Associate Professor Paul Simpson

Paul SimpsonPosition

Associate Professor of Paramedicine
Director of Academic Program (Paramedicine)


Paul is the inaugural Director of Academic Program for Paramedicine at Western Sydney University.  He began his paramedicine career in 1996 with NSW Ambulance, where he worked as intensive care paramedic, clinical educator and research fellow. He completed his PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine, investigating epidemiology and clinical outcomes of older people who fall and receive care from paramedics.  Paul's current research interests are diverse, and include work-integrated learning in undergraduate paramedicine programs, infection control in the prehospital setting, paramedic management of mental health, and paramedic academic leadership and workforce issues.

Paul is active in service to the profession of paramedicine.  Paul is the inaugural Chair of the Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans, and the Editor in Chief of Australasian Journal of Paramedicine.

Paul continues to be active in clinical practice.  As a registered paramedic, he manages to find time here and there to work as an Intensive Care Paramedic with NSW Ambulance and in the private paramedicine sector in Sydney.

Paul is committed to maintaining work-life balance, and having lost that balance at one point, seeks to promote the importance of such balance in academic life wherever he can.

Research Interests

  • Paramedicine
  • Paramedicine education
  • Paramedic provision of mental health care
  • Paramedicine academic workforce issues
  • Work-integrated learning in paramedicine education
  • Clinical reasoning and decision making

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (1997 - 2017)
  • Paramedics Australasia (1997 - 2017)


  • Solphus Falck Prehospital Research Award, International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2014-06-03
  • Australian Prehospital Emergency Health Research Forum Best Paper Award 2014-10-21


  • PhDPHCM University of New South Wales
  • MSMCE University of Sydney
  • GCPEM Victoria University
  • GCCE Charles Sturt University
  • BHSPH Charles Sturt University
  • BED University of Wollongong

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4620 3574
LocationCampbelltown, Western Sydney University