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ROAR 2022

About The Event

Date: 26 & 27 May 2022

Location: Adelaide Hills Convention Centre

The Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference is a two-day event, designed specifically for paramedics and allied health professionals working in rural, outback and remote locations.

Conference theme: "Breaking down barriers"

Click here to view the ROAR 2022 schedule

Click here to view ROAR 2022 session and workshop overviews

Keynote presentation - Rosemary Wanganeen

Click here to read Rosemary Wanganeen biography

What’s in store for you?

  • An exciting and hands-on program showcasing a broad range of speakers and topics.
  • Exposure to knowledge and skills which will benefit paramedics, rural and remote nurses, retrieval and flight specialists, and other allied health staff working side-by-side in this unique environment.

FACE-TO-FACE ticket inclusions (Adelaide Hills Convention Centre):

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (2 full days)
  • Two course dinner & drinks (26 May)
  • One months' exclusive access to all conference session recordings
  • Opportunities to socialise and network with peers working in rural, outback and remote locations.
  • An idyllic rural location just 40 minutes from Adelaide airport.

Optional: Pre-conference drinks at a local pub

ONLINE ticket inclusions:

  • One months' exclusive access to all conference session recordings

Venue The conference will be held at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, a beautiful property just 40mins drive from Adelaide airport.


To receive a corporate rate when booking accommodation please call the Hahndorf Resort directly on 08 8388 7921 and quote “ROAR”. Please leave a voicemail if needed.

Please note, accommodation for attendees at the Handorf Resort is being held until the 2nd of May, please reserve a room as soon as possible. After this date, the venue cannot guarantee accommodation for ROAR attendees

Click here for more information on the Hahndorf Resort

Other accomodation options (10 - 20 minute walk to conference venue)

Planning on staying in Adelaide a little longer? Click here.

How to get to Hahndorf? 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.

Attendance 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 seven 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. 

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


Dr Hayley Letson

Dr Hayley Letson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Heart and Trauma Research Laboratory within the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. Since 2008 Dr Letson has been developing a small-volume resuscitation fluid comprising adenosine, lidocaine and magnesium (ALM) for the treatment of haemorrhagic shock and traumatic injury. In addition to working with the US Military to translate ALM resuscitation fluid into the field, Hayley is focussed on improving emergency trauma care for patients in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Shonel Hall

Shonel is a practicing midwife & paramedic as well as academic in paramedicine. She is passionate about out-of-hospital obstetrics and educating paramedics on birth and helping alleviate the fear surrounding these presentations. Outside of work Shonel is a wife and mother of 4 beautiful children under 10. She is an avid camper, Prosecco enthusiast and works toward reducing our the effect of our footprint on the planet.

Kerryn Wratt

Kerryn is an Intensive Care Paramedic and Flight Paramedic Intern currently based in Tasmania. He grew up exploring the rugged mountains of New Zealand where he gained his first taste of wilderness medicine whilst managing a patient who had fallen on Franz Josef Glacier. This experience spurred Kerryn to pursue a career in paramedicine that has now spanned 20 years. Kerryn has a deep passion for providing the best medical care possible in any environment and has been fortunate to contribute to paramedic wilderness response systems in Victoria, Tasmania and Papua New Guinea as well as regularly teaching on a range of wilderness and expedition medicine courses internationally.

Prof Paul Worley

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, Executive Director of Clinical Innovation at the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network, former Australian Rural Health Commissioner and former Dean of the School of Medicine at Flinders University, is the Editor-in-Chief of Rural and Remote Health. Paul is a practicing rural doctor and, as Editor, shapes and guides the journal, oversees the review process and supports and advises authors, taking an active interest in the progress of each article in production.

Dr Brennen Mills

Dr Brennen Mills has expertise in the formulation and evaluation of novel digital education and training applications, designed for knowledge procurement and skill acquisition, customised to meet bespoke learning outcomes in the Health Sciences. Dr Mills leads the Simulation and Immersive Digital Technology Group (SIDTG) at Edith Cowan University which, to-date, have experienced numerous successes in grant funding, development of education and training applications, peer-reviewed publications, and the awarding of both state-based and nationally competitive innovation prizes. Projects range across paramedicine, allied health, disaster preparedness, drug and alcohol education, aggression and violence de-escalation, defence and elite sports.

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.

David Beal (Bealy)

David started with St John in the late 70’s and joined the Ambulance service in 1985. David has worked in both metropolitan and country areas including Millicent, Mount Gambier and currently in the Outer Limestone Cast. From April to the end of June 2022 undertaking a community paramedic trial in Keith. David has worked as a Paramedic, an Intensive Care Paramedic, Extended care Paramedic and since 2016 as a Community Paramedic. David is married, with four children and one grandchild.

Angela Martin

Angela Martin is a registered paramedic, published author and long-standing advocate for Community Paramedicine. Her PhD thesis (currently under examination), was an international exploratory study on perspectives of Community Paramedicine through multiple stakeholder lenses. Angela’s achievements in her 19 year career include being awarded the ACP Rod Kershaw Scholarship in 2013, which led to her involvement in the development of a Community Paramedicine program in rural SA, and commendations including the prestigious SA Emergency Services medal (2018), and SA Ambulance Service Clinical Excellence Commendation in Professional Development. Both commendation reflected her exceptional leadership and contribution to regional communities through her CP advocacy & research. Angela holds qualifications in paramedicine, nursing, management and Training & Assessment, and is an active committee member on the ACP Community Paramedicine working group.

Shell Piercy

Shell is a mother and stepmother to four teenagers and three large dogs. She lives in rural Aokautere with her partner. She is currently an Extended Care Paramedic in Rural Matamata providing acute and after-hours care from the medical clinic. She is also completing her Nurse Practitioner Practicum year. Shell sits on the Professional Practice Committee for the New Zealand College of Primary Health Care Nurses, as a member of the ACC Primary Health Care Sector engagement group, and as the founding member of the Urgent Care Nurses Network. Shell is a clinical nurse educator and an advocate for Paramedics working outside ambulance services.

Brent Venables

Brent is an east coast migrate currently based in Western Australia. Having completed postgraduates in Critical Care and Paramedic Practitioner, he splits his focus in a variety of different interests. Currently on sabbatical but has spent the last few years working as a Paramedic in the resource sector. Interested in pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a Paramedic, and the novel roles Paramedics can play in health care.

Cassie Sutcliffe

Cassie has been a Paramedic for the past 5 years with SA Ambulance Service, working largely with Paramedic Interns as a Clinical Instructor. She is currently working in Northern Metropolitan Adelaide, and has he has previously worked in the Murray Mallee Region in the towns of Renmark and Barmera.

Jenna Cook

Jenna has worked in the pre-hospital setting since 2006 and has a strong passion for palliative care. Working operationally for St John Ambulance as an Intensive Care Paramedic and Clinical Support Officer, Jenna then headed to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) as a lecturer for the Paramedicine department. Jenna holds a Master of Health Practice in Paramedicine (MHPrac) which sees her qualified as an Extended Care Paramedic. She is currently undertaking PG study in Palliative Care at the University of Auckland (UoA). She is very passionate about her role as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator for the Canterbury District Health Board and the powerful and meaningful connections it creates. Jenna is a Mum to three kids, aged 2,4 and 6 who take up most of her time and who she couldn't be prouder of. Jenna lives for the outdoors and spending time near the ocean; she needs no excuse to refuel her tank with a hike, bike, run, swim or walk. Her long-term goal is to work as a Clinical Paramedic Specialist in Palliative Care.

Melissa Fields

Melissa is a registered paramedic working for a state-based ambulance service in an extended operational role which specialises in enhanced patient assessment and primary health care. She has experience in a broad range of prehospital clinical settings including rural and remote low-resourced locations, remote Indigenous communities, and busier regional and metropolitan (AUS and UK) service delivery. Melissa is also a motivated mentor for students and graduate paramedics, and is committed to continued education and training of the future workforce.

Marty Nichols

Paramedic Specialist with NSW Ambulance. Experience in a variety of clinical roles that include: Intensive Care Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic, Special Operations, Rescue Paramedic and Flight Paramedic. Until 2021 worked as a Critical Care Paramedic Educator at the NSW Ambulance ACE Training Centre for five years. Now Associate Director of Clinical Practice. Devoted to furthering the paramedicine profession. This has led to roles on the colleges board of directors and as a member of the Paramedicine Accreditation Committee in Australia.

Karen Stewart

In January 2021 Karen completed a Master’s in healthcare management through Murdoch University, and throughout this time she undertook a research project which focused on the transition from clinical to manager from a paramedic’s experience. This research was published in the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine in January 2021. Karen is an Associate fellow with the College of Health Service Management and a certified health manager. Karen Stewart was the youngest female paramedic in Scotland in 1997 to graduate with an IHCD in Paramedicine she completed just under 20 years in this service in various clinical and leadership roles before emigrating to Australia in 2012. In 2010 Karen undertook a Bachelor of Science degree which she completed in 2012. In that same year Karen joined St John WA initially as a paramedic before securing the role of Clinical Governance Operations manager. Since then, Karen has held senior positions including Acting Head of Clinical Services, Acting Head of Country Operations and her current substantive role of Senior Operations Manager- Country Operations.

Brodie Thomas

Brodie is a Paramedic and PhD candidate, living in regional Northwest Victoria. Brodie is passionate about providing healthcare to regional and remote communities. He is a member of Ambulance Victoria’s community paramedic trial and involved with a community paramedic project in a local regional health service in collaboration with La Trobe and Monash Universities.

Kirsty Mann

Kirsty is a registered paramedic with over 15 years of experience in a variety of roles within Aotearoa New Zealand's ambulance and health sector. In her role with Whakarongorau Aotearoa, she is part of a growing paramedic workforce within the National Telehealth Service that delivers free health advice, support and information 24/7 to help virtually support the people of Aotearoa. Kirsty is also a Clinical Education and Advocacy Officer with the Australasian College of Paramedicine. In her downtime, she enjoys high country adventures with her horse Tosca.

Sean Keenan, MD

Sean Keenan, MD (Colonel (retired), US Army) is an emergency physician and emergency medical services specialist who spent the latter part of his active duty service career spearheading austere medical guidelines and the US military’s effort in the area of prolonged field care. After retirement from the military in 2018, he continues to consult and teach, developing educational curricula specifically for prehospital practitioners in austere environments.

Melissa van Leeuwen

Melissa is a public health nurse/midwife and works with the NT Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Program in Central Australia, which is a part of the Public Health Unit in Alice Springs. Melissa has been in this role for the past 8 years and has lived in Central Australia for over 15 years. Her work area covers over 1 million sq. kms. Melissa is passionate about seeing Rheumatic Heart Disease eradicated in Australia.

Cliff Mason

Cliff has been a registered nurse for 35 years working in all aspects of nursing in tertiary centres, community health, research programs in Melbourne and Perth, General practice in three states, rural and remote area nursing. Cliff has been a credentialled Diabetes Nurse for 27 years most recently setting up diabetes support programs in community and general practice settings. Cliff currently works in general practice in Perth and three other remote area diabetes clinics, one in the Kimberley in WA and two in North Queensland.

Mel Alexander

Mel has been a paramedic for 19 years, an intensive care paramedic for 10 years and ECP for 4 years. Mel has worked in education roles with the SA Ambulance Education Services Unit and with Flinders University. She is currently studying the Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice through Deakin University and hopes to use this to develop a Paramedic Practitioner Role in South Australia.

Chris Pilmore

Chris is nearing the end of his internship with SA Ambulance Service working in the Metro North region. Chris was born and raised in regional South Australia in the small town of Ceduna. He started his career in the Australian Defence Force, before returning to regional SA to work in the mining industry near Whyalla. While completing his degree, Chris volunteered as an Ambulance Officer at Kapunda working throughout the Barossa and fringe metro regions of Adelaide.

Dave Jaensch

Dave has been a career Ambo for 40 years and an ICP since 1997. Working mainly in South Australian rural communities, Dave was a Clinical Team Leader in Whyalla for 13 years. In March 2017 he commenced in the newly developing role of Community Paramedic in Ceduna on the Far West Coast of SA. Dave states that this current role, working mainly with remote, itinerant indigenous people is by far the most rewarding period of his career. His role as a solo clinician encompasses primary health care in the community as well as emergency clinical support to both the local ambos and health services in the region.

Katharine McBride

Katharine is a Senior Implementation Officer with the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium. With an interest in health policy and program implementation, Katharine works on translating research to improve the quality of health services and health systems for Aboriginal people in South Australia. Katharine works across a range of research which is centred around heart health and stroke research priorities identified by Aboriginal communities in South Australia. The Consortium’s work spans the continuum of care from health promotion and prevention, to acute and ongoing care.

Program Schedule

Day 1
Time Session
08:30 Welcome to Country
Courtney Hunter - Hebberman
08:35 Conference Open
08:40 How can we prepare our rural health systems to be more resilient, responsive and reassuring to our patients?
Prof Paul Worley, Executive Director Clinical Innovation, Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network
09:40 Sedation in remote practice
10:10 Morning Tea
10:30 Workshop 1: POC Bloods - VBG and Chemistry / Workshop 2: Wound care
11:30 Digital simulation for education in the health sciences. Is there application for distance and remote learning?
Dr Brennen Mills, Senior Lecturer, School of Medical and Health Sciences, and Director, Simulation and Immersive Digital Technology Group, Edith Cowan University
12:00 The Best Care... Anywhere. Breaking down the barriers of medical care in the bush
Kerryn Wratt, Intensive Care Paramedic / Wilderness Paramedic
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshop 2: Wound care / Workshop 1: POC Bloods - VBG and Chemistry
14:30 Haemorrhage Control and Trauma Care in Rural and Remote Australia: Applying the Lessons from War
Dr Hayley Letson, Senior Research Fellow, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
15:00 TBC
15:30 Afternoon Tea
15:50 Community Paramedicine Panel (Online)
Angela Martin, David Beal, Shell Piercy
17:00 Conference Close
18:00 Conference Dinner
Day 2
Time Session
08:30 Welcome – Day 2
08:35 Panel Discussion: “Community care clinical conundrum” - the interplay of chronic diseases and care within the community
Brendan Shannon, Dave Jaensch
09:45 Rheumatic Heart Disease
10:15 Morning Tea
10:30 Teamwork - Integrated care in rural environments
11:00 Workshop 3: TBC / Workshop 4: Out of Hospital obstetrics
Workshop 4: Shonel Hall, Registered Midwife - QLD Health, Registered Paramedic - QAS, Lecturer paramedicine – QUT
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshop 4: Out of Hospital obstetrics / Workshop 3: TBC
Workshop 4: Shonel Hall, Registered Midwife - QLD Health, Registered Paramedic - QAS, Lecturer paramedicine - QUT
15:00 TBC
15:30 Afternoon Tea
15:50 Keynote Presenter
Rosemary Wanganeen
17:00 Conference Close

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St John Ambulance Western Australia Ltd (St John WA) is a not-for-profit organisation which has been an integral part of the WA community for 130 years. Its purpose is to serve humanity and build resilient communities through the relief of sickness, distress, suffering and danger.

In Western Australia, St John WA delivers a suite of services including first aid training, community and patient transport, community defibrillators and a first responder network, event health services, urgent care centres and primary health and dental, all geared to wrap around our community and link together to support the delivery of emergency ambulance services, optimising their effectiveness and benefit to the health system. We cover the biggest geographical footprint of any single ambulance service in the world, and our consistent delivery of quality services has resulted in St John WA receiving the highest reputation score of any charity in Australia according to ratings agency RepTrak.

Our highly skilled workforce is the backbone of this integrated model, where career and volunteer personnel work side-by-side to provide first-class pre-hospital patient care. It includes volunteers, paramedics, community paramedics, critical care paramedics on board the RAC rescue helicopter, and clinical support paramedics based on-road and in the State Operations Centre. Our ambulance personnel are supported by nurses, doctors, dentists and support staff all working together to achieve our purpose.

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Event Information

26th May 2022 -
27th May 2022
Adelaide Hills Convention Centre & Online

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