Rod Kershaw Scholarship

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  • Are you a full financial member of Paramedics Australasia (SA Chapter) and have been for more than six months?
  • Are you a current SA Ambulance Service staff member (career or volunteer)?
  • Do you like travelling and research?
  • Are you interested in improving paramedic care delivery in South Australia and throughout Australasia?
  • Do you want to receive up to $7,000 funding towards travel expenses?
  • Do you want to receive roster coverage and paid study leave*?

*For approved topics

Then the Kershaw Scholarship might be for you!

Co-sponsored by Paramedics Australasia and SA Ambulance Service, the Kershaw Scholarship provides the opportunity through the provision of financial support to research a process, system or equipment currently being used in another organisation anywhere in the world for the ultimate benefit of the paramedic profession in Australasia and SA Ambulance Service.

This scholarship intends to empower members to bring innovative ways of working back to Australasia and SAAS to share with colleagues and potentially implement.

About Rod Kershaw ASM

(L to R): Glen Cuttance, Rod Kershaw ASM, Tim Pointon

Rod Kershaw is a Fellow and Life Member of Paramedics Australasia (previously known as the Institute of Ambulance Officers and the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals). He held office at both a state and national level, culminating in his continuous tenure as the national President from 1995 until 2002. During his presidency he sponsored and developed a series of activities including the National Recognition Program (which allowed paramedics to transfer across state borders), began the push for the national registration of ambulance officers and paramedics, and the development of the Med Exchange program allowing members to travel to and work in Great Britain and New Zealand.

Rod was a member of SA Ambulance Service and its antecedent organisations from 1970 until his retirement in 2008. Over this period he worked with distinction in a range of areas, including on-road operations as a paramedic, station officer, district manager, operations manager, training officer, state communications supervisor, and had direct involvement with the progression of the Alpha program (the precursor to the current Intensive Care Paramedic program).

More recently, Rod has been responsible for the SAAS Peer Support Program which provides peer support for ambulance officers and paramedics who have been involved in critical incidents. This program has been largely responsible for the dramatic drop in stress-related claims and is so successful that it has extended into other emergency services and, more recently, as a joint endeavour with St John Australia. In 2002 Rod was awarded for his outstanding contributions to the field of critical stress incident management. He was involved in the establishment of the Road Trauma Support Team of SA Association, and is also a past Chair of that organisation. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Counselling).

Rod was granted the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) on 12 June, 2006. He is also a member of The Order of St John.

Rod’s outstanding involvement in a number of areas has benefited both Paramedics Australasia and SAAS, and the South Australia community greatly.

Past recipients

  • 2016: Sarah Evreniadis visited Alberta Ambulance Service in Canada with a view to establish a paramedic exchange program between Alberta Ambulance Service and SA Ambulance Service. View Sarah’s presentation on PA eLearning, or read copy of her Presentation.
  • 2015: Sarah Roberts visited London Ambulance Service and other UK trusts with a focus on demand management strategies.
  • 2014: Michael Bohrnsen travelled to Scotland to research alternative pathways for ambulance services.
  • 2013: Angela Martin investigated the role of Community Paramedics as part of her PhD studies.
  • 2012: Grant Gallagher visited Israel and met with volunteers and career staff about why they provide the service they do to their communities.
  • 2011: Glen Cuttance travelled to the UK to continue his studies in major incident response and management.
  • 2010: Chris Cotton visited the USA to gain information about latest treatments, procedures and research. Read Chris’s report of Pittsburg EMS and The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Conference in Arizona.
  • 2009: Jacinta Angley traveled to the USA to examine improved cardiac arrest outcomes in local emergency medical systems.


2019 Applications opening soon… watch this space!