Simulation Trainer | Emergency Responder
Shane has been in the mining industry for over 16 years, with a background as a machine operator/ trainer assessor and member of the mine site Emergency Response Team.
She is passionate about helping people gain the tools required to feel confident in providing first aid in any situation that may arise.
Shane has a rural/ farming background and feels sharing her knowledge and experience in first aid to people in north QLD is important as we can find ourselves in remote areas that are isolated from help arriving.
Paramedic | Simulation Trainer
Max studied his Bachelor of Paramedicine at Victoria University in Melbourne, graduating in 2020. His aspiration to become a Paramedic stemmed from when his mum had a stroke and his open attitude to always wanting to help those who need help the most. Max grew up in a small community town on the surf coast, where he helped out around the town frequently. He also has a keen interest in SCUBA diving, hiking and music
I served just under 8 years in the Australian Army as an Infantry Rifleman. In my time I specialised in Reconnaissance Surveillance, Combat Signals and as an advanced Combat First Aider on top of Rifleman duties.
I deployed overseas to Iraq, where I provided security and protection and additionally taught first aid in the combat scene with coalition forces to the Iraq Army.
I have experienced many situations where Ive been required to provide emergency first aid, both in and out of work, which is what led me to my decision to study the Bachelor of Paramedicine, which I am currently completing now.
My partner and my two German Shepherds, love adventure and camping as much as I do, so we get out and explore the roads less travelled as often as we can.
Maria has worked in operations for the majority of her career, from customer support and office assistance to management. She worked in Saudi Arabia for six years where she learnt about and appreciated their culture. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.Outside work, Maria enjoys reading and exploring places with good food.
Paramedic | Simulation Trainer
Mick has been a paramedic for 5 years, working in the UK for 3 years and now back home in Sydney for 2 years. Mick believes being a good paramedic is all about delivering high level emergency care to the community and empowering individuals to make conscious decisions regarding their health.Mick also has a background with Sport & Exercise Science and worked in the Aquatic Industry for many years where he developed his love for training other staff members in important life saving skills. As soon as he has some days off you can find Mick traveling, at the beach, hiking or off on a road trip. Mick is passionate about the education side of his career and is always willing to impart knowledge and skills to anyone who is willing to learn!
Medical Technician | Simulation Trainer
Baruch comes from a military and ambulance background, currently studying in university and volunteering as a medical first responder.Since 2014 He’s been an ambulance medic overseas, gaining experience in dynamic environments. Later, he enlisted and served in the military as a Combat Medic (AEMT), progressing to Chief Medic of his unit. During his service, he has gained unique combat and medical experience.
He is passionate about simulation-based training, which is why he loves training with Real Response.
Simulation Trainer | Fire Fighter
I’m a permanent firefighter with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Prior to QFES I spent 9 years serving in the Australian Defence Force predominantly as an Infantry soldier. Training and assessment is something I’ve been passionate about and I’m looking forward to engaging with new persons within the community.
Simulation Trainer | Paramedic
Michael is a Paramedic with a passion for prehospital care and education. His introduction to the world of emergency began as a Volunteer Firefighter at 14. With the goal of becoming a firey, he completed a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) before beginning his career as a Paramedic in Australia's capital city. Since then, he has realised that being a Paramedic is what he wants to do. As well as day-to-day clinical practice, he has gone on to also work as Paramedic Clinical Educator and Sessional Academic.
Unable to leave the tertiary sector alone, he completed an extra Honours Degree and Master of Advanced Paramedicine (Critical Care). He enjoys being involved in education of all types as he has seen the results first hand of the difference it makes in every day people's lives. He enjoys working for Real Response as the ethos, culture and underpinning training ideology closely align with his personal ones.
Outside of work he has a young family which brings him joy daily. He is a lifelong mountain biker and die-hard Rugby Union fanatic who and also enjoys camping and 4WD travel. Oh, and somehow still regularly ends up on a firetruck...
Nurse | Simulation Trainer
Leah has been a registered nurse since 2011 specialising in community nursing, Leah also holds a masters degree in nursing science.
Leah has been interested in health and first response from a young age, in her teenage years she was an assistant sport trainer along side her father and she was a volunteer with the SES.
Leah currently volunteers as a sports trainer and emergency response coordinator for her daughters AFL team and can be found on the field every Sunday.
You can also find Leah volunteering at the Royal Melbourne Show every year.
After many years of teaching first aid to budding dive instructors, David continued his training in the UK with a diver medic qualification, which included working in hospital several nights a week and watching a couple of autopsies. David went on to treat commercial divers on remote oilfield platforms in various locations including Scotland, Myanmar and Egypt. He now teaches first aid and oxygen therapy and believes in an interactive approach to teaching.
David speaks four languages and is currently studying for his commercial helicopter pilot’s license.
Dr John Ellingham
Dr John Ellingham is a VMO (Visiting Medical Officer) medical specialist Anaesthetist. He works in private and public practice, is Canberra based, and was one of the founders of the first private practice group in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory). John is a Monash University medical graduate and has trained and worked in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Australia (including Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore, and Westmead Children’s Hospitals). Overseas he has worked in the United States (as a staff specialist at Duke University) and (as a Cardiothoracic Fellow) in South Korea.
Major subspecialty interests are preoperative assessment using information systems, medical simulation (including the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality environments, retrieval medicine and anaesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery. Supporting these interests John has post graduate qualifications in Clinical Ultrasound and Information Technology.
Over a decade John completed more than 600 missions for the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Medical Retrieval Helicopter as a flight doctor. He is a Navy Reserve Officer, has participated in exercises at sea, and is a military veteran having completed several operational deployments to the Middle East.
He has been a training supervisor and regional representative for ANZCA (The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) with a long-term interest in education. Day to day he is involved in teaching for the ANU (Australian National University) and has been an examiner for the ANU Medical School.
John’s focus is squarely on what clinicians do every day. In this role John has been an invited and keynote speaker at many conferences. As a previous ACT Health Directorate advisor to the coroner, he has a unique and always educational perspective on things medical.
Junior Software Developer
Having recently completed his bachelors degree in Game and Graphics programming at RMIT, Ryan is looking to commence his career in game development and bringing his unique perspective and earnest work ethic to the team. Following his previous ventures with mixed reality that he acquired during his course, he is look forward to pushing the limit of his abilities here at Real Response and creating exciting new experiences.
After growing up in Melbourne Motti went on to study Accounting and Marketing at Monash University. Before he could set foot in the corporate world he was drawn to education and spent over 8 years working as an educator at Mount Scopus College.
Through his time in a high school setting Motti became passionate about the importance of effective and relevant education. This lead to him partnering up with a paramedic, Ben Krynski, to radically improve the standard of education in the emergency training space.
Together they started Real Response in late 2014 aiming to save lives by preparing organsations for the realities of emergency situations. Initially Real Response was limited to First Aid training, but over time it has become Australia’s only simulation based emergency training provider with Motti at the helm as CEO.
Real Response was recently recognised as one of Australia’s top 30 most innovative companies in the Anthill Smart 100 Index.
Motti is married to Carly and has two beautiful children, Micah and Rafaela.
Alex (they/them)is a passionate individual dedicated to safety and preparedness in outdoor environments, that brings a wealth of experience and a profound commitment to wilderness first aid.
Their background includes winter work as a ski patroller and summers spent in the outdoor education industry.
Currently, they have set their sights on studying paramedicine, to deepen their understanding of medical care in remote and challenging settings. With a strong desire to contribute to the field of first aid, Alex eagerly seeks opportunities to expand their expertise and make a positive impact on safety practices in outdoor settings.
Nurse | Simulation Trainer
Kate is a Registered Nurse of 40 plus years, having worked in various roles, both clinical and managerial. Kate's experience encompasses Operating Theatre and Infection Control to Medical Nursing and Palliative Care. Kate left Nursing for a period of time to commence a Management and Training Consultancy with her husband based in the Central Qld Region providing access to Nationally Recognised Training including Frontline Management, Project Management and Training and Assessment. Of recent times, Kate volunteered as a Child Witness Support Person, accompanying children and their families through the convoluted and complex process of giving evidence in court as a child victim. Kate enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, two sons-in-law and two grandsons. Her interests include reef fishing, competitive shooting and travel with various destinations being ticked off her bucket list.
Mental Health Instructor
Nic's curiosity was sparked at a young age as he witnessed — but couldn't comprehend — his mother's mental health battles. Then, through Nic's twenties, he was present during a dear friend's years of distress that tragically led to her suicide. Motivated by the immense difficulties faced by those around him, Nic stepped away from an unfulfilling career and took a huge leap into a new space...
Today, Nic delivers a variety of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia courses and is a MHFAider Network Advisory Member. Alongside being a MHFA trainer, Nic is a facilitator, speaker and advisor, impacting communities, schools and organisations across Australia. With a particular focus on preventative mental health, Nic helps people find their authentic voice, realise their potential, build healthy relationships and support the mental health of themselves and their communities.
Outside of work, Nic is a loving partner, dog dad, food snob and self-proclaimed sports tragic.
Simulation Trainer | Paramedic
Dean enlisted in the Australian Army in 2008 and served in the Royal Australian Infantry Corp for eight years, after which he transferred to the Royal Australian Medical Corp as an Advanced Medical Technician until 2021. As a Medical Technician, the majority of his time was spent working in Special Operations.
While in the military, Dean was deployed to Operations within the Middle East and East Timor. Dean is a registered paramedic and trainer currently working as a paramedical contractor within a Maritime environment.
Dean is currently studying a Bachelor of nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
Head of Marketing
Matthew is a marketing professional who has worked within the technology and education space for the past 13 years. As a former primary school teacher, Mathew is passionate about education and loves combining it with marketing to provide a better, more engaging customer journey.
Outside of work, Matthew enjoys time with his family, good food, travel and gaming (when he has the chance)
Simulation Trainer | Nurse
I have been a registered nurse since 2014. My specialty is in paediatrics and neonates; I have worked in various roles including paediatric intensive care unit, neonatal nursery as well as various general, surgical, neuro and emergency Paediatric wards. I have also worked for some years as a community child health clinical nurse. I spent five months volunteering on the Mercy Ship in Benin, West Africa where I did a variety of paediatric and adult nursing. I am passionate about health, the community and empowering others. My interests include travelling, CrossFit, scuba diving, and attempting to teach myself the guitar.
Nurse | Simulation Trainer
James is a Registered Nurse, he is passionate about adult education and sharing his knowledge. Prior to becoming a trainer, James was a Senior Emergency Nurse, Clinical Development Nurse (for 8 years) and an Advanced Adult Life Support Instructor. James looked after new and veteran nurses in the clinical field for many years. James also worked in all areas of emergency such as resuscitation, triage, medical emergency response team (Met & Rapid Assessment Team).James is a big believer in reflection, self growth and takes the approach of engaging the participants with personal experience to help with a greater understanding on a subject if they are finding it hard to understand the concepts of the topic. James also like to use case studies and talk through it with them. This can help bring in any personal experiences the participants have had to the forefront. In this affording the participants with agency as they can personally relate to the topic.Outside of work James as has a passion for the outdoors, camping, singing and is a pet father to his (blue healer X) dog (Luca).
Simulation Trainer | Ambulance Officer
Jackie found her passion for emergency care work while living in South Africa, she spent a few years in the UK and rekindled her passion in 2015 when joining St John New Zealand in 2015.
As well as being a frontline ambulance officer she used her expertise to work as an event officer at sports events and as a single crew patient transfer officer. She was also part of a specialised team of medical technicians that conducted covid testing and vaccine recovery observation.
Jackie is fully aware of the value of well-administered first-aid training to prepare for real-life emergencies. She is enthusiastic about technology and enjoys learning new systems and expanding her skills and knowledge.
Paramedic | Simulation Trainer
Gareth was a Paramedic for 5 years, he worked for 2 years in the tropical north of Townsville, and for 3 years in London. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experiences gained during this time to learners, so they have the confidence to perform the basic but important things during an emergency.
He is studying pharmacy full time and enjoys kite surfing, rock climbing and playing basketball in his spare time.
Head of Mental Health Training
Sam is Head of Mental Health Training at Real Response. He is a practising psychotherapist and marriage counsellor, MHFA instructor, mental health public speaker, workplace trainer and mindfulness coach with many years of experience in the mental health industry. Sam has lived experience with mental illness, which lends to his undying enthusiasm and passion for the work he does. He is highly energetic, creative and engaging in his approach to training, ensuring that everyone he meets feels comfortable to share, excited to learn and willing to participate.
Dale has over 17 years experience creating award winning serious games and simulations for education and training.
Dale is also the Managing Director of Games for Change Asia-Pacific, and a PhD candidate at RMIT examining how values can be accounted for in game design.
As a board member at Simulation Australasia Dale was the Serious Games Convenor for the Australasian Simulation Congress, and managed the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge Australasia.
Dale has worked as an educator, researcher and advisor at a range of universities, and is a guest lecturer on the topic of serious games at UNSW. He has co-authored a wide range of publications related to the use of serious games, simulations and virtual environments in education.
Dale also co-founded The Lab - a nationwide network of technology clubs for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome which now operates in over 35 locations across Australia.
Project Coordinator and Office Manager
Emma has a wealth of experience in operations, admin and HR. She left her career in banking in Scotland and relocated to Australia in 2019 seeking new opportunities. After undertaking a role working for a not for profit, she realised a passion for working with organisations who are making a difference which led her to Real Response, where she is keen to use skills from her Management Science degree.
Outside of work Emma loves fitness and travelling.
Nursing Student | Simulation Trainer
I have worked as an Advanced medic in the private sector for the past 4 years and as a First Aid Trainer for almost 2 years as I study my Bachelor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University. I started my studies into emergency medicine with the Certificate IV in Health care quickly moving onto the Diploma of Paramedical Science after completion. I moved down from rural NSW to Melbourne over 4 years ago to expand placement and job opportunities.
I aim to be apart of the the more practical simulated based training Real Response provides and being apart of the positive confidence building within the students I teach as a result
Simulation Trainer | Paramedic
Mathew served in the Australian Navy for 15 years as a medic. Serving both ashore and at sea as a sole medic and as part of a team.
He was deployed to the Persian Gulf and did multiple border protection deployments off the north coast of Australia. As well as humanitarian deployments to Solomon Islands and Nias island following the Tsunami.
After discharging from the navy he have worked in mining as a paramedic and in mines rescue. He also provide training in first aid and mines rescue.
Mathew has been married to his wonderful wife for 21 years and has 2 children aged 19 and 17 as well as a lot of animals on his property. He loves getting out on his motorbikes or hanging at home with dogs . He will watch or play any sport and is a passionate Liverpool FC, Central Coast Mariners, Wests Tigers and Sydney Swans fan.
Nurse | Simulation Trainer
Sana has been saving lives for her living for the past 13 years. She has been working as a health professional with most of Sydney’s leading hospitals and aged care settings doing what she loves. Sana has been involved closely in providing person- centred care to patients whilst assisting in providing informal education to staff, family and advocating for patients. Her goals are to progress her career as a professional first-aid trainer and mentor trainees with resources and tools to exhibit adequate first aid skills. Her approach is to ensure all individuals are proactive and can anticipate what is required in any emergency.
Sana loves carrying out hypothetical scenarios where every member is involved in assisting in a mass casualty scenario where the best possible outcome is achieved for patients.
Simulation Trainer | Paramedic
Tony completed a 20-year tour with Australian Army Aviation as aircrew before turning to paramedicine with Queensland Ambulance Service. 23 years as a paramedic has seen Tony develop a large range of skills and competencies with a particular interest in training and mentorship. He has extensive remote and rural service, often responding as a single officer in the vast Queensland outback.
He has a strong belief that first aid in the community is critical to providing resilience and capability that is often the best start to saving lives and ensuring the best outcomes for those in need. Vintage VW’s and Vespa’s, photography, motorcycling, and writing occupy most of his free time.
Simulation Trainer | Paramedic
Laura began working as a paramedic in 2011 with Ambulance Tasmania, giving her over 10 years of pre-hospital emergency experience. In 2015 she took the opportunity to move to the UK to work for London Ambulance Service, and was able to specialise in trauma care working on the Tactical Response Unit (a branch of the ambulance service that trains with counter terrorism and armed police to respond in the ‘warm zone’ of marauding terrorist attacks) as well as working with London’s Air Ambulance to provide advanced care to the most seriously injured trauma patients in London.After taking a year off to travel around the UK and Europe with her husband in their self converted campervan, the Womble, Laura returned to Australia and completed Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In her spare time she likes to hike, climb or paddle her way around the great outdoors.
Ambulance Attendant | Clinical Instructor | Simulation Trainer
Matthew’s exposure to first aid began back in 2012. At a young age, the experience was enlightening and made him realise how practical and useful it is to do a first aid course. This kindled his passion and inspired him to pursue a career in pre-hospital care. He completed the Diploma and Bachelor of Paramedicine soon after and started working as an Ambulance Attendant and Clinical Instructor. From his experience through university and work, Matthew has seen first-hand the impact that a well-trained person can make on someone in need of medical assistance.
Matthew is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and experience in first aid through Real Response in a hope that people will also share the same revelatory experience that Matthew had when he first completed the course.
Paramedic Student | Simulation Trainer
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Paramedicine in the hope of eventually working with Ambulance Victoria. I also have prospects to travel to London and work with the London Ambulance Service for a portion of my career.
My passion for pre-hospital care has always existed but became stronger during my time overseas, where I volunteered with the Israeli Ambulance Service. In addition to this, I taught English to young students in Arab Israeli communities in Northern Israel.
Through my work at Real Response, I aim to educate communities and help build confidence around providing first aid.
Simulation Trainer | Paramedic
Not knowing what he wanted to do when he grew up led Kris to work in many industries in multiple places around Australia, until he realised Healthcare was the place for him. He has now worked in hospitals, private medical companies and a couple of ambulance services before ending up in Canberra. Along the way he discovered a love of mentoring and development, which led to university sessional work and first aid training. A desire to increase realism and better prepare learners for the realities of delivering first aid attracted Kris to Real Response. In his spare time Kris can be found bushwalking, rock climbing or in the kitchen (just making a huge mess!)
Annika is an animator who will be bringing all of our virtual characters to life. Having gone to a Visual Arts specialized high school, Annika further pursued a creative career in animation. With a focus in 3D, Annika studied in SAE Sydney for 2 years and obtained her Bachelors in Animation after developing a solid understanding of the general animation pipeline. After graduating, she entered a brief period of hosting workshops for kids using Block 42 to teach animation, before further refining her realistic animation techniques under Technicolour's training course, receiving a certification in VFX Animation. With these cultivated skills in Maya, Annika hopes to put her skills to use in Real Response's VR programs, to bring these simulated scenarios to life.
Mental Health Instructor
Patrick (he/him) is an accredited Standard Mental Health First Aid Instructor with a background in LGBTIQ+ communities, HIV/AIDS and employment services. Patrick holds a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Patrick began his mental health career in 2014, then moved into training holding the roles of LGBTI+ Suicide Prevention Training Officer and Program Lead for HOLA (HIV Online Learning Australia). Patrick is passionate about educating people in mental and sexual health.
Co-Founder / Director of Future Projects / Paramedic
Since 2006 Ben has been immersed in the emergency pre-hospital field. Beginning as a medic with the Israel Ambulance Service, Ben quickly became a leader, educating others. As an Instructor, Ben ensured new medics were capable of working in an emergency ambulance under very high-pressure situations in a dynamic part of the world.
In a progression to ensure competency of qualifications in Australia, Ben transferred his skills and knowledge into an Australian Paramedics degree qualification and is currently an operational paramedic in Sydney.
As a member of the Simulation Australasia Human Dimensions Committee, Ben is at the forefront of evolving technologies and methodologies in simulation.
Co-Founding Real Response Ben strives for excellence by pushing the boundaries of what is possible and keeping to the companies mission of ‘preparing people for the realities of emergency situations’.
Medical Technician | Simulation Trainer
Abbey enlisted into the Australian Army in early 2013 and spent that time as a Medical Technician. During this time Abbey also spent time in a training cell instructing other soldiers in Army First Aid, Combat First Aid and as a UATL in Sea Kayaking (unit adventure training leader). When time permitted Abbey has had the opportunity to also work on the road with Paramedics including time with Intensive Care Paramedics and work in a variety of different hospitals around Australia.
Abbey transferred from the Regular Army to the Reserves during 2020 and has since relocated back home to Adelaide. Since her move she has been assisting her reserve unit with training activities and tasks assigned to her whilst also working casually as an Enrolled Nurse in Emergency Departments.
Since Abbey started working for Real Response in Adelaide, she has loved every aspect of the job and is extremely passionate about medical training and instructing.
When Abbey is not working, she will be spending time with her German Shepherd Bear, family and friends, outdoor adventures, the beach, fitness, and sports.
Head of Serious Games
Nyasha is a highly skilled software engineer with over 9 years worth of commercial experience utilising 3D gaming technology such as Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality to develop training simulations for use by academia, commercial organisations, central and local government departments such as the NHS and the Ministry of Defence (UK). Nyasha's passion for training and education led him to complete a Masters Degree in Digital Technology, Communication and Education to gain a better understanding how digital technologies can be leveraged in training and education. Having lived in various countries, Nyasha is now permanently based in Australia leading the Serious Games team at Real Response.
Prof Bob Stone
XR and Human Factors Special Advisor
Robert (Bob) Stone is an independent consultant in Human-Centred Design, XR and related interactive technologies, with a career spanning over 40 years in both commercial and academic organisations. Bob is the UK’s foremost authority on VR, AR and MR, having been active in the field since 1987, when he became the first European to experience the revolutionary VIEW VR system at NASA Ames in California. Whilst at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Research Centre, he established the world’s first collaborative industrial VR initiative. In that same year, 1993, he helped establish the North of England Wolfson Centre for Minimally Invasive Therapy, where, courtesy of his academic background in Applied Psychology and Human Factors, he was responsible for the design of the world’s first laparoscopic cholecystectomy simulator MISTVR, which became the European de facto psychomotor skills trainer for well over a decade.
Bob’s Human Factors efforts were also instrumental in the development of a prototype mastoidectomy simulator, funded by the EU as part of a project called IERAPSI. Between 1997 and 2005, he held the position of Director of Virtual Reality Studies for the North of England Wolfson Centre for Minimally Invasive Therapy (Manchester Royal Infirmary). From 1999 to 2002, Bob sat on a working party on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training (JCHST) investigating the assessment of surgical training and competence. In January 2000, he passed the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Basic Surgical Skills course.
Between 2005 and 2007, whilst holding a Chair in Interactive Multimedia Systems at the University of Birmingham, Bob was a Human Factors consultant to the US Office of Naval Research-funded Pulse!! Virtual Healthcare Project (collaborating with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi). He has also acted in the role of ergonomics consultant to a MedLINK/DoH-sponsored project addressing the development of a new generation of endoscopic surgical support robots. In 2003, decided to become an academic with the goal of introducing real-world lessons learned, stakeholder experiences and the importance of “impact” into VR research and teaching. Today, and as a result of participating in the UK’s Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (for which he was Research Director for five years), he works closely with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and various hospital trusts, researching the use of VR for post-operative restoration (exploiting virtual scenes of nature) and rehabilitation programmes for military and civilian patients in Intensive Care and a unique Mixed Reality solution for the training of future defence medics deployed as part of Medical Emergency Response Teams.
Amongst his many awards, in 2011, Bob was awarded the MoD Chief Scientific Advisor’s Commendation for his contributions to Defence Science & Technology, the highest award given to an individual by that Governmental Department. In July 2017, Bob and his previous University team were awarded the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network Innovative Team of the Year Award, in recognition of their achievements in the Virtual healthcare arena. In March 2018, Bob was awarded the Inaugural West Midlands Tech Awards for Innovation in Medicine and Health, and he and his team were awarded the 2020 Innovation Award from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors for their Mixed Reality research in defence medicine.
Operations Team Coordinator
Amy graduated from University with a bachelor of business management and event management. She has been a volunteer with the CFA (Country Fire Authority) for nearly 15 years. As a firefighter she's seen first hand the impact everyday people can make in an emergency when they have the right training, which was what drew her to Real Response and their hands on training philosophy. She is currently working as a member of the operations team based in Geelong.
Outside of work Amy enjoys getting outdoors and exploring, especially visiting waterfalls and the beach.
Paramedic | Simulation Trainer
Elan is an instructor with a diverse background and a passion for learning and teaching, currently working as a full-time Paramedic in Sydney and as a Simulation Trainer with Real Response.
Along with his Bachelor degrees in Commerce, Science (Psychology) and Paramedicine, Elan is also an accredited self-defence instructor whose skillset is complemented by a decade of experience in security and counter-terrorism.
With an eclectic array of interests from philosophy to travelling, music to reading, Elan believes that at the forefront of training is the pursuit of practical knowledge and the development of self-confidence.
Head of Training
Renee has been a Paediatric Nurse for 24 years and First Aid Instructor for 4 years. Her expertise is derived from a range of clinical settings including 10 years at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne rotating throughout the burns, plastic and general surgery wards. Renee has worked as an educator across Australia and is passionate about delivering clinical and educational excellence.
Renee has been married to the amazing Scotty for 23 years and their 3 kids Meg Jack and Bec provide immense joy and opportunities for growth!
Head of Dynamic Environment Services
Brett enlisted in the Australian Army in 2008, and served for 8 years as an Advanced Medical Technician. The majority of his time was spent working in Special Operations.
Brett has been deployed on Operations to the Middle East and conducted numerous training operations in the Asia Pacific region. In his role, Brett has developed unique tailored training packages for combat and support units, which he and his team have delivered. Having completed international deployments around the world in both a combat and training capacity, Brett has trained, advised and supported foreign militaries medical units and provided primary healthcare in both a combat and civilian environment.
There are several components that make Real Response stand out from the competition. Our simulation based first aid training methods are an obvious feature that is transforming first aid training methods in Australia. Another reason for our success is the determination to bridge the gap between basic knowledge assimilation and genuine first aid response capability. Underlying all our success and achievements however, are Real Response’s greatest resource of all; our highly trained, expert, and committed Real Response staff and instructors.
Students of any subject will agree that even the most interesting and exciting subject matter can become as dry as a dog biscuit when knowledge is imparted by an unenthusiastic tutor and delivered in monotone mumbles. On the other hand, boring material can be made interesting if the teacher is animated and enthusiastic. So, you can imagine the effect of life-changing first aid and CPR skills taught by industry experts using enhanced simulation training techniques. Our course participants become enlivened, engaged and excited to share their training journey, and confident to put practice into reality should they ever face a genuine emergency.
At Real Response, we believe in developing the maximum potential of course participants. Our success isn’t by chance, and we hand pick our staff according to their high attainments, intelligence, experience, personality and ability to impart knowledge that stands the test of time. Our instructors are humble as well as capable, so without naming names (check out our profiles page), here is a small sample of the expertise on your side when learning first aid skills delivered by the experts at Real Response.
- Advanced Life Support Paramedic and Underwater Medic
- Critical Care Nurse
- Combat Paramedic
- Clinical Instructor and Personal Trainer
- Community First Aid Response
- Senior Medical Advisor
- Paediatric Nurse
- Teacher and Instructor
- Lecturer and Ambulance Paramedic
- First Aid Instructor
As you can imagine from the above list, our courses provide a comprehensive approach to first aid training. Real Response instructors are multi-skilled individuals who appreciate the increased emergency response capability of teamwork. That’s one reason we apply enhanced simulation training techniques in our courses. With simulation training, formerly only used in military, paramedic, police and medical training, our students are absorbed into realistic life-and-death situations requiring a timely emergency response.
Our style is catching on, with Real Response simulation training spreading from Melbourne to Sydney, and employers couldn’t be happier. At last, they have genuinely trained first aiders on standby, ready to act at a moment’s notice to save lives. Even introductory course attainments at Real Response can make a huge difference in emergency response, while also developing character and confidence in our course participants. For example, Provide First Aid (HLTAID011), one of our foundational courses, imparts knowledge and skills that include:
- Provide CPR to an adult, child and infant
- Airway management and artificial respiration
- Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)
- Respiratory emergencies including anaphylaxis
- Management of bleeding plus bandaging
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head and spinal injuries
- Strokes, diabetes and seizures
There are a lot of skills learnt in only 1 or 2 days of training, providing an indication of just how easy the techniques are to learn when knowledge is imparted by Real Response staff and instructors. With Real Response, the attainments remain fresh until time for renewal of qualifications, providing a consistently high level of emergency response.
We offer accredited training all over Australia through private and public courses and online via Zoom. Our head office is in Melbourne at 117 Wellington Street, St Kilda, VIC, 3182. Additionally, we have staffed offices in Sydney (135-153 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, NSW, 2027), Geelong (185 Malop Street, Geelong, VIC, 3220), and Gladstone (114b Hanson Rd, Gladstone Central QLD 4680). We offer private training all around Australia, and public courses are available at our offices in St Kilda, Geelong, and Gladstone, as well as at Adelaide University in SA, Harris Park and Redfern NSW, and Chisholm ACT. We are constantly expanding our course locations, with more locations coming soon.