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Backpacker Medics Inc. 
Reg No: A1020589T 
ABN No: 74 135 770 985

THE CORE TEAM
OUR CORE TEAM

We are a team of passionate medical professionals and friends.

Nathan Burns, Founder

Nath has spent the majority of his adult life on the road and in the outdoors, either travelling, guiding expeditions or working in Outdoor Education. Somewhere along the line he decided a change of career was needed and he became a Paramedic- working in metro, rural and austere settings for the past 10 years. He has led countless volunteer trips to Nepal (including the 2015 DRG Earthquake Response) and deployed to Bangladesh in 2017.

 

He holds university degrees in Paramedicine and Journalism and has formal training in Major Incident Management, Burns Assessment and Advanced Wilderness Life Support. He is slowly studying his way towards a Fellowship of the Wilderness Medicine Society, is an avid mountain biker, a life-long surfer, a coffee-nut, a doting father/husband and a proud “New Tasmanian”.

Brad Stewart, Operations Manager

Brad has been running operations for Backpacker Medics since 2014, organising everything from rural volunteer medical programs, community rescue teams, disaster responses and humanitarian emergency responses. Brad has a military, fire, rescue and healthcare background and has worked in some unique and interesting places such as Zambia, East Timor, South Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Brad enjoys expeditions, photography (learning), and travel, and is currently living in Indonesia with his partner and children. Brad is a qualified paramedic with a Bachelor of Paramedic Practice and numerous rescue qualifications.

Andrew Strunk, Logistics Manager

Andrew, better known as ‘Strunky’ has spent his entire working career in the services, first with the Army and now as a Firefighter based in Fremantle, WA. He has over a decade of experience in Fire and Rescue and across a broad range of emergency response fields. Andrew has been looking after the rescue and logistics side of Backpacker Medics since the development of the Disaster Response Group in 2015 and deployed with the DRG during both the Nepal Earthquake response and the Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee response. When not working, Andrew is an avid traveler, exploring his way across all continents on the globe except Antarctica (expedition pending) climbing, hiking, and surfing. Andrew has previous work experience with the Army and multiple NGOs in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Anthony Gadene, Disaster Response Group Manager

Anthony is a qualified paramedic that gravitated to BPM after 20 years with the Australian Special Forces where he served in a number of capacities ranging from Special Operation Task Group deployments in combat roles to training and development positions. He was part of the water operations counter-terrorism team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics which included tactical diving in the Bass Strait and working with air-sea assets and submarine capabilities around the country. Anthony is not far off completing a medical degree and when he’s not studying spends every spare moment in the outdoors.

Dr Kate Baecher, Clinical Psychologist / Committee Member

Although Kate is based in Sydney, you'll rarely find her there. She has a restless wanderlust that results in her working in a slightly ridiculous variety of projects all around the world, from reality TV to profiling for police and military work to conservation projects. She's never been great at following the rules or following the typical/expected pathway. Kate has been involved with Backpacker Medics since 2013 when she volunteered in Nepal, with more recent deployments to Bangladesh in 2017. She provides psychological support and advice for the crew, volunteers, and populations that BPM works with. She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a Masters of Philosophy (in Clinical Psych) and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). When she's not working, you'll find her climbing rocks and mountains and spending as much time outside as possible.

Carrie Burns, Committee Member

Carrie’s involvement with Backpacker Medics began in 2013. Since then, she has spent countless hours squished between sweaty blokes in the back of a ute, covered in dust, delivering medical assistance to villagers of the 2015 Nepal earthquake - not to mention numerous other humanitarian visits to Nepal with BPM. As a paramedic, she has worked in both metro and rural settings throughout Perth and Tasmania, the latter which she now calls home. She and her husband can’t wait to explore the world with their baby daughter.

Carrie Burns, Committee Member

Carrie’s involvement with Backpacker Medics began in 2013. Since then, she has spent countless hours squished between sweaty blokes in the back of a ute, covered in dust, delivering medical assistance to villagers of the 2015 Nepal earthquake - not to mention numerous other humanitarian visits to Nepal with BPM. As a paramedic, she has worked in both metro and rural settings throughout Perth and Tasmania, the latter which she now calls home. She and her husband can’t wait to explore the world with their baby daughter.

Nat Crewe, Committee Member

Prior to growing up and finally getting a degree in Paramedical science, Nat has tried his hand at television graphic design, TV chef, cowboy and kitesurf instructor.  But for the last 13 years he has been a paramedic on the metro ambulance, industrial medic, television medic and rescue medic. Nat has been a member of Backpacker Medics since 2015 and has made a number of trips out to Nepal, including as part of the team that responded to the 2015 Nepal earthquake, which saw the birth of the DRG.  Nat deployed to Bangladesh in 2017 as a Team Leader.

Andrew Clark, Committee Member

Andy is a Paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service, previously filled the same role with the West Australian Ambulance Service and has experience in nursing and aged care. He formed part of the Kerasawara Rescue Team training group and deployed with the DRG to the Nepal Earthquake Disaster in 2015. Andy is a keen adventurer and is currently completing further studies in Expedition & Wilderness Medicine.