ROAR21: Panel Discussion -  Developing roles of paramedics in Australia and New Zealand; How do we best incorporate non-traditional paramedic roles into health care delivery?


Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference (ROAR) 2021

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

Panel Discussion -  Developing roles of paramedics in Australia and New Zealand; How do we best incorporate non-traditional paramedic roles into health care delivery?

Facilitator: Alecka Miles, Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate Extended Care Paramedicine & Masters Paramedic Practitioner, School of Medical and Health Science, Edith Cowan University

Panel Members:

Dave Anderson, Extended Care Paramedic, St John, Post Graduate Lecturer, Paramedicine - Auckland University of Technology

Amy McCaffrey, Paramedic, Northern Territory

David McLeod, Executive Manager - Primary Health & Community


Alecka Miles

Alecka Miles is the Course Coordinator of the Master of Paramedic Practitioner course at Edith Cowan University and works as a Paramedic at a GP clinic in Perth, Western Australia. She is a long-suffering Melbourne Demons fan and proud ‘Mumma’ to Poppy (5 years) and Hamish (3 years), a career highlight and her greatest achievement so far. Despite expressing her concerns about research being a ‘waste of time’ as a M.A.S. graduate paramedic, she has since changed her tune and developed research interests in paramedic education and the roles for paramedics in primary health care in Australia/New Zealand. She has a Masters degree in Emergency Health and is currently undertaking her PhD and looks forward to dressing like a professor from Harry Potter when she graduates.

Dave Anderson

Whilst completing his Nursing education in the early 1990s Dave became a volunteer ambulance officer and has worked in a mixture of environments in both roles. Dave completed a master's in nursing from Melbourne University with a thesis on pain scores and there meaning to patients. Dave currently works as a Paramedic in Cromwell, Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand and teaches on the post graduate diploma pathway for extend care paramedicine.

Amy McCaffrey

Amy moved to the NT in 2017 and continues to work as a paramedic in Alice Springs. Amy started the online platform Outback Responders with a colleague and continues with her team to collate and disseminate professional development content that goes further than just the clinical. Amy is still very early into her career and enjoys learning from the fantastic team around

David McLeod

David is currently the Executive Manager of Primary Health & Community with Coast and Country Primary Care and brings over 19 years of experience in emergency and community services, within both the paid and the voluntary sectors. David is a results-oriented, patient focused and accomplished Clinician and Health Leader, with extensive experience developing, implementing, maintaining, and continuously improving business management and recovery strategies, plans and procedures, across the public sector, notably NSW Ambulance. Employing a strategic mindset, David has a proven track record of investigating, developing and implementing best practice service delivery policies and guidelines to improve patient outcomes. This includes the implantation of community paramedics within the primary health and community settings to elevate pressure on other healthcare practitioners while improving patients healthcare experience.

Presented by Alecka Miles, Dave Anderson, Amy McCaffrey & David McLeod



60 minutes
9th Jul 2021
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