Education Panel discussion


Dr Paul Simpson (Chair) Dr Paul Simpson is Director of Academic Program for Paramedicine at Western Sydney University, and a currently certified intensive care paramedic who is all too infrequently clinically active with NSW Ambulance.

Alan Morrison Alan Morrison is the Director Education for NSW Ambulance, and has oversight of clinical governance, foundational clinical education programs for new staff, as well as ongoing clinical certification and development programs for established staff. Alan represents NSW Ambulance on the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) Ambulance Education Committee and is involved in the accreditation of tertiary paramedic programs across Australia by the CAA. Alan has adjunct academic appointments with Western Sydney University and the University of Tasmania and has completed post graduate qualifications in education and management. Alan is a certified Intensive Care Paramedic and maintains clinical practice currency taking to the road in metropolitan Sydney regularly. Alan has an enduring interest in the development of paramedic capability from the novice to the expert levels and its impact on the quality of clinical care and patient safety.

Peter O’Meara Prof. Peter O’Meara is an internationally recognised expert on paramedicine models of care and education. He was one of the first paramedics in the world to complete doctoral qualification researching paramedicine. He is the inaugural Chair of Rural and Regional Paramedicine in the LaTrobe Rural Health School, Bendigo with overall responsibility for the development of the paramedicine program. Professor O’Meara’s research has focused on the delivery of paramedic services in rural settings and the development of paramedic extended scope-of-practice roles. He has published one book, nine book chapters, 59 peer-reviewed papers and 13 other publications.

Prof. O’Meara’s work has been sustained around two major domains. The first is models of paramedic care and has been built over almost 20 years of sustained research and publication. A specific focus in recent years has been in the evolution of community paramedicine, while he has also undertaken research projects related to volunteer ambulance systems. The second domain is in the field of paramedic education, with a focus on field and clinical placements, including work on the use of simulated learning technologies. In essence, this is a field of study that examines and contributes toward the emergence of paramedicine as a health profession in Australia and other parts of the world.

Shaun White Commenced ambulance career working for ASNSW in Sydney’s west before heading south, to work in the Nation’s capital as an Intensive Care Paramedic / Training & Development Officer, while completing a degree in Paramedical Sciences.

In 2007, Shaun moved to Doha, Qatar where he was employed as the Clinical Services Director for the nationally run ambulance service. Reporting to the Executive Director, the position provided an opportunity to lead the identification and implementation of industry best practices for a service responding to over 100,000 calls a year, and to set overall performance targets in an environment and culture that only a decade before had a peak deployment of 6 emergency vehicles and was supported by personnel from the local rehabilitation hospital.

In late 2011 Shaun returned to Australia, taking up a role in research and clinical practice with Ambulance Tasmania, before undertaking the role of Clinical Director, and more recently Manager of Aero-Medical & Special Operations.

Shaun has just completed a post Graduate Diploma in Health & Human Services, and whilst continuing to work for Ambulance Tasmania in a reduced capacity I have recently agreed to assist a not-for profit and church based organisation in leadership management and restructure.



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19th Aug 2016
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