Host: David Long
Guests: Belinda Delardes and Brendan Shannon
About this episode:
In this episode of The Debrief, host David unpacks community paramedicine and paramedic-initiated GP referrals with Monash University PhD candidates Belinda Delardes and Brendan Shannon. Both Belinda and Brendan are registered paramedics working for a jurisdictional Australian Ambulance Service and bring a contemporary view of managing patients who are suitable for an alternate (non-ED) pathway. The wide-ranging discussion touches on the philosophy underpinning service delivery to lower acuity patients, the difference between “non-transport” and “transition of care”, as well as challenging the established paradigms of paramedic education.
David Long is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Lead of the Paramedicine program at the University of Southern Queensland. David began his career in paramedicine with a state Ambulance service in 1998 and was part of an inaugural Extended Care Paramedic program. He completed a doctorate in 2017 that examined the work role transition of qualified paramedics to a specialist role in community paramedicine. David continues to have a wide range of research interests in paramedicine and education.
Belinda is an ALS paramedic and clinical instructor with Ambulance Victoria (AV). Following her graduate year with AV, she undertook an Honours degree part-time with Monash University focusing on a potential e-handover between paramedics and GPs. After achieving the Monash Department of Paramedicine 2019 Academic Excellence in Research Award for this, Belinda continued on with a PhD to improve the referral process from paramedics to GPs in Victoria, Australia. Belinda is a passionate advocate for improving efficiency and patient safety for non-transported patients.
Brendan is a lecturer within the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University and a registered paramedic with Ambulance Victoria (AV) for the past 9 years. He has experience in curriculum development, continuing professional development, clinical instruction, and supervision of honours students’ projects, on top of his clinical and academic workload.
Brendan returned as a student part-time with the Paramedicine department in 2015 after focusing solely on his clinical role as a paramedic by enrolling in the honours program. After successfully completing the course with H1 honours he enrolled as a PhD candidate. His thesis is investigating the impact of a community care program that aims to divert unnecessary ambulance and ED presentations in a large metropolitan region of Melbourne. Brendan has a keen interest in health services research, alternative care pathways, non-transport, referral services, and community paramedicine.