Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Phillip Ebbs

 Phillip Ebbs

DipParaSci, GCertClinEd, MHSci

Before taking up the role of Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine, Mr Ebbs worked for 14 years with one of the world's largest ambulance services, NSW Ambulance, as a paramedic and senior manager. He attained the rank of Superintendent in 2009, and spent 12 months as an Acting Assistant Commissioner in 2014.

He has been a member of NSW Ambulance Incident Management Teams for a number of operations including the Lindt Cafe Siege and the devastating April 2015 Hunter storms.

The first time Mr Ebbs travelled in an ambulance was during a two week volunteer placement in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where he was able to travel with a local team that delivered treatment to children in the impoverished settlements just outside of Port Moresby.

Since then he has worked as a paramedic, an educator and a manager with NSW Ambulance – even completing a short stint on helicopters in New Zealand as part of a paramedic exchange program. 

During his career Mr Ebbs specialised in the field of clinical governance, particularly focusing on the development of clinical performance reporting and improvement frameworks. Mr Ebbs considers his involvement with world leading Stroke, Mental Health, Cardiac, Trauma and Extended Care Paramedic programs to be a highlight of his professional career.

He was a Director of the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals (NSW Branch), and he continues to serve as Deputy Chair of the Clinical Council, NSW Clinical Excellence Commission.

Career Snapshot

  • Paramedic (Regional & Metro NSW), various acting frontline management and education roles
  • Clinical Support Manager, Zone Manager, and other clinical and operational roles at a senior management level. Extensive experience in clinical governance and performance improvement
  • A/Director Performance Improvement (2013-2014), A/Director Frontline Services (2014-15)

Command / Incident Management Roles

  • Ambulance Local Commander & IMT member, Hunter Storms – April 2014
  • State Incident Management Team (NSW Ambulance), Various Security Operations – August to December 2014
  • State Incident Management Team (NSW Ambulance), Critical Systems Operation – June 2014

Academic

  • Diploma in Paramedical Science – NSW Ambulance (2003)
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education – Charles Sturt University (2006)
  • Master of Health Science – Charles Sturt University (2009)

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Peer Review 

1. Ebbs P, Middleton PM, Bonner A, et al. Do clinical safety charts improve paramedic key performance indicator results? (A clinical improvement programme evaluation). Emerg Med J. 2012;29:596-597.

2. Ebbs P, Gibbs M, Potter J. A clinical improvement program (CIP) to improve paramedic Key Performance Indicator results. Poster session presented at: International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare; 2012 Apr 17-20; Paris, France. 

3. Sewell C, Jordan L-A, Rudd J, et al. Implementation of a tele-thrombolysis service for acute stroke patients of the Manning Rural Referral Hospital: A quasi-experimental study. Int J Stroke. 2014;9 Suppl 1:44

Special Contributions

4. Iedema R, Ball C. NSW Ambulance/Emergency Department Handover Project Report [Internet]. Sydney: NSW Health & UTS Centre for Health Communication; 2010 [cited 2015 Feb 8]. Available from http://www.archi.net.au/documents/resources/qs/clinical/clinical-handover/amb-ed/amb-ed-report.pdf

Non Peer Review 

5. Ebbs P. MedExchange: Supporting research in Ambulance. Response 2006;33(1):28

6. Jeeawody B, Ebbs P. Continuing professional development in nursing: a transformative convergent model. Australian Nurse Teachers Society Bulletin. 2007; Summer Edition:4-12.

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