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ACP Research Symposium 2022

About The Event

ACP Research Symposium

Date: Thursday 14 July and Friday 15 July 2022

Location: University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD and Online

Event theme: New Beginnings

The ACP Research Symposium is a two-day symposium delivering exciting and innovative research focused on excellence in paramedicine. It will include guest presenters, workshops and research presentations as well as social and networking activities.

Through the theme, “New Beginnings”, the event will celebrate the new and diverse research happening in paramedicine as well as encourage delegates to look forward and be inspired by future possibilities within this critical medical field.

The symposium aims to educate, foster learning and support researchers at all stages of their career, providing an opportunity to engage with like-minded professionals, share knowledge and experience, and collaborate in a collegial, no-pressure environment.

Click here to view the schedule and workshop overviews for day one.

Click here to view the schedule for day two

Keynote presenter: Gerry FitzGerald

Building a research agenda

A key element of the development of a new profession is the acquisition of a body of unique knowledge shared by members of the profession. Critical to this, is the conduct of research that creates new knowledge.

The aim of this presentation is to explore how a research agenda may be developed and more importantly, how it may be actioned. It will not occur by accident but rather requires leadership, resilience and persistence.

Click here to read Gerry's bio

What’s included in your ticket

FACE-TO-FACE ticket inclusions: (University of the Sunshine Coast):

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (Two full days)
  • Workshops
  • Networking drinks and canapes at The Savvy Squire in Mooloolaba (Thursday 14 July)
  • One months' exclusive access to all conference session recordings (day two)
  • Opportunities to socialise and network with peers, presenters and workshop hosts

ONLINE ticket inclusions:

  • Access to the live stream on day two (Friday 15 July)
  • One months' exclusive access to all conference session recordings (day two)


Conference delegate can access Mantra Mooloolaba Beach USC rates by contacting Brenden Whittred at Campus Travel:

Tel: +61 7 3083 0266

Email: brenden.whittred@campustravel.com.au

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 ACP Research Symposium.

ACP Research Symposium Covid Safe Plan

Venue: University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD

Date: Thursday 14 July and Friday 15 July

State government guidance: We will be following advice from QLD 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


Wayne Loudon

Wayne Loudon is a Critical Care Paramedic and visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology. Wayne has been heavily involved in the development of Queensland prehospital guidelines for stroke care in the ECR era and recently completed his PhD investigating prehospital stroke care. His current research interests include the use of mobile technologies for prehospital neurocritical care and stroke systems of care. 

Kim Harting

Kim is an advanced care paramedic currently hailing from the Metro South region in Queensland but has worked predominantly in North Queensland. Prior to converting to the prehospital world, Kim completed a public health degree and found a passion for research and evidence-based practice. Since then, she has been involved in a few projects in both the paramedic and public health fields. Kim is currently completing her Master of Critical Care Paramedicine, and in her free time (when it exists!) she loves spending time with my international-based family, cuddling her two cats and training in Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Derek Collings-Hughes

Derek is an experienced registered paramedic from Western Australia. Derek started his career in New Zealand as an EMT, before moving to Australia and completing his undergraduate degree at Curtin University in WA. He has since developed a keen interest in paramedic research and as such completed an honours programme at Monash University investigating how paramedics use their professional code of conduct. Derek is also a sessional lecturer and is just starting his PhD journey at Curtin University. 

Hannah Latta

Hannah is a Critical Care Flight Paramedic working in Wellington and postgraduate university lecturer at AUT University, New Zealand. Hannah has extensive experience in the ambulance and emergency care sector and is passionate about learning and continuing education to ensure that patients receive the highest standard of care. Hannah is currently completing her doctoral studies and is investigating how ultrasound can be integrated into resuscitation of patients who are in cardiac arrest. Her research aims to identify very ‘low flow’ states associated with pseudo pulseless electrical activity. Hannah is a mum to Sam and enjoys adventures exploring the outdoors in her spare time.

Simon Sawyer

Simon is the Director of Education for the Australian Paramedical College, and an Advanced Life Support Paramedic. Simon has a PhD in Paramedicine and his research is primarily focused on family violence, paramedic wellbeing, and education.

Gabrielle Mizzi

Gabrielle is a paramedicine student at Western Sydney University and is currently in my third and final year of study. Since 2021, Gabrielle has been a part of the Undergraduate Paramedic Student Research Engagement Academy (UPSTREAM) in which she has been writing a systematic review with her peers relating to paramedic practice.

Elisabeth Kelly

Elisabeth graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science: Paramedicine in 2021. She is now working as a registered paramedic in a state emergency ambulance service. Elisabeth enjoys studying the pathophysiology behind her patient’s presenting conditions.

Ashley Farrugia

Ashley is associated with the UPSTREAM program run at Western Sydney University. Throughout her time at Western Sydney University, Ashley was always encouraged to take every opportunity as it would allow you to grow not only as students but also clinicians. Working with a state ambulance service and being involved in this research project, Ashley has gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of research and looks forward to continuing it in the future.

Maddison Poynter

Maddison graduated WSU with Distinction in 2021 and throughout her undergraduate degree, developed a strong passion for research and respect for its role within the prehospital environment. Maddison has since moved interstate, working on road Victoria. She has engaged herself in a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Paramedicine, while simultaneously studying a Master’s of Health Science (Health Services Management). Maddison sees her career in healthcare being a long one and looks forward to this paper being the first of many published with her name on it. She takes great pride in having this opportunity and furthermore being able to contribute to evidence based practice in the out-of-hospital space.

Jake Donovan

Jake Donovan is an intensive care paramedic with Ambulance Victoria. He has ten years of experience in out-of-hospital care, both in Australia and the UK. Jake holds a Diploma of Immediate Medical Care awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and has just completed a Master of Specialist Paramedic Practice. As part of his studies, Jake was part of a team running a trial of POCUS for respiratory distress used by paramedics. Jake’s special interests include POCUS and airway management.

Dennis Walker

Dennis Walker is a lecturer and clinical placement coordinator for the undergraduate Paramedicine program at the University of Southern Queensland. He is also a registered paramedic, having worked within the Queensland Ambulance Service for 27 years in a range of roles including Critical Care Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Isolated Practice Area Paramedic and Clinical Support Officer. Dennis is currently completing his PhD by publication in the area of prehospital medication safety.

Rachel Irvine

Rachel Irvine graduated from her Bachelor in Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University in 2019 and has since completed an honours degree in paramedicine and begun a PhD at Monash University, currently in her second year. Her research interest is in paediatric emergencies and paramedic education. The focus of her PhD is to identify the undergraduate student experience regarding paediatric patients and identify recommended curricular changes to better prepare paramedic students for paediatric cases.

Scott Devenish

Associate Professor Scott Devenish is the Paramedicine Discipline Lead for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Scott is a Registered Nurse, Registered Paramedic, and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Paramedicine. Scott actively contributes to the Paramedicine profession through high quality teaching, academic leadership, peer-reviewed publications, the supervision of research higher degree candidates and through research mentorship. He leads a team of dedicated academics ensuring ACU paramedic programs of study meet the needs of the constantly evolving Paramedicine profession to produce future outstanding clinicians, researchers, and leaders.

Matt Mason

Matt is an experienced academic in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at USC. He has over 15 years of experience in Infection Prevention and Control with a focus on settings outside of tertiary hospitals, particularly austere environments and Low- and Middle-Income Countries. He is a credentialed in IPC by the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control at an expert level, is a technical adviser to the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, co-director of the Collaboration for the Advancement of Infection Prevention and Control, and a member of the Pacific Regional Infectious Disease Association.

Grant Gallagher

Grant is the Course Coordinator for Postgraduate Paramedicine at Flinders University and has undertaken curriculum redevelopment across both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Grant’s favourite part of his job is to throw out the sacred cows of paramedic education and find solutions that benefit our most important resource – our students.

Tim Andrews

Tim has undertaken multiple clinical patient audits and has helped to design and undertake numerous patient safety projects alongside Dr Cantwell. Tim is currently undertaking his PhD with the department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University and will help show the combination of research methodology and clinical experience in identifying, designing and executing patient safety audits to ultimately deliver better patient safety and service delivery.

Alannah Morrison

Alannah has over 15 years experience as a paramedic and as an academic for the last 8 years and is also an active member of the ACP education committee. Alannah is currently completing a PhD aiming to understand how paramedics navigate conveyance decisions and hopes that this research can translate to the educational space and support student and graduate paramedics prepare for the complex decisions ahead of them.

Robin Pap

Robin is a Lecturer and the Academic Program Advisor for Paramedicine at Western Sydney University. He recently submitted his PhD thesis by publication at the University of Adelaide. Robin is a member of the Australasian College of Paramedicine’s Research Advisory Committee.

Paul Simpson

Associate Professor Paul Simpson is the Editor in Chief of the Australasian College of Paramedicine’s new scientific journal launching in October 2023. He is the current Editor in Chief of Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, and in 2021 chaired the Journal Advisory Group for the College. Paul is an Associate Professor of Paramedicine at Western Sydney University, and the Chair of the Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans. He tries to stay clinical as an ICP in NSW, but is getting a bit rusty these days.

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. Jason is NSW Ambulances Director of Medical Service & Research and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health.

Dr Matt Stainer

Dr Matt Stainer is a Cognitive Scientist working at Griffith University. He completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Dundee in Scotland, before taking Post-doctoral positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Aberdeen. He is broadly interested studying cognitive processes 'in the wild' and has applied his research skills to understanding questions like how CCTV operators manage complex control rooms, how individuals drive under-the-influence, how elite athletes reach peak performance and how emergency responders make medical decisions

Elise Katrakazos

Elise is a Griffith University Paramedicine graduate who recently completed a first-class paramedicine honours research thesis. Her research analysed the physiological and psychological stress of paramedic students during clinical placement and produced some extremely interesting results. Elise is currently employed as a research assistant with Griffith University and Macquarie University and is currently working on a range of projects involving heart rate variability data analysis and biometric stress monitoring. Furthermore, she is a content editor for the Shift extension paramedic publication platform.

Andy Bell

Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine at Griffith University, where he is a PhD candidate investigating the evolving paramedic education paradigm and a published author of a number of papers on paramedic education methodology and theory. He is part of an extensive research team of academics and industry partners looking at optimisation and well-being in high acuity, high stress, time-critical operators. He is a registered Paramedic with 15 years’ experience in unscheduled healthcare environments and Andy continues to work for number of private providers, particularly in the mass gathering, remote care and tactical medical space.

Nick Abussi

Nick is a Senior Critical Care Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, with experience in metropolitan, rural and remote locations. Nick also works for a number of private providers delivering care at mass gathering remote and high-risk events. Nick is a sessional academic at Griffith University and was a co-investigator on a recent study exploring simulation fidelity, stress and situational awareness. He was the co-founder and host of the Free Radicals Paramedic podcast, and now contributes on a number of platforms for the Shift Extension Paramedic Publication.

Bronwyn Beovich

Bronwyn Beovich has worked in the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University for 6 years and is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow, working within both undergraduate and postgraduate areas. With a clinical healthcare background, she commenced university-based healthcare research and healthcare educational research 15 years ago. Bronwyn has published over 25 papers on topics including the definition of paramedicine, bibliometrics, empathy, compassion, and experiences of sessional educators, paramedics, and paramedic students.

Brendan Shannon

Brendan is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Paramedicine and a registered Paramedic. Brendan is enrolled as a PhD candidate with his thesis investigating alternative care pathways by evaluating the impact of a hospital-based community care program and the evaluation of the introduction of community paramedicine programs across the globe. Brendan has a keen research interest in alternative care pathways, non-transport, referral services, palliative care and community paramedicine and fosters this through his own research and that of Honours and Masters students he supervises.

Dr Cameron Gosling

Cameron is the current program coordinator for the Monash University Bachelor of Paramedicine. Cameron holds a PhD in injury epidemiology and has research interests in work place injury, physical capacity evaluations, and Paramedicine education.

Kelly-Ann Bowles

A/Prof Kelly-Ann Bowles is the Director of Research at the Department of Paramedicine, Monash University. Over the last 6 years she has taken her previous research successes as a Biomechanist and Exercise Scientist and has translated them into the field of Paramedicine. She has done this by reforming the research education her Department offers their students from undergraduate through to HDR programs; establishing successful national research teams including paramedics and multi-disciplinary research leaders; and developing international teams by working with both clinical and researchers worldwide.

Linda Ross

A/Prof Linda Ross is the Acting Head of the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University and Chair of the Australasian College of Paramedicine Research Committee. Linda is also a registered paramedic with over 25 years experience in the profession. She is widely published in the paramedic education space and is co-editor of Paramedic Principles and Practice: A Clinical Approach 2nd Ed text book.

Dr Ben Meadley

Dr Ben Meadley is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the Department of Paramedicine. Ben’s doctoral project investigated the physiological and metabolic health of paramedics, systems improvement and specialist paramedic task performance. Ben has more than 24 years’ experience, gaining expertise in prehospital critical care, paramedic education, paramedic health research, systems improvement and clinical guideline development. Ben currently works as the Operational Improvement Lead (MICA) and as a senior Intensive Care Flight Paramedic (MICA) at Ambulance Victoria, dividing his time between clinical, systems improvement and research roles.

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Important information about face-to-face tickets:

If you are registering for a FACE-TO-FACE ticket, you will receive an email from our Conference Coordinator (georgia.coetzee@paramedics.org) with a survey link to select which workshops you would like to attend. Please note: each workshop has a limited capacity. If you do not pre-select the workshops you wish to attend by completing the survey, we will assign you to a workshop based on availability.

Important information about online tickets:

Online tickets are only available for day two of the conference.

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Event Information

14th Jul 2022 -
15th Jul 2022
University of the Sunshine Coast and Online

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