Dr Dennis Millard

NICKNAMES: ‘the Menace’ and ‘the Frother’

NATIONALITY: Australian

CURRENT POSITION:
Anaesthetics Advanced Trainee, Western Australia

FAVOURITE SURF DESTINATION:
Western Australia, Indo, Mexico

PREVIOUS BENEVOLENT WORK:
Doctor in G-land 2008 – current
Volunteer birthing and paediatric clinic in Bali
Soloman Island’s work 2012

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE:
South Africa, New Zealand, Los Angeles, New York, Canada, Mexico (Puerto Escondido), Costa Rica, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Bali, Lombok, Java, Vanuatu, Extensive intra-Australia.

STUDIES AND TRAINING:
I was a winemaker before becoming a doctor and completed my Viticulture studies through Curtin University in WA. My medical degree is a MBBS through the University of Western Australia completed in 2009. I worked in Fremantle Hospital (WA) for Internship, then worked at The Tweed Hospital in ED and ICU for 18months. I then moved back to Western Australia in 2012 to begin my Anaesthetics training where I have remained since.

ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD ABOUT YOURSELF:
I’m a keen kitesurfer, wakeboarder, fisherman and diver, and love anything that involves the ocean.

6 Comments

  1. Gareth Lewis-Jones says:

    Hi there,

    My name’s Gareth, I’ve just finished my medical degree in Bristol in the UK, and I’m currently on a medical elective out in Australia. I’m doing my elective in sports medicine, with a preferred interest in surfing.

    I’m currently staying at the Hurley Performance Center just outside of Coolangatta, and wanted to pick your brains to see if yourself or any other surf docs know of any ‘surfing medicine’ experience I could get whilst in the area. I’m here for 6 weeks, so any time during the block would be great.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Gareth Lewis-Jones

    • Dennis Millard says:

      Hi Gareth, sorry for the late reply, did you end up getting in touch via email? We have a lot of students keen to perform their overseas elective with us in Indonesia.
      There’s a big field of work out there in surfing medicine, very happy to chat.
      Let me know if you didn’t get in touch.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have just watched the ABC program “The Day The Shark Came In”. I thought you provided a very sensible & well thought out response to the issue. I am a new doctor & diver in WA myself & I share many similar sentiments. I am very aware that the ocean is shared space & that getting in to the water poses a risk, but the freedom & joy of doing what you love can’t compare. Cheers

    • Dennis Millard says:

      Thanks very much for your support Sarah. It’s difficult to remain objective regarding such an emotive issue – it will be great if we can learn more about those big creatures and improve water safety for all users, particularly in Western Australia.

  3. Dean Ackland says:

    It should be obvious to any thinking person that feeding Great White sharks from cages here in South Australia will teach them to associate the human figure and boats with food.
    I have been spearfishing throughout all waters of South Austalia for over 40 years sharing this enviroment with the Great White.
    It can be a dangerous pratice, that I accept.
    However the inclusion into the SA diving scene of shark tourism appears to have changed the game here and in Western Australia.
    These magnificent sharks are being fed by the so-called “shark experts” and in doing so are changing their natural feeding habits.
    A person encountering one of these sharks must surely have an increased likelihood of being attacked.
    Perhaps in due course the Shark cage diving in SA will be banned,(as in all other states) crossing out 1 possible factor of these increased attack rates.

    Live long and prosper my friend
    Dean

    • Dennis Millard says:

      Very impressive and sensible comments Dean, you sound like a true waterman!
      I completely agree, they are highly intelligent creatures and practices which teach them to associate humans with an easy feed should be evaluated much more closely!
      Do you find it interesting that the environmental impact of this has not been assessed as thoroughly as that of drum lines or shark nets?
      Stay safe in the water mate!

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