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Extending the paramedic role in rural Australia: a story of flexibility and innovation

Peter O'Meara1 PhD, Professor,
Vianne Tourle2 BEc, Research assistant,
Christine Stirling3 PhD, Senior lecturer,
Judi Walker4 PhD, Professor,
Daryl Pedler5 DHSc, Associate professor,

1 La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
2 School of Biomedical Science, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.
3 School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
4 School of Rural Health, Monash University, Moe, Victoria, Australia.
5 School of Rural Health, Monash University, Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.

Correspondence: P O'Meara, PO Box 199, Bendigo, VIC 3552, Australia 

Author contribution: Peter O'Meara: designed the project. Vianne Tourle: contributed to drafts. Christine Stirling: original concept. Judi Walker: original concept. Daryl Pedler: original concept.

Citation: O'Meara PF, Tourle V, Stirling C, Walker J, Pedler D.  Extending the paramedic role in rural Australia: a story of flexibility and innovation. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2012; 12: 1978. Available: (Accessed 20 October 2017)

Submitted: 24 October 2011
Revised: 13 December 2011
Published: 12 April 2012