The Team

NATHAN BURNSSONY DSC

B.Sc Paramedical Science

B.Arts Communication Studies

Industrial Paramedic Advanced Care

Founder

Nathan is a West Australian based Ambulance Paramedic with a passion for travel and humanitarian work. He obtained his Paramedical Science degree from Edith Cowan University and currently works as a Paramedic in the Perth Metropolitan area. He has completed training in Industrial Paramedic Advanced Care, Major Incident Medical Management Systems, Emergency Management of Severe Burns, Bombs, Blasts and Bullets, Paediatrics,Pre-Hospital Trauma and Life Support and Student Mentoring. Nathan also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies (Journalism) from the University of Newcastle.

Nathan is the recipient of numerous academic awards including the 2011 Laerdal Award for Academic Excellence, the 2010 West Australian Ambulance Service Award for Excellence in Academic and Applied Paramedical Science and a recognition award for placing within the top 100 students (of a total of 25,000) at Edith Cowan University.

Apart from pre-hospital work, Nathan has many passions. His first love will always be the ocean where he spends plenty of time surfing, paddling or just lolling about! He has spent the majority of his adult life roaming the globe at every opportunity- experiencing, learning and involving himself in native cultures- and spent five years living and working in Japan. He loves playing and making music, mountain biking, hiking, rockclimbing, anything to do with the outdoors and good food!

You can get in touch with Nathan via: nathan@backpackermedics.com

SUSHANT DAHALsushantprofile

Project Co-ordinator and Volunteer Trip Leader, Nepal

Sushant Dahal has been an instrumental figure in the success of Backpacker Medics’ Nepal project from the very start. Sometimes wearing multiple hats at once, Sushant shifts seamlessly between the roles of Project Co-ordinator, Medical Interpreter, Tourist Guide and all-round Go-Getter.

He is on the verge of completing a Bachelor of Tourism Management from the National Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management with flying colours. He then plans to travel abroad to complete a Masters in Tourism Management.

Although only 20 years of age, Sushant has travelled to over 75% of Nepal and is able to transfer this wealth of knowledge and experience to his work with Backpacker Medics.

Sushant has keen interests in music and soccer, however his first love will always be travel! 

You can get in touch with Sushant via: projectnepal@backpackermedics.com

BRAD STEWART 

Diploma Paramedical Science

Australian Operations and Volunteer Manager 

Brad is an industrial/rescue medic on a remote Western Australian site and comes from a military and fire/rescue background. After completing one medical mission to the Moonlight Community Health Centre in Nepal, Brad found himself wanting to assist the project continue. Since then, he has returned to Nepal to establish the Kerasawara Rescue Team (KRT) and again as part of the Disaster Response Group following the April 2015 earthquake.

Brad’s current role is coordinating the Backpacker Medics monthly volunteer trips to the MCHC in conjunction with Sushant Dahl and ensuring the continuation and development of the KRT.

Brad moved from Sydney to Perth in 2013 and immediately began looking for some likeminded people to associate with. He soon discovered Backpacker Medics, which combines two of Brad’s passions – healthcare and remote travel. As often as possible Brad endeavors to travel to places that can’t be found on Trip Advisor! His military and emergency services background has taken him to places such as Africa, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Afghanistan.

The healthcare aspect of the project is particularly rewarding for Brad. He considers it an absolute privilege to help people who desperately need it and to do it without the luxury of a modern clinic adds to the reward.

In his spare time, you will find Brad exploring his new playground (Western Australia) on foot, kayak or four-wheel drive or seeking out new playgrounds in other parts of the world.

You can get in touch with Brad at volunteer@backpackermedics.com

 

TENNILLE BURNS TBURNS

B.Sc (Anatomical Sciences)

Masters in Speech Pathology

Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist 

Councillor, Speech Pathology Australia 

Paediatric and Child Development Consultant

Tennille obtained her degrees at the University of Queensland and currently works as a senior paediatric Speech Pathologist in Hobart, Tasmania. Tennille has worked in paediatrics for the past 8 years and has a passion for working with children and their families. She has experience in the areas of children’s speech and language development, stuttering, cleft lip and palate, working with children and babies with feeding difficulties and  working with children with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment (including Cochlear Implants) and global developmental delay.

In her spare time you can find Tennille at (or very near) the beach, enjoying the Tasmanian wilderness, hanging out with her friends, reading a good book or cooking and baking for her friends and family.

2 Responses to The Team

  1. Tessa says:

    Hi everyone,
    I stumbled upon this website when I was on my university website (ECU) looking for reading material, etc; and I just want to say that this website is amazing! I think you are all so inspiring and are doing something so worthwhile over there in Nepal. I’ve just started studying paramedical science at ECU and I think you are all so inspiring.
    Cheers,
    Tessa

  2. Bill Schoonover says:

    In the three years I’ve led international field trips to Kathmandu, I’ve grown to deeply respect and admire the humanitarian work you do for the people of Nepal. I also want to say a HUGE thank you for supporting our school group’s travel experience with medically-trained personnel to accompany us on our adventures there.

    Sincerely,
    Bill Schoonover

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