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Forum – Dive Medicine

Diving puts considerable stress on one’s cardiovascular system, ears, and lungs. Unexpected events while diving, diminished functional reserve, and pre-existing medical illnesses increase the risk of a diving accident. As such, a properly conducted medical examination to determine diving fitness, followed by appropriate counselling, can make a life-threatening diving accident less likely and more enjoyable. This forum will help divers understand the best practice methods to apply before and during a dive.

Dr David Wilkinson

Dr David Wilkinson is Medical Director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit and a senior staff Anesthetist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has held these posts for over 20 years. During this time he has been the co-ordinator of the DAN/Divers Emergency Service telephone hotline covering Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He has extensive experience of dealing with medical issues encountered during diving, from the trivial to the terrifying. He is a keen diver, teacher and researcher. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2016 for services to
hyperbaric medicine. He is the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year 2019.

Dr John Lippmann OAM

Australian Diving Safety Foundation, Chairman and CEO

John Lippmann began diving over forty years ago and developed an avid interest in diver rescue and first aid, decompression, deeper diving and marine animal injuries. He has been involved in researching, teaching, writing and consulting on safe diving, decompression and accident management for both divers and the general community for more than 30 years.

John was the founder of the Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific (DAN AP) which he established in 1994 an effort to improve the safety of scuba diving within the Asia-Pacific. He was Chairman, Executive Director and Director of Training for DAN AP 20 years, the editor of Alert Diver Asia-Pacific for 13 years. In 2007, he received an Order of Australia award for services to scuba diving safety, resuscitation and first aid. John was awarded a Masters degree by research for his investigation of first aid training
methodologies. He also completed a PhD on Australian diving-related fatalities. He currently has a position as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University, Victoria.


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