After a successful AGM on Friday 2 December 2011, a new Board of Directors was elected to continue the work of Paramedics Australasia in supporting and promoting the profession.

The Board of Directors is:

  • Richard Brightwell, WA
  • Alan Eade, VIC
  • Helen Eyles, QLD
  • Mick Lazell, QLD
  • Richard Larsen, SA
  • Ian Patrick, VIC
  • John Richardson, TAS
  • Tony Hochburg, WA (Community representative)
  • Nicole Nott, SA (Community representative)

At the Board meeting following the AGM the Office Bearers were elected as follows:

  • Ian Patrick, President
  • Richard Larsen, Vice President
  • Les Hotchin, Secretary (Board appointment)
  • Mick Davis, Treasurer (Board appointment)
  • John Hall, Appointed Director (Board appointment)

The notice of motion: That the meeting approves the addition of the following wording to clause 6.3.2.1. of the Paramedics Australasia Constitution:

“No more than 2 (two) elected directors may come from any one Chapter.” was passed.

Below are the biographies for the new Board of Directors

Richard Brightwell FPA PhD – Retiring Director who was seeking re-election

Richard is Coordinator of Paramedical Programs at Edith Cowan University, Perth, where he developed the undergraduate Paramedical Science Degree in consultation with the staff at St John Ambulance WA. A member of Paramedics Australasia, he has served on the PA Board since 2007.

Richard is passionate about the role of paramedics in Australian health care.

He represents PA as; The Chair of the Australasian College of Paramedicine; an executive member of NAPA; a member of the PEPAC National Accreditation Committee; and as a representative on various HWA and other government committees.

He currently holds an ALTC grant to develop international standards for paramedics and a WA Health Department grant to research Paramedic referral to care as a possible solution to ramping.

Richard seeks to continue applying his intimate knowledge of PA Board and government activities as an independent representative of all Paramedic practitioners.

Alan Eade ASM FPA – Retiring Director who was seeking re-election

I joined the (then) Institute of Ambulance Officers when I commenced with the Ambulance Service in Melbourne (1996). I have participated in the IAO and then the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals (ACAP) professional development functions and competitions, and joined the Victorian executive in 2003 working on the CPD program.

In 2005 I was elected to the national board, and in 2007 was appointed as Vice-President. I worked with our student representatives to develop the student SIG, now the highly successful Student Paramedics Australasia, and more recently the development of the Education SIG. In 2011 I was part of the team that migrated ACAP to become Paramedics Australasia.

I have progressed professional standards and development of member services. The registration agenda has been long and the work has been hard, but it is something that I have committed to and I seek your endorsement to finish the job.

Helen Eyles MPA

Helen has been a paramedic since 1995. Helen has also worked in both NSWAS and in Queensland Ambulance. She had the privilege of working as lecturer at QUT to develop the undergraduate degree there for 2 years. Helen is a Critical Care registered nurse who chooses to work in a dynamic and unpredictable environment on road.

Helen has been an educator and most recently convenor for the PARQ conference in Qld. Helen is a strong supporter for the registration of paramedics at a national level, consulting with Ray Bange and offering her support to Richard Brightwell to help develop CAP. She is currently committed to the ideal of developing a continuum of care model to optimise the patients’ return to the community. She is developing this by working to minimise the therapeutic vacuum between arrival to hospital and emergency department management.

Richard Larsen FPA – Retiring Director who was seeking re-election

I have been a member of the ACAP/PA National Board since 2008 and during this time I have been involved in the support of research activities in our field of practice, the restructure process, registration agenda and the Paramedic Education Program Accreditation Committee. I am currently the Manager, Professional Standards with SA Ambulance Service and an Intensive Care Paramedic.

Whilst there have been many positive changes achieved by PA there are still many issues on the horizon that require the input of our profession. I am very keen to remain involved in the strategic direction of PA to participate in defining the role of the professional paramedic, registration and the future direction and operations of the organisation. I support the development of a national office which is resourced to meet the demands of a growth in membership and increasing the member services we provide, especially in relation to professional development.

Mick Lazell MPA – Retiring Director who was seeking re-election

Mick started as a cadet ambulance officer in March 1980 and has fl own in planes and helicopters to deliver care in the state since then. Mick presently is working in Townsville as the Regional Communications Manager for the Northern region.

Mick started as a member of the Institute of Ambulance Officers and has been an advocate of self initiated learning or paramedics. Mick is a strong advocate for the roll of the paramedic in the delivery of primary health care and is convinced that the care that started with the paramedics goes a long way to helping various health departments around the nation claim the reduction in patient bed days as their own. Paramedics are in the ideal position to provide high quality care for patients that greatly determine how well they progress to being well again.

Ian Patrick ASM FPA MAICD – Retiring Director who was seeking re-election

Ian Patrick is an Intensive Care Paramedic and President of Paramedics Australasia. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Ian’s senior positions have included General Manager – Emergency Operations of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Victoria, Director of MAS – Monash University Translational research unit and Executive Director of Organisational Services of RAV.

While currently practising as an Intensive Care Paramedic in Tasmania and Victoria on a sessional basis, Ian has also been consulting nationally and in the Middle East as the Chief Operations Offi cer and Clinical Services Director of the National Ambulance Company, Abu Dhabi.

Ian has been the driving force behind Paramedics Australasia positioning itself as the pre-eminent voice of paramedics nationally. He is a member of the HWA Standing Advisory Committee for Health Professions and regularly represents PA on other high level committees and delegations.

John Richardson MPA

I am 55 year old and based in the NW of Tasmania; I have been an Intensive Care Paramedic for approximately 29 years and have held many positions within Ambulance Tasmania including State Branch Relief Officer, Clinical Instructor and Clinical Support Officer. During my career I have acted in many senior roles within the organisation, including operational and educational.

I have 10 years experience in senior director roles, including president of the Ambulance Employees Sub Branch of the Health and Community Services Union, and national executive board member for the Health Services Union.

I have been actively involved with Paramedics Australasia during the whole of my ambulance career and am passionate about the ongoing development and recognition of Para-medicine as a health profession. I feel that it is essential that smaller states are well represented on the national board and believe that my experience qualifies me to represent all members of Paramedics Australia.

Community candidates

Assoc Prof Dr Tony Hochberg

Prof Hochberg works full time as a Medical Practitioner specialising in General Practice (FRACGP; FRNZCGP) and Occupational Medicine (FFOMI) since 1984.

Prof Hochberg’s current work (since 2006) is as Chief Medical Adviser and Medical Director of IPN /Kinetic Health Group – Australia’s largest corporate medical group with over 1200 GPs and 200 medical centres. Prof Hochberg is responsible for a broad range of activities including quality assurance; audit; training, mentoring, client liaison and senior management advice on a variety of projects / contracts across Australia and internationally.

Prof Hochbergs current employment also involves the supervision and training of paramedics at 33 mining and offshore sites across Australasia. Prof Hochberg has held in excess of 30 consultative positions with various industries and organizations.

Professor Hochberg has a part time (5 hrs per week) appointment as Professor at the School of Medical Sciences at Edith Cowan University teaching Aviation Medicine and Occupational Medicine.

Nicole Nott

Nicole completed a B.App.Sc (Occupational Therapy) in 1989 and has undertaken graduate studies in business and ergonomics (RMIT). Nicole has practiced in Melbourne, London and Adelaide. She was a National Councillor of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists (OT AUSTRALIA) for 6 years and a state councillor for 8 years serving as the Program Manager for Professional Development during this term. Nicole represented OT AUSTRALIA as their representative to the O.T’s Registration Board, the WorkCover Strategy Review Group and the MAC.

Nicole is a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation (Leaders Institute S.A). She plays competitive hockey and volunteers at Largs Bay Primary School, assisting with reading and at Cirkidz, a circus training school in Adelaide.

Nicole believes the paramedic profession needs to position itself to ensure parity and equity of professional standing and conditions with other registered professions and to maintain and promote quality standards to ensure public safety.