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About QAS

QAS Ambulance on the road

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is an integral part of the primary healthcare sector in Queensland through the delivery of timely, patient-focussed ambulance services.

The QAS operates as a statewide service within Queensland Health, and is accountable for the delivery of pre-hospital ambulance response services, emergency and non-emergency pre-hospital patient care and transport services, inter-facility ambulance transport, casualty room services, and planning and coordination of multi-casualty incidents and disasters.

The QAS delivers ambulance services from 290 response locations through 15 Local Ambulance Service Networks (LASNs), geographically aligned with Queensland Health’s Hospital and Health Services’ boundaries.

The QAS has a 16th statewide LASN which comprises of seven operations centres distributed throughout Queensland that manage emergency call taking, operational deployment, dispatch and coordination of non-urgent patient transport services.

In addition, the QAS works in partnership with more than 150 Local Ambulance Committees (LACs) across the state, whose members volunteer their time to support their local ambulance service.

Commissioner QAS

Portrait of Russell Bowles

As Commissioner, Russell Bowles ASM provides leadership for the QAS in providing emergency and non-urgent ambulance response services for the Queensland community. The QAS also supports community safety by providing services such as first aid education, research and injury/illness prevention education.

Russell joined the QAS in January 1981 as a Cadet Ambulance Officer and was appointed Commissioner in June 2011.  Russell’s career progression has encompassed a diversity of front-line operational roles at a range of locations around Queensland, including Paramedic, Station Officer, Communications Centre Supervisor, Area Manager, Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.

Since his appointment as Commissioner, Russell has implemented the QAS Structural Reform Program which has resulted in significant service delivery improvements across a range of ambulance performance measures. Russell brings over 35 years of ambulance experience to the role including extensive experience in high-level leadership and strategic planning in the ambulance sector.

Russell was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in the 2005 Australia Day Honours List.

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Last updated 24 November 2016

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