Dr Bill Griggs AM
Dr Griggs is a world leader in his field. He’s been on the front-line with trauma patients domestically and overseas for decades.
Dr Griggs has been involved in caring for the victims of many multiple casualty events, including structure collapses, bombings, bus, train and aircraft crashes. He has also been deployed, as either a Royal Australian Air Force Specialist reservist or as a civilian, to manage evacuations and tend to victims in a number of disasters including both the 2002 and 2005 Bali Bombings, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the crash of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 in Yogyakarta in 2007, the maritime fire explosion at Ashmore Reef in 2009 and the Samoan tsunami in 2009. He is considered a world authority on trauma and disaster medicine.
In 1989 he invented a surgical instrument and a procedure, now called the “Griggs technique”, to perform percutaneous tracheotomy and make an artificial airway for the critically ill and injured. This technique is used worldwide and was used to help Pope John Paul II in February 2005.
Completed many hundreds of aeromedical retrievals and was Clinical Director of Retrieval Coordination for MedStar – South Australia’s state-wide retrieval service.
Dr Griggs is the founder of the Roads2Survival™ community road safety program. He is a member of the RAAF Specialist Reserve and his list of service is truly amazing.