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Profiles And Contributions To This Article

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

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Peter O'Meara

qualifications: PhD

contribution: designed the project

position: Professor

Dr Peter O'Meara is the Professor of Rural and Regional Paramedicine at La Trobe University in Bendigo where a new course that focuses on the education and training of paramedics for rural and regional practice is being established. Over more than a decade he has undertaken a wide range of research related to rural health and ambulance services including the emergence of new models of paramedic practice and the management of volunteers. His current research and educational interests centre on the professionalization of the paramedic profession and the educational and leadership implications of these changes.


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Vianne Tourle

qualifications: BEc

contribution: contributed to drafts

position: Research assistant

Australia

Vianne works as a Research Associate at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She brings to the position experience in rural community development, social development, and project management in both arts and health. Vianne has assisted research programmes in the fields of paramedicine; crisis communication; secondary education, gender and IT; incentives and motivations for rural teachers; media and information technology.


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Christine Stirling

qualifications: PhD

contribution: original concept

position: Senior lecturer

Australia

Dr Christine Stirling was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania's Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in 2008. She has a career long interest in improving community based healthcare through nursing practice and research. Prior to joining the Wicking Dementia Centre she was Assistant Director of the Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania. Dr Stirling has a PhD in Rural Health, a Masters of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is passionate about improving the interactions between the health workforce and health service clients. Her research interests include services for people with dementia and their carers, the health workforce, volunteering, community participation, and evaluation methodologies. Dr Stirling has published extensively and has received numerous research grants from both government and non government organisations. She has a particular interest in how evaluation can inform knowledge translation and the successful innovation of programs and is currently researching the use of decision aids and other tools aimed at increasing consumer involvement in health care.


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Judi Walker

qualifications: PhD

contribution: original concept

position: Professor

Australia

Professor Judi Walker holds the inaugural Chair of Rural Health at the University of Tasmania, recognising the significant contribution she has made to the development of academic rural health in Australia. Her background and achievements exemplify the interdisciplinary and multiprofessional nature of rural health. Judi has overall responsibility for the Faculty of Health Science's rural health portfolio. She is Chief Executive of the University's Rural Clinical School - a conjoint appointment with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services. Judi has an international reputation for practice and research in rural medical/health professional education, interdisciplinary education,innovation in health service delivery and education and training for health workforce reform. She leads a research team looking at health care models and policy approaches for rural older people. Judi has a longstanding engagement with paramedic education and is a member of the national Ambulance Education Council. In 2005 she completed a significant consultancy for the Council of Ambulance Authorities and developed Australia's national accreditation system for university paramedic programs.


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Daryl Pedler

qualifications: DHSc

contribution: original concept

position: Associate professor

Australia

I am presently the Director of the Rural Community Clinical School (Graduate entry medical course) for Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. My research interests are injury related, (with a particular interest in Farm Injury), health professional education and population health.


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