Dr Nick Coatsworth is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and specialises in both respiratory medicine and infectious diseases. He currently holds the position of acting Executive Director at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin. Nick is also a consultant physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital, regularly visits remote indigenous communities, and has led a combined team of health professionals to the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida to eradicate endemic trachoma. In 2013 Nick led the second Australian Medical Assistance Team that responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Nick began his humanitarian career with the organization Medecins Sans Frontieres in 2004. He has worked in Congo-Brazzaville, Chad and Sudan in the Darfur region. As field doctor in the Betou project in Congo he was involved in primary and hospital-based care. In Chad he led vaccination teams during an epidemic of measles, and later in Darfur he was project co-ordinator for a hospital-based project in Zalingei. Dr Coatsworth was elected to the Board of Medecins Sans Frontieres in Australia in 2008. He was elected President in 2010 and re-elected for a second term in 2011. He stepped down in 2012 and remains a director. In 2013 Nick delivered the prestigious ES Meyers Oration at the University of Queensland during which he discussed his experiences in humanitarianism. Nick graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2001 and completed his internship at the Royal Perth Hospital before moving to the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Nick holds a Masters degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney and is a Conjoint Lecturer in Population Health at the University of Western Sydney. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has written widely for online and print media, has published in scientific and policy journals, and regularly addresses audiences about humanitarian issues in Australia and overseas.
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