Paramedic of the Year

2016 group


Being a paramedic is a tough job. Each and every shift sees our paramedics at the front line of very tense, high pressure and life threatening emergency situations.

Each year 1 in 6 Territorians are assisted by St John NT ambulance paramedics with ambulances attending around 45,000 emergency situations throughout the Territory. When treating and assisting community members experiencing trauma and injury, our paramedics also experience personal stress. While they get on with the job of saving lives, helping the sick, ill and injured they face the whole range of human emotions including compassion, aggression, despair, love and hope. Only rarely do they receive thanks and appreciation. The Paramedic of the Year Awards is a special night of thanks to these dedicated officers.

In 2000, Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise launched the Paramedic of the Year Award to recognize, praise and honour the hard and tireless work of our paramedics. It has become a hugely important annual event on our St John NT calendar enabling us and people in the community to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of some of our most dedicated individuals. The Awards are made possible through the enduring support and energy from Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise


Congratulations to the 2016 Paramedic of the Year

POTY Samantha Cooper 2016


Samantha Cooper was originally from South Australia but who have lived in Darwin since 2007 was chosen from a selection of 34 high caliber and worthy nominees from across the Northern Territory and the stand out nominee for 2016. Samantha first became involved with St John NT in 2007. She is highly regarded by her NT health industry colleagues and recognized by her peers for her commitment, teamwork and commitment to ongoing professional development.

According to Samantha the job of being a paramedic give her ‘...a great deal of satisfaction out of being able to bring something good to a bad situation.’

Thanks Samantha and congratulations!


Say ‘thanks’ with a nomination for Paramedic of the Year

Have you or someone you know been helped this year by the work of a St John NT paramedic? Tell us why you think that person deserves to be recognised and they’ll be nominated for the next Paramedic of the Year Awards.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year (Awards held in September). To nominate complete the nomination form or if you prefer discretion, simply send an anonymous letter or email and we’ll make sure your nomination is processed.

Upon receipt of the nomination finalists are selected by a St John Ambulance NT Executive Member selection panel, then reviewed by St John Ambulance NT Board before being endorsed. The final winner is then chosen by judges from the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise. The winner is selected based on not only their nomination but also on:

  • Their ongoing commitment to paramedical sciences learning
  • Their professionalism and rapport across all walks of life from the general public and their patients, to their colleagues and across broader NT health services.
  • The care and compassion they display on a regular basis.

2017 nomination



Previous winners of the Award are:


2015 Donna Winkworth, Darwin

2014 Dean Featherstone, Katherine

2013 Amanda McNeill, Darwin

2012 Erin Maczkowiack, Darwin

2011 Rhys Dowell, Katherine

2010 Samantha King, Darwin

2009 Sue Gibson, Alice Springs

2008 Beverley Hellyer, Katherine

2007 Chris Wilson, Tennant Creek

2006 Annette Ingham, Darwin

2005 Anthony Wood, Darwin

2004 Trevor Keatch, Katherine

2003 Sue Murphy and Karen Joyner, Darwin

2002 Peter Poole, Darwin

2001 Anne-Marie Muscat, Darwin

2000 Jim Leigh, Darwin


The Paramedic of the Year Awards has been proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise since their inception.