David worked for several years in the primary, secondary and TAFE sectors before joining Victoria University in 2000. He has worked as a senior teacher at the Ambulance Officers Training Centre, TAFE provider for 16 years.

David is a registered psychologist and has a strong interest in paramedic mental health. He was involved with the establishment of the Victorian Ambulance Crisis Counselling Unit and served on its committee of management.

He has been extensively involved in research on paramedic mental health. David’s current research involves a state-wide study on the mental health of paramedics in Victoria.

Recent publications

O'Brien, K., Moore, A., Dawson, D., & Hartley, P (2014) An Australian story: Paramedic education and practice in transition. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 11 (3).

O'Brien, K., Hartley, P., Dawson, D., Quick, J,. & Moore, A. (2013) Work readiness in paramedic graduates: what are employers looking for? International Paramedic Practice, 3 (4). 98 - 104.

O'Brien, K., Moore, A., Hartley, P., & Dawson, D. (2013) Lessons about work readiness from final year paramedic students in an Australian university. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 10 (4).

View more of David's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Professional membership

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australasian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Australian Institute of Training & Development
  • Australian Psychological Society Special Interest Group

Areas of expertise

  • Emergency services psychology
  • Paramedic mental health
  • Resilience training

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 2793