Honoured GP's work has saved many lives - even his own

Dr Peter Arnold was awarded an OAM for his contribution to medicine
Peter Arnold

Although he didn't know it at the time, Dr Peter Arnold (pictured) was saving his own life when he set up Australia's first intensive care ambulance service back in 1968.

The GP, who has held leadership positions with dozens of organisations from the AMA to the Medical Board of NSW, was awarded an OAM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours for his contribution to medicine.

But he's most proud of his work setting up Sydney's coronary ambulance service six years after his arrival on Australian shores from South Africa.

“All those other things were very meta-medical, but the coronary ambulance service is something that made a real difference to people’s lives,