Natalie Hood is a paediatric emergency physician in Melbourne, Australia and has been the National Medical Advisor for Surf Life Saving Australia for the last fifteen years. Growing up a one minute walk from the beach, she has been involved in lifesaving since the age of ten years old, worked as a professional lifeguard during her years as a university student, and continues patrolling on a voluntary basis at the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club.
Natalie has a special interest in drowning, its recognition, prevention and management. She is also interested in the promotion of first aid training, and is currently a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation’s First Aid Task Force, looking at the evidence, or lack of evidence, for certain first aid applications.
Her love of the water flowed over into other areas of her life. She competed internationally, and at the 1996 Olympics, with the Australian Sprint Kayak team, and in 2008, for a sabbatical year, lived on a yacht with her husband and three young children.
Moving on from competing herself, Natalie enjoys coaching, managing and officiating for junior sporting competitions and advocates encouraging sporting involvement for teenagers, from novice through to performance competitors, making junior sport social and fun regardless of your skill level.
Natalie enjoys travel with her family, exploring new places, and using the time to recharge your batteries before jumping back into the business of life.