Rob Mitchell is a specialist emergency physician working between the Alfred Hospital Emergency & Trauma Centre in Melbourne and Lifeflight Retrieval Medicine/QGAir Rescue Helicopter in Cairns. A strong interest in global emergency care has led him to complete Australian Volunteers for International Development assignments in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands. Currently undertaking a PhD as a National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholar, Rob’s research is focused on emergency care systems in developing settings. Concurrently, he is leading an Australasian College for Emergency Medicine development project in the Highlands of PNG, funded by the Australian Government.
In 2014, Rob was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, focused on postgraduate training in global emergency medicine, and is currently Deputy Program Coordinator for the University of Sydney’s Resource Limited Critical Care program. He is a former Chair of the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors in Training and, in earlier years, was President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association. In addition to Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, he holds a Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and a Postgraduate Certificate of Disaster & Refugee Health.
In Year 12 at Westbourne, Rob was school captain (with Kelly Tink) and a standout performer when he played the leading role of Mack Sennett in that year’s production of Mack and Mabel. A talented musician, he also played trombone in the school’s bands, viola/violin in string and orchestral groups and performed with the barbershop quartet.