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Student Conference 2021 - Online

About The Event

Join us at STUCON 2021!

Due to the current COVID outbreak in NSW the College management team has made the decision to move the face-to-face component of STUCON (which was to be held at WSU) to an online format. The live stream for society events (those located in an area not affected by Covid lockdowns) will still go ahead.

All registered attendees will be contacted via email and a full refund will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Online tickets are available to those who cannot attend a face-to-face Paramedic University Society live stream. Tickets available under the “tickets” tab.

If you require any further information, please contact education@paramedics.org.

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STUCON 2021 is an in-depth student conference that focuses on clinical best practice, education and research.

Aimed at undergraduate paramedic students, the conference will offer an insight into current and emerging knowledge from across the globe. Speakers will include a mix of students, researchers, educators and industry practitioners for a truly enlightening experience.

There are two ways to attend STUCON 2021:

  • Online, for those who cannot attend a face-to-face a university paramedic society event (due to Covid lockdowns)
  • View the live stream on-campus at your university's paramedic society's event (further details below)

Join us online! Host a local STUCON 2021 event.

Paramedic societies are being offered free live streaming of STUCON 2021 and are encouraged to host on-campus society events to allow students to watch the conference as a group.

Read more HERE

Further information

Join us at STUCON 2021!

Friday 30 July 2021

9am to 5.30pm AEST

Aimed at undergraduate paramedic students, the conference will offer an insight into current and emerging knowledge from across the globe. Speakers will include a mix of students, researchers, educators and industry practitioners for a truly enlightening experience.

Join us online! Host a local STUCON 2021 event.

Paramedic societies are being offered free live streaming of STUCON 2021 and are encouraged to host on-campus society events to allow students to watch the conference as a group.

Read more HERE


Sarah Sawyer

Sarah is a final year BParamedicine(Hons) student at Charles Sturt University. Sarah has a wide and varied background that has seen her travel the world, whilst gathering knowledge and skills along the way. Sarah is an ex-neuroscientist/stem cell technician/midwife, and she prides herself on her passion for people. Sarah is an avid advocate for research, which inspired her current Honours thesis into cardiogenic shock management. Sarah's goal is to make an impact on current understanding of cardiac presentations, which may improve protocols, treatment plans and patient outcomes overall.

David McLeod

David is a seasoned clinician and health leader with over 19 years of experience in emergency and community services, both within the paid and the voluntary sectors, notably NSW Ambulance. David is passionate in striving to continuously improve patient health outcomes by improving the patients experience in accessing the right health care at the right time. David is currently the Medical Planning & Response Manager at Crown Sydney where he continues his proven track record of investigating, developing and implementing best practice service delivery policies and guidelines to improve patient outcomes. Recently David paved the way for the introduction of community paramedics within the primary health and community settings to elevate pressure on other healthcare practitioners while improving patients healthcare experience.

Paul Simpson

Paul is the Director of Paramedicine at Western Sydney University and a registered paramedic practicing as an Intensive Care Paramedic with NSW Ambulance and in the private sector. He is the Chair of the Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans, and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Australasian College of Paramedicine.

Alisha McFarlane

Alisha is an experienced intensive care paramedic and current lecturer in paramedicine at Charles Sturt University. Alisha is passionate about gender equality in the profession with her current research focussing on the sexism experiences of female paramedics in Australia. Alisha is also the current chair of the Australasian College of Paramedicine clinical standards committee and a member of the women in paramedicine committee.

Kaitlyn Krahe (she/they)

Originally from Naarm/Melbourne, Kait (she/they) is a paramedic based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Kait has been fortunate to work across a diverse range of beautiful places across their career including on Larrakia land, Jawoyn land and in Nhulunbuy. Kait is a content creator for Outback Responders and honours student with a strong interest in cultural safety, lifelong learning, critical allyship and gender affirming care.

Mandy Edmonston-Fearn

Mandy is a Registered Paramedic practicing in Western Australia. Mandy is Chair of the WA Committee of the Australasian College of Paramedicine. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Paramedical Science and Master of Paramedical Science (Critical Care) from Edith Cowan University. Mandy is passionate about Paramedic education and professional learning. She enjoys mentoring and on-the job training. Prior to graduating from Edith Cowan University Mandy was President of Western Australian Student Paramedics (WASP), which sparked an interest in student Paramedic education and gave an insight into the challenge’s student Paramedics face whilst in University and transitioning to the workforce.

Whitney Hughes

Whitney is an experienced aviation medicine and prehospital care paramedic who has over 25 years in working in the aviation industry. She has a Bachelor of Paramedicine and qualifications in Aviation Medicine. She currently serves on the NSW Paramedicine Council Impaired Registrants Panel for AHPRA and previously has been on the board of the Australian Resuscitation Council (NSW Branch).Whitney has worked for 3 Australian airlines and is well regarded within the airline industry for her extensive experience in the management of both passenger and crew health issues including drug and alcohol management programs. Whitney currently works for Qantas Airways as the Manager for Aviation Health programs and leads a team managing the daily operational and strategic issues faced by an airline medical department. During COVID-19 Whitney has been one of the clinical leads for the Qantas Group and is responsible for the repatriation of thousands of Australians from across the globe. She has worked with the Australian Medical Assistance team (ASUMAT) in Howard Springs and led the first 2 charters to Wuhan in February 2020.

Liam Langford

Liam is passionate about unlocking paramedicine’s potential to improve individual and community health outcomes. Throughout his paramedicine career, he has had the privilege of enacting this passion through various roles: Intensive Care Paramedic (ACTAS), Lecturer (ACU), Clinical Facilitator, and Chapter Chair for Paramedics Australasia. His interests include developing the paramedicine profession, education, and ambulance service leadership. The latter interest is seeing him pursue a Doctorate at UNSW with the aim to create an Ambulance Service Leadership Framework. He also has a dog named Barney and a cat called Nini-Legs-in-The-Air. Both love making impromptu visits to his Zoom meetings.

Buck Reed

Buck Reed is a Lecturer in Paramedicine at the Western Sydney University and a Registered Paramedic practicing in New South Wales. Buck is Chair of the NSW/ACT Committee of the Australasian College of Paramedicine. Buck has a strong interest in paramedic resilience, professionalism and education. He holds a Master of International Health Management and is completing a PhD focusing on paramedic registration and its impact on paramedic identity. Buck was the first rurally-based paramedic to receive a Churchill Fellowship and the first paramedic accepted to the NSW Health Rural Research Capacity Building Program.

J.D. Heffern

J.D. Heffern is a Canadian Advanced Care Paramedic having served as a front-line paramedic and also within the developing community paramedicine scheme, previously working as an Advanced Care Community Paramedic imbedded within a community family health team partnering and developing with other primary care providers. Currently J.D. serves as Chief of Paramedicine and Senior Advisor within Indigenous Services Canada – First Nation and Inuit Health Branch. His role is to research, design, educate, create policy and programming as it pertains to paramedicine and the role of Community Paramedics working in northern Canadian indigenous communities.

Nicole Sadler AM CSC

Nicole Sadler is the Head of Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne, and an Enterprise Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is a Clinical Psychologist with an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges for individuals, workplaces and communities impacted by trauma. She has led mental health strategic reviews and policy and training development projects for police and first responder agencies, healthcare workers, insurance companies, judiciary agencies and community organisations. Prior to joining Phoenix Australia in 2017, she served in the full-time Army for 23 years and completed her career in the senior Army psychology position at the rank of Colonel.

Ben Cant

Ben is a highly motivated, professional senior executive with over 8 years’ experience in overseeing the daily operations and high-level management of State Medical Assistance Pty Ltd (SMA), reporting to the Board of Directors. Ben was and still is a registered Paramedic in both Australia and the United Kingdom and works clinically on a regular basis to ensure that his patients and people are at the forefront of his attention. Ben is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Ambulance Health Services Working Group on behalf of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and he is currently studying a Master of Business Administration at Swinburne University.

Lily Phillips

Lily's dream has always been to become a paramedic, ever since she was a little girl. Before starting her Bachelor of Paramedicine, Lily completed a Diploma of Nursing. Whilst Lily studies full-time, she works part-time as an Enrolled Nurse at Bathurst Base Hospital. Lily has loved every part of her degree from placements to pracs. In the near future she would like to continue studying to become and ICP, as she loves to learn and help people.

Bill Lord

Bill Lord is a registered paramedic who has worked as a paramedic in Sydney, Melbourne, and Queensland until 2018. He has worked in higher education for 25 years including as a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Head of Undergraduate Paramedic Programs at Monash University, and more recently as Associate Professor and Discipline Leader for Paramedic Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Bill currently has an adjunct Associate Professor position at Monash University, is deputy co-chair of the Paramedicine Accreditation Committee, and holds a position on the Board of Directors of the Australasian College of Paramedicine.

Luke Mackey 

Luke is an undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine).  Luke has previously completed a Bachelor of Nursing at ACU.  After working in the emergency department in a hospital and talking to the paramedics Luke decided to study paramedicine.  Whilst studying Paramedicine Luke has had the opportunity to develop clinical skills, meet some of the most interesting patients and work with some of the most amazing people.

Aaron Farok 

Aaron is currently in the final year of B. Health Sci (Paramedicine). Aaron has a background in Medical Science and Biomedical Engineering (USyd). Aaron decided to change career paths towards Paramedicine due to the extensive opportunities to help people. Initially, Aaron was drawn to the hands-on application of clinical skills. Aaron now finds it enjoyable meeting patients and listening to their wildest stories! 

Dr Belinda Flanagan

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.

Bethany Birkett

Bethany is currently a postgraduate paramedicine student at Federation University, completing the conversion course from nursing, and due to graduate at the end of 2021. She has been nursing in the oncology/haematology setting since her graduate year in 2013, having completed postgraduate studies in this area also. She has decided to make the transition into pre-hospital emergency care with nursing as a solid foundation. In addition to her current studies, she is an operational member with St John’s Ambulance, gaining valuable experience in the pre-hospital setting.

Alex Cardenas

Dr Alexander Cardenas has had a broad career across Ambulance and Health and currently holds a PHD in clinical education and change. Alex started as a Paramedic in Sydney, before completing his double masters in Public Health and Health Management to become a paramedic educator. He then transitioned into a management career working as a service planner, program director, and healthcare consultant. Alex is currently consulting for Health Infrastructure, leading a major change and capability portfolio that forms part of a wider $10B infrastructure program.

Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg

Sophia is a third-year student of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science at Flinders University. She also works at Flinders Medical Centre Community Childcare and volunteers extensively in her local community. Sophia’s rural upbringing gave her early insight into the effects of social determinants of health on vulnerable populations. This background, and her experiences on clinical placements, has cemented a focus on improving the delivery of equitable front line health care. Sophia plans to promote and develop holistic and preventative care practices, for both paramedics and patients, throughout her career.

Carlton Irving

Carlton has been in the paramedic sector since 2003. Carlton began as an off the street person with a first aid certificate and trained vocationally, then went to university educationally. In Carlton's career he has worked everything from patient transfers to rapid response, flight, expedition and offshore work. As well as educational roles in the vocational and tertiary sector.

Alannah Stoneley

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

Ali Rengers

Ali Rengers is a paramedicine student at Griffith University. In collaboration, she achieved First Runner Up with the KJ McPherson Foundation Scientific Poster competition in 2020 and has co-authored several articles within the online publication: Canadian Paramedicine. Post-graduation she aims to pursue critical care studies while continuing to contribute to research in the paramedicine field. Ali enjoys climbing and bouldering in her spare time.

Aidan Baron

Aidan is an Adjunct Lecturer in Paramedicine at CSU, and a Visiting Researcher in emergency, cardiovascular, and critical care at Kingston and St George's University London. He practises as a paramedic in Sydney and has a special interest in the use of Point of Care Ultrasound in prehospital care, Digital Health Ethics, and emergency healthcare for LGBTQIA+ patients. Aidan sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Paramedic Practice and is the founder of the Paramedic Myth Busting Facebook group. He was recognised as the Philips Healthcare Young Clinical Pioneer of the year in 2020 and is currently studying medicine at the university of Notre Dame.

Assoc. Prof. Alan Eade

Whilst he is the senior paramedic professional voice for government, he is also part of the chief clinical officers leading quality and safety activities across the health system. Alan was an active proponent of registration and has a passion for the profession and its advancement across the spectrum of healthcare. His professional interest is around substance use and the provision of person centred out of hospital care.  Alan holds an adjunct Associate Professor appointment at Monash University, is a Fellow of Australasian College of Paramedicine, and received the Ambulance Service Medal (2009) for his work around substance use and education of clinicians about acute management of substance use harms.

Ryan Parry

Ryan is a Clinical Instructor with Ambulance Victoria. Ryan has international experience as an instructor in the UK and Vanuatu, private industry experience as a wilderness medic for Endurance Medical Services, and is also a teaching associate for Monash University.

Program Schedule

Day 1
Time Session
09:00 Conference welcome 
09:05 Paramedicine in Higher Education - where can my degree take me?
Bill Lord, Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University; Deputy co-chair, Paramedicine Accreditation Committee and holds a position on the Board of Directors of the Australasian College of Paramedicine
09:35 How we changed international paramedic guidelines over Twitter - the hidden truth about social media and patient privacy
Aidan Baron, Paramedic Researcher
10:05 The impact of body worn cameras on incidence of occupational violence toward paramedics: A systematic review
Luke Mackey, undergraduate student, Western Sydney University, and Aaron Farok, undergraduate Paramedicine student, Western Sydney University
10:17 Dual qualifications (and registration) – the future of a twofold role in a multi-disciplinary health care system
Bethany Birkett, Postgraduate Diploma of Paramedicine, Federation University (conversion course from nursing)
10:29 Panel Discussion - Learning to make our practice culturally safe
Hosted by: Buck Reed, Lecturer in Paramedicine, Western Sydney University, Panel: J.D. Heffern, Kaitlyn Krahe, and Kiara Bennett
11:09 Break
11:29 How the patient experience can improve the quality of paramedic care
Dr Belinda Flannigan, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine University of the Sunshine Coast
11:59 An exploration of decision making when accessing emergency healthcare in moderate to severe asthma patients from rural and remote Australia
Alannah Stoneley, undergraduate student at Charles Sturt University (Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours))
12:11 An unusual case study of cardiac chest pain and the challenges of identifying myocardial infarction from ST-elevation only
Lily Phillips, third year undergraduate paramedic student, Charles Sturt University
12:23 How to smash your grad year, and which pitfalls to avoid
Ryan Parry, Paramedic, Ambulance Victoria
13:33 Panel Discussion – Making the most of your student/preceptor relationship: Managing up to improve your placement experience
Hosted by: Buck Reed, Lecturer in Paramedicine, Western Sydney University, Panel: Liam Langford, Alisha McFarlane, and Mandy Edmonston-Fearn
14:13 The student experience of the peer support program; will your caring profession care for you?
Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg, third year undergraduate paramedic science student, Flinders University
14:25 Management of cardiogenic shock; what can paramedics learn from current literature?
Sarah Sawyer, Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours) final year, Charles Sturt University
14:37 Mental health – positive forms of building emotional support
Nicole Sadler AM CSC, Head Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
15:07 Laying the roadmap for your clinical career
Dr Alex Cardenas, Healthcare Consultant & paramedic
15:37 Can undergraduate paramedic students deliver community outreach programs?
Ali Rengers, second year Bachelor of Paramedicine student, Griffith University
15:49 Toxicology during COVID
Alan Eade, Chief Paramedic Officer, Safer Care Victoria; MICA Paramedic, Ambulance Victoria; Intensive Care Paramedic, St John Ambulance Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University
16:19 Panel Discussion – Thinking beyond ambulance services: Where your paramedicine education can take you
Hosted by: Paul Simpson, Senior Lecturer and Director of Paramedicine, Western Sydney University; Chair, Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans, Panel: Whitney Hughes, David McLeod, and Ben Cant
17:00 Day close
17:05 Finish

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Event Information

30th Jul 2021
09:00 – 16:00 (AEST)
Live Streamed to University Paramedic Societies & Live Streamed Online

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