Author Biography

David Shugg BEd, GradDipStudentWelfare, GradDipBusAdmin, MEdStds

David's working life started in 1966, when he joined the Victorian Civil Ambulance Service in Melbourne as a Cadet Ambulance Officer. Apart from serving in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps as a National Serviceman, he worked for the next 26 years for the ambulance service in Melbourne.

In 1972, David was selected to be trained and work on the newly formed Coronary Care Ambulance. This unit developed into what is now known as the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance. He worked in a number of other operational areas before specializing in ambulance officer training, spending a period as a lecturer and coordinator at the Ambulance Officers Training Centre, and later as the Training Officer for the Metropolitan Service. In recognition for his service, David was awarded a medal in the 1990 Australia Day Awards for his service to ambulance and the community.

David has tertiary training in business, education, educational administration, student welfare and holds a Masters Degree in Education. David was an active member of the former Institute of Ambulance Officers (Australia) holding executive positions within Victoria and on National Council. He was elevated to Fellow of the Institute of Ambulance Officers (Australia) and in 1991 was awarded a Life Membership.

In 1993, David joined St John Ambulance Australia Victoria, working in training development and management, and in 1999 when the Centre for Ambulance Paramedic Studies was established within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, he was appointed a Senior Lecturer and Head of the centre's Professional Development Unit. He also is a Director and Senior Consultant of the Australian Emergency Medical Services.