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Updated: Oct 13, 2021

It's been over 3 years of work, but launch day is finally here! Never in my whole life did I think that I would have my name on the cover of a book.

It seems like a very long time ago now, but for a few years I worked with Louise Roberts at Flinders University teaching Paramedic Students. Louise had an idea to produce a new multi-contributor text book for paramedics - the first book in this field. We got there, eventually, with the help from a lot of our friends and colleagues.

OK, well it's not the SFBT book that I would have loved to announce, but this book is pretty close to what the Universities and the Students wanted. I am hoping that it introduces and promotes the concepts of person-centred care, supporting and empowering some of the most vulnerable people in the community. I also hope that students will see themselves as a vital part of the whole 'system', the first impressions, and in the right place at the right time to make a difference for someone. I hope they will see that hospital avoidance is possible, and that we need to get away from the old "load and go" mentality - that there are other options.

Thank you to all of my friends and colleagues who helped and supported me, including Louise, Krusty Newman, Michael Baigent, Blair Hobbs, Scott Brunero, Scott Lamont, Paul Cammell, Cate Houen, Bonita Lloyd, Heidi Newton, Sharon Brown (and colleagues), Matthew Halpin, and Tim Crowley, PLUS all of the other contributors, PLUS the editing, and publishing staff at Elsevier Australia.

You can find out more, plus a table of contents, on the Elsevier Website.

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