Ian Phipps

Taroom, Queensland

Emergency services worker, rural champion

Over the years, Ian has seen many locals mourn loved ones who died due to a lack of emergency medical care. Sitting 464km from Brisbane and 314km from Rockhampton, Taroom is just outside the reach of three helicopter rescue services, so emergency patients must endure long road trips before they can be airlifted to hospital. The former policeman, veteran ambulance and emergency services volunteer is using his grant to obtain his accredited first-response training so he can provide greater support to Taroom’s only ambulance officer: “Without this help it would take years to undertake this training; time that could impact upon people’s lives.”