Researcher

Associate Professor David James Heslop

My Expertise

  • Emergency Response Systems
  • Emergency Medical Response Systems
  • Epidemic Response Systems
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation in Health Systems
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Response
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical Management
  • Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Expedition and Military Medicine
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Field of Research (FoR)

SEO tags

Biography

I am an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW.

I am a practicing vocationally registered General Practitioner (FRACGP), an Occupational and Environmental Physician (FAFOEM) with RACP, and a fellowship candidate for the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

My doctoral research focussed on the central autonomic anatomy and integrative neurophysiology relating to the cardiovascular response to noxious...view more

I am an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW.

I am a practicing vocationally registered General Practitioner (FRACGP), an Occupational and Environmental Physician (FAFOEM) with RACP, and a fellowship candidate for the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

My doctoral research focussed on the central autonomic anatomy and integrative neurophysiology relating to the cardiovascular response to noxious inescapable physiological stimuli such as severe haemorrhage and visceral pain. Utilising my research background and subsequent clinical training, through the Australian Defence Force I have been fortunate to have extensively deployed into a variety of complex and austere combat environments, and have gone on to undertake advanced training in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Medicine and Senior Medical Officer training. Consequently I was appointed as Senior Medical Officer for Special Operations Command for 2014, and was the Officer Commanding and Senior Medical Officer to the ADF CBRNE medical incident response element at Special Operations Engineer Regiment from 2012-2015, Senior Medical Officer CBRNE in Special Operations Headquarters 2016-2019, and now undertake researve work as Staff Officer Grade 1 Public Health and Occupational Medicine at Army Headquarters.

I have extensive experience in the conception, design, planning, delivery and operations of health support systems and capability in remote and austere contexts; incorporating the management of exotic or novel hazards and risks. Extensive experience in planning for and management of major disasters, mass casualty and multiple casualty situations. I also have extensive overseas and domestic operational experience in command, personnel management, force protection, health protection systems, resilient systems design and test and evaluation. Direct responsibility and experience with leading deployable expeditionary medical support.

I am regularly consulted and participate in the development and review of national and international clinical and operational CBRNE policy and doctrine. I am additionally a peer reviewer for the journals Military Medicine (AMSUS) and Journal and Military and Veterans Health (AMMA). I also continue to conduct CBRNE medical, and general medical education and ADF GP Registar training within my military capacity, along with civilian instruction of the Major Incident Medical Management System (MIMMS) framework with MIMMS Australia.


My Grants

  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence. Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER). Chief Investigator. $2,500,000 over 5 years. 2016-2021.
  • Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group). Chimaera Evolution – An experiment by simulation framework to support CBR medical planning, preparedness and operational response. Bioterrorism Stream collaborative research grant. Chief Investigator. $575,000 over 3 years. FY 17-19
  • 2x Industry funded reseatch grants totalling $210,000.

My Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FAFOEM)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (USyd)
  • Master of Public Health (USyd)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) (USyd)
  • Bachelor of Science (Advanced) Honours 1 (USyd)

 


My Research Activities

My interests lie in health and medical systems innovation and research. I retain linkages with key national civilian and military education, research and development organisations and retain an active involvement in a wide variety of projects and initiatives supporting national public health preparedness goals.

My current research effort and interests touch on complexity science, agent based and deterministic modelling, emergent complex adaptive systems phenomena, test and evaluation of systems, policy research, epidemic modelling, exotic and emerging infections, disaster preparedness and response, organisational resilience in health care, development of robust socio-technical systems in health care, and the modelling, simulation and investigation of public health interventions and systems.

Methods that I utilise in my research are:

 - Sociotechnical systems modeling and simulation

 - Hybrid Modeling (Agent Based Modeling, Discrete Event Modeling, System Dynamics)

 - Artificial intelligence and autonomous agents

 - Qualitative and mixed methods

 - Epidemiology

 - Geospatial/GIS based approaches


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

I am willing to supervise across a broad range of research areas relating to the following fields, utilising traditional and also novel qualitative, quantitative and computational methods and techniques:

  • Emergency Response Systems
  • Emergency Medical Response Systems
  • Epidemic Response Systems
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation in Health Systems
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Response
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical Management
  • Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Expedition and Military Medicine
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Currently supervising

Higher Degree (PhD) Candidates:

  • Mr Nathan George (Future Health Leaders Program - Professional Doctorate in Public Health)
  • Ms Mohana Kunasekaran (Kirby Institute)
  • Mr Richard Mouthaan (Professional Doctorate - UNSW Canberra)
  • Mr Richard Mouthaan (UNSW Canberra)

Medical Program Project Supervision:

  • Mr Stewart McNamara (UNSW Medicine ILP)
  • Mr Mark Butorac (UNSW Medicine ILP)
View less

Contact

0293853499
0293856185

Follow