Pieter Nel

Pieter Nel
  • Director of Emergency Medicine
    Mackay Base Hospital


Dr Pieter Nel was educated in South Africa and obtained his medical degree at the University of Pretoria in 1985. In addition to his medical degree, he completed a course in Accounting and Finance for health Professionals through the University of South Africa. Pieter relocated to Australia in 1999, and has since gained fellowships with RACGP and ACRRM. He is accredited as a Rural Generalist with special skills in general emergency medicine (GEM), and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Pieter was appointed as the Director of Emergency Medicine at the Mackay Base Hospital in July 2010. In addition to his role as the Director of ED, Pieter also practices as a Senior Medical Officer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Session title

Emergency community connect—connecting emergency departments to Aged Care Facilities
Presenting with Belinda Berg


Saturday 1 September  |  View program for more details


Connected Concept
Four Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) in Mackay and the Mackay Base Hospital have been connecting via the Emergency Community Connect project for close to 12 months. The initiative uses secure email and video-conferencing systems between midday and 8:00pm each day to allow doctors and nurses to observe a patient in their room via a tablet device. This enables Doctors to prescribe management plans without having to send them in an ambulance to hospital.

The Digital Difference
Similar ED Teams have been trialled at other locations but this has a critical difference, with the key factor being the digital information provided to Mackay Base Hospital by the RACFs. The purposely designed electronic forms are lodged securely and reviewed by the SEAT Administrative Support Officer for completeness and readiness for consult before being accessed by the Senior Medical Officer.

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