The ACP International Conference (ACPIC20) provides an unmatched opportunity for our members to learn from experts and leaders in paramedicine. In October 2020, ACP was pleased to deliver our first fully online and interactive paramedic conference. The conference attracted over 1100 attendees, 60 speakers and 36 sessions.
Dr Kathryn Eastwood presents her research study on ambulance dispatch of older patients following primary and secondary telephone triage in metropolitan Melbourne. Dr Eastwood presents how aging as a major driver of increasing demand for ambulance services in Melbourne. Older patients comprise the largest portion of ED attendance and many are thought to have been precipiated by 'non-clinical issues'
Biography: Dr Kathryn Eastwood ASM is a Research Fellow within the Prehospital Emergency Care - Australia and New Zealand (PECANZ) Centre for Research Excellence. Her research areas include data linkage, secondary telephone triage, paediatric pain management, mathematical competence and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Kathryn is an experienced Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedic with Ambulance Victoria since 2000 and she continues to practice in this role. Kathryn is a member of the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) committee, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Paramedicine. In 2019 Kathryn received an Australia Day honor, the Ambulance Service Medal for her outstanding research, education and clinical contributions to Paramedicine in Australia.
Research Fellow, Prehospital Emergency Care - Australia and New Zealand (PEC-ANZ) Centre for Research Excellence; Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Paramedic, Ambulance Victoria