Author Biography


Dr Peter O'Meara is Professor of Paramedic Practice and Leadership at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia, and is the first Australian paramedic to be appointed as a professor anywhere in the world.

At CSU, Peter co-ordinates postgraduate paramedic programs; including the new Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and the Graduate Certificate in EMS Leadership and Management. He also teaches social science subjects in both the prehospital and health services management programs.

In additon to his professorial role at CSU, Peter is a Visiting Professor in Pre-hospital Care at Coventry University in the United Kingdom, and will soon commence a Teaching Fellowship with the Education for Practice Institute at CSU in 2010.

He is a Fellow, and Board Member of the New South Wales Branch of the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals, and a member of a number of national and international professional bodies.

Peter recently had the honour of presenting the David Shugg Lecture at the 2nd Annual Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care Symposium, which was held at the Alfred hospital, Melbourne in March 2010.


The prehospital community-volunteer model has a place in rural Australia.

Ambulance Satisfaction Surveys: Their Utility in Policy Development, System Change and Professional Practice "Would a Pre-hospital Practitioner model improve patient care in rural Australia?"

Using a community development approach to develop an innovative paramedic role.

'The Thesis Journey: Tales of personal triumph'. (Book Review) Professor Tricia Vilkins (Editor) Pearson Education: NSW, 2005. ISBN ISBN: 0-7339-7278-0 A generic performance framework for ambulance services: an Australian health services perspective. Rural and Frontier Emergency Medical Services: Agenda for the Future. National Rural Health Association, 2004. An Australian Perspective.Future. National Rural Health Association, 2004. An Australian Perspective.Searching for paramedic academics: vital for our future, but nowhere to be seen!