Our virtual event will give you a different kind of magic.
“Chat roulette” style 1:1 networking
A global audience – meet participants from Australia to the UK
The same phenomenal content; including Rob Delaney sharing his experience as a parent
We can’t wait to bring the DFTB community together online
Comedian + Father
Rob Delaney is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is widely known as the co-creator and co-star of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 and Amazon Prime comedy Catastrophe, which broadcasts in over 130 countries around the world. In 2016, Rob was nominated for a Primetime Emmy alongside his co-creator, Sharon Horgan, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2018, Catastrophe was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and in 2016 won the BAFTA TV Craft Awards for Best Comedy Writing. The final series aired internationally earlier in 2019.
Emergency Doctor + TV Presenter
Dr Ronx is an Emergency Medicine doctor by profession.
They describe themself as a queer, black, androgynous intersectional feminist.
Dr Ronx comes from a difficult upbringing and as they progressed through training, they realised that their unique story could help motivate and inspire young people from similar backgrounds. Dr Ronx has an infectious personality. They are funny, enthusiastic, encouraging but also assertive, empathetic and very approachable. Juxtaposed with their aesthetic, they capture the attention of young minds.
Their motto is “ You cannot be, what you do not see”. Two years ago Dr Ronx was spotted by a TV commissioner and went on to film their first children’s TV presenting job, Operation Ouch on CBBC. This role is exactly how Dr Ronx aims to self promote their motto; they want young people to see Dr Ronx on screen and not only learn aspects of medicine, the human body and biology, but see and believe that they too can aspire to reach their dreams.
Dr Ronx has a penchant for suits and Nike Air Max 95s, which they feel that being their true quirky self makes them approachable to all.
Photo credit: Christa Holka
Writer of Three Girls, BAFTA Winner
Nicole Taylor is an award winning screenwriter for film and television. She wrote BBC1's THREE GIRLS, starring Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp, about the Rochdale grooming scandal which won five BAFTAs, including for best writer. “Searingly compelling drama” – The Times - “This is what TV is for”.
She also wrote the country music movie WILD ROSE, starring Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters, THE C WORD for BBC1 starring Sheridan Smith and most recently, five part thriller THE NEST for BBC1 about about a surrogacy pact between a wealthy couple and a young girl.
Nicole is originally from Glasgow. As a teenage Crohn’s patient, she had much experience of the amazing work of paediatric staff, and is delighted to be participating in DFB: Live and Connected.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Benjamin W. Wachira is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Aga Khan University, Nairobi and the current president of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine, an international association aimed at supporting emergency care development across Africa. He is also the Founding Director of the Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation, an organisation dedicated to ensuring timely, accessible and quality lifesaving emergency care in Kenya.
Dr Wachira has published several journal articles which reflect his research interests in the development of evidence-based universal emergency care in Kenya and also serves as an associate editor for the African Journal of Emergency Medicine
We are parents to two wonderful children, Francesca and Dylan. We are both trained accountants, with over 15 years of experience in industry. Tom is CEO of Mywalit, an Italian Leather Goods business, and Carly owns and runs a Community Interest Company, The B Green Store CIC.
The store and community hub opened its doors in December 2019 and is a real labour of love - following a life-changing experience in 2018 we realised how important a local community is, in a world that moves at such a fast pace and where mental health issues and social isolation are prevalent.
Komal Bajaj is an OB/GYN-geneticist who serves as Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and Clinical Director of the Simulation Center.
Komal is an innovator in the fields of performance improvement and healthcare simulation. She is passionate about enhancing healthcare culture and delivery for both patients and staff across NYC
Associate Professor Franz Babl is a paediatric emergency physician and director of research at the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, head of emergency research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and an associate professor at the University of Melbourne.
He is the founding chair and current vice-chair of PREDICT, the paediatric emergency research network in Australia and New Zealand, and an executive committee member of PERN, the global collaboration of emergency research networks.
His research focus is on multi-centre randomised controlled trials and large observational studies in paediatric emergency conditions. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, has sourced $10 million in grant funding over the last 5 years and has published 190 peer-reviewed papers.
PEM Physician + Clinical Epidemiologist
Dr. Kuppermann is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis. He is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician and clinical epidemiologist, and a leader in emergency medical services for children, particularly in multicenter research.
Dr Gaj is a Paediatric Rehabilitation Specialist and General Paediatrician. He is passionate about improving the engine that drives the health system forward, especially for vulnerable populations. His experience spans a wide range of healthcare systems, from acute aeromedical retrievals in remote Australia to urban community-based complex case management. He leads paediatric and disability medical services for a not-for-profit Indigenous health group, comprising 20 clinics.
His private practice, Superkid Rehab, has pioneered integrative approaches to complex paediatric care.
Consultant in Ambulatory Paediatrics
Omowunmi Akindolie is a Consultant in
Ambulatory Paediatrics at King’s College
Hospital in London. She is a graduate of the
University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has
been in her current role since 2009.
She has led on several significant service redesign projects shaping paediatric services at King’s to suit the needs of local children and their families. Recently, this has included a paediatric hospital at home service, a paediatric short stay unit and a consultant paediatrician
phone line for GPs.
Her additional areas of special interest include education and training, with a specific emphasis on educating GPs in paediatrics. This serves to bridge the gap between primary and secondary care and thereby optimise healthcare delivery for children and young people.
Professor of Social Interaction
Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at Loughborough University. She uses conversation analysis to understand how talk works - from first dates to medical communication. Outside the university, she runs research-based communication training for practitioners.
In addition to publishing over 120 scientific papers, she is passionate about science communication and has spoken at TED, New Scientist, Google, Microsoft, The Royal Institution, and Cheltenham Science Festivals. Her book, Talk: The Science of Conversation, is published by Little, Brown (2018). Her research and biography were featured on the BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific.
Advanced Clinician Paediatric Social Worker
Liz Crowe is a wellbeing counsellor and educator. She works as an Advanced Clinician Paediatric Social Worker in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queensland Children’s Hospital. She is the author of “The Little Book of Loss and Grief You Can Read While You Cry”and “When a Child Dies – A Guide to Working with Bereaved Parents after the Death of a Child from Illness. She is currently completing a Doctoral Thesis in Staff Wellbeing in the critical care context. Examining risk and protective factors with a view to designing interventions that build capacity, psychological flexibility and resilience for staff proactively and reactively.
She is an internationally renowned speaker on paediatric loss, grief, crisis and bereavement work. Her research interests include staff wellbeing, loss, grief, crisis and bereavement work in critical care, paediatric sepsis, moral distress, clinical debriefing following a critical incident, end of life care and advance care planning.
Mary Freer is activating a compassion revolution across healthcare.
Her work unpacks the link between innovation, creativity, workplace safety and compassion and how these ideas can be applied across the healthcare eco-system,
Mary is a Westpac Bicentennial Social Change Fellow. She is regularly sought after as a keynote speaker, executive coach and advisor on cultural change and compassionate leadership.
Ross Fisher is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and lead for Oncology Surgery and Trauma at Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, UK. He trained in Paediatric Surgery in Sheffield, London, Bristol and Auckland NZ and has been in specialist practice since 2001. He is a strong advocate in improving medical education and is part of the #FOAMed movement as "faculty" at both St Emlyn's and The Children's Hospital in, Virchester. (http://www.stemlynsblog.org/ and http://paediatricsurgeryessentials.com/)
His interest in presentation skills started during his research degree where he realised that his presentation sucked. So, he set about trying to improve. As a result he has developed an approach to presentations that is internationally acclaimed, shared and widely utilised.
He supports Albion Rovers.
Director of Children's Nursing
Kath, is a registered general and children’s nurse whose career has included clinical, educational, managerial, service improvement and commissioning roles. Kath was Experience of Care Lead for Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People at NHS England where she was committed to ensuring the voices of children, young people, families/carers and maternity service users were heard in their care and in the design, delivery and commissioning of services.
Highlights included establishing the National NHS Youth Forum, securing the implementation of Children’s and Young People’s national inpatient survey and developing experience measures for use in maternity and children’s bereavement care. Her work ensured an increasing national profile of experience, participation and insight work relating to children and young people.
Kath returned to clinical practice in April 2019 joining Barts Health as their Director of Children’s nursing, she is Chair of the Children’s Health Clinical Board, works with East London Health and Care Partnership as their Clinical Lead for Children and Young People, and is an Academic Nursing Fellow at City University.
Kath is a keen user of social media, using it to engage with children, young people, families/carers as well as professionals in issues relating to child health.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd, is an assistant director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine within the UC Department of Pediatrics. In addition to his clinical work in the ED and his role within the Residency Program Dr. Sobolewski is the creator of the educational website PEMBlog.com and PEM Currents the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast. His research is focused on the use of technology in education. You can view his Educator Portfolio at bradsobolewski.com.
Knowledge Translation Co-ordinator
Dr Emma Tavender works at the MCRI Emergency Research group in the role of Knowledge Translation Co-ordinator. Emma’s role involves research in implementation science and developing and implementing strategies for the translation of knowledge into practice in the Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) setting.
Emma’s background includes over 15 years with the Cochrane Collaboration as a systematic review author and Managing Editor. Emma has a wealth of knowledge and experience in evidence-based medicine, systematic review methodology and undertaking systematic reviews of complex interventions that aim to change professional and organizational behavior.
Emma’s research interests, that formed part of her PhD, include understanding health professional behavior and developing targeted, theory-informed interventions to increase the uptake of evidence in the ED setting.
Jane is a paediatric rheumatologist with a special interest in pain medicine. She’s the Head of the Rheumatology Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Group Leader of the Rheumatology research group and Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is undertaking research in juvenile idiopathic arthritis, childhood rheumatic diseases and paediatric pain management.
As a mum to three children Jane understands the key role parents play as their child’s strongest advocate. Jane is passionate about high quality health care and is always searching for ways to improve her own clinical practice and the Victorian Children’s Clinic.
When not at work Jane loves being with her kids and husband, reading, planning events and trips, exercising and cooking.
Simon is a paediatric emergency physician working at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University, and has been part of the PREDICT executive since 2014. His research interests are broad and he is easily distracted into new projects.
A general paediatric trainee in Queensland who enjoys clinical teaching, positive teamwork, research, and medication safety. Alyssa also loves travelling, scuba diving and camping with her family. A true child at heart, she loves playing games with her patients.
Dr. Roland is a Honorary Associate Professor and Consultant of Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He is chair of Paediatric Emergency Research United Kingdom and Ireland (PERUKI) and his academic interests include scoring systems, variation in care and knowledge translation. He can be found at @damian_roland or building houses with his daughters on minecraft.
Alison is a paediatric advanced trainee from Melbourne who loves all things teaching, research, infectious diseases and pharmacology. She has just started a PhD on the use of pharmacometrics to improve the treatment of invasive infections in children. Outside of medicine she is an avid devotee to brunch, tends to her forrest of indoor plants, and posts too many photos of her kittens on instagram.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner
Becky is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in paediatric A&E at the Royal London. She has a passion for the human side of healthcare, caring for colleagues as well as patients. Becky is committed to lifelong learning and enjoys sharing her top tips and tricks for surviving in PEM. When not at work, she is kept on her toes by her two teenage children.
Lecturer in PEM
Tom is a lecturer in paediatric emergency medicine a Queen’s University Belfast. Tom graduated medicine at Oxford University in 2002, and has a post graduate diploma in medical education from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. Tom completed his specialist paediatric training in London and Belfast.
Tom’s research interests include paediatric infection, diagnostics and clinical practice guideline development. Tom is currently the chief investigator on a UK-wide study assessing the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in children.
His other interests including running and supporting Leicester City Football Club
Dr Henry Goldstein the co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of Don’t Forget The Bubbles. He is an Advanced Trainee in General Paediatric Medicine and Lecturer at the University of Queensland. His clinical interests include clinical reasoning, medical education, adolescent medicine and knowledge translation. Henry has held a number of clinical and non-clinical roles at Queensland Children’s Hospital since 2015, including currently working as a General Paediatrics & Medical Education Fellow, and previously as the Chief Medical Registrar, which included establishing the “After Hours Clinical Excellence (ACE) Registrar” positions, as well as a weekly half-day protected teaching programme for Paediatric trainees.
He stays well through running both by himself, and after his three pre-school aged kids.
Let’s do it virtually instead
We have 10 hours of content, spanning time zones. But don't worry, it'll all be recorded in case you miss any of it.
Launch sequence: where are we heading?
Alternate realities: fixing a broken system to care for kids
Life inside the Covid chyrsalis: when evidence re-shapes our world
Make it so: new research challenges
Option to join our small room discussion or simply enjoy your tea break.
In your imagined future, what’s the best part of acute paediatric care?
Getting Venn: life on the edge
Jane Munro interviewing Ronx Ikharia
Scouring the lid of Pandora's box: the writing of Three Girls
Liz Crowe interviewing Nicole Taylor
The salt of the earth - granular ambulatory paediatrics
Option to join our small room discussion or simply enjoy your tea break.
Which network you’ve been part of has challenged you to improve? How?