Doctor of the University Mick Davis – a role model for generations of paramedics
At the Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) graduation ceremony held in Brisbane on 16 December, Mick Davis was conferred an Honorary degree of Doctor of the University.
We believe Mick is the first Australian paramedic to receive this honour. The award is conferred for distinguished contribution to the branch of learning concerned, which is at least equivalent to the standard of achievement and skill acquired during doctoral studies, exceptional service to the professional and public life of the particular discipline, and the nominee’s initiative, leadership or distinction in the particular discipline.
Citation from Mr John Abbott, Chancellor Central Queensland University Australia
Recipient: Michael John Davis AM, ASM and Doctor of the University
Mick Davis undertook a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma of Management and Master of Business Administration at CQUniversity prior to his distinguished career contributing to the development, innovation and strengthening of paramedic services in Australia. As well as strongly contributing to the future of the Queensland and Australian paramedic industries, Mick pursued his interest in the history of the service through his commitment to the Queensland Ambulance Wynnum Museum and the establishment of the Queensland Ambulance Charters Towers Museum. His long-time support of the annual memorial and commemorative service and management of the Queensland Ambulance Services Honour Roll also ensures that fallen colleagues are remembered.
Mick has been a dedicated worker and visionary leader throughout his career and his achievements have been recognised through numerous national awards including the National Medal (2ne Clasp) in 1999 for diligent long service to the community in hazardous circumstances, including in times of emergency and national disaster, in direct protection of life and property. In 2000 he was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for service to community health through the Queensland Ambulance Service and the former Institute of Ambulance Officers (now Paramedics Australasia), particularly in the areas of education and training. In addition, Mick was also awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012, which recognises distinguished service by the men and women of Australia’s ambulance organisations.
As a strong supporter of CQUniversity over the years, Mick was a member of the initial advisory team for the Bachelor of Paramedic Science program. He subsequently established scholarships for CQUniversity paramedic students to attend the PAIC conference and supported CQUniversity students to establish a brand of Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA). For the past three years, Mick has given lectures to CQUniversity students on the history of ambulance services, specifically the Queensland Ambulance Service. Mick has given these lectures and assisted students in his own time and at no expense to the university.
In 2012, commencing his transition to retirement, Mick was appointed Volunteer Manager of Queensland Ambulance Heritage and History. Mick has also recently been elected President of the Queensland Ambulance Services Retired Officers Association. As a leader in the Australian ambulance community and community health, a dedicated long serving member of the ambulance profession and a role model for generations of paramedics, Mick is a person CQUniversity is proud to acknowledge. On this basis the university confers on Michael Davis the honorary degree of Doctor of the University.