Associate Professor Paul Middleton


Associate Professor Paul Middleton is a specialist in prehospital and emergency medicine, and has worked as part of prehospital trauma and helicopter critical care retrieval teams in both the UK and Australia. He is the Director of the South Western Emergency Research Institute (SWERI) at Liverpool Hospital, and founding Chair of the bi-national Emergency Department Epidemiology Network (EDEN) of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

Paul was the Medical Director for New South Wales Ambulance from 2007 – 2011, and was an author for the 2010 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) cardiac arrest guidelines. He is a member of the research committee of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine, represents Australia on the Asian EMS Council, and is the Co-Chair of the Research Committee of the international Emergency Medicine Education & Research by Global Experts (EMERGE), an emergency medicine research network based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and including collaborators in 23 sites across 6 continents.

Paul is Immediate Past Chair of the NSW branch of the Australian Resuscitation Council, ex-Chief Medical Officer to St John Australia, convenor of the Resus @ The Park conferences and the founder of Emergency Medicine Television (EMTV). He is also the Chair and founder of Take Heart Australia, a charity designed to include all Australians in a mission to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Research Interests

Paul has a Master of Medicine degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Sydney and an MD research degree from Imperial College, London. Paul’s research degree was entitled Physiological and Clinical Implications of Photoplethysmography Waveforms, and investigated innovative non-invasive diagnostic patient monitoring; he has published multiple peer-reviewed papers in this area in collaboration with medical and biomedical engineering colleagues. He has published extensive clinical research on non-invasive assessment of illness, pre-hospital research and clinical trials, patient safety, epidemiology, health economics and critical patient transport.

He currently performs research into novel non-invasive monitoring techniques, critical illness, shock and patient deterioration, and works with clinical and administrative ‘big data’, investigating the epidemiology of emergency medicine patients, including GIS mapping and the impact of Cultural And Linguistic Diversity status, creating critical illness registries and constructing linked data sets to provide vital information on the patient journey. Prospective research directions include the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the context of complex adaptive system models of emergency departments and the health system.


    2010     MD, Imperial College, London

    2009     MMed (Clin Epi), University of Sydney

    2002     Fellow, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

    2001     Fellow, Royal College of Emergency Medicine

    2000     Diplomate in Immediate Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    1996     Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England

    1992     MBBS, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    1986     Registered General Nurse, University College Hospital, London


Paul has taught hundreds of doctors and nurses how to treat serious illness and injury in adults and children, and is Director of the Australian Institute for Clinical Education, which develops blended-learning clinical educational courses for doctors, nurses and paramedics, working with professional media colleagues to produce television-quality video learning. He was the lead author of What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick (2010) published by Allen and Unwin.


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