Star Award Winner
The CAA Star Award is selected from the winners of each of the five categories and was this year presented to Ambulance Victoria for its Analytics Uplift Project.
Community, Leadership, Life-saving projects win at the CAA Awards
Awards in five categories – patient care, technology, leadership, staff development and clinical performance – were presented at a gala dinner held in conjunction with the CAA19 Congress. CAA Chief Executive David Waters congratulated the finalists and winners for their exemplary work and commitment to excellence.
“Each year the CAA Awards sees examples of the incredible, innovative initiatives undertaken by our ambulance services,” Mr Waters said.
“The Awards provide an important opportunity for services’ to showcase their projects and celebrate their success.”
Excellence in Patient Care WINNER:
Ambulance Victoria: GoodSAM & AED Registration Programs
Excellence in Staff Development WINNER:
Queensland Ambulance Service: Critical Care Paramedic Leadership Development Program
Excellence in Leadership WINNER:
South Australian Ambulance Service: SAAS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Excellence in Technology WINNER:
WINNER: Ambulance Victoria: Analytics Uplift Project
Excellence in Clinical Performance WINNER:
Ambulance Victoria: High-performance CPR: The development and implementation of a state-wide, multi-agency model in Victoria.
Our 2019 CAA Awards judges share an incredible amount of expertise and experience across ambulance and health sectors and we are thankful for their time and commitment to judge the 2019 CAA awards for Excellence.
Professor Vivienne Tippett
Professor Tippett is the Director of Research for Queensland University of Technology’s School of Clinical Science. Professor Tippett has worked for nearly 20 years as a clinical researcher in emergency pre-hospital care, including seven years as Director of the Australian Centre for Pre-hospital Care Research at University of Queensland and Queensland Ambulance Service. In recognition of this work she was awarded the Distinguished Services Medal by the Queensland Ambulance Service in 2011. In 2014 she was acknowledged as one of 125 Women in Leadership awardees by the YWCA. Professor Tippett is currently leading a Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC consortium on emergency warnings and crisis communication. She was awarded the OAM for services to medical education in 2018.
Professor Peter Cameron
Professor Cameron is the Academic Director of The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre and Professor of Emergency and Divisional Head of Health Services Research at Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Professor Cameron is also the Chair of the Monash/Alfred Injury Network which brings together in excess of 100 researchers to form one of the most comprehensive academic groups in emergency and trauma globally. He is currently a Chief Investigator at the Centre for Research Excellence in Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, the Centre for Research Excellence in Pre- hospital, Emergency Care and a number of partnership and project grants involving injury and trauma research. He has been a principal investigator on a number of large NHMRC multi-centre trials, including The Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation – Randomised Controlled Trial and The RINSE Trial: The Rapid Infusion of Cold Normal SalinE by paramedics during CPR, and is currently a Chief Investigator on the POLAR study of hypothermia in head injury and Reduction of Oxygen After Cardiac Arrest. In the last five years he has published over 150 manuscripts in Medline indexed journals and has over 500 peer-reviewed career publications.
Tony Blaber is a degree qualified Chartered Engineer with experience of industrial and health sector reforms in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. From 1994, he has worked in senior management roles providing ambulance services in the NHS UK and St John in NZ. As a St John Regional Chief Executive he also carried project responsibilities for consolidating the ambulance sector’s nine “111” call handling and dispatching centres into three with unified infrastructure, people, processes and systems. This fostered a closer collaboration with NZ Police and NZ Fire Service and led to the Project Team winning a Council of Ambulance Authorities Excellence in Technical Capability Award for “No wrong door for 111 calls”. Tony represented St John on the Council for a number of years and was appointed Operations Director for St John followed by a new start-up role as Transformation and Innovation Director piloting cross health sector, cross agency projects to transform the delivery of emergency and non-emergency ambulance services to add value to Crown contracts. Since retiring in 2011, and outside of some fundraising efforts for St John and family commitments, Tony’s main other work is as Trustee and Executive Officer of the non-aligned New Zealand Paramedic Education and Research Charitable Trust, formed in 2011, and as an Appointed Director on the Board of Probus South Pacific Limited.
Steve Irving is an experienced paramedic with over 30 years service in the London Ambulance Service, latterly as Executive Officer to the Chief Executive. Steve has extensive experience of working on national strategic issues across ambulance services, government departments and alongside key stakeholders. Steve now works as Executive Officer at the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) on a full time basis and works closely with the Managing Director across a broad range of AACE related issues. Steve is also the main organiser of the annual Ambulance Leadership Forum, which falls under the AACE remit.
The entry for CAA Awards for Excellence is now closed. Stay tuned for exciting announcement of our finalists on Monday 17 June.
2018 CAA Awards for Excellence
The 2018 Awards for Excellence presented by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) highlight the breadth of the role ambulance services play in the community.
CAA Chief Executive David Waters said the 2018 Awards, announced in Auckland, New Zealand, highlighted the range and expertise involved in the work undertaken by ambulance services, and a standard of which all Australians can be proud.
“Some 38 outstanding nominations incorporated innovation in fields as diverse as technology, community support, training, medication and built environments,” he said.
“Our services are called on to perform roles as varied as assisting with the relocation of hospitals, helping children in isolated communities learn what to do in an emergency and of course life-saving interventions.”
Mr Waters congratulated each of the finalists and winners who were presented with trophies at the Gala Awards Dinner in Auckland sponsored by SDSI.
The Star Award, the overall winner from each of the four categories, was presented to Dr Henry Zhao (Principal Investigator, Royal Melbourne Hospital & Ambulance Victoria) and Professor Karen Smith (Ambulance Victoria) for their ACT-FAST: a clinical triage algorithm for stroke clot retrieval.
An overview of the 38 award nominations is available in CAA’s Australasian Ambulance Magazine.