ILS established a Medical Fellowship in honour of Dr. Ian Mackie, MD in order to continue his contribution to the international lifesaving community.
The Fellowship provides young lifesavers and lifeguards with a link to the ILS Medical Committee continuing Dr. Mackie's belief in the importance of the link between medical issues and their practical application by lifesavers and lifeguards.
Dr. Ian Mackie, MD was a world renowned water safety expert.
He served as a member of the Australian Resuscitation Council for 14 years representing both Surf Life Saving Australia and the Royal Life Saving Society. He was the National Medical Advisor to Royal Life Saving Society Australia from 1982 until his death in 2002 and of Surf Life Saving Australia from 1976 to 1996.
Dr. Mackie was the first chair of the ILS Medical Committee and published scholarly lifesaving materials for over four decades. He received many awards for his contribution and was well known for his welcoming and inclusive manner.
Recipient for 2016/2019 is Dr. Matthew SILLS (Ireland). Matthew studied medicine in University College Cork, graduating in June 2014. He went on to begin his postgraduate training, and is currently on the National Training Programme for Emergency Medicine. Matthew holds a keen interest in matters relating to drowning, resuscitation, pre-hospital and critical care.
Recipient for 2012/2015 is Dr. Robin SAGGERS, MD (South Africa). Robin is a physician with an interest in both medicine and lifesaving and has been involved in lifesaving for 12 years in various areas and leadership positions.
Recipient for 2008/2011 is Dr. Phil DICKINSON. Phil has a background as a lifeguard, lifesaving competitor, lifesaving competition organiser, lifesaving club president, resuscitation instructor and is physician. He has an interest and training in critical care. He did his undergraduate medical education at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2003.
Recipient for 2006/2007 was Angela LAWSON. Nominated by Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Angela is a surf lifeguard who has been heavily involved with both royal and surf life saving activities from a young age. She completed a tenure in the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Leadership Group and Surf Life Saving Australia's National Leadership Camp, and is passionate about decision making at a national level, with input through a number of committees. Angela studied medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand and is the first Dr. Ian Mackie Medical Fellowship recipient.
The fellowship allows an active lifesaver or lifeguard to travel to and participate in Medical Committee meetings in order to foster input and dissemination of Medical Committee matters at the critical working lifesaver/lifeguard level.
To be considered, applicants must:
To ensure efficient administration, the following steps are followed quadrennial: