Dr Zachau has a 25-year career in emergency, prehospital and general practice behind her. Due to a rare muscle channelopathy, she now instead volunteers for organisations with a focus on Wilderness medicine.
Dr Zachau has been running avalanche medical rescue and accidental hypothermia management workshops for the snow industry and the SAR sector in New Zealand at NZ Mountain Safety Council Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conferences in 2017, 2019 and will be doing so again this year.
She was part of NZ Mountain Safety Council “Alpine Hunters Falls Prevention“ group and has engaged with the sector about appropriate hunting specific first aid
She has presented on these topics at ICAR virtual conference 2020, Virtual Snow science workshop 2020 and NZ Resuscitation Council in 2018 and NZ National Trauma Symposium 2020.
She helped NZ St John Ambulance write their first-ever accidental hypothermia guideline in their 2019 CPG.
She is one of the founder members of the recently formed “New Zealand Society for Mountain Medicine”
She is the Tactical Medicine New Zealand civilian “Outdoors and hunting” representative.
Dr Zachau has conducted research on NZ Coronial and Ministry of Health data of a 10 year period of deaths from Accidental Hypothermia and will be presenting this at the TacMed Summit 2021 with specific reference to the hazardous environment search and rescue responders