Join us in Sandy Bay Hobart, where we aim to cultivate a collaborative mindset that aligns with the evolving landscape of primary care in Australasia.

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Time (AEST) (Please note: This schedule is subject to change).
08:30 - 08:45 Welcome

08:45 - 09:00 Conference Open
09:00 - 10:00 Opening Keynote Presentation

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner, Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner

10:00 - 10:20 Cygnet Family Practice Urgent and After-Hours Service

Kerrie Duggan, Nurse Practitioner and Co-Owner Cygnet Family Practice

10:20 - 10:45 Morning Tea
10:45 - 12:45 Workshop 2: Putting Theory into Practice: How to Competently Assess Low Back and Shoulder Musculoskeletal Disorders

Jordan van der Westhuizen, Managing Director of Perth Injury & Pain Clinic, Soft Tissue Occupational Therapist, Certified McGill Method Practitioner and Strength & Conditioning Coach

Workshop 1 - Acute Wound Care

Mel Alexander, Extended Care Paramedic, SA Ambulance/Paramedic Practitioner

12:45 - 13:35 Lunch
13:35 - 15:35 Workshop 2: Putting Theory into Practice: How to Competently Assess Low Back and Shoulder Musculoskeletal Disorders

Jordan van der Westhuizen, Managing Director of Perth Injury & Pain Clinic, Soft Tissue Occupational Therapist, Certified McGill Method Practitioner and Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Workshop 1: Acute Wound Care

Mel Alexander, Extended Care Paramedic, SA Ambulance/Paramedic Practitioner

15:35 - 15:55 Afternoon Tea
15:55 - 16:55 Panel Discussion: Where we came from, where we are now and where we are heading?

Dr Louise Reynolds, Associate Professor in Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University and Chief Paramedic Officer, Safer Care Victoria

Dr Peter O’Meara, Adjunct Professor, Monash University & Charles Sturt University. Board Member, The Paramedic Network and the American Paramedic Association.

Dr Angela Martin PhD, Manager Clinical Practice- Integrated Care, Ambulance Tasmania

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner, Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner

More panel members announced soon

16:55 - 17:00 Day 1 Close
17:00 - 19:00 Conference Social Event – Drinks & Canapes

(face to face ticket holders only)

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Time (AEST) (Please note: This schedule is subject to change).
08:30 - 08:35 Day 2 Open
08:35 - 09:05 Paediatric Presentation
09:05 - 09:35 Paediatric Presentation
09:35 - 10:05 Paediatric Panel Discussion
10:05 - 10:30 Morning Tea
10:30 - 11:00 Navigating frailty: Challenges and considerations in pre-hospital care

Dr. Rebecca Heath, FACEM at Royal Hobart Hospital

11:00 - 11:30 Paramedic care at the end of life: Underprepared & underappreciated?

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

11:30 -12:00 Integrated out-of-hospital palliative care

Andrew Noble, Extended Care Paramedic (ECP) Clinical Team Leader and ECP Education coordinator – SA Ambulance Service

12:00 - 12:30 Panel Discussion - Palliative Care & Geriatric Presenters

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

Dr. Rebecca Heath, FACEM at Royal Hobart Hospital

Andrew Noble, Extended Care Paramedic (ECP) Clinical Team Leader and ECP Education coordinator – SA Ambulance Service

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Australian Remote and Indigenous Health
14:00 - 14:30 Exploring the challenges and opportunities for community paramedicine in rural Aotearoa New Zealand

Aroha (Michelle) Brett CStJ, Dip S&CW, Dip AP, Māori Health & Equity Lead – Clinical Services, Hato Hone St John

14:30 - 15:30 What’s happening internationally in this space?

Fraser Watson, ECP Clinical Lead, Hato Hone St John New Zealand

Paul J Reeves, Principal Advisor Pre-Hospital Care, Commissioning and System Improvement, NT Health

Jen Bolster, PhD (S), BPara(Hons), ICP, Director of Clinical Services, Ambulance Tasmania

More panel members announced soon

15:30 - 15:55 Afternoon Tea
15:55 - 16:40 Closing Keynote: Superheroes v Supervillains: The battle between perception, professionalism & progressive paramedicine

Dr Angela Martin PhD, Manager Clinical Practice- Integrated Care, Ambulance Tasmania

16:40 - 16:50 Conference Close