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Trauma on the Border 2022

About The Event

Trauma on the Border 2022

Date: Friday 18th March 2022

Location: Twin Towns Conference and Function Centre, Tweed Heads, NSW & Online

As we continue to lead the way forward in the evolution of the paramedicine profession, this year's theme of "Driving professional change" showcases the latest developments in paramedic practice, current research, and a host of speakers and presentations catering to the priorities and needs of paramedics of all levels, from students to on-road paramedics, intensive and extended care paramedics, flight and mobile paramedics, paramedic educators and academics, and senior managers.

Click here to view presentation overviews

Click here to view the TotB 2022 schedule

Keynote presentation - McQuilty Quirke

McQuilty Quirke has inspired many people with his courage, determination and positive mindset after battling post-traumatic stress from Iraq and the physical injuries he sustained after being wounded in action in Afghanistan. He was a leader, a company medic, a soldier, and his life was in the hands of his mates.

Click here to read McQuilty Quirke's biography

How to attend the conference:

The TotB 2022 conference program will be delivered as a hybrid event on Friday 18th March 2022, offering attendees the opportunity to either:

  • Attend the conference in person at Twin Towns Conference and Function Centre, Tweed Heads, NSW; or
    • Face to face ticket inclusions:
      • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
      • Post-conference drinks (more information closer to the conference)
      • One months' exclusive access to all conference session recordings
      • Opportunities to expand your network by connecting with peers and presenters in person
  • View the live conference remotely on a dedicated and interactive event platform on the College website.
    • Online ticket inclusion:
      • One months' exclusive access to all conference session recordings


Mantra - Twin Towns is offering TotB 2022 attendees 10% off the best available accommodation rate - for more information click here

Further information


As we transition to living with COVID-19 in our community and return to the delivery of face-to-face events, the College would like to reassure attendees of this event that all precautions will be taken to identify and mitigate risks to our attendees. Please read below for COVID-19 advice for the Trauma on the Border conference.

Trauma on the Border Covid Safe Plan

Venue: Twin Towns, Tweed Heads

Date: Friday 18 March 2022

State government guidance: As the Twin Towns venue is in New South Wales, we will be following advice from NSW Health.

Please read the College’s Face-to-Face Event COVID-19 Safe Plan in full here

We require members, event attendees, volunteers, and staff not to attend College events if:  

  • You have tested positive to COVID-19 on either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR test within the previous ten days. 
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. 
  • You are unwell, including exhibiting symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness, and include (but not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell. 
  • You are currently subject to a stay-at-home order. 
  • You have been or have any reason to suspect you are a close contact to someone with or suspected to have COVID-19. 

Vaccination status
The College will follow the guidelines set by the local state health department around the vaccination status of attendees at College events.  In line with the College’s position on vaccination, we strongly encourage all members and attendees to get their full COVID-19 vaccination course. 

Face masks
Face masks must be worn in indoor areas.

Covid Safe Check in
All attendees are required to check in using the QR code provided by the venue.

Rapid Antigen Test prior to attending
The College encourages attendees to take a Rapid Antigen Test prior to attending a College event.

Please read the College’s Face-to-Face Event COVID-19 Safe Plan in full here


Ben Meadley

Ben Meadley has more than 24 years’ experience as a paramedic, gaining expertise in prehospital critical care, paramedic education, and clinical guideline development. Additionally, Ben is an established researcher, with interests in clinical, health and human performance research. Ben currently works as the MICA Operational Improvement Lead at Ambulance Victoria, where he is also a senior Intensive Care Flight Paramedic (MICA). He has a passion for systems improvement, to ensure paramedics are best prepared to deliver high-quality care. Ben is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Paramedicine.

Dr Steve Rashford

Dr Steve Rashford has been the QAS Medical Director since 2005. He has worked in aeromedical retrieval and prehospital care for nearly 30 years. At QAS he has overseen critical enhancements in trauma care, including point of care ultrasound, advanced procedural sedation, prehospital anaesthesia the aggressive use of blood products in urban environments and the use of high performance teams to improve outcomes.

Matt Pepper

Matt served 7 years in the Australian Army, working across a number of combat corps roles and graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2006 he transitioned to the Ambulance, and worked across multiple services as a Special Operations Intensive Care Paramedic and Special Operations Team Instructor. He jointly established the Tactical Medical Operations capability in NSW Ambulance and was integral in raising the first full-time Tactical Paramedic Team in Australia, moving on to become the service's inaugural Clinical Training Officer for Tactical Medicine. Matt was the founding President of the Australian Tactical Medical Association and 2015 Churchill Scholar researching best practice across the UK, USA and Canada in Tactical Emergency Medical Support.

Casey Lewis

Casey Lewis is a critical care paramedic with Queensland Ambulance Service. Over the past 16 years he has worked in various capacities in paramedicine across Australia and the Pacific region including critical care, aeromedical operations, rural and remote care provision as well as aid and development. Casey has also taught into paramedic programs at Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University, and the University of Southern Queensland. Informed by his experience across the sector, Casey is passionate about disaster management, capacity development and systems strengthening and has a particular interest in how these are applied in lower resource settings.

Joff van Ek

Joff van Ek has been volunteer and full time firefighter for the past twenty years. During this time he was assigned to many rescue units. He responded to a variety of incidents from vehicle collisions, complex transport incidents, domestic and industrial rescue and numerous fire scenes. Joff has worked with rescue and medical professionals all around the world. Travelling the globe has challenged the thought process of how we do rescue operations in Australia. He continues to work closely with various emergency services, medical professionals and the state and federal government to strive towards better patient outcomes for the communities nationwide.

Alex Thompson

Alex is the current QAS Director of Patient Safety & Quality. His portfolio oversees the provision of clinical care by paramedics, pharmacy, infection control, professional standards and aims to ameliorate patient outcomes and reduce patient harm. Alex has extensive clinical experience having worked as a paramedic for 15 years before transitioning into an executive role. Alex holds a Graduate Diploma of Intensive Care Paramedic Practice and a Master of Business Administration. He has recently accepted a Healthcare Improvement Fellowship with Clinical Excellence Queensland, commencing in early 2022.

Dr Jessica Forbes

Dr Jessica Forbes is an Emergency Physician and Trauma Consultant at the Gold Coast University Hospital, and a Medical Officer with the Queensland Ambulance Service High Acuity Response Unit. Her real prehospital talent is singing tunes from 'Hamilton' in the car, and priming the blood warmer - a skill she has carried over from her previous career as an ED nurse.

Brigid Wall

Brigid is a Critical Care Paramedic based in Brisbane. Over the past twenty years she has gained extensive EMS experience in both Australia and Ireland. She is interested in educating and developing paramedics to empower them to perform at their best. Her superpower is in cultivating professional relationships to achieve the best patient outcomes.

Paula Sinclair

Paula Sinclair is the first female Director of the Fixed Wing & Aeromedical Control Centre. She has an extensive career with NSW Ambulance spanning over 28 years. During this time, she has worked in a variety of different roles. This includes working as an on-road intensive care paramedic, operations manager, and critical care paramedic in helicopter operations. Paula has also significantly contributed to developing NSW Ambulance’s staff wellbeing and support programs. Paula also developed an extremely successful forum for paramedics to discuss challenging patient presentations. This initiative, called ‘Coffee and Cases’, provides a safe platform for paramedics to discuss cases, share knowledge and acquire clinically relevant feedback required for ongoing professional development.

Vivienne Tippett

Professor Vivienne Tippett is the Discipline Leader Paramedic Programs at QUT. Prior to joining QUT in 2012, she was the Director of the Australian Centre for Prehospital Research at QAS. She has extensive experience as a researcher and consultant in the emergency pre-hospital, health and emergency health systems and is widely published. Her work has been recognised with an OAM for services to para-medical education (2018); a Distinguished Service medal from QAS (2012) for services to paramedic research and a CRC Association national award for research innovation (2019). She is a Fellow of the Jamieson Trauma Institute at RBWH.

Mel Bernas

Critical Care Paramedic with 20 years’ service throughout the great state of QLD, from Metro and regional areas to rural and remote locations and now in the role of managing the design, development and delivery of contemporary education programs for frontline QAS officers.

Dr Jason Bendall

Dr Jason Bendall is a specialist anaesthetist, specialist paramedic and specialist prehospital & retrieval medicine physician. Jason works clinically as an anaesthetist at one of Australia’s busiest trauma hospitals with subspecialty interest in orthopaedic trauma. Jason is NSW Ambulances Director of Medical Service & Research and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health.

Tash Adams

Tash is a critical Care Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, currently working between the Logan POD and the Kedron High Acuity Response Unit. Tash has a Master in health care leadership and a master in traumatology. Tash is interested in all things education, professional development, and leadership development as well as a keen interest in progressive trauma care.

Sandy MacQuarrie

Alex (Sandy) MacQuarrie is a transplanted Canadian trained to the level of Critical Care Paramedic (flight). He has worked in paramedicine since 1993 in urban, rural, and remote environments including HEMS and senior management positions. He has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration and has completed a PhD. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. He also has over 20 years as a firefighter in suburban and rural settings in three Canadian provinces and one Australian state.

Andy Bell

Andy has an extensive history in clinical education, paramedicine, higher education and clinical research. He has over 20 years’ experience in various forms of educational formats, including outdoor education, clinical education, tactical medicine, search and rescue and educational design. He is a registered paramedic with Aphra and has worked in a variety of unscheduled clinical environments including a jurisdictional ambulance service, tactical training organisations, event medical services and private consultancy roles for the past 14 years. He is currently a confirmed PhD candidate looking at deconstructing the contemporary Paramedic education paradigm and building frameworks for the evolution of professional Paramedicine into the future. He holds a Masters degree in clinical education and has a number of published journal articles addressing various aspects of Paramedic education. His other research interests include investigating the nexus between physiological, psychological and sociological variables and their impact on quality of performance and operator well-being in high stress, time critical occupations.

Program Schedule

Day 1
Time Session
08:00 Welcome to Country
08:05 Conference Open
Marty Nichols
08:10 Keynote presentation
McQuilty Quirke
09:10 Surviving & Thriving in Female Leadership
Paula Sinclair
09:35 Simulation – Can it be effective and engaging?
Mel Bernas
10:00 Working in the zone – assessment and management of injuries to the neck
Dr Jason Bendall
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Tactical Medicine and Austere Trauma: Bringing Lifesaving Knowledge and Skills to Remote Teams
Matt Pepper
11:30 Building Contemporary Trauma Care Systems in Paramedicine
Ben Meadley
12:00 Cultivating continuity in trauma care - from scene to recovery
Dr Jessica Forbes
12:30 Possibilities, Pitfalls and Pineapples - Paramedicine in Aid and Development
Casey Lewis
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Yeh? But Why? - an evidence based approach to progressive trauma care
Tash Adams
14:20 Calling all Paramedics…
Alex Thompson
14:40 Doing your best when it matters most
Brigid Wall
15:00 Evidence Based Extrication: The Trauma Gap
Joff van Ek
15:20 Afternoon Tea
15:50 Trauma and Pre-Registration (University) Education Panel
Vivienne Tippett, Andy Bell, Mel Bernas, Sandy MacQuarrie, Buck Reed
16:25 Pandemics, Floods, Increasing Demand….where will we be in 2025?
Dr Steve Rashford
16:55 Conference Close

Thanks to all our sponsors for this event

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Established in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is one of the world’s best young universities, achieving excellence in research output, quality of teaching and the overall student experience. ECU has also been a pioneer in offering alternative pathways to higher education. It’s an approach that has led to a five-star rating in the Good Universities Guide for teaching quality for fifteen years running (2008-2022). 

Contact Details

To find out more contact ECU on 134 328 or visit www.ecu.edu.au 

Event Sponsors

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Event Information

18th Mar 2022
08:00 – 17:00 (AEST)
Twin Towns Conference and Function Centre, Tweed Heads, NSW & Online

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