Casey Edwards is an internationally award winning Cardiac Perfusionist working at The Heart Centre for Children in Westmead, NSW. Her highly specialised field of paediatric cardiac perfusion is practiced by less than 20 people nationwide.
She is involved in researching, designing and operating life support systems for critically ill children in both planned heart surgeries and emergencies. She is the youngest board member ever elected to the Australian Board of Cardiac Perfusion (ABCP). She is also the youngest ever coordinator of the ABCP’s Autotransfusion Course and a mentor to several junior perfusionists in training.
Casey’s presentations explore the ways that high-pressure, high-stakes situations in the operating room manifest as case studies in management, leadership, teamwork and effective communication. She strongly believes that interdisciplinary collaboration (in this case between medicine and project management) broadens the scope for learning opportunities. Casey is excited to embark upon one such collaboration and she promises to keep her non-medical audience in mind at PMIAC19 by putting a content warning before any pictures of hearts!