The Board of Ambulance Victoria is pleased to confirm the appointment of Tony Walker to the role of Chief Executive Officer.
Associate Professor Walker has served as CEO of Ambulance Victoria on an acting basis for the past 18 months and was previously a key member of its Executive team for the past eight years.
Ambulance Victoria Chair Ken Lay said: “Tony is a respected leader in the emergency services and health sectors with deep experience and capability, coupled with a passionate commitment to the work and the people that will contribute to the ongoing success of Ambulance Victoria.
“Tony’s appointment marks another important step forward as we pursue a program of improvements at Ambulance Victoria to deliver better service to our patients and provide better support for the health, wellbeing, safety and capability of our people at Ambulance Victoria.
“During the past 18 months as Acting CEO, Tony has led the start of meaningful change at Ambulance Victoria to meet the growing and changing needs of the Victorian community and our staff.
“Under his leadership, Ambulance Victoria has recently partnered with beyondblue in the delivery of training to improve the mental health and wellbeing of staff and reduce paramedic suicide, and we’ve also undertaken reforms to dispatch arrangements to help support ambulance response times,” Mr Lay said.
Assoc. Prof. Walker has held a range of senior clinical governance, education and operational roles in rural and metropolitan areas in a career spanning more than 30 years in health and emergency services in Victoria.
Assoc. Prof. Walker is a qualified Intensive Care Paramedic with over 30 years’ experience working in a range of senior clinical governance, education and operational roles and also holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor, Paramedic Sciences in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University.
His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Paramedic Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health and Master of Education and he is published in an extensive range of literature relating to advancements in paramedic care. He has been awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his outstanding contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level and also the Heart Foundation’s President’s Award in recognition of his significant contributions to their work in improving cardiovascular health.