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Talking Research: Qualitative research in paramedicine

About The Event

This year the College Research Committee will dive into all things Research.

The 2021 schedule can be found below, so mark your calendars!

JULY 2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021: 19:30 - 21:00 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Topic: Qualitative research in paramedicine

Join us for an interactive evening exploring qualitative research in paramedicine, facilitated by several experienced qualitative researchers.

The session will include a general presentation on qualitative research methods and utility by Dr Louise Reynolds. We’ll then hear from two paramedic researchers who specialise in qualitative methodology - Dr Scott Devenish and Dr Belinda Flanagan. Scott and Belinda will take us ‘behind the scenes’ of one of their papers each.

Scott will talk about the following paper: Hobbs L, Devenish S, Long D, Tippett V. Facilitators, barriers and motivators of paramedic continuing professional development. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 2021 Jan 3;18 Download paper here

Belinda will talk about the following paper: Flanagan B, Lord B, Reed R, Crimmins G. Women’s experience of unplanned out-of-hospital birth in paramedic care. BMC emergency medicine. 2019 Dec;19(1):1-7. Download paper here

We will then open up the webinar for a highly interactive Q&A discussion mediated by Mr Harry Reeves, in which participants can talk directly with and learn from the various presenters.


Wednesday 8th September 2021: 19:30 - 21:00 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Topic: TBC

Wednesday 10th November 2021: 19:30 - 21:00 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Topic: TBC


Dr Scott Devenish

Scott is the QUT Paramedicine Discipline Lead and a Fellow of both the Australasian College of Paramedicine and the UK Higher Education Academy. Scott has previously held leadership roles at QUT such as the Paramedicine Program Coordinator and the Director of International Engagement and Recruitment for the School of Clinical Sciences. He has a strong interest international paramedic placements and exchanges. Scott has a diploma in paramedic science, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in vocational education and a doctorate, which investigated transition to practice (university student to practising paramedic) in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Dr Belinda Flanagan

Belinda has been involved in various areas of health since 1990 and over this period has gained extensive experience in healthcare, emergency medical services and education sectors. Prior to her appointment with USC, Belinda was an Advanced Care Paramedic with both the NSW and Qld Ambulance Service and a Registered Nurse/Midwife with NSW and Qld Health. Belinda frequently collaborates with the Queensland Ambulance Service in guideline development and education in the area of obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation. Belinda has completed a PhD exploring the paramedic response to obstetric emergencies, this will provide recommendations for the management of emergency obstetric cases.

Dr Louise Reynolds

Louise is a Senior Lecturer and registered paramedic. She began her prehospital career as a student paramedic with SA Ambulance Service in 1992. Over the next 10 years, she held various operational and non-operational roles, before moving into higher education in 2003. As Australia’s first female paramedic to attain doctoral qualifications, her thesis described the emerging professionalism of prehospital care practice. She has taught paramedicine vocationally, undergraduate, postgraduate levels across Australia and the UK. Her research expertise draws on a variety of interests using qualitative methodologies in paramedicine education, systems and leadership.

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Event Information

14th Jul 2021
19:30 – 21:00 (AEST)

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