On this page you will find out about the SCME team.  To find out more about the area we call home visit our The Sunshine Coast page.

Sunshine Coast Medical Education is a collaborative project by 4 practising Specialist Anaesthetists. SCME provides medical professionals with education and training that is relevant, up-to-date, and of high quality. In doing so, SCME will be able to support ongoing medical education for local health professionals, and improve quality of care for patients on the Sunshine Coast.

The facilitators you will be meeting on your course:

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Dr Morgan Sherwood  BSc, MBChB, FRCA, FANZCA

Morgan is a UK trained Anaesthetist with special interests in Trauma, Pre-Hospital Care, Simulation and Medical Education.  After completing his training in the Northwest of England he moved with his wife and Border Collie to Sydney.  During his three years in Sydney he worked on Liverpool Hospital’s ICU; completed his second Fellowship in Simulation and Medical Education at Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre; gained his FANZCA whilst working at St. George Hospital and worked as a Retrieval Doctor for NSW Air Ambulance and Sydney HEMS.  Morgan is a lead instructor on the ANZCA Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course.

Morgan is heavily involved in Simulation Training and is Chair of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Inter-Professional Simulation Group. Morgan also has the Academic Title of Senior Lecturer for the University of Queensland.

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Dr Stacey Swinkels BHSc, MBBS (Hons), FANZCA

Stacey completed an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, in her motherland Canada. She worked in the Cook Islands for a year before starting her honours medical degree at the University of Sydney. She received a Fellowship of the Baird Institute for applied heart and lung surgical research at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, and won the RCT Rawle Prize for surgical research.

Stacey did the majority of her anaesthetics training in Queensland, prior to completing an airway fellowship in Glasgow, Scotland. She received her FANZCA in 2014, and has since been working at Nambour Hospital as a staff specialist.

Stacey’s anaesthetic interests include head and neck surgery, paediatrics and ophthalmics. She is an airway clinical fundamental tutor, sits on the anaesthetic department education committee, and regularly leads part 2 examination tutorials for anaesthetic trainees. She is nearing completion of a Masters degree in peri-operative medicine through Monash University.  Stacey is also a Senior Lecturer for the University of Queensland.

Stacey regularly provides anaesthetic support on Deadly Ears surgical missions to Aboriginal communities in Queensland. She spent 4 weeks in Ethiopia with Eyes for Africa doing cataract surgery in 2014, and worked on a cleft palate mission in the Philippines with Operation Smile in 2016. She is also a certified power vinyasa yoga teacher.

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Dr David Tragen  MBChB, MRCA, FANZCA

Dave graduated from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2000.  After 2 years as a junior doctor in the Greater Manchester area, and then a year as a resident at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, he spent the next 8 years completing his anaesthetic training via Nottingham, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville.  He gained his FANZCA in 2012 and started his first Staff Specialist post at The Townsville Hospital before moving south in 2014.  Dave is now a full time Staff Specialist in the Department of Anaesthesia and Preoperative Medicine at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, alongside some regular work in private practice.  His special interests include anaesthesia for neurosurgery and general paediatrics.

Dave is an Advanced Life Support Instructor for the Australian Resuscitation Council and regularly teaches on “ALS2” courses.  He has a range of teaching roles, including contributing to the education programme for junior doctors, actively assisting candidates preparing for the Final FANZCA exams, and interview skills preparation for junior doctors applying for careers in anaesthesia.