Team Medical Australia History

Team Medical Australia (TMA) started from humble beginnings in 2004 with one aim, to improve motorsports medical care in Australia.

Since then the team has became an incorporated association and boasts a member list which now comprises over 180 members.

TMA's first event was to provide emergency medical services at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the Victorian Mini Car Club. After just 12 months TMA went "National" by providing services for the V8 Supercar Grand Finale at Phillip Island, the Mount Panorama Circuit for the inaugural "International Motor Festival" and Bega for the "Bega rally". TMA also provided medical services for the 2007 round of the A1GP "World Cup of Motorsport" at Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW.

TMA has grown to become the premier motorsports medical service in the country. TMA has assisted in the setup and organisation of the inaugural Singapore and Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix and supplies the extrication team for the Australian Grand Prix. TMA is the preferred medical service provider to V8 Supercar Events and will supply medical services to seven V8 Supercars events in 2011.

OUR PEOPLE

TMA's members are all experienced volunteer motorsport officials and have a high level of "motorsport awareness".

The Medical Officers are all currently practicing/experienced in Emergency/Trauma/Critical Care medicine and all carry appropriate professional indemnity insurance. Nursing members are all registered and most are Critical Care trained. The paramedics working with Team Medical are a mixture of experienced ambulance paramedic officers and MICA paramedics. Several of Team Medical Australia's members also have aeromedical evacuation training and experience.

All of TMA's drivers are highly experienced and also trained in fire fighting, rescue and first-aid. This enables them to ensure that scene safety is maintained while the medical crew is at work and allows them to assist when required.

TRAINING

In our commitment to provide the highest standard of emergency medical services, TMA prides itself on supplying a professional "on-track" performance, supported by professional "off-track" infrastructure.

In order to achieve this TMA has a comprehensive modular training program that incorporates:

This training ensures TMA members are up to date with the latest innovations in the field of motorsport emergency medical services.

 

 

EXECUTIVE TEAM
The executive management committee draws on broad and diverse experience.

Dr Brent May (President TMA and Chief Medical Officer)

Dr Brent (MBBS, FANZCA, MSc (Trauma)) is a world renowned expert in motor sports trauma.
Brent's current positions include-
- Trauma Anaesthesia Specialist (The Alfred Hospital)
- Critical Care Coordinator and Retrieval Physician (Ambulance Victoria)
- Completed a Masters in Trauma Science at the University of London
- FIA and FIM accredited Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
- Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix CMO
- CMO (Motorcycling Australia)
- CMO (Australian Karting Association)
- Medical Commission Member for the FIM and CAMS
- Teaches motorsports medicine at a number of Formula 1 and MotoGP events internationally

Brent has extensive experience in motor sport including as the CMO at Formula 1, numerous Supercars events and CAMS national level events.
Brent has a strong interest in trauma medicine and education. He has a Masters in Trauma Science and is an expert in trauma management. He also places a strong emphasis on quality improvement, risk reduction strategies and clinical governance.

Steven Lynch (Vice President)

Steven has long been involved in motorsport, starting as both an official and a competitor, in 1978.
Steven has been contributing toward the provision of trackside medical services since 1989 and has held the position of Medical Equipment Officer at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and both International Motorcycle events since 1996.

Steven has also been involved in motor sports medical training and in training Medical Intervention Vehicle drivers, both locally and overseas, being involved with the CAMS International Training Team.
Steven's role within Team Medical Australia is as a Medical Intervention Vehicle and Chase Car driver, a team coordinator and also in equipment management and logistics.

 

Noel Tippett (Secretary)

Noel has been around motorsport for many years since first providing first aid services at Calder Raceway in the late 70's and at the old Brooklyn Speedway. In recent years Noel has spent many hours being involved in the organisation of many club, multi club, State and National race meetings with The Victorian Mini Club (VMCI).

Noel has been providing the role of medical communicator at all of the V8 Supercar events that TMA attends, as well as Australian F1, MotoGP and World Superbikes. He also acts as team coordinator organising events and in the role of an Medical Intervention Vehicle driver at numerous events.
Noel is currently on the Victorian State Council Execitive, and a member of the CAMS Australian Officials Commission.
Noel is a past President of the VMCI.

 

Peter Castledine (Treasurer)

Peter is a very experienced member of our staff.

He was awarded CAMS Victorian and National Official of the Year in 2015.

A racing car driver himself, for many years he ran his own racing team. Away from the track Peter is currently a senior account manager working within the toy industry. Previous to this, Peter managed one of the country's leading driver training facilities providing extensive training and risk management programs in relation to driver training and licensing, for cars, motorcycles and trucks.