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Peter Jurkovsky MPA

Peter Jurkovsky LLM, LLB(Hons), DipParaSc, GradDipLegalPrac, GradCertHighEd is a paramedic, educator and lawyer. He 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 National Registration Working Group where he will continue to lead the Board’s strategy on paramedic registration.


Simone Haigh MPA

Simone Haigh was elected as Vice-President of Paramedics Australasia in November 2017. She is an intensive care paramedic with Ambulance Tasmania where she has been employed for over 10 years, starting as an undergraduate student. She is also a clinical teacher at the University of Tasmania. Simone enjoys both paramedic and teaching work, finding both to be very gratifying.
Simone was chair of the PA Tasmania Chapter for four years 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 Thaw BEc(Hons), MBA, CPA 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.


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.


Sharon Duthie MPA

Sharon Duthie 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.


Dr Philip Bachelor OAM

Philip Bachelor PhD, FAIM, FAICD 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.


Brad Mitchell MPA

Brad’s passion and enthusiasm for the future of paramedicine saw him 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, graduating in 2007. His education also comprises the postgraduate certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies through Charles Sturt University, and he is currently undertaking his 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.


Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen

From a stellar group of 12 nominees at the 2016 AGM, Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen was elected as a Community Representative Director for a three year period. Stephen is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer for Mercy Health and brings a wealth of experience and expertise for the benefit of the PA Board and membership.
In addition to being an experienced health executive holding senior positions in both New Zealand and Australia, Stephen has strong governance experience at the board level being a director on a range of community benefit and membership organisations.


Daniel Townson MPA

Daniel was elected to the Board at the 2016 AGM. He graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2010 and has worked with the Queensland Ambulance Service for the past seven years and due to complete his Masters of Business Administration in 2017.
Initially working in rural and remote parts of North Queensland, often as a single paramedic responder, he has spent three of the past four years working in Metropolitan South – Brisbane, currently an operations supervisor for the Sunshine Coast.
Daniel has a passion for Paramedics Australasia, having been a 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 PA Board a strong commitment to quality professional development, paramedic education and professional recognition.


Dr Michael Eburn

Dr Michael Eburn 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.
In 1994 Michael commenced an academic career at the University of New England, Armidale. While there he completed a Master of Law thesis on medical end of life decision-making. This thesis included detailed discussion of issues relating to emergency medical care at the end of life. His research moved from health and emergency health to emergency management and the emergency services generally. He has written the text Emergency Law published by the Federation Press and now in its 4th edition. Michael’s 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. Michael’s PhD was on Australia’s arrangements for sending and receiving international disaster assistance, including emergency medical assistance.


Nathan Haynes MPA

Nathan was elected to the Board at the November 2017 AGM. He is also the Western Australia Chapter Chair, a paramedic and emergency registered nurse. Nathan has held several roles within Paramedics Australasia including media and event coordinator, chapter chair and committee member to the National Registration Working Group. From these roles Nathan has successfully strengthened the relationship between the pre-hospital and in-hospital environment through CPD events, symposiums, conferences, workshops and the popular ‘5 on Friday’ video series.
Nathan’s continuing vision is to ‘take inside care outside’ where pre-hospital and in-hospital medicine can unite and share education and information that benefits best patient care and outcomes while delivering up-to-date evidence-based practice. 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.