. This has encompassed being the designated doctor on trips, through helping random victims in the wild, to treating himself… He believes in the principle of improvisation in medical care, both in the field and in high-tech urban/tertiary settings

Domhnall has wide ranging interests in Emergency Medicine, from Humanitarian and Disaster Medicine with AusMAT, through Pre-Hospital Medicine, to hospital-based Emergency Critical Care. Environmental Emergencies are a common theme linking these interests

Domhnall is also a passionate advocate of FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) and authors an Emergency Medicine blog at underneathEM.com

Due largely to being Dad to two young boys, Domhnall mostly gets into the wilds on different terms these days, but admits that fatherhood is an adventure in itself. He is still often found riding the trails or climbing on the Organ Pipes above Hobart with his wife Gill, or behind his camera in Tasmania’s wilderness

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Dr Jim Duff

Jim has more than 30 years' experience of climbing, trekking and teaching wilderness medicine, first aid and leadership in the Himalaya. He was doctor on Chris Bonington's 1975 Expedition, which made the first ascent of Everest's Southwest face, and on the Australian first ascent of the North face of Everest in 1984. As well as expeditions to K2 and Changabang, Jim has climbed in the UK, Alps, Norway, New Zealand and North America. In 1997 he founded the International Porter Protection Group (www.ippg.net)

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Dr Louise McDonnell BMBS FRACGP MAE, Senior Research Fellow

Louise is a practicing GP in the Blue Mountains. She has a Masters of Applied Epidemiology and has worked in Public Health in Australia and overseas. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of General Practice at the University of Western Sydney Medical School. Her interests are Public Health, Family Medicine, Preventive Health, Chronic Disease Management and Evidence Based Medicine. 

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Dr Renée Farrar Expedition Medicine Faculty

Renée is a British registered medical practitioner who previously qualified and practiced as a dentist in New Zealand. She has lived in the Antipodes and Europe and managed to fit medicine around her climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, skiing and general adventuring. Often to be found in Fontainebleau trying to adhere to a boulder, the You Yangs tackling some granite or in the ski fields of the South Island, NZ; occasionally seen in a hospital rocking the scrubs look!

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Lucas Trihey

Lucas has been involved professionally in safety and risk management for remote expeditions and endurance events for over 20 years and has worked in Antarctica, the Karakoram, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and all over Australia.

Lucas has a background as a rock climber, mountaineer, paraglider and hang glider. For the past ten years he has focussed on desert exploration and in 2006 became the first person to walk solo and unsupported across the Simpson Desert. The 17-day, 400km trek avoided existing tracks and went through the geographical centre of the desert. He pulled a specially made desert cart to carry all food, water and supplies.

He currently operates a business that provides safety and risk consulting as well as medical and first aid staff for endurance events. Lucas was a finalist in the RMIA Risk Consultant of the Year Awards for 2013.

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Zac Zaharias CSM – Mountaineer and Expedition Leader

Zac first climbed in the Southern Alps of New Zealand in 1976 Since then he has made eleven visits, summiting over 50 peaks including two ascents of Mt Cook.

Zac’s first foray to the Himalayas was in 1981 as Deputy Leader of the Army Alpine Association Ganesh 4 Expedition (7102 m). Since then Zac has become one of Australia’s leading high altitude climbers, participating in 17 major high altitude expeditions. He has reached the summit of six of the world’s fourteen peaks above 8000 metres, a feat only achieved by two other Australians.

Notable ascents include the 2nd Australian ascent of Mt McKinley (6192m) in Alaska in 1982, the 2nd ascent of the south-east face of Nilgiri North (7061m) in 1983; the 1st Australian ascents of Broad Peak (8046m) in 1986 and Dhaulagiri I (8167m) in 1997; the 1st ascent of the north face of Kedarnath (6940m) in 1991 on a joint Indo-Australian Military Expedition and an ascent of Spantik Peak (7028m) in Pakistan in 2011 on an Australian-Pakistan Military Expedition. Zac has been leader or deputy leader on 13 of his expeditions, providing him with significant experience as a climbing leader and insight into group dynamics in a high-risk environment.

Zac has climbed on Mt Everest three times. In 1988 he was the Team Leader of the Australian Bicentennial Everest Expedition that made an ascent of the South Col or Hillary route without the use of sherpas. This was a world first via this route and at that time only the second Australian ascent of Mt Everest

Zac returned in 2001 to the north (Tibet) side as the Leader of the Australian Everest Expedition that saw three members reach the summit and Zac climb to within 150 metres of the top. Zac’s most recent expedition in 2010 saw him finally reach the summit on his third attempt.

Mountaineering is not Zac’s only outdoor pursuit; he is an active rock climber, canyoner and cross-country ski instructor. He recently competed for Australia at the World Masters Cross Country Ski Championships in Austria. 

 Zac actively supports the involvement of many other adventurers through his role of President of the Canberra Climber’s Association and a media commentator on mountaineering. Zac is also a member of the American Alpine Club, New Zealand Alpine Club and as a Life Member of the Army Alpine Association. He also writes regular mountaineering articles for Wild, Australia’s premier outdoor magazine.

Zac runs his own business Peak Learning Pty Ltd that undertakes performance and learning consultancy, providing services in key areas of leadership and professional development, training needs analysis, risk management, outdoor accident analysis and curriculum design. Zac regularly undertakes public speaking to corporate groups on teamwork and leadership themes.


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