Dr Richard Harris

Dr Richard Harris

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Professional Biography

Richard Harris (Harry) joined SAS in 1998 after completing his anaesthesia training in the UK, Adelaide and New Zealand. In the subsequent years, he has maintained his commitment to the group and continues to enjoy a varied anaesthesia practice with partciular interest in anaesthesia for breast and endocrine surgery, ENT and acoustic neuroma surgery, upper GI surgery and endoscopy.

Harry’s medical interests have a broader base however. He has managed to combine his taste for adventure with his medical practice and a lifelong interest in the underwater world. This led him into the field of diving and hyperbaric medicine. His work at South Australia’s emergency medical retrieval service (MedSTAR) as an aeromedical consultant continues to challenge him with the care of critically ill patients in remote and austere environments.

Harry worked with AusAID in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for two years providing anaesthesia and intensive care services in the setting of a developing medical system. His love of underwater exploration has led him to work on National Geographic documentaries, feature films and with various teams worldwide in the role of diver, underwater cameraman and of course medical support. He is a member of the Explorers Club of New York and recently received an Australian award for “Outstanding Contributions to Cave Exploration”.

Harry enjoys challenging himself, gaining new knowledge and skills within his spheres of interest, and actively embraces professional development in medicine. Some recent courses attended include: