David Cooksley

David - MERT
David Cooksley – Emergency Physican


David Cooksley MBChB, FACEM, MSc Trauma Sci. [Distinction] (Lond.), DIMC RCS(Ed.), DRACOG, ACCAM, PGCertAME

David is an experienced Emergency and Retrieval Physician employed by the Department of Emergency Medicine, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS).  He also works casually for LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine and is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Specialist Reserve medical officer.  Prior to commencing with the SCHHS in April 2017, David spent five years as a member of the inaugural Australian Defence Force – Queensland Health ‘Military Surgical Team’ where he worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital when not away with military activities.  He has deployed to various places around the world with the Australian Air Force, Army and Navy and the United States Navy, and is currently the principal RAAF ‘Military Critical-care Aeromedical Transport Team’ medical instructor.  In 2013 he became the only person from the Southern Hemisphere to successfully complete the UK Military ‘Medical Emergency Response Team’ (MERT) training in battlefield pre-hospital critical care.  His background also includes working as the Director of The Townsville Hospital Trauma Service, the Director of Operations – North Queensland for CareFlight (now LifeFlight) where he established their Cairns, Townsville and Mackay operations, the Royal London Hospital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, and as a Queensland Ambulance Service Regional Medical Officer.  He holds adjunct Senior Lecturer positions with University of Queensland and James Cook University where he has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. David is happily married and lives at home with two of their three children, a dog and two cats.  Apparently his wife says her next husband will be normal.