Professor FitzGerald graduated from the Medical School of the University of Queensland in 1976. He spent ten years as Director of the Emergency Department at Ipswich Hospital and then 13 years as Medical Director then Commissioner of the Queensland Ambulance Service. In 2003, he was appointed Chief Health Officer for Queensland then Deputy Director General of Queensland Health prior to taking us his current position as Professor of Public Health in 2006. Professor FitzGerald was one of the co-founders of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and served as national Secretary of the College for four years and was Editor in Chief of the Journal Emergency Medicine for four years.
Professor FitzGerald’s particular research interests lie in the development and evaluation of health care systems and in particular Emergency Medical Systems. He was responsible for the development and validation of the Ipswich Triage Scale which has subsequently been adopted as the National Triage Scale in Australasia. He also led the development of national performance management framework for ambulance services and the development of Queensland’s EMS and Trauma Plans. He is currently a Chief or Co-Investigator on a number of NHMRC and ARC projects.
Professor FitzGerald leads educational and research programs in health management including Disaster Health management. His particular research interests are in the organisation and operations of the emergency medical system both during routine operations and during disasters. He is currently a Chief Investigator in a number of category 1 supported research projects, is Principal Supervisor for 8 PhD students and has over 25 publications in the last two years,