Freedom house: A rich history and a continuing legacy: An interview with George McCary

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This interview with George McCary was conducted by Associate Professor Brett Williams in 2014. I first came to learn about Freedom House from one of my US colleagues Dave Page. I guess what struck me most about this amazing story was that it seemed very little was known about the early work of Freedom House and how this played a part in the professionalisation of the US pre-hospital system. In many ways, it is these types of historical examples that are critical in understanding our discipline as we forge towards becoming a legitimate health care profession. I wonder if there are other similar examples in Australia or other parts in the world? I would like to acknowledge Dave Page for allowing me to meet a number of the original members of Freedom House and being able to arrange an interview with George McCary while I was in Pittsburgh. This interview will be followed by invited commentaries from Professor Walt Stoy, University of Pittsburgh and Professor Peter O’Meara, La Trobe University.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Emergency medical services
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Freedom house

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