• 14th May 2024

Speakers announced - 2024 Research Symposium


We are pleased to announce the speakers and workshop presenters for the College's 2024 Research Symposium which will be held at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, on 18 - 19 July this year.

The theme of the Research Symposium is Influence and Inspire: Advancing the Paramedicine Research Agenda for Australasia.

The symposium aims to highlight the crucial role of paramedic research in shaping and advancing emergency care, providing an opportunity for novice and emerging paramedicine researchers to share their innovative findings.


Lyle Brewster

Course Director Paramedicine, Charles Sturt University

Lyle has 34 years of experience as a paramedic and an educator with two different ambulance services and Charles Sturt University. Lyle began his career with the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade (QATB) 1989. He spent 14 years with QAS. In 2005, Lyle moved to New Zealand, where he worked for St John Ambulance. He received his intensive care paramedic qualification and spent four years in the rescue helicopter and education. Lyle has a Master's in Health Science, a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science (Paramedic). He is a PhD candidate at CSU.


Professor Suzanne Chambers AO

Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO is a health psychologist and registered nurse who has been working as a practitioner-researcher in psycho-oncology for over 30 years. Her work has focussed on developing models to predict help seeking and adjustment after cancer: designing remote access and low intensity psychological interventions for people affected by cancer; integrating peer support into controlled design methodologies; integrating distress screening into interventions to target high distress cancer patient groups. She is the founder and President of Open Eyes Global an incorporated association registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission that raises funds to provide customised eye prostheses to disadvantaged children in Nepal with retinoblastoma.


Curtis Cooper

Registered Paramedic

Curt Cooper is a Paramedic currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy (Health) at James Cook University. His research focuses on the educational preparedness, attitudes, and confidence levels of Australian paramedics (including students) in attending to paediatric trauma patients. As an Advanced Care Paramedic II, Curt brings extensive clinical experience from diverse settings, including Indigenous communities and the mining sector. He has co-authored a chapter on Mining Emergencies, in Clinical Cases in Paramedicine, and presented at numerous conferences, demonstrating his commitment to research and evidence-based care.


Sooaad Dahoud

Qualified Paramedic with NSW Ambulance and Sessional Academic with Western Sydney University

Sooaad Dahoud is a registered paramedic working with NSW Ambulance, based out of metropolitan Sydney. Alongside being a full-time paramedic, she is also a sessional paramedicine academic at Western Sydney University. Sooaad was recently awarded a Master of Research, whereby her research investigated sex-specific disparities in paramedic-initiated analgesic administration for individuals with acute abdominal pain presenting to an Australian jurisdictional ambulance service. Sooaad’s broader research interests traverse equity in paramedicine practice across diverse populations, where she aims to further develop her academic expertise. 


Professor Scott Devenish

Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland and Staff Nurse, Auckland City Hospital Emergency Department

Dr Scott Devenish is a Professor of Paramedicine and Head of Discipline at ACU's School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine, and concurrently holds the position of Chair at the Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans. With a career spanning 17 years in academia and 25 years of commitment to paramedic education and training, Scott brings extensive expertise to these roles.


Jake Donovan

MICA Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria, Teaching Associate with Monash University

Jake Donovan has over a decade of experience in Paramedicine. He has worked as an Advanced Life Support and Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for 10 years and spent 2 years with the South East Coast Ambulance Service in the UK. Currently, Jake is pursuing a PhD focused on the clinical utility of ultrasound for paramedics. Outside of his professional endeavours, he navigates the chaos of fatherhood with two young children, has a very tolerant wife, and wrangles two extra-large greyhounds.


Matthew Hill

Lecturer in Paramedicine, University of the Sunshine Coast

Matthew Hill is a registered paramedic and Lecturer in Paramedicine at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Matt has 10 years of clinical experience, during which time he worked as an Advanced Care Paramedic II, Critical Care Paramedic, and Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Matt’s research interests stem from his experience as a paramedic and Peer Support Officer, where he developed a keen interest in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics and their families. Matt is currently undertaking his PhD at Central Queensland University, where he is exploring the impact of traumatic stress on paramedics and their intimate partners.


Laura Hirello

PhD Candidate, Monash University

Laura Hirello is a Canadian paramedic from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She moved to Melbourne in February 2023 to pursue a PhD from Monash University. Laura’s research study, project ASAP, looks at how shift work and the resulting circadian rhythm disruption impact paramedics, their work performance, and their decision making. Prior to moving to Australia, Laura worked as an ambulance paramedic for 9 years before moving into healthcare project management and process improvement.


Robbie King, PhD

Senior Advanced Care/Extended Scope Paramedic and Lecturer (ACU)

Robbie is a senior registered paramedic with 15 years’ experience performing in both clinical and educational roles. During the last 6 years Robbie has provided healthcare as a specialist “community paramedic” working on the QAS Local-area Assessment and Referral Unit (LARU). His PhD thesis explored how patients experience emergency ambulance service paramedic-led healthcare that resulted in non-conveyance to a hospital ED.


Adrian Lockhart

Paramedic, Queensland Ambulance Service

Adrian Lockhart is currently a graduate paramedic with Queensland Ambulance Service. After graduating Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Paramedic Science with distinction he undertook a postgraduate year at Monash University achieving first class honours with his research in the field of clinical leadership. Adrian perused this second career in healthcare after twenty-four years in the global wine industry with degrees in Agricultural Science, Economics and a Master of Business Administration. Most recently he held several senior executive leadership roles including that of Chief executive Officer and was awarded a Vincent Fairfax fellowship for ethics and leadership.


Dr Bill Lord AM

Adjunct Professor Monash University, Adjunct Professor Australian Catholic University

Bill commenced his career with Ambulance Service of New South Wales in 1981 and subsequently worked as a paramedic academic and researcher at three Australian universities while also holding clinical appointments with Ambulance Victoria and the Queensland Ambulance Service. He is currently an elected Director to the board of the ACP and is a Life Member of the college. He is deputy co-chair of the Paramedicine Accreditation Committee within the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. In 2023 Bill received the award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant services to paramedicine education and research.


Julia Massingham

Critical Care Paramedic/Clinical Support Officer, Queensland Ambulance Service. Teaching Associate, Monash University

Julia is a Critical Care Paramedic, who has worked with the Queensland Ambulance Service for the last eight years, and is currently working in Rockhampton as a Clinical Support Officer. In 2020, Julia completed her Graduate Diploma in Specialist Paramedic Practice and commenced her internship as a critical care paramedic with QAS, before returning to undertake a Masters research project in 2023. Throughout Julia's paramedic career, the ongoing challenge of maintaining clinical currency and proficiency of complex clinical interventions led Julia to investigate the role of Mental Rehearsal as a potential means of improving clinical care.


Dr Ben Meadley

Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University and Intensive Care Flight Paramedic (Ambulance Victoria)

Ben Meadley is a registered paramedic who commenced his career with Ambulance Victoria in 1998, followed by a period with New South Wales Ambulance from 1999-2003. Returning to Ambulance Victoria, Ben trained as an intensive care (MICA) paramedic in 2004, and an intensive care (MICA) flight paramedic in 2009. He joined the staff of Monash University in 2003, and he has held the positions of Teaching Associate, Lecturer and Unit Coordinator in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Ben completed his PhD at Monash Paramedicine, investigating the physiological and metabolic health of paramedics, as well as human performance in specialist teams, and is now an adjunct Associate Professor in the department. Ben has developed expertise in prehospital critical care, paramedic education, human performance, and paramedic health and wellbeing. His research interests include respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, point of care ultrasound, human performance optimisation, and selection to specialist teams in emergency services. Ben divides his time between clinical, teaching and research roles.


Alecka Miles

PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University & Lecturer, Edith Cowan University

Alecka Miles is a Paramedic who works in General Practice (GP) in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia and the Course Coordinator of the Community Paramedicine and Paramedic Practitioner courses at Edith Cowan University. Proud ‘Muuummm’ to Poppy (7 years) and Hamish (6 years), a life highlight and her greatest achievement. Despite expressing her concerns about research being a ‘waste of time’ as a graduate paramedic, she has since changed her tune and developed research interests in Paramedic education, Community Paramedicine, Immersive Simulation and Paramedics working in non-traditional roles including the emerging role of the Paramedic Practitioner in Australia/New Zealand. She has a Master degree in Emergency Health and is a PhD Candidate, her project is looking at ‘Decentring’ the ambulance in Paramedicine: An exploration and consensus of key stakeholder expectations, enablers, and impediments to paramedic role legitimisation in primary health care contexts in Australia and New Zealand and she looks forward to dressing like a professor from Harry Potter when she graduates.


Emma Moore

Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Central Queensland University

Emma Moore is currently enrolled in a PhD program exploring the pre-hospital management of neck of femur fracturs with a focus on fracture immobilisation. She is a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science for Central Queensland University and has over 16 years’ experience working as an Advanced Care Paramedic for the Queensland Ambulance Service.


Stephanie Nixon

QLD Paramedic (Gunggari county)

Stephanie is a rural QLD paramedic with over ten years of experience. Stephanie is completing her final subject for her masters of paramedicine (Extended Care) and writes quarterly for the ACP response magazine. Stephanie has an interest in research and is currently involved in multiple research projects looking to improve patient outcomes/experiences. 


Michelle Owens

Student Researcher, Charles Sturt University and Intensive Care Paramedic, NSW Ambulance

Michelle is a student researcher studying a Masters of Paramedicine specialising in Critical Care at Charles Sturt University. She is an Intensive Care Paramedic with NSW Ambulance and has over 16 years’ experience as a paramedic. She has worked along the New South Wales-Victorian border for the last 15 years and has a passion for improving cross-border ambulance response.


Dr Robin Pap

Chair, ACP Research Advisory Committee and School of Paramedicine, Western Sydney University

Dr Robin Pap is a paramedicine researcher, an advocate for evidence-based healthcare, and the Chair of the College’s Research Advisory Committee. Robin has an extensive international paramedicine background; He has worked in various clinical, leadership, and academic roles in numerous healthcare organisations and academic institutions for over 20 years, in six countries, and across four continents. Prior to moving to Australia in 2014, Robin was the inaugural Consultant Paramedic at Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service in Qatar. He completed a Master of Science in Medicine specialising in Emergency Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a PhD at the University of Adelaide investigating and contributing to evidence-based prehospital care quality indicators. Robin is a registered paramedic, the Academic Program Advisor for Paramedicine at Western Sydney University, Associate Editor at ‘Paramedicine’, Board Director at the Safe Airway Society, and a member of the JBI Adelaide GRADE Centre.


James Pearce

Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine, Flinders University. Paramedic, SA Ambulance Service

James is a Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine and a PhD candidate at Flinders University, and a Paramedic with SA Ambulance Service. He is an Ambassador and Fellow of the Australasian College of Paramedicine, and a Fellow of Advance HE. His research interests include evidence synthesis and research reporting guidelines. He has published several systematic/scoping reviews, and is a peer-reviewer and editorial board member with several scholarly journals.


Associate Professor Louise Reynolds

Associate Professor ACU, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Faculty of Health, Australian Catholic University. Chief Paramedic Officer, Executive Sponsor, Inquiry into Women’s Pain for Safer Care Victoria

Dr Louise Reynolds, Safer Care Victoria's Chief Paramedic Officer and ACU Associate Professor in Paramedicine, began her career as a student paramedic with SA Ambulance Service. Her career included operational and educational roles across Australia, the UK, and South-East Asia. As Australia's first female paramedic with a doctoral degree, her research focuses on qualitative explorations of paramedicine evolving professional culture, education, systems and leadership. She's a five-time editor of 'Understanding the Australian Health Care System', contributing to the paramedicine chapter.


David Shanahan

MICA Paramedic (Ambulance Victoria) & Masters of Specialist Paramedic Practise, Research Student (Monash University)

David is a registered paramedic and started his career with Queensland Ambulance Service before moving interstate to join Ambulance Victoria. David has over 20 years of clinical experience as an Advanced and Intensive Care Paramedic. David is currently a master’s research student at Monash University exploring the incidence and impact of occupational exposure to ketamine. 


Sam Sheridan

PhD candidate and Academic with Charles Sturt University

Sam started her career as a student paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance Service associated with Teesside University in the UK. She has experience as an on road paramedic in the busy area of Leeds, Bradford, and Wakefield in the UK and in the culturally diverse city of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Sam has experience mentoring student paramedics and as a sole responder on a first response unit. Sam moved in to education whilst in the UAE, as a Clinical Educator helping to develop and train new and qualified emergency medical technicians and paramedics, before arriving at CSU as a academic. She completed her MSC in enhancing paramedic practice with a focus on Paramedic physical health and fitness. This interest has continued in her research interest and PhD program of research.


Dr Verity Todd

Senior Lecturer (Above the Bar), Paramedicine Department, School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Verity Todd is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Paramedicine. Verity has recently completed over 5 years as the Clinical Research Fellow at Hato Hone St John. Verity is currently working on the First Responder Shock Trial, supported by the NZ Heart Foundation, and has interest in low-acuity patients, trauma, and resuscitation. Verity's research background includes a PhD in Genetics and postdoctoral fellowships in Ophthalmology (Genetics and Epigenetics) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The University of Auckland.


Laura Triffet

PhD Candidate, Western Sydney University and Lecturer in Paramedicine, University of Tasmania

Laura Triffett is a registered paramedic, a Lecturer in Paramedicine at the University of Tasmania and a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. Laura has worked in paramedicine for over 25 years, starting her career in the UK before relocating to Australia in 2007. Laura's research interests stem from her experience as both a paramedic and academic, where she developed an interest in work-integrated learning (WIL), authentic assessment, innovative learning and teaching, and health literacy responsiveness.  Laura's PhD project is looking at the use of Entrustable Professional Activities for the assessment of entry to practice paramedic students undertaking WIL.


Rachael Vella

Lecturer in Paramedicine at Western Sydney University

Rachael (BMedSci, BHlthSci(Paramedic), MRes) is a Lecturer in Paramedicine at Western Sydney University. Her research interests focus on incorporating technology-enhanced methods of simulation within healthcare education to better prepare students for real-world practice. Her PhD will focus on the incorporation of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to enhance simulation feedback and assessment. Additionally, Rachael is a registered paramedic and maintains clinical practice through employment with New South Wales Ambulance. 


Dennis Walker

Paramedicine Discipline Lead, University of Southern Queensland

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 recently completed his PhD on medication safety in paramedicine, but also has research interests in work integrated learning and clinical simulation.

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