Dr Nick Coatsworth is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and specialises in both respiratory medicine and infectious diseases. He is currently Director of Infectious Diseases at Canberra Hospital. Nick began his humanitarian career with Medecins Sans Frontieres in 2004. He has worked in Congo-Brazzaville, Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. Dr Coatsworth served on the MSF Australia board of Directors from 2008-2014 and was elected President in 2010 serving for two terms. In the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster of 2013 Nick led the second Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) deployed to Tacloban City in the Philippines. Nick has also led a medico-logistic team to the Arnhem land community of Maningrida to help eradicate trachoma and as Executive Director of Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) oversaw the agency’s contribution to the AusMAT deployments following Cyclone Pam and Winston. Nick has written widely for online and print media, has published in scientific and policy journals, and regularly addresses audiences about humanitarian issues in Australia and overseas.
Ever wondered what it’s like to deliver emergency aid around the world? To see the effects of war and natural disasters on health? Wonder no more, as former President of MSF Australia Dr Nicholas Coatsworth shares his experience working as a doctor without borders.