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Reverend Paul McFarlane appointed senior chaplain

09 Feb 2012

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Reverend Paul McFarlane has been appointed the new Ambulance Senior Chaplain.

One of our longest serving chaplains, Paul has been a volunteer chaplain in the New England Zone for the past 10 years, based in Manilla, near Tamworth.

He also has a wealth of health experience, working in Moree in the late 1980s as an enrolled nurse and then as a registered nurse in Armidale. After studying for his ministry in Sydney, he returned to Tamworth where he worked as a minister for five years before running his own parish in Manilla.

Paul will be responsible for coordinating the Ambulance Chaplaincy program, which is an important component of Ambulance Staff Support Services. The Senior Chaplain is also an integral part of the education process in Ambulance, lecturing trainee paramedics and patient transport officers on stress management and bereavement.

"The Ambulance chaplains are able to assist staff, victims and bystanders with their specialised skills, pastoral experience and caring attitude. In my new role, I want to encourage a close working relationship between our 30 chaplains and their local staff and managers, so that we work together as a team to assist one another during times of need," Paul said.

Paul replaces Reverend Ray Green, who retired in December after 13 years with Ambulance.