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Dr David Read


Director of Trauma

David Read is a General Surgeon and the Director of Trauma & Burns at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

He has a very broad based surgical practice but has a particular interest in Trauma and Burns, Surgical Oncology and Paediatric Surgery. As an Army Reservist he has deployed to East Timor, Iraq and Bali. He has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross after Bali 2002 and the Meritorious Unit Citation after Iraq. He has also been involved in the RDH response to the Bali bombings and East Timor, Ashmore Reef. He recently deployed as the General Surgeon on Team Alpha of the AusMAT Team to Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan.

He is the Northern Territory representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee and Disaster Preparedness Committee. More recently he has been appointed to the Board at Kidsafe NT. An avid teacher, he is an instructor on EMST, EMSB, DTSC and the Disaster Surgical AusMAT course. He has extensive experience in Indigenous Health issues and has an interest in the delivery of specialist services to remote Indigenous communities. In his spare time he does whatever his 2 year old daughter wants.