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Associate Professor Peter Hartley MPA
President
Peter Hartley was elected as President of Paramedics Australasia in September 2014. He is Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University. He has a multi-discipline background in health, sociology and education, and had over 30 years ambulance experience in Australia.
Peter’s current commitment is focused on the advancement of paramedicine’s recognition as a professional entity, working towards national registration, and a national curriculum and national credentialing of paramedics that will provide greater access for cross-border recognition and transition.

Neil Noble MPA
Vice-President

Neil is a critical care paramedic and has been an Executive Committee member of PA Queensland for four years (portfolio: Marketing and Corporate Communications). Neil is also 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. Neil 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.

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.

Sharon Duthie
Sharon is a road-based intensive care paramedic employed by St John Ambulance after starting her ambulance career as a volunteer in 1995. Sharon completed her undergraduate paramedicine degree at Auckland University of Technology in 2008 and a postgraduate certificate in emergency management in 2009.
Sharon was instrumental in establishing PA’s New Zealand Chapter and was elected as its inaugural Chair, a position she held until January 2015.

Simone Haigh
Simone 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 as 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. Simone was elected as a Board member in September 2015 and in that time has been very active in supporting Neil Noble in social media with specific emphasis on national registration and related issues.

Peter Jurkovsky
Peter Jurkovsky LLB(Hons), DipParaSc, GradDipLegalPrac, GradCert is a paramedic and lawyer. He is Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University in Victoria where he oversees the contractual relationships held by the department through a range of commercial agreements.
Peter has a special interest in the non-emergency patient transport sector as a proprietor in the early 1990s where he established one of the first companies in the sector and has followed the progress of the industry through its growth and regulation over the past 10 years. 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 national registration.

Brad Mitchell
Brad holds a Bachelor Nursing/Bachelor Clinical Practice (Paramedic) from Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2007. He worked as a paramedic with SA Ambulance Service before moving into the tertiary sector in 2014 as a lecturer in the paramedic science degree 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.

Matthew Simpson
Matthew started with St John Ambulance as a cadet in 1991, moving into his professional paramedic career with NSW Ambulance in 2000. Advocating for ongoing development of the paramedicine discipline sees Matthew undertaking additional roles to include Literature Reviewer for Canadian Pre-Hospital Evidence Based Practice Project, Paramedic Representative on Future Health Leaders Council Australia and writer for prehospitalresearch.edu.
Matthew is in full support of paramedic registration, and a devoted advocate for delivery of health care in rural and remote areas, and delivery of services to the members of Paramedics Australasia.

Paul Thaw
Treasurer
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.
In this first year as Treasurer, Paul has focused on developing robust financial/governance processes and managing organisational efficiency.

Stephen Cornelissen
From a stellar group of 12 nominees at the 2016 AGM, Adj Professor Stephen Cornelissen was elected as a Community Director of PA 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 November 2016, Stephen was awarded the title of CEO of the Year at the CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards.

Daniel Townson
Dan 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 6 years. Initially working in rural and remote parts of North Queensland and often as a single paramedic responder, he has spent the last three years working in Brisbane, Metropolitan South.

Dan has a passion for Paramedics Australasia, having been a member since 2008 and wearing many hats in the QLD 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.