• The Explora Medical Story

    Established in 2020 as a family-run business on the Gold Coast, Australia, we set our goal to provide the very best healthcare to remote teams operating in what would be defined as extreme environments. Having run a successful expedition company that shut down due to the global pandemic, Sunny and Shelly founded Explora Risk Medical in the midst of the international shutdown as a way of providing logistical health, water safety, and medical support to remote documentary film teams who were still operating around the globe. Since that time Explora Risk Medical has aligned itself as an industry leader in health care in extreme environments and the platform has grown to provide services to film crews, research teams, documentary groups, and exploratory teams as well as developing a training academy and media arm.


    Simply to make it as safe as possible for groups of people to explore the wildlands of the earth through quality remote healthcare and safety training, while educating our teams and developing our own practices to protect the environment, cultures, and places we explore.

  • Managing Director


    Sunny is a paramedic, academic and expedition leader based on the GC. He has led over thirty (30) international & remote expeditions and published two (2) award winning books.

    Communication Manager


    With a background in adventure travel, psychology and social science Shelly manages all communication needs for Explora.

    National Training Manager


    Nick is a critical care paramedic with extensive experiences in vocational and tertiary education, content creation, and podcasting.

    Dr. Sandy MacQuarrie

    Chief Paramedic Consultant


    Sandy is a former flight paramedic from Canada turned academic. With over 30 years experience he now provides operational advice and support to our remote medical teams.

    Expedition Doctor

    Endurance Sport Specialist


    Sophie is a doctor based in Western Victoria with a passion for expedition, retrieval, and sports medicine. She even speaks French!

    Dr. Brent Systermans

    Expedition Doctor

    Polar Specialist


    Brent is an expedition doctor who recently returned from Antarctica. He is passionate about providing health care in austere environments.

    Consultant Podiatrist for Expeditions

    Ultra- Endurance Specialist


    Scott is a consultant podiatrist, mountain biker and ultra marathon athlete who consults and advises on climbing, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions.

    Expedition Medic / Educator

    Marine Specialist


    Seb is a paramedic and self-confessed waterman. A keen surfer, free diver and paddler he facilitates our marine first responder course.

    Expedition Medic / Educator

    Canyoning Specialist


    Jordan is a former combat medic turned paramedic who instructs single & multi-pitch climbing, canyoning and abseiling.

    Expedition Medic / Educator

    Climbing Specialist


    Ali is a paramedic and climber with experience providing health care to remote film teams and research groups.

    Expedition Medic

    Watercraft Specialist


    Harrison is a paramedic with an extensive background in water rescue. He leads the medical aspects of our marine expeditions.

    Expedition Medic

    Mountaineering and Glacial Travel


    Taylor is a paramedic with extensive experience in water rescue who has now turned her attention to all things climbing & mountaineering.

  • About Explora Risk Medical

    Exploring remote environments, researching hard-to-reach places, and remote filming can be exciting and transformative, but it’s not always easy to achieve. At Explora Risk Medical we believe it should be accessible for everyone to experience!

    Explora Risk Medical was born from this belief and from our own experiences on expeditions, humanitarian health care deployments, and remote filming projects. While each experience was different, they all shared a similarity in that people required medical care in resource-poor and remote areas. But it wasn’t just the challenge of providing health care in these extreme environments that was generating interest, it was the potential training opportunities and also the people and the experiences themselves. The stories not told, the pictures not seen, the dialogue not captured. It was a gap that was recognised and a gap that needed to be filled. So we set about a new task. To build something new from the ground up and navigate two growing healthcare opportunities (training and media).


    Explora Medical Media is now an independent media platform that merges three industries (Health Care, Exploration, and Publishing). It brings to life the stories and experiences of health care in extreme environments.


    The Academy of Extreme Environment Medicine is an independent educational platform that offers the only Southern Hemisphere based Clinical fellowship in Extreme Environment Medicine



    We don’t just survive in these environments, our team thrives, so if you have a project requiring remote medical care that you’d like help with please get in touch.

    Good Medicine in Extreme Places

  • Our Ethos

    Our people are your people and our people are just like you.

    We are clinicians, adventurers, writers, readers, and content creators who share a similar passion for exploring remote and extreme environments while keeping people safe. What better way to do it than scaffold our responsible travel policy on three key areas.

    Minimising our impact on the environment and protecting the planet.

    Improving health literacy through education programs and cultural competence.

    Creating a safe and positive working environment for all staff

  • Books

    Every book sold is supporting safe water projects in India, Nepal and Uganda