Paramedic Phillip Ebbs played a key role in the Lindt Café Siege and during the devastating Hunter floods but doesn't think of those moments as highlights in his career.
The Port Macquarie local was the only paramedic appointed to the Clinical Council of the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission in 2008 and served as the Deputy Chair of the Council from 2012-2015.
Mr Ebbs also worked as a paramedic, educator and manager for NSW Ambulance before accepting an appointment as senior lecturer in paramedicine at Charles Sturt University in 2015.
He concurrently served as an adviser to the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission for five years. More recently, Mr Ebbs' research activities have focused on helping current and future emergency responders operate more effectively in high stress emergency environments.
Mr Ebbs will take to the main stage at the Glasshouse delivering a keynote address during Luminosity Youth Summit 2019 this month.
"I wanted to take some time out from my normal schedule so that I could share my experiences with our next generation of young community leaders," Mr Ebbs said.
"For me, it's personal. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I already had a few achievements in the community but my personal life was - quite frankly - all over the shop."
Mr Ebbs now runs one of the world's most well recognised paramedic education programs at Charles Sturt Port Macquarie and jumped at the chance to talk to future community leaders and innovators.
"While I intend to share stories and inspire these young minds to achieve great things for our communities, I also want to illustrate how some of the greatest successes in life are not found in our high-profile achievements," he said.
"My talk will focus on the more private tasks of confronting and overcoming personal challenges, continuously trying to improve ourselves, and making the most of opportunities when they arise."
Luminosity provides an opportunity for inspirational leaders like Dr Karl, Nadine Campion and many others to invest their insights and knowledge into young attendees who are on the cusp of making major career, education and life decisions.
In the Summit's seventh year, regional sponsor Eire Construction has invested to send 50 young people from across the region to the inspiring conference.
Also in 2019, for the first time ever, 50 people over the age of 25 will attend to hear keynote speakers across the three days as part of the Fast 50 program.
"These days, our teenagers and young adults can be under a tremendous amount of stress, trying to complete exams, find work, make good financial decisions, as well as develop networks, friendships and relationships - all of which are inevitably scrutinised on social media platforms," Mr Ebbs said.
"You can see why Luminosity can be such a powerful conference, bringing people together so they can think about and get prepared for some of the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead."
The 2019 Luminosity Youth Summit is on July 24-26 at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
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