St John Ambulance Australia's National Medical Advisory Panel is tasked to advise the National Board on medical issues relevant to the work of St John.
The scope of the Panel’s advice includes (but is not necessarily limited to):
• monitoring first aid protocols and skills standards, and providing authoritative advice on the theory and practice of first aid
• determining whether change is required in first aid practice as relevant to the National Training Program, e-learning and print resources
• determining whether change is required in first aid procedures used in Event Health Services, and related services.
The Panel is comprised of the Chair (Director of Training), the Deputy Chair (Deputy Director of Training), and up to eight members, chosen for their medical or emergency expertise in a range of first aid fields e.g. emergency medicine, paediatric medicine, sports medicine, paramedicine/ambulance, nursing, and advanced life support. Members of the Panel are volunteers; they meet twice a year, with out-of-session teleconferences when required.
The National Medical Advisory Panel:
- has a representative on the Australian Resuscitation Council, from whom it receives regular reports on the work of the ARC
- reviews guidelines developed by the Australian Resuscitation Council
- reviews St John first aid and medical protocols as required
- determines priorities for expenditure of St John research funds.
- Professor Peter Leggat, Chair (and Director of Training)
- Associate Professor Jason Bendall, Deputy Chair
- Emeritus Professor John Pearn
- Lt Col. (RETD) Professor Geoffrey Newman-Martin
- Dr David Elliott
- Professor Kieran Fallon
- Professor Glynn Kelly, Chief Medical Officer
- Mr Robert Elliott, Chief Paramedic
Human Research Ethics Committee
St John Ambulance Australia encourages members to carry out research in areas related to the organisation by offering research grants and research ethics approval.
The St John Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Committee represents a range of members of the community, and is responsible for reviewing research applications to ensure human research conducted is ethical and meets relevant standards as set out by the NHMRC.
Professor Peter Leggat, Chair
Dr Jason Bendall, Deputy Chair
Mr Howard Wren
Mr Tony Rolfe
Mr Jamie Ranse
Ms Elizabeth Ellis
Bishop Richard Hurford