As a member of the HTNA I have certainly enjoyed the staff, the working environment and the hyperbaric challenges we all face. I am now focused on the new facility, new challenges, with an expansion of our direction into the altitude capability, wherever that may take us, I am looking forward to a safe “Hell Yeah” ride for the stars. I am honoured to guide the HTNA into the future, together we will forge ahead into new ground.
Shane commenced employment as a casual Dive Supervisor Technician at the Royal Hobart Hyperbaric and Medicine Unit in March 2017 becoming permanent in April 2019. Prior to this Shane worked as a Saturation Diver for 12 years, a UXO Technician in Iraq over a 16 month period, served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Clearance Diver for 14 years and a Field Engineer in the Royal Australian Army for 5 years. Shane has volenteered to take up the HTNA Tasmanian representative role and looks forward to growing his knowledge within the Hyperbaric environment.
Justin is currently a Chamber Supervisor in the Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. Prior to working in hyperbaric medicine Justin had a career as a Clearance Diver in the RAN spanning 22 years and retired in 2008 as a Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver. Justin is excited about the future of the HTNA and is keen to inject new ideas and continue the work done by the previous Treasurer. Read more in the Organisation Section...
Richard started in Hyperbarics in 2007 as a Registered Nurse. He has a Bachelor of Nursing Science with a Post Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing and is currently studying a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Richard also works part time in Intensive Care and is the North Queensland Health Liaison Officer for Choice Passion Life (formerly the Cerebral Palsy League) training support staff and families to care for children with complex needs in Townsville and Cairns. Richard is married with four children and enjoys caravanning, four wheel driving around North Queensland and the Fraser and Cooloola coasts.
Spud is currently a Chamber Supervisor at the Slark Hyperbaric Unit Waitemata District Health Board. After 21 years as a Clearance Diver in the RNZN, he started work in hyperbaric medicine in 1990 and still enjoys the work.
Dani is the current acting nurse manager for the Hyperbaric Unit in Darwin. She has had a keen interest in wound care throughout her career of nursing leading to her recent move into the field of hyperbaric nursing. She enjoys the challenges of the new work environment and the small team she works with in the Royal Darwin Hospital. She is keen to contribute to improving wound care and access to services in working towards bridging the gaps that exist in the community. In her spare time Dani likes to get out in her “Top End” playground camping, 4wding and exploring with her dogs.
Hayley is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Hyperbaric Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. Born in the UK, Hayley has been living here for 8 years now, and is currently working on her Masters in Wound Care. Hayley has 11 years nursing experience all within Intensive Care and Oncology. When not working or studying, Hayley can be found down at one of Sydney’s east coast beaches.
Liz is currently working as the Clinical Nurse Manager at Fiona Stanley Hospital HMU. She previously worked at Fremantle Hospital HMU for 11 years prior to moving to the new Fink Chamber at FSH in November 2014. Liz has a background in Emergency Nursing which is where she developed her interest in Hyperbaric Medicine.
Natt is a Hyperbaric and ICU Nurse from The Alfred Hospital Hyperbaric Service. She has worked in Hyperbaric for 16 years including roles in Education with Hyperbaric Health and currently works part time with DAN Asia Pacific as one of their On Call Case Managers. Read more in the Organisation Section...
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Jason commenced employment as a casual Hyperbaric Technician at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2014, becoming permanent member of the Department in Jan of 2022. Prior to this he worked with Australian Border Force for 6 years as a Team Leader in the Marine Unit and also worked as a Commercial Diver and Supervisor in Southern Tasmania and served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Clearance Diver for over 14 years. Jason has volunteered to take up the HTNA Tasmanian representative role and looks forward to growing his knowledge within the Department and the Hyperbaric environment.
Troy is currently working as a Hyperbaric Chamber Supervisor at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He spent Twenty years working full time in the RAN until he was discharged in 2005. Troy says “I spent time kicking bombs in Laos before starting at the RAH in 2009”. Read more in the Organisation Section...
Warren is currently Technical Supervisor at Christchurch Hospital HMU, where he has worked for the past nine years. Previously Warren worked in the offshore commercial diving industry. He is enthusiastic about the benefits the HTNA has for our Professions and the Hyperbaric community. Read more in the Organisation Section...
Kyla is the current Nurse Manager at Wesley Hyperbaric in Brisbane. She fell into the world of hyperbaric nursing in 2014 and enjoys working with amazing team at Wesley Hyperbaric, keeping hands on still in both wound clinic and hyperbaric chamber. When not at work you can find her somewhere in the great outdoors. To get in touch email firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew has over 20 years of experience in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine, serving in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Physiology technician, operating hyper and hypobaric chambers, and assuring the safety of U-2 reconnaissance pilots as they prepare for the stresses of high-altitude missions wearing a full pressure suit. As a civilian he has worked as a front-line hyperbaric staff technician, operating monoplace and multiplace chambers and providing therapy for patients. He has also served as the Technical and Safety Director of multiple hyperbaric programs. He is currently the Technical and Safety Director of the Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also serves the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) as the Chair of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Safety Committee and serves as a member of the UHMS FDA Liaison Committee. Throughout his career, Andrew has focused his efforts on providing a safe environment for pilots, patients and inside attendants. He has received several military awards and civilian certifications in the field of hyperbaric medicine. A participant in multiple research projects and innovations, Andrew’s interests lie in education, emergency preparedness, and advancing the practical use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Damianos Tzavellas is a Hyperbaric and Wound Nurse Consultant, based in Melbourne (AUS) and currently working for Hyperbaric Health. He is holder of a postgraduate certificate in Hyperbaric Nursing (Adelaide University, AUS) and an MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (Cardiff University, UK). He has been member of hyperbaric teams since 2006, with most of his time spent in Europe and the Athens Naval Hospital. For the last five years, he has been the General Secretary of the European Baromedical Association (EBAss) and has dedicated himself in the promotion of networking and communication between European Hyperbaric Nurses and Chamber Operators. From the position of the HTNA Europe Representative, he is hoping to establish communication and to support collaboration between the two Associations and their members.