SPUMS 48th Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

Keynote Speaker

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A/Professor Nigel Stuart Jepson


 Nigel Jepson is Senior Staff Specialist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories of the Eastern Heart Clinic at the Prince of Wales Public Hospital (POWH) in Sydney, Australia.  He is also Director of the POWH Clinical Trials Unit and holds the position of Conjoint Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.  Nigel trained in Tasmania and completed clinical and cardiac interventional fellowship training at Harefield Hospital in London and the POWH in Sydney.  

A/Professor Jepson is a high volume interventional cardiologist, practicing over the last 20 years with a specific interest in bifurcation and left main-stem PCI, new stent technology and intra-coronary imaging.  He has performed more than 10,000 coronary procedures and heads a structural heart program including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, ASD/PFO and left atrial appendage closure.   

Having previously held the position of NSW Representative on the Board of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ), Nigel is currently secretary of the NSW Regional Committee of the CSANZ, a member of the ANZET Meeting organizing committee and NSW Representative of the Interventional Council of the CSANZ.  

Nigel is a regular invited speaker, faculty member and live-case operator for interventional forums and meetings in USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia (including EuroPCR, TCTAP, C3, AICT, ANZET, Nanjing CBS, Malaysia Live, SCAI and the European Bifurcation Club).  He is an author or co-author of more than 80 published papers and principal investigator on 30 major international, multicentre device trials.

Scientific Conveners


Professor Michael Bennett



Professor Bennett is the Academic Head of the Department of Anaesthesia, a Senior Staff Specialist in diving and hyperbaric medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Professor in the faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 and spent his early post-graduate training at the Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospitals before undertaking training in Anaesthesia in the UK. He returned to Sydney in 1990 as a retrieval specialist on the Lifesaver Helicopter and here developed an interest in both diving and hyperbaric medicine.

He also has a strong interest in clinical epidemiology and is an experienced clinician and researcher. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Behnke Award for outstanding scientific achievement from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Since 2004 he has been highly involved in the teaching of Evidence-based Medicine within the Medical faculty at UNSW and in 2005 was appointed co-director of the Quality Medical Practice Program there.

He is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications including 15 Cochrane reviews of the evidence in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. Prof. Bennett was the convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group Introductory Course in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine from its inception in 1999 to 2014.

He is an executive member of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) special interest group in diving and hyperbaric medicine, chief examiner for the ANZCA Certificate in diving and hyperbaric medicine and Chair of the ANZCA Scholar Role Subcommittee. He is a past Vice-President of the UHMS and currently the Past President of SPUMS.

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Clinical Professor David Smart

 Current Positions

  • Medical Co director and Senior Visiting Specialist, Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, Royal Hobart Hospital,
  • Medical Consultant to the Tasmanian Professional and Scientific Diving Industries
  • Specialist in Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Professor in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, 

Involvement in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine in Australasia

  • President, South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group
  • Chair, Court of Examiners, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, ANZCA
  • SPUMS representative Australian Standards on Occupational Diving Standards, and Federal Government Occupational Safety Legislation
  • Member Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
  • Convener and instructor multiple courses:  ANZHMG Course in Diving Medicine, Medical Support of Offshore and Saturation Diving, Royal Australian Navy Medical Officers Underwater Medicine Course, and Medical Support of Occupational, Offshore and Saturation Diving, Tamar Valley Tasmania, DMAC Level 2 Course
  • National and International Instructor, Emergency Life Support Course

 Over 130 peer reviewed publications and published abstracts from major national and international scientific meetings. Active diver and underwater photographer.

Event Convener

Cathy Meehan-14 (2)
Dr Catherine Meehan is a GP in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia. She has a special interest in diving medicine, and has the SPUMS diploma in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, as well as the Auckland University Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Science- Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. 

Catherine was secretary of SPUMS from 1993 to 2005. She is now back on the committee as a committee member as well as heading the Future Annual Scientific Meetings committee. Catherine has convened several SPUMS Annual Scientific Meetings and is a consistent attender of the meetings, since 1992.

Catherine is an active recreational diver. She is a Dive Master, and a qualified deep cavern diver. She continues to do further training in recreational technical diving.  



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