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A/Prof Bill Griggs AM, ASM


Obtained his MBBS from the University of Adelaide in 1981 and specialist qualifications in both Anaesthesia (1986) and Intensive Care (1989). 

Gained tertiary aerospace medicine qualification from the University of Otago in 2000 and completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Adelaide in 2009.

Joined the Consultant Staff of the RAH in 1989 and assumed his current position as the Director of the Trauma Service in 1995.  Major areas of clinical interest relate to acute trauma, disaster/mass casualty management and prehospital care, including retrievals and patient transport. He also has strong interests in aviation/aerospace medicine, injury prevention and governance. In 2004 he conceived and created the Roads2Survival young driver road safety program.

Major Awards:

  • He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2003.
  • He was named the South Australian Recipient and National Finalist for the 2006 “Australian of the Year” Award.
  • He was awarded the “Key to the City” by the City of Adelaide in 2006.
  • He was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2009.
  • He was named the “South Australian of the Year” in 2009.

Current Positions:

  • Trauma Service, Royal Adelaide Hospital – Director.
  • MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval - Director, Retrieval Coordination.
  • SA Health – State Controller (Health and Medical).
  • Adelaide University – Clinical Associate Professor.
  • James Cook University – Associate Professor.
  • SA Ambulance Service - Regional Ambulance Service Medical Officer.
  • Royal Australian Air Force - Director Air Force Health Reserves SA/WA.  
  • St John Ambulance Australia (Operations Branch) - Medical Officer.
  • Phoenix Society, Prince Alfred College and Super SA - Board member.

Current Committee Memberships:

  • Australian Defence Force Retrieval and Critical Care Consultative Group
  • SA Ambulance Service Clinical Governance Committee
  • South Australian Trauma System Steering Committee
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital Trauma Committee


  • Invented and patented the “Griggs Kit” Forceps and the associated percutaneous tracheostomy technique which is sold worldwide.


  • Over 75 publications in a variety of journals.
  • Mutiple publications related to the dilation technique of percutaneous tracheostomy.
  • Many others related to acute trauma and prehospital care.

Interests Hobbies:

  • Spending time with his family
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Reading, Chess, Photography, Genealogy, Cycling
  • Flying  - Private Pilot's Licence