Dr Jo Harding PhD (Adel), MNSci. (Flin), GCCritCare, GCRetrieval & Trauma, CTertiaryTchg, CGriefCncllg., ChHlthStatistics. DipNurs. (1980) RN (Div.1)


Jo began her career as a nurse in 1977. After establishing a general base she moved into critical care in the mid 1980’s. Jo has worked in bedside, middle management and research roles within the critical care and trauma environments at a variety of hospitals in Victoria, South Australia and Belfast (NI). During these years Jo consolidated her critical care focus with aligned clinical practice disciplines. This included work as a sub-specialist in critical care air rescue and retrieval, based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

In 1993 Jo joined the Australian Army as a specialist reserve nursing officer serving in a variety of military postings and deployments including Rwanda (95), Bougainville (97), and East Timor (2000) where she was officer in charge of the military Intensive Care Unit in Dili for Interfet and later UNTAET.  Jo received a Prince of Wales Award in 1997. This award laid foundations for research into critical care support in the military environment, as well research with the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, in trauma outcomes for the critically ill with air retrieval. Later, Jo developed an alliance with University of Ulster that remains in place today.  Since this time Jo has developed her research portfolio which now includes clinical research, laboratory research and field research, with experience in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

In 1998, Jo moved to academia with Flinders University, where she lectured undergraduate nursing and coordinated post graduate critical care. Her critical care curriculum received a national teaching award for Flinders University.  Jo concurrently lectured for The University of Adelaide air rescue-retrieval-trauma course as a guest lecturer.

On moving to Bendigo in 2005, Jo participated in lecturing, curriculum review and clinical practice locally for a short time.

Most recently Jo worked for Defence in research as an Injury Scientist where her focus was with explosives injury during Australia's involvement in military operations in Afghanistan.  Jo's PhD (Med Sci) was an examination into the development of microscopic gas emboli in blast trauma victims.

Jo is a Fellow to the Australian College of Nursing, a Member of a number of professional bodies. Jo is registered RN Div1 with AHPRA, and is both BLS and ALS certified.

At BendigoGAS Jo co-ordinates the office, maintains auditing and is the Director of Research.