Top hon­our for para­medic

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

FIRST RE­PORTED AT RECOG­NISED in the Aus­tralia Day Hon­ours List for 2017 is Goose­berry Hill para­medic Paul Davies.

Mr Davies joined St John Am­bu­lance as a stu­dent am­bu­lance of­fi­cer in Jan­uary 1994 and qual­i­fied as a para­medic three years later.

In what the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral has de­scribed as “a dis­tin­guished ca­reer, Mr Davies has worked as a met­ro­pol­i­tan para­medic, on­road tu­tor, coun­try para­medic and more re­cently he has been the RAC Res­cue He­li­copter Crit­i­cal Care Para­medic” ( CCP).

In Au­gust 2003, when the RAC Res­cue He­li­copter be­gan its op­er­a­tions he un­der­went spe­cial­ist and ad­vanced train­ing.

“He re­mains an in­te­gral part of the elite CCP team,” his nom­i­na­tion for an Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Medal said.

“I’m very chuffed to re­ceive it,” Mr Davies said.

“It is very un­ex­pected. I moved here in 1991 so to re­ceive an award from the Govenor Gen­eral is in­cred­i­bly pleas­ing.”

Mr Davies who em­i­grated from Wales, was orig­i­nally an en­gi­neer.

His role as a CCP en­sures that pa­tients who find them- AUS­TRALIA DAY 2017 selves in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, and in en­vi­ron­ments that are dif­fi­cult to ac­cess, re­ceive the high­est level of med­i­cal care be­fore be­ing trans­ported to the spe­cial­ist cen­tres as quickly as pos­si­ble.

He has al­ways been a highly re­spected para­medic who has won a num­ber of awards for his work from other health sec­tor agen­cies.

Mr Davies has also worked closely with the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

He was awarded the Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Medal at a spe­cial cer­e­mony on Aus­tralia Day.

In his cur­rent work, Mr Davies has also as­sisted in tri­als in ad­vanc­ing am­bu­lance equip­ment and new pro­ce­dures.

He was closely in­volved in the lay­out and de­sign of St John’s now stan­dard fleet of new Mercedes am­bu­lances, spend­ing many hours of his time en­sur­ing that the am­bu­lances were func­tional from both a pa­tient and a crew per­spec­tive.

He served for many years on St John’s equip­ment re­view com­mit­tee where his back­ground in en­gi­neer­ing came in handy.

The award com­ments said Mr Davies “through his long and out­stand­ing ser­vice with St John Am­bu­lance has sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity of West­ern Aus­tralia”.

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Crit­i­cal care para­medic Paul Davies has re­ceived an Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Medal.

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