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MEDIA RELEASE: St John NT Paramedic honoured in Australia Day awards
  25 Jan 2021

St John NT Paramedic Rhys Dowell is the 2021 recipient of the Northern Territory Ambulance Service Medal. The Ambulance Service Medal recognizes distinguished service by the people of Australia’s ambulance organisations.

Rhys Dowell commenced his service with St John NT as one of the first cadets in the new Katherine Division in 2001, and became a full-time paramedic in 2010. In 2015, Rhys was appointed Officer-in Charge Katherine and played an integral role in establishing the new Katherine Ambulance Station. He also succeeded in establishing a Junior Cadet Division in Katherine which educates and trains local youth in valuable first aid skills.

Rhys is highly respected by his colleagues for his support and mentoring skills. He is an active participant in community events and health services and is a member of the Katherine Counter Disaster Committee.

St John NT CEO Judith Barker said Rhys has gone above and beyond throughout his career to have a positive impact on the health and safety of his community.

“I am extremely proud of Rhys and his achievements".

"His dedication to caring for his community and willingness to guide and lead others makes him an incredible role model and invaluable member of the St John NT team.” - CEO Judith Barker

Mr Dowell has demonstrated superior commitment to St John NT and the community of Katherine throughout his more than 20 year career.

The Northern Territory Ambulance Service Medal was awarded by the Governor-General on recommendation from Chief Minister Michael Gunner as part of the 2021 Australia Day Honours.

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