Joseph Cuthbertson

Currently the Head of Specialist Operations for St John Ambulance Service WA overseeing State ambulance disaster and emergency preparedness, critical care rotary wing retrieval, and pre-hospital special operations, Further to this he is the co-chair of the WA Health Quality Coordinators Network, a Board Member of the World Association Disaster and Emergency Medicine organization and chair of the Oceania chapter. Has worked in health and pre-hospital care as a paramedic for over 20 years in disaster and emergency management, critical care, flight/retrieval, governance and patient quality and safety.

Qualifications include Master’s degrees in disaster health practice (MEH) at Monash University, Master’s degrees in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Western Australia, and Master’s degrees in Human Biology by research(MSc) at Edith Cowan University. Joe has a strong interest in disaster risk reduction and supports the further development and improvement of disaster and emergency health practice and has published and taught internationally in this area.. His research interests are in the integration of Public Health principles and enhance disaster risk reduction.