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Congratulations to Dr Felix Ho ASM on receiving an Ambulance Service Medal in the Australia Day 2022 Honours List today.
Dr Felix Ho has provided outstanding service to the community through his involvement with ambulance services over the past 19 years, as well as assisting with the advancement of the paramedic profession. He has been an active volunteer with St John Ambulance since joining as a cadet in 1995. Dr Ho has provided dedicated service to multiple services in paid and volunteer capacities, including St John NT, St John WA and Tasmanian Ambulance Service.
Dr Ho has dedicated significant amounts of time and energy towards his community, through work and volunteer efforts with the ambulance service and the advancement and commitment of the Paramedic profession. He has served on the Australasian College of Paramedicine's working parties and groups. His aim is to help advance paramedicine as a health profession and to extend the role of paramedics as part of a total health workforce.
In 2010-2011, Dr Ho became the first Paramedic to be employed by the United Nations (UN) when he took 14 months leave without pay to join the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. His work focused on providing pre-hospital retrieval to the UN mission, developing the ambulance service to train Timorese in the art of ambulance care, and providing train the trainer courses to the Police Force on first aid. He was recognised with numerous commendations including from the Commissioner of the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste.
Joining St John WA Ambulance Service in 2001 as a volunteer ambulance officer, Dr Ho became qualified through the clinical ranks to AAC Level 2 (the highest clinical level for volunteers at the time), and he provided over 1000 hours of dedicated voluntary service to the Pinjarra and Mandurah communities. He has completed over 4000 volunteer hours and is currently the National Youth Officer, leading over 3000 St John youth members throughout Australia. Dr Ho continues to serve with St John NT as an Intensive Care Paramedic.
Dr Ho has given sustained and exemplary service to the Ambulance service and has shown extraordinary commitment to the care of the community.
Image: NT News, 26 January 2022