Enhancing his 23 year career with Ambulance Victoria (serving as a MICA Clinical Instructor, Single Responder), Gavin is currently tasked with developing research capabilities within the discipline of Paramedicine at VU. Gavin also holds an Associate Editor position with the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine.

Gavin’s PhD Thesis (an evidence-based practice approach to prehospital SVT management) enabled the development and implementation of a new Clinical Practice Guideline for SVT management in Victoria and Tasmania. Gavin managed the logistics, conduct and tour leadership of the inaugural VU Study Tour of Israel (hosted by Magen David Adom) in 2014, providing a unique and rewarding clinical experience for final year VU Paramedic students. He is currently working to ensure that this important program will continue in 2015.

Gavin continues to publish research in peer-reviewed journals, attend and present at Australian and international pre-hospital and emergency medicine conferences, seek grant funding opportunities for pre-hospital research, and maintains a focus on the development and enrichment of VU Paramedic students and the field of pre-hospital emergency care provision.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Smith GD, Fry MM, Taylor D, Morgans, A., Cantwell K. (2015) Effectiveness of the Valsalva Manoeuvre for reversion of supraventricular tachycardia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009502. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009502.pub3. 

Smith, G., Taylor, D.M., Morgans, A.E., Cameron, P. (2015), Measuring the effectiveness of a revised clinical practice guideline for the pre-hospital management of supraventricular tachycardia. Emergency Medicine Australasia [P], vol 27, issue 1, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, Australia, pp. 22-28.

Smith, G., Broek, A., Taylor, D.M., Morgans, A.E., Cameron, P. (2014), Identification of the optimum vagal manoeuvre technique for maximising vagal tone, Emergency Medicine Journal [P], vol epub, B M J Group, London, United Kingdom, pp. 1-4.

Smith, G., Taylor, D.M., Morgans, A.E., Cameron, P. (2014), Prehospital management of supraventricular tachycardia in Victoria, Australia: epidemiology and effectiveness of therapies, Emergency Medicine Australasia (Print) [P], vol 26, issue 4, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, Australia, pp. 350-355.

Smith, G., Kenneally, J. (2013), Development and implementation of Victorian prehospital Clinical Practice Guidelines: the supraventricular tachycardia example, Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [E], vol 10, issue 4 (Art. ID: 4), Paramedics Australasia, Australia, pp. 1-11. 

Teaching responsibilities


Postgraduate research students & fellows

Completions: Co-supervision of 2 Honours students

Current: Co-supervision of 1 PhD student, 3 Honours students

Research grants

  • Government of Victoria (VISTRIP) grant 2014 ($2500)
  • Overseas Mobility Grant 2015 ($15000)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow Paramedics Australasia
  • Member American Heart Association (and Council of Clinical Cardiology)
  • Member Royal Society of Victoria.

Industry experience

  • Ambulance Victoria Medical Advisory Committee Member (2010-2013)
  • 23 years as a Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria (currently operational)
  • 16 years as a MICA Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria (currently operational)
  • MICA Clinical Instructor
  • Level A CBR qualified
  • International medical retrieval operations with Aspen Medical

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