Paramedics Australasia Board of Directors

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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 MPA

Simone was elected as Vice-President of Paramedics Australasia in November 2017. She is currently an acting paramedic educator and intensive care paramedic with Ambulance Tasmania where she has been employed for over 12 years, starting as an undergraduate student. She was also a clinical teacher at the University of Tasmania for nine years. Simone enjoys both paramedic and teaching work, finding both to be very gratifying. Simone was chair of the Tasmania Chapter in 2016 and Vice-Chair for the two years prior and was elected as a Board member in September 2015. In that time she has been very active in supporting Neil Noble in social media with specific emphasis on national registration and related issues.


Paul Thaw

Paul was appointed to the position of Honorary Treasurer of Paramedics Australasia following a public recruitment process in early 2016. Paul 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.


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.


Sharon Duthie MPA

Sharon is an intensive care paramedic with St John Ambulance New Zealand, where she has been employed for the past 14 years. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic), postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Paramedic) and a graduate certificate in Emergency Management from Auckland University of Technology.
Sharon was instrumental in establishing PA’s New Zealand Chapter and was elected as its inaugural chair, a position she held until January 2015. In 2016, Sharon was the conference chair of PAIC 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. Sharon is currently assisting the Rural and Remote Special Interest Group with building its presence and instigating its inaugural symposium in 2018.


Neil Noble MPA

Neil is a critical care paramedic. He is also a committee member of the Queensland Chapter (portfolio: marketing and corporate communications) and Chair of the Paramedics Australasia Social Media Committee.
As lead paramedic for Australia’s leading EMS brand, Team Australia EMS, Neil is well travelled with an excellent understanding of global EMS operations and is the Australian editor for International Technical Rescue and has published articles in many publications.
Neil is committed to ensuring that Paramedics Australasia remains the peak body representing paramedics across Australasia, and to promote Australian out-of-hospital care systems to the world.


Brad Mitchell MPA

Brad was elected to the Board at the 2015 AGM. His portfolio includes the Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics as well as overseeing the current CPD certification process.
Brad 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 holds a Bachelor Nursing/Bachelor Clinical Practice (Paramedic) from Charles Sturt University and a postgraduate certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies. He is currently undertaking a Master in Clinical Education at Flinders University.
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.


Daniel Townson MPA

Daniel was elected to the Board at the 2016 AGM. He graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedics) and again in 2017 with a Master of Business Administration.
Working with Queensland Ambulance Service, Daniel is an Advanced Care Paramedic with experience working in rural and remote Queensland, as well as metropolitan. Daniel’s role is an Operations Supervisor in Metro South and he is currently acting as Executive Manager for Service Planning.
Daniel has a passion for Paramedics Australasia, having been a member and active Queensland Committee member since 2008. He has worn many hats in the Queensland Chapter Committee, including student adviser and liaison, executive committee member, professional development coordinator and membership registrar. He brings to the Board a strong commitment to quality professional development, paramedic education and professional recognition.


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.


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.