Jim Arneman of Murrumbateman is among the Queen’s Birthday Honours List recipients, awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM).
The 53-year-old’s award recognises his work in bringing about cultural change through the ‘Blueprint for Change’ reform program in the ACT Ambulance Service.
Mr Arneman commenced his career with the ACT Ambulance Service in 2011.
He had previously served for 22 years as a paramedic with the Ambulance Service in NSW.
He has served in a range of roles, both as an ambulance and intensive care paramedic, with the ACT.
Most recently he undertook the role of project officer to lead a major cultural and organisational reform program, 'Blueprint for Change'.
Since 2015 he has distinguished himself through the manner in which he has developed, delivered and embodied this project.
In developing the project, he used his experience as an intensive care paramedic to underpin the ‘first principles’ of a number of cultural and behavioural reviews.
This analysis was supported and informed by workshops and focus groups across the ambulance service.
His practical and clinical acumen as a paramedic enabled him to accurately develop evidence-based recommendations that laid the foundation for the project.
He subsequently developed and implemented an instructor-led program to increase the capacity of all ACT Ambulance Service staff to better communicate with each other.
This was enhanced by his professional insight gained as a frontline paramedic.
Throughout this reform program, he has also maintained his clinical skills.
This meant undertaking shifts as a member of emergency crews and using these opportunities as a means to benchmark the effectiveness of ‘Blueprint for Change’.
Mr Arneman’s education as ambulance paramedic started in 1985.
He is a current member of the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Reference Group.