Paramedic retires after 46-year career

Noel Dalwood

A committed, dedicated and professional paramedic for nearly 46 years, Noel Dalwood will complete his last shift on February 24.

Noel will spend his last day on the road alongside Ambulance Tasmania CEO Dominic Morgan serving Tasmanians in need.Noel Dalwood retiring after a 46 year career as a paramedic

Long term colleagues, health minister Michelle O’Byrne and Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Matthew Daly were among 70 guests who gathered for his farewell celebrations on February 20.

Guests heard how Noel made a difference not only to the lives of his patients but also to his colleagues and to Ambulance Tasmania as a whole.

Noel started as a cadet with St John in 1965, became a volunteer officer in 1966 and joined as a salaried employee in 1967.

Early into his career, Noel was drawn to the development of the skills and protocols needed for accreditation for Advanced Life Support.

He was one of the first Tasmanian officers qualified in this level of extended care and also completed rescue qualifications.

Having worked at several locations around Tasmania, Noel is best known for training and educating Tasmanian ambulance officers over many years.

Dedicated to this task, Noel developed his own skills by completing a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education.

Noel worked tirelessly to ensure Ambulance Tasmania received Registered Training Organisation status so it could deliver nationally accredited qualifications to its own operational staff.

Noel nominates his career highlight as starting the Intensive Care Paramedic program in Tasmania – from advanced first aid for ambulance officers to advanced clinical intervention and care.

Ambulance Tasmania CEO Dominic Morgan says Noel’s contribution to the organisation was substantial and praise for his achievements thoroughly well deserved.