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Peter Jurkovsky MPA

Peter Jurkovsky was elected as President of Paramedics Australasia in November 2017. Peter has a lifetime of professional experience in paramedic operations, management and education. After working as an operational paramedic, Peter founded one of the first private ambulance companies in Australia. After the sale of the business, Peter returned to study and qualified as a lawyer and transitioned into the higher education sector where he taught and coordinated under- and post-graduate paramedic programs at Monash University. Peter now practices privately as a lawyer and undertakes advocacy in sporting tribunals.
Peter was co-opted to the Board as a skills-based Director in December 2015 in recognition of his legal skills and knowledge relating to paramedic regulation under the National Law and now chairs the Australian National Registration Working Group where he will continue to lead the Board’s strategy on paramedic registration.


Simone Haigh ASM MPA

Simone has been a paramedic with Ambulance Tasmania for 14 year and an intensive care paramedic for eight years. In 2014 she was elected to the National Board of Paramedics Australasia and subsequently elected Vice-President by the Board in 2017, a position she currently holds. Simone is also the National Board Director representative on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group. Through her advocacy of paramedic mental health and with the help of Senator Anne Urquhart, a senate inquiry was initiated into the mental health of emergency service workers and first responders with the tabling of the report in the senate in February 2019. On Australia day 2019, Simone was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal. She is also on the executive of the National Council of Ambulance Unions. 


Paul Thaw

Paul was appointed to the position of Honorary Treasurer of Paramedics Australasia following a public recruitment process in early 2016. He brings over 15 years experience as a finance executive to his directorship including roles as a chief financial officer, company secretary and board director. Paul has worked both in Australia and internationally for large multi-national corporations, growth-oriented start-ups and medium size businesses. Paul now consults independently, allowing him the flexibility to provide his skills on a pro-bono basis in support of not-for-profit organisations such as Paramedics Australasia.


Colin Allen FPA

Colin was elected to the Board at the 2018 AGM. He has worked in the EMS industry since 1987 as an on-road paramedic, supervisor and a communications/operations specialist in many locations across Queensland including rural and remote locations through to the major metropolitan centres. He is currently the Senior Operations Supervisor State Operations Centres for the Queensland Ambulance Service. Colin has been a member of PA since he started his career and has always been heavily involved in the promotion of the paramedic profession. Colin is a member of various groups including the International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs. He also sits on the JEMS Editorial Board as the Australian representative. Colin looks forward to supporting the profession at this important PA governance level going forward.


Dr Philip Bachelor OAM

Philip is a Community Representative Director. As a strategic not-for-profit executive with diverse experience on several professional and community boards, he contributes towards a broader governance and management perspective.
A cemetery executive and bereavement-care specialist, Philip is also a social researcher, author, adjunct lecturer, charitable foundation director and supporter of young people caught up in Victoria’s youth justice system. His key business interests include long-term viability and superior service delivery.


Richard Galeano MPA

Richard joined the Metropolitan Ambulance Service (Victoria) in 1978 and became a MICA officer in 1982, working as a clinical instructor and flight paramedic before moving to Queensland in 1990. While maintaining his Intensive Care Paramedic accreditation, Richard worked in many clinical, educational, operational, executive, Workplace Health and Safety, strategy and policy roles within Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS). Richard has been a sessional academic since 2005 working primarily at Queensland University of Technology where he led the development of the second-year curriculum in the Bachelor of Paramedic Science at QUT. Richard has retired from QAS and now works as a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Richard’s focus is on improving the health, work life balance and support for ambulance personnel in Australia.


Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen

Stephen is a Community Representative Director. He is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Health and has worked in the health industry for over 30 years holding leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand. Stephen is an alumnus of a number of Australian universities, the University of Oxford and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen was awarded the 2016 Australian CEO of the Year and Health Executive of the Year by The CEO Magazine. He has been recognised for his leadership and commitment to equity and inclusiveness and is a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.


Brad Mitchell MPA

Brad was elected to the
 Board at the 2015 AGM and re-elected at the 2018 AGM. He is a lecturer in the Paramedic Science degree at Flinders University, and maintains his clinical qualification by working part-time as a paramedic with SA Ambulance Service. He is also a member of the SA Health Young Professionals Group Steering Committee. Brad’s interests include evidence-based practice, and incorporating technology/innovations into teaching and paramedic practice. He is passionate about paramedic education and professional out-of-hospital care through paramedic registration.


Dr Bronwyn Tunnage MPA

Bronwyn was elected to the Board at the 2018 AGM. She is a Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine at Auckland University of Technology and the departmental research and postgraduate leader. Bronwyn is also a St John volunteer and works with the Clinical Audit and Research Team as an honorary Research Fellow. She has been a member of Paramedics Australasia since 2011, was a member of the PAIC local organising committee in 2016 and has experience as a director having served on the Board in 2014–15. Bronwyn’s clinical background includes previous practice as an intensive care paramedic in Auckland and a registered nurse in the United Kingdom. In her PhD study she explored the paramedic care of acute stroke and TIA patients and both paramedicine and cardiovascular disease continue to be the main foci of her research interests.


Dr Michael Eburn

Michael was co-opted to the Board in November 2017 for a 12-month period because of his strong skillset in law and paramedic registration. Michael is a barrister and Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law in Canberra. He has served as a probationary and then honorary ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance. He has also served as a legal officer with NSW Health.
Michael has written the text Emergency Law, now in its 4th edition, and his blog – Australian Emergency Law – is widely read by paramedics, fire fighters and rescue operators and provides up-to-date information on developments of the law and its application to the emergency ambulance services and paramedic practice.


Nathan Haynes MPA

Nathan was elected to the Board at the November 2017 AGM. Nathan is a paramedic and emergency registered nurse. He has held several roles within Paramedics Australasia including media and events coordinator, chapter chair and committee member to the Australian National Registration Working Group. As the paramedic industry approaches registration in late 2018, Nathan strongly believes that this is a crucial time to support our current working paramedics where they can smoothly transition to registered paramedic.