Peter O’Meara is a member of the JEMS International Editorial Board representing Bendigo, Australia. He is an internationally recognized expert on paramedicine models of care and education. Peter is one of the most experienced and highly credentialed paramedic academics in the world with strong and extensive professional networks nationally and internationally. He was awarded his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2002, making him one of the first paramedics in the world to complete a PhD focusing on paramedicine. His research topic examined the design of rural models of ambulance service delivery. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Health Administration (UNSW) and a Master of Public Policy (Deakin University). He is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in agricultural health and medicine at Deakin University.
Peter’s research has largely focused on the evolution of new paramedic models of care and the professional and educational issues that arise from these initiatives. Most recently he has published paramedicine research on medical direction and clinical governance of paramedicine in Canada and the United States. In addition, he has been a member of two research teams exploring violence against health workers (see publications). During his 20 years in the higher education sector, he has completed and published a wide range of studies and evaluations related to paramedicine and rural health. Prior to his scholarly career, he worked in rural ambulance services throughout Victoria where he held a range of positions in clinical care, dispatch, operations and corporate management.
Dr O’Meara has particularly strong international links in paramedicine, especially in North America. He has recently accepted an invitation to lead the US-based Global Paramedicine Higher Education Council initiative to expand and enrich the education of paramedics throughout the world.
- National Convener, Rural and Remote Special Interest Group and representative of PA on the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance
Member of the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine
Educational Advisory Board of MobileCE in the United States
Educational Advisory Board of Talisium
Lead, Global Community Paramedicine Higher Education Council
Member, The Paramedic Network
Member, Bendigo Health Research Ethics Committee
O’Meara, P. Wingrove, G. McKeage, M. 2018 Self-regulation and medical direction: conflicted approaches to monitoring and improving the quality of clinical care in paramedic services. International Journal of Health Governance. [Accepted for publication]
Perona, M. Rahman MA. O’Meara, P. 2018 Paramedic decision-making and cognitive processing: A review of the literature. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. [Accepted accepted for publication]
O’Meara, P. Wingrove, G. Nolan, M. 2018 Frontier and Remote Paramedicine Practitioner Models. Rural & Remote Health. [Accepted for publication]
Lazarsfeld-Jensen, A. O’Meara, P. 2018 Paramedics and spiritual care: The educated heart and triumphs of the human spirit in Carey, L. and Mathisen, B. 2018 Spiritual Care for Allied Health Practice: A Person-Centered Approach. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN: 9781785922206
Maguire, BJ. O’Neill, BJ. O’Meara, P. Browne, M. Dealy, MT. Preventing EMS Workplace Violence: A mixed-methods analysis of insights from assaulted medics. Injury. 49(7): 1258-1265.
O’Meara, P. Maguire, B. 2018 Developing a sustainable academic workforce in Paramedicine. Australian Universities’ Review. 60(1): 54-56.
Maguire, B. O’Meara, P. O’Neil, B. Brightwell, R. 2017 Violence against emergency medical services personnel: a systematic review. International Journal of Industrial Medicine 61(2): 167-180. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22797
O’Meara, P. Wingrove, G. Nolan, M. 2017 Clinical leadership in paramedic services: a narrative review. International Journal of Health Governance. 22(4): 251-268. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJHG-03-2017-0014
O’Meara, P. Furness, S. Gleeson, R. 2017 Educating paramedics for the future: a holistic approach. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. 40(2): 219-251. https://search.proquest.com/docview/1931579040/fulltext/697D657AA0874741PQ/1?accountid=12001
Spelten, E., Thomas, B., O’Meara, P. F., Maguire, B. J., FitzGerald, D., & Begg, S. J. 2017 Organisational interventions for preventing and minimising aggression directed toward healthcare workers by patients and patient advocates. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 5. Art. No.: CD012662. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012662
Thomas, B. O’Meara, P. Spelten, E. 2017 Everyday dangers – the impact infectious disease has on the health of paramedics: a scoping review. Prehospital Disaster Medicine. pp. 217-223. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X16001497