It is with great pleasure that I announce that I have agreed to accept a role as a co-opted member of the Board of Paramedics Australasia (PA).

PA ( is ‘… the peak professional organisation representing practitioners who provide paramedic services to the community’.  I have had the privilege of being an Honorary Fellow of PA since 2014.

The PA Constitution (rule provides that the Board is to be made up of up to 13 Directors.  Seven are elected from the members of PA; two are elected from ‘the wider community’ and both the Secretary and Treasurer are co-opted members of the Board, giving a total of 11. Rule then says:

The Board may co-opt up to two (2) additional Directors, drawn from either the PA membership, or the wider community, for a period of up to twelve (12) months on any one occasion. These Directors must be elected by a 75 percent majority of the Board voting for this specific purpose.

It is under rule that I have been asked to serve on the Board for the next 12 months as paramedics make the transition to registered health professionals.

It is with pleasure that I accept this role and I look forward to making a contribution to this important development in paramedic professional development.  My full time working life began in 1988 when I commenced employment as a probationary ambulance officer with NSW Ambulance. It is nice, now, to be offered the opportunity to use the expertise that I have developed in nearly 30 years as a lawyer and academic, in direct and practical service to my original profession.

As a member of the Board of PA I may be limited in my ability, on this blog, to discuss matters that are being considered by, or have been adopted by, the PA Board. Subject to that I intend to retain my independence and to continue to comment on, and answer questions relating to, paramedic and ambulance service practice.

I look forward to making a contribution to the development of paramedicine over the next 12 months.