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ACP International Conference 2021

About The Event

ACPIC 2021 will be delivered as a hybrid event with the following format:

Day one - Thursday 25 November

Delivered online. Attendees can view the live stream through the College’s interactive conference platform.

Day two - Friday 26 November

Face-to-face events will take place in the following locations:

The face-to-face locations will have a mixture of streamed and in-person presentations, will include networking breaks and will be followed by social drinks after the conference. Live stream from other locations will be available in break out rooms at the face-to-face locations allowing attendees to select which stream they would like to view.

The online format will live stream presentations from all face-to-face locations, allowing online attendees to select which stream they would like to view.

Face to face event ticket inclusions:

  • Access to day one of the conference (delivered online)
  • Face-to-face attendance to day two of the conference including:
    • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
    • Post conference drinks and canapes (more information will be provided once you have registered for the conference)
  • Two months exclusive access to all conference session recordings

Online ticket inclusions:

  • Access to day one and two of the conference (delivered online)
  • Two months exclusive access to all conference session recordings

This year’s conference theme is ‘What will you decide?’, providing attendees with a range of presentations to challenge thinking, explore changes in practice and showcase the latest in pre-hospital research.

ACP International is an in-depth comprehensive paramedic conference that focuses on providing the education and research that paramedics need.

Click here to view the conference program

Click here to view session overviews

Click here to view poster presenters and overviews

Conference highlights

Keynote speaker: Ant Williams, World Record Holding Freediver

Ant Williams

Ant is a business psychologist and world champion freediver, who draws on his academic knowledge and his experience as an elite athlete to teach mental toughness, creating a performance mindset & redefining your limits. Ant has recently worked with Australian paramedics to support their performance under pressure, teaching first responders how to discover their ‘disaster personality’ then learn how to control their emotional response to make effective decisions under pressure.


Clinical case studies

Have you attended an interesting or unique case? If you live in a location that allows you to travel to the Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Hobart or Christchurch, the ACPIC 2021 organising committee is inviting members to present clinical case study presentations at the upcoming conference in November.

Click here for more information

Further information

Day one: Online

9am to 5.30pm AEDT, Thursday 25 November 2021

Day two: Online and face-to-face (Adelaide, Christchurch, Hobart and Sunshine Coast)

9.20am to 6pm AEDT, Friday 26 November 2021

Click here to view the conference program

Click here to view session overviews

A note about COVID-19

The College would like to reassure the attendees of this event that if the face-to-face component needs to be cancelled due to a Covid outbreak, all registered attendees who paid a registration fee will be fully refunded.

If the face-to-face event does go ahead, all precautions will be taken including, but not limited to, the following:

• Ensuring all attendees sign-in.

• Social distancing measures.

• Sanitiser stations.

The College requires members, event attendees, volunteers, and staff not to attend College events if, on the day of the event:

• 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 have been or have any reason to suspect you have been exposed to someone with or suspected to have COVID-19.

• You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.

• You live or work in an identified “hotspot” or place with known community transmission.

• You, or someone you live with, are in self-isolation because you / they have visited or travelled overseas within the past 28 days, or

• You are in self-isolation due to having had contact with someone with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19.

Note: In relation to events with an attendance fee, the College will refund the ticket price to anyone unable to attend due to the above advice.

Where an event has been planned or advertised and a case of community transmission is identified, then a decision will be made on a case-by-case basis by the College CEO as to whether the event will go ahead or will need to be postponed.

In the event of cancellation of face-to-face events all registered guests will be notified and where possible the event will be changed to an online webinar format.

To read the College full face-to-face COVID-19 plan - Click here


Sam Allender

Samantha Allender is an experienced Paramedic of 16 years with 10 years working in all levels of Secondary Triage (ST) with Ambulance Victoria (AV), including being actively involved in the review of ST and its expansion to now triaging approximately 30% of all 000 calls at AV. In 2019, she took on the role of Project Manager for Ambulance Tasmania (AT) to manage the development and implementation of ST that was launched in February 2021. Undertaking this complex project has been a career highlight, and has seen her involved in every aspect of the project including governance and approvals within AT, the Department of Health and at the Cabinet level, identification, procurement and customisation of the patient management system, development of new workflows and processes, recruitment, training and development of a team, actively engaging with other agencies within Tasmania to building alternative clinical and care pathways to ensure that patients can be referred to services that align with their clinical presentation and ensuring a comprehensive public awareness and education program was implemented to inform the public of changes to ambulance service delivery.

Dr Kathryn Eastwood ASM

Dr Kathryn Eastwood ASM is a Research Fellow within the Prehospital Emergency Care -Australia and New Zealand (PEC-ANZ) Centre for Research Excellence and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Her research areas include data linkage, secondary telephone triage, paediatric pain management, mathematical competence and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Kathryn is an experienced 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.

Kris Gagliardi

Kris is a practising Intensive Care Paramedic and is currently Assistant Clinical Director for St John, where he is responsible for leading the development of out-of-hospital pathways for high-acuity conditions including STEMI, acute stroke and major trauma, as well as low acuity pathways for ambulance patients in partnership with District Health Boards (DHBs) and Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) such as falls prevention, smoking cessation, mental health and social support. Kris is also responsible for the development of clinical education for ambulance personnel, the Ambulance Sector Clinical Procedures and Guidelines (CPGs), clinical policies, and health sector stakeholder engagement. Prior to taking on national roles in St John, Kris was the pre-hospital lead for the Nelson Marlborough STEMI Pathway, New Zealand’s first comprehensive pre-hospital STEMI pathway involving pre-hospital fibrinolysis and direct transport of eligible patients to a PCI capable hospital. Kris is a trustee of the New Zealand Paramedic Education and Research Charitable Trust.

Alecka Miles

Alecka Miles is the Course Coordinator of the Master of Paramedic Practitioner course at Edith Cowan University and works as a Paramedic at a GP clinic in Perth, Western Australia. She is a long-suffering Melbourne Demons fan and proud ‘Mumma’ to Poppy (5 years) and Hamish (3 years), a career highlight and her greatest achievement so far. Despite expressing her concerns about research being a ‘waste of time’ as a M.A.S. graduate paramedic, she has since changed her tune and developed research interests in paramedic education and the roles for paramedics in primary health care in Australia/New Zealand. She has a Masters degree in Emergency Health and is currently undertaking her PhD and looks forward to dressing like a professor from Harry Potter when she graduates.

Ant Williams

Ant Williams has swum 223 meters on a single breath. He has freedived to 100m and held his breath for 8 minutes. He holds the World Record as the deepest man under ice. Ant has pushed through both physical and mental barriers and he knows how to overcome some of the most demanding and uncomfortable challenges a person can face. Ant teaches others how to “lean into discomfort” and take positive, calculated risk.

Dr Ruth Townsend

Ruth is a former paramedic and lawyer turned academic who has an interest and expertise in paramedic law, ethics and professionalism. Ruth is currently a senior lecturer in paramedicine at Charles Sturt University and the legal member of the Paramedicine Council of NSW that manages complaints made against paramedics as a part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation scheme.

Luke Frost

Luke has a Masters in Osteopathy and worked for a short time as an Osteopath before joining the New South Wales Ambulance Service in 2008. Luke has an Advanced Diploma and Bachelor Degree in Prehospital Care. Luke worked as a Paramedic and then Intensive Care Paramedic in Western and South Western Sydney for 10 years. Luke qualified as a Critical Care Helicopter Paramedic in 2020 and currently works in North Western NSW at the Tamworth Helicopter Base. Luke lives in the Blue Mountains with his very patient wife and 3 young children 8, 4 and 3 months.

Libby Hanrahan

Libby’s love for caring for patients started with a short stint as a Registered Nurse. Libby then wanted to continue caring for patients but wanted to be outside. So, 20 years ago she joined NSW Ambulance. On road, she worked in the roles of Intensive Care and Extended care paramedic, Station Officer, Duty Operations Manager and as an Executive Staff Officer at state headquarters. She has also worked within the Sydney Control Centre as Call Taker, Control Centre Officer (dispatcher) and Duty Control Centre Officer. 7 years ago Libby began her training for the position of Critical Care Helicopter Paramedic. She now works full time in this role at the Sydney Helicopter base, with secondments to the Aeromedical Education and Training unit as a Paramedic Educator. Her wish to care for patients outdoors is certainly now a reality.

Sunny Whitfield

Steve Sunny Whitfield is an Australian-based paramedic academic, expedition leader, geographer, and writer with research interests in remote, polar and space medicine. He has experience in providing healthcare in remote and extreme environments that include humanitarian operations, high altitude expedition medicine, and flight, and retrieval medicine. Currently a lecturer at Griffith University School of Medicine (paramedicine), Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society.

Dr Belinda Flanagan (PhD)

Dr Belinda Flanagan 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.

Matt Wilkinson-Stokes

Matt is a paramedic and postgraduate student. In his personal life he is joyfully married and has a beautiful golden retriever puppy called Waffles.

Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin Wilson is a PhD student at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom funded by the National Institute for Health Research Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Her PhD explores how enhancing prehospital feedback can enrich emergency ambulance staff wellbeing, paramedic decision-making and prehospital patient safety. Caitlin is also a paramedic for North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and an Associate Editor for the British Paramedic Journal.

Caitlin Fitzgibbon

Caitlin Fitzgibbon (she/her) is a critical care registered nurse and paramedic who worked as an emergency department clinical nurse specialist before moving to the UK to work for the London Ambulance Service. Today, Caitlin is a lecturer in paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, and continues to remain clinical with Ambulance Victoria. She completed a Masters in Trauma in 2016 and is now a PhD candidate exploring the experiences of dual qualified nurse paramedics within Australian ambulance services. Caitlin is passionate about diversifying the paramedic role, finding solutions to the overwhelmed healthcare system, and improving health outcomes for the LGBTQI+ community.

Tegwyn McManamny

Tegwyn is a PhD Candidate with Monash University's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and an intensive care paramedic with Ambulance Victoria. Her research focuses on the paramedic's role in health education, and on the lives of older people living in rural and regional communities.

Katie Tunks Leach

Katie Tunks Leach is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Since qualifying as a Registered Nurse she has specialised in emergency and trauma care, more recently focussing on clinical and tertiary education, and research on pastoral and spiritual care for paramedics and Defence personnel. She also volunteers as a chaplain for New South Wales Ambulance.

Matthew Curtis

Paramedic honours graduate from Charles Sturt University in 2021. Currently working with New South Wales Ambulance as a paramedic intern. Interested in postgraduate research surrounding the management of hip fractures in the prehospital environment.

Associate Professor Kelly-Ann Bowles

Kelly is an educator and researcher within the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University. In her role she coordinates the Honours Research program, research units within the Masters program as well as managing the Department's PhD program. Kelly has a background in exercise science so has a real interest in the health and wellbeing of paramedics but is also really keen to see the skills of paramedics used in different roles in the healthcare sector. Ultimately, Kelly's aims is to engage as many paramedics and paramedic students as possible in research opportunities.

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill is a registered paramedic, Casual Academic in Paramedic Science, and provisional PhD candidate at CQUniversity. With 10 years of experience working for Queensland Ambulance Service, Matt has undertaken several clinical roles including Advanced Care Paramedic II, Critical Care Paramedic, and Critical Care Flight Paramedic. During the past 5 years, Matt has also taught into the undergraduate and postgraduate Paramedic Science programs at CQUniversity. The main drivers for Matt’s research stem from his clinical experience as a paramedic and his experience as a Peer Support Officer, where he has developed a keen interest in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics and their families.

Lucinda Marinelli

Lucinda is originally from Melbourne and moved to Sydney in April 2021 to begin work as a graduate paramedic with NSW Ambulance. Lucinda completed her Bachelor’s of Paramedicine at ACU in 2020 and is currently an Honours student at Monash University.

Dr. Aman Hussain

Dr. Aman Hussain is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at The University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Hussain completed his PhD at the University of Queensland. His research has focused on learning in high risk, high stress occupations (e.g., Firefighters, Paramedics). He also has significant interests in organizational leadership, performance psychology, and qualitative research methods.

Lindsey Boechler

Lindsey Boechler, EdD (Student), MA, ACP, is a Researcher with the Centre of Health Research, Improvement and Scholarship, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She is an Advanced Care Paramedic and a qualitative researcher. Lindsey’s most current research includes studies pertaining to the experiences of frontline personnel during COVID-19, healthcare accessibility for marginalized populations, and virtual health supports.

Vivienne Tippett

Professor Vivienne Tippett is currently A/Head of School and Director of Research for the School of Clinical Sciences, 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.

Lucy Oatley

Lucy has been a paramedic for seven years, for both the Queensland Ambulance Service and Ambulance Tasmania. Since moving to Tasmania in 2017 and completing her postgraduate study, Lucy has split her time between patient facing duties as an Intensive Care Paramedic and project work in the Clinical Services division. Lucy has an interest in the provision of cardiac care to the Tasmanian community and has recently implemented the first stage of the Thrombolysis project across Tasmania. Lucy has also been a member of the ACPIC (formally PAIC) scientific and organising committee since 2019.

Alannah Stoneley

Alannah is a 3rd year Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours) student at Charles Sturt University who has a deep interest in rural health and providing equity in access to emergency healthcare services. After completing her degree, she hopes to gain employment as a paramedic whilst also continuing her research into rural health and being an advocate for those living in rural and remote locations.

Chris Hurring

Chris is a Senior Constable and has been a police officer for 28 years. He has been working as a Family Protection Officer for 12 years. His daily work involves dealing with families who are in crisis. Working in partnership with Family Violence agencies to manage that risk providing support to the vulnerable and holding perpetrators to account for their behaviour. Chris is married to Sarah and they have two children aged 9 & 11. Chris also has a 22 year old son. In his spare time Chris likes to mountain bike, watch his children play rugby, hockey and athletics. The family enjoy to get away camping and enjoy the outdoors.

Celine Donovan

Celine has been working with family violence victims/survivors and children in the social work sector for around 28 years. Celine acknowledges that family violence is a widespread, and often hidden social problem. It has damaging and sometimes devastating consequences for individuals, families, communities and society. Celine is passionate about family violence prevention, she regularly provides family violence education to professionals and communities. Celine believes education is the key to prevention & social change. She feels privileged to hold the thousands of stories told to her by family violence survivors who have felt entrapped in abusive relationships. In her education she feels she gives a collective voice to these hidden stories. Celine lives with her partner on a rural lifestyle block, apart from spending time with her growing family, she enjoys tramping and tending her large garden.

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25th Nov 2021 -
26th Nov 2021
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