Simon Hendel


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Dr Simon Hendel MBBS (Hons) GD Jour FANZCA AFRACMA

Dr Simon Hendel has focused his professional life on improving the survival of severely injured people and knows that the earlier effective care is given, the better the chances of survival.

Simon is the head of trauma anaesthesia and a trauma consultant at The Alfred Hospital – Australia’s busiest trauma centre. He also provides tactical medical advice to Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police. In this capacity, he is working with both organisations to improve Victoria’s capacity to provide life-saving care at the point of injury – especially in high-threat and complex settings. 

Simon developed a passion for field and tactical medicine while working extensively in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine in Australia, in a range of medical roles in low-resource settings in the Indo-pacific, and as a medical officer in the Australian Army. His deployed experiences with special forces in Afghanistan and in a surgical hospital in Iraq cemented his desire for lessons learned in battlefield trauma be applied to high-threat civilian incidents. Simon further developed his expertise by completing fellowships in adult and paediatric retrieval medicine. Simon continues to be an active member of the army reserve and was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel.

In 2017, Simon was appointed as a trauma consultant to the multi-disciplinary trauma unit at The Alfred – one of only two anaesthesiologists permanently attached to the Alfred trauma service. Simon has also published and taught extensively both locally and internationally on the care of the injured and in providing care in resource-limited settings.

Simon is a trained anaesthesiologist, retrieval specialist, and trauma consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with honours from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Journalism with distinction from RMIT, he is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.


To assess Police Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) in comparable overseas jurisdictions

To assess Police Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) in comparable overseas jurisdictions

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