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Emeritus Professor Gerard Fitzgerald
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
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Doctor of Medicine (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Health Administration (University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (Fellow)

Australian College of Ambulance Professionals (Honorary Fellow)

Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (Fellow)

Australasian College of Health Service Management (Fellow)


Disaster, Emergency medical systems, Emergency medicine, Health Management, Emergency health systems, Ambulance

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Gerry FitzGerald is Professor of Public Health at QUT and discipline Leader of Health Management and Disaster Management. He is co-author of the book, Disaster Health Management: A Primer for Students and PractitionersRoutledge UK. 2016.

Professor FitzGerald holds medical specialist medical qualifications in Emergency Medicine and Medical Administration and a Doctor of Medicine for a thesis entitled Emergency Department Triage. His implementation and evaluation of a novel triage system was the basis for the Australasian Triage Scale which has been the cornerstone of ED operations for more than twenty years.

Professor FitzGerald was previously the Director of the Emergency Department at Ipswich Hospital where he led the development of a modern emergency department. He was one of the founders of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine serving on the national Council for ten years, four years as national secretary and four years as Editor in Chief of the College journal. He was subsequently Medical Director and then Commissioner of the Queensland Ambulance Service during which period he led the modernisation of the QAS, upgrading of clinical standards, the development of professional paramedics and the national transition of education through vocational and subsequently university education.

Prof. FitzGerald served as Chief Health Officer for Queensland for three years and in that role held a number of national leadership positions.

Since joining QUT Prof. FitzGerald has led the development of the Master of Health Management program (currently almost 200 students), a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management and the establishment of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management. His principal research focus is on emergency healthcare systems and how they perform under both routine and non-routine pressures.  He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, a text in Disaster Health Management, eight book chapters and more than 100 conference representations.  He has supervised more than 20 PhD students to completion (currently 14 doctoral students), obtained over $5m in research grants (including three ARC and three NHMRC grants) and is currently Chief Investigator on several grants.

This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Gerard Fitzgerald.


Professor FitzGerald teaches in healthcare systems management and disaster health management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  He leads the Health Management Group at QUT and is Course Coordinator for the Master of Health Management and Graduate Diploma of Health Management programs. Professor FitzGerald  coordinates the following units:

  • PUB104 – Australian Health Care Systems
  • PUN640 – Health Care Delivery and Reform
  • PUN451 – Introduction to Disaster Health Management
  • PUN452 – Health Disaster Planning and Preparedness
  • PUN453 -Health Disaster Response and Recovery
  • PUN454– Leadership in Disaster Health Management
This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Gerard Fitzgerald.



Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (UQ) 1976

Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine 1983

Bachelor of Health Administration (NSW) 1988

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators 1990

Doctor of Medicine (UQ) 1990

Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management 2002.

Professional Roles:

Queensland Accident and Emergency Association

• President 1981 – 1983

• Convenor 1982 Clinical Meeting

Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine

• Member 1981 to date

• Queensland Councillor 1982 to 1984

• Convenor Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast 1983

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

• Foundation Fellow July 1983

• Councillor for Queensland 1983 to 1993

• Convenor International Conference on Emergency Medicine 1988

• Honorary Secretary 1989 to 1993. (Set up the College’s administrative arrangements and governance framework).

• Chairman, Manpower and Research Subcommittees 1983 to 1989.

• Chairman, Workforce and Industrial Subcommittee 1989 – 1991.

• Member, Court of Examiners 1986 to 1992.

• College Spokesman on Prehospital/transport, Disaster medicine and Road trauma/safety

• Deputy Chair EMERG Qld (Research subcommittee in Queensland)

• Member Public Health and Disaster sub-committees 2006-2013

Emergency Medicine Australia

• Member Editorial Board to date

• Editor-in-Chief 1993 to 1999. (Established the Journal onto a commercial footing).

Emergency Medicine Journal

• Editorial Board 2014 to date.

NHMRC Activities

• Member of NHMRC Council 2003-2005

• Member Grants Review Panel 2007

• Member NHMRC Assigners academy 2011/2012

• Member Grants Review Panel 2016/2017

Emergency Medicine Foundation

• Member Council 2006-2012

• Member EMF Strategic Grants Committee 2016-date

Peer Reviewer – Journals

• BMC Health Services Research

• PLOS One

• American Journal of Public Health

• Aust. NZ J of Public Health

• Archives of Disasters of Children

• BMC Emergency Medicine

• Emerging Health Threats Journal

• Family Practice

• Int. Journal of Environmental Health Research

• Emergency Medicine Australasia

• Emergency Medicine Journal

• Bulletin of the World Health Organisation

• Medical Journal of Australia

• Australian Health Review

• Journal of Emergency Primary health Care

Peer Reviewer – Research funding bodies


• New Zealand Research Council






This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Gerard Fitzgerald.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
Grant Review Panel
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Peer reviewer
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
Member of the NHMRC
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
Medical Director Queensland Ambulance Service 1990-1993Commissioner Qld Ambulance Service 1993-2002Chief Health Officer Queensland Health 2003-2005
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Editor in Chief Emergency Medicine 1990-1994Editorial Board to dateReviewer for Emergency Medicine AustraliaReviewer for Medical Journal of AustraliaREviewer WHO Bulletin Jan 2006 to date

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Emergency Health Services: Demand and Service Delivery Models
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Emergency Medicine;Ambulance;Prehospital Care;Emergency Medical Systems;Emergency Services
Emergency Department Impact and Patient Profile of Influenza A(H1N1) 'Swine Flu' Outbreak in Australia 2009: A National Survey
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Pandemics;Emergency Medicine;Health System. Disaster
An Evaluation Of The Environmental Health Risk Of Heatwaves Associated With Global Warming
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Climate Impacts;Sustainable Development;Vulnerability Assessment;Environmental Epidemiology;Environmental Health Management;Public Decision Making
A prospective evaluation of the impact of the nurse practitioner role on emergency department service and outcomes
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Nurse Practitionery;Health Services Improvement;Multidisciplinary Teams;Emerency Departments
Validation and impact of the four hour rule in the emergency department: a large data linkage study
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year