Dr Simon Hendel

MBBS (Hons) PGrad Dip Journalism FANZCA

Specialist Anaesthetist and Trauma Physician

Simon trained in anaesthesia at the Alfred Hospital, where he continues to work as a specialist anaesthetist and trauma physician. Since 2016, Simon has been an adjunct lecturer at Monash University, where he co-coordinates the trauma module of the Masters of Perioperative Medicine.

Simon has completed sub-specialty fellowships in paediatric anaesthesia at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (including 6 months as a senior registrar in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit), and in retrieval medicine with LifeFlight Queensland. He has worked as a retrieval consultant with Ambulance Victoria since 2015.

Simon is also a Major in the Australian Army reserve where he has deployed in support of overseas and domestic operations on a number of occasions, including to Afghanistan and Iraq. He remains an active member of the ADF in anaesthesia and retrieval medicine.

Simon’s research interests include access to surgical care in low resource and austere environments. In 2013, Simon was the Australian Society of Anaesthetists Pacific Fellow in Fiji and then Laos, where he conducted research into surgical and anaesthesia infrastructure. During this time he published on the bare minimum standards for safe anaesthesia and on factors affecting access to timely emergency surgical care.

Simon has completed postgraduate qualifications in journalism and remains a passionate health communicator. He has worked in a number of freelance media roles, including, most recently, as a medical advisor for the ABC television documentary series – Ask The Doctor.