Chris Edwards became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in August 2017. He has long had a passion for experiencing medicine in other countries and remote Australian sites. Chris has spent time working or teaching in Papua New Guinea, London, Iceland, Thailand, Mount Isa, Mackay, Alice Springs, Melbourne and Geelong. He jokes that he’s “just trying to keep one step ahead of the authorities”.
Chris has sought to rebalance his life priorities after experiencing burnout in the later half of his training and a growing dissatisfaction in what he considered “conveyor belt medicine”. He now spends his time travelling, teaching and contributing to the needs of patients in both Akureyri, Iceland and in rural and remote areas through casual Telemedicine work with the Western Australia Country Health Service.
Chris is also pursuing his MBA through Deakin University and hopes to one day develop a Telemedicine Emergency business to allow access to FACEMs for patients, nurses and doctors in areas of remote practice.
Chris considers himself a “geek” who likes Star Wars, computer games, model painting and trying to fly remote airplanes (no successful landings yet). He sometimes wishes he could be more outdoorsy like some of his colleagues and become a surfie doc, but he doesn’t have the hair for it.