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Cover image for lecture: Thunderstorm Asthma: Managing Large-Scale Emergencies

Lecture Overview

In October of 2017, nine Victorians tragically died as a result of or due to complications associated with thunderstorm asthma. The disastrous weather event saw emergency services become overwhelmed with desperate calls from people suffering from acute respiratory problems. While we have long known that weather conditions can play havoc with the symptoms that people with asthma and allergies experience, why did it cause nine people to lose their lives? This session with Professor George Braitberg is not to be missed, as he recounts events from his first-hand experience on the ED floor of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.


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George Braitberg

George Braitberg is executive director of strategy, quality, and improvement at Melbourne Health and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Melbourne. After completing his training in emergency medicine in Australia, Professor Braitberg undertook a fellowship in medical toxicology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, the American College of Medical Toxicology, and the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. He holds a master in bioethics and health services management. Professor Braitberg work as a consultant emergency physician, toxicologist, and administrator. He is a board member of St Johns Ambulance Victoria, a medical advisor to Ambulance Victoria, a member of the Victorian Clinical Council, and the Board Ministerial Advisory Committee. His research interests include toxicology, pre-hospital care, and clinical governance. He received an Order of Australia (AM) in 2018. See Educator Profile


30 Total Rating(s)
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Michael Smith
26 Sep 2019

An interesting case of disaster management and the lessons learned.

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Christine Penfold
04 Sep 2019

Very interesting speaker who covered an area not previously reviewed based on his experience as an Emergency physician on one night. I was interested in the effects of the weather on patients but this speaker also covered the organisation of human and other resources and triaging of pts. to cover this exceptional night

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Matthew lawrence
22 Jun 2019

Very interesting case that I knew little about!

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Kylee Taylor
16 Jun 2019

Very interesting, would have been good to see the photos being referred to, even in a deidentified manner.

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Emily Kaye Price
27 May 2019

It was a privilege to listen to the reflections of such a senior doctor and how proud he was of his team as they worked through the Thunder Storm Asthma.

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Ruth Curtis
22 May 2019

Really interesting talk, even for those not working within an ED. You never know when a mass casualty situation is going to occur and you just might get seconded from another department to go and help.

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Nicole Bywaters
16 May 2019

Very informative. Would have been good to see the photos shown to group.

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Joanne Kissane
14 May 2019

Interesting and informative discussion.

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Anna Carter
10 May 2019

Very interested, unfortunately a few of the slides were out of sync with the speaker, but otherwise a good lecture.

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Kristina June Pereira
28 Mar 2019


CPD41m of CPD
Total Rating(s)  30
Published03 February 2019
Expires 19 July 2021
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