Humanitarian Health Action

Dr David Cooper

Dr David Cooper is the Director of the New South Wales (NSW) Health Counter Disaster Unit in the Ambulance Service of NSW, Sydney Australia. He is also NSW State Disaster Medical Controller and Senior Lecturer in Emergency Management at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW.

David studied medicine at the University of Newcastle and was a senior medical officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. He is a specialist emergency physician by clinical training (Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) and has Masters degrees in Management and Business Administration from Macquarie University in Sydney.

Prior to his current position, David was the Area Director of Emergency Services for Western Sydney Health Service and was the Disaster Medical Commander for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

David has developed a number of plans and policies for both the NSW and Australian Governments, including the Australian Mass Casualty Burn Disaster Plan (AUSBURNPLAN). He was also responsible for the development of the Health plans for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. David was also a member of the successful bid team for the World Masters Games (Sydney 2009).

David has significant consultancy experience in the development of emergency management and critical care (EMS) systems both within Australia and internationally.

David is a member of a number of peak Australian Government committees, including the Australian Health Disaster Management Policy Committee, co-ordinating health responses during the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day Asian tsunami disaster. Following the tsunami disaster, David was appointed by the Australian Government to lead the configuration and deployment of the first civilian medical teams to Banda Aceh (Indonesia), The Maldives and Sri Lanka.