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ANZCP2019 Melbourne

About The Event

ANZCP is pleased to bring you the most comprehensive, in-depth paramedic conference on the Australian calendar once again in 2019! ANZCP2019 returns to Melbourne on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August 2019.


The Conference will bring you case studies, discussions and more, with a mix of paramedic and physician presentations over two great days of learning, networking and enjoyment.

FINAL PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE - Click Schedule Tab to see!

See confirmed presenters in the Details tab and their biographies in the Speakers tab.

The state-of-the-art venue, Plenary 1 at the Melbourne Convention Centre, will provide delegates with a comfortable conference experience and great views of the presentations.

Conference Partners

  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Philips
  • Laerdal
  • Edith Cowan University
  • We Happy Few Wines


  • Jones and Bartlett Learning
  • Mediquip
  • SOTI
  • Openhouse Products

Further information

We have lined up a fantastic group of presenters to cover the latest in the field of paramedicine.

FINAL PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE - Click Schedule Tab to see! Speaker biographies can be viewed on the Speaker Tab.

Confirmed presenters:

  • Tony Walker ASM - CEO, AMbulance Victoria - Caring for the carers: Improving paramedic mental health and wellbeing
  • Stephen Gough ASM - In conversation with Marty Nichols (Registration 1 year in)
  • Dr Claire Marshall - Paediatric seizures
  • Kate Whiting - Identifying the sick child
  • Jodie Finn - Paediatric Foreign Bodies
  • Andrew Bishop - Early Repolarisation and LBBB: Identifying the ischaemic ECG
  • Dr Ruth Townsend - Paramedics and social media
  • Dr Simon Sawyer - Family violence - The largest contributor to death and illness you never learn about
  • Emma Bywater - Compassion: “People wont remember what you said or did, but how you made them feel.”
  • Dr Sandy Macquarrie - Paramedic Health and Wellbeing - A professional priority
  • Ben Meadley - Paramedic Health and Wellbeing - A professional priority
  • Nick Roder - Pain management and the agitated patient
  • Dr Ben Beck - Trauma systems: now and into the future
  • Dr Kate Cantwell - Asthma and Audit. Our knowledge and experience can change guidelines
  • Skye Coote - Stroke
  • Toby Keene - How to hack your clinical decision making
  • Dr Sanj Fernando - Critical Incident Debriefing
  • Darren Hodge - Complex rescue and clinical management of a paediatric patient

International Presenters:

  • Dr Tony Smith - SJNZ Medical Director - Christchurch learnings
  • Paul Gowens - Consultant Paramedic, Scotland - Early warning scores
  • Paul Aitken-Fell - Consultant Paramedic, England - Paramedic Prescribing in the UK (The Journey)
  • Matt Cannon - CEO, St John Ambulamce PNG

Novotel Melbourne South Wharf and Pan Pacific South Wharf are both hotels adjacent to Melbourne Convention Centre and connected to the venue by dedicated walkways. Both have provided discount offers for ANZCP2019 Delegates:

Other nearby options include:

*Please note we have not stayed at the above accommodation venues and cannot guarantee satisfaction!


Associate Professor Alan Eade - Master of Ceremonies

Associate Professor Alan Eade is the Chief Paramedic Officer based at Safer Care Victoria. 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. He speaks passionately about caring for people in crisis and the extension of care beyond the clinical guidelines to also factoring in the emotional and psychosocial impacts. As well as working part-time as an intensive care paramedic with Ambulance Victoria, Alan is also a registered nurse, and volunteers as an intensive care paramedic with St John Ambulance Australia. Alan holds an adjunct Associate Professor appointment at Monash University, is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia, and received the Ambulance Service Medal (2009) for his work around substance use and education of clinicians about acute management of substance use harms.

Dr Ben Beck

Dr Ben Beck is Deputy Head of Prehospital, Emergency and Trauma Research at Monash University and the President of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN). He is a Chief Investigator on the Victorian State Trauma Registry and the current holder of an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship. Dr Beck leads a large body of trauma and injury prevention research, with a focus on trauma systems, identifying emerging injury trends, road safety and reducing preventable deaths.

Tony Walker ASM

Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He is a Registered Paramedic with over 30 years' experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles. Over the past four years Tony has led significant transformation at AV to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community. Tony holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University and is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a Board Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Tony is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level and has also been awarded the National Heart Foundation President’s Award and the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving cardiovascular health and resuscitation practice and outcomes.

Dr Sanj Fernando

Sanj Fernando is a short, bald, black man who grew up on a coconut plantation in Sri Lanka He immigrated to Australia with his family and met his wife at a beer drinking competition at the University of Tasmania. He completed his medical degree and specialised in Emergency medicine, training predominantly at St. Vincent's hospital in Sydney. He is currently a senior Emergency Specialist working in South West Sydney. He has a n interest in pre-hospital medicine and has been a specialist with NSW Ambulance HEMS since 2006. He also has an interest in medical education and currently holds an education portfolio funded by the College for Emergency Medicine. Like many Emergency physicians he has a short attention span and hence many additional interests which guarantee that his hair will not grow back any time soon.

Darren Hodge

Darren Hodge is a paramedic with 32 years’ experience, currently employed as MICA Flight Paramedic with Air Ambulance Victoria. Current senior lecturer with Monash university. The author of, ‘A Life on the Line’, a professional memoir that explores his ambulance career.

Toby Keene

Toby Keene is a paramedic with over 15 years of clinical experience in a range of environments. He is currently studying for a PhD in paramedic decision-making at the Australian National University.

Ben Meadley

Ben Meadley is an Intensive Care Flight Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria, and Adjunct Lecturer and PhD candidate at Monash University Department of Paramedicine. Been has worked as a paramedic for more than 20 years in number of Australian ambulance services. Having been involved in clinical leadership, teaching and research roles for much of the last 15 years, Ben has added to his research portfolio by turning his attention to the metabolic and physiological health of paramedics, along with analysis of task performance in specialist paramedics.

Sandy MacQuarrie

Alex (Sandy) MacQuarrie is a registered paramedic and Senior Lecturer in the Griffith University School of Medicine, teaching in the Paramedicine program. Originally from Canada, he has had an interesting career in emergency services including over 20 years as a paramedic in many settings: rural, offshore and urban environments as well as a flight paramedic in the fixed wing and rotor operations. Sandy has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration and recently completed his PhD. That thesis looked at the context and correlates of paramedic health status and its effect on job performance. His passion is paramedic wellness and ensuring these health care providers are fit for duty.

Andrew Bishop

Andrew has been a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria since 2005, and has worked at Air Ambulance for the past 5 years. Andrew is currently the Paramedic Educator at HEMS 4 and has a keen interest in ECGs, specifically the recognition of subtle ischaemic patterns.

Dr Simon Sawyer

Simon is a lecturer in the Department of Paramedicine. Simon has worked as an Advanced Life Support paramedic since 2013, and continues to work on the ambulance in Southwest Victoria. Simon completed his PhD on the paramedic response to intimate partner violence, and is a leading advocate for the introduction of comprehensive training for paramedics on the topic of family violence. Simon is currently lead investigator of a interdisciplinary team of educators studying the implementation of comprehensive family violence education for Monash healthcare students. Simon's research interests include training the healthcare sector to respond to family violence, paramedic education, paramedic well-being, and building a resilient paramedic workforce.

Kate Cantwell

Kate is an Intensive Care Paramedic and data analyst with Ambulance Victoria in Melbourne Australia. She has been a paramedic for over 20 years. Kate has a PhD in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. When not on road Kate works in the Quality and Patient Experience Department using her data skills to provide evidence to support best care for patients and staff.

Jodie Finn

Jodie is an Intensive Care Paramedic currently working with Ambulance Victoria and has close to 10 years experience in the prehospital setting. She is currently an acting Paramedic Educator at a MICA branch on the Mornington Peninsula and has developed a strong passion for mentoring and facilitating ongoing education.

Emma Bywater

Emma Bywater is an Advanced Life Support paramedic and clinical instructor with Ambulance Victoria, working in the Inner East of Melbourne. She is a facilitator of internal CPD programs, and an educator of first responders at Monash University. In her remaining time, she is a nurse in the primary health care setting. Emma is a strong believer in patient-centred, respectful and compassionate care.

Paul Aitken-Fell

Paul is the lead Consultant Paramedic at a UK ambulance service with a special interest in critical care. He is the chair of the consultant paramedic group for the college of paramedics in the UK and a trustee for the College of Paramedics. Paul is also the clinical director for our local BASICS response scheme.

Associate Professor Stephen Gough ASM

Stephen is Chair of the Paramedicine Board of Australia. He is a career paramedic and senior executive who has worked in the ambulance and health sectors for almost four decades. He has worked in a number of ambulance services in Australia, holding senior positions in line operations, education, staff development, communications, strategy and key areas of corporate and clinical management. He holds a range of tertiary qualifications, is a registered paramedic and has been credentialed to practise at both advanced life support and intensive care levels. Stephen is currently the Assistant Commissioner, Capability and Development within the QAS and holds adjunct Associate Professor appointments at several Australian Universities.

Paul Gowens

With twenty-nine years’ experience within a national ambulance, I have fulfilled a number of key roles from an operational paramedic through to my current strategic leadership role. Currently within the Scottish Ambulance Service, I operated as Lead Consultant Paramedic the most senior paramedic in the service having most recently been professional advisor at Scottish Government for EMS in Zambia and Programme Director for Clinical Services Transformation. I hold a range of tertiary qualifications and am currently a PhD student at Monash University, Department of Community Health and Paramedic Practice and a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. I was also a recipient of the Queens Ambulance Medal in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

Skye Coote

Skye is a Nurse Practitioner and the Nursing Coordinator of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing, and has completed 2 International Neurovascular Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies (NETSMART) courses. She has won international nursing awards for clinical excellence and leadership in stroke, and is the first Board Certificate Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner in Australia.

Dr Ruth Townsend

Dr Ruth Townsend is a senior lecturer in law, ethics and professionalism at Charles Sturt University, and is a Director of ANZCP. Ruth has practiced as both a paramedic and a solicitor and is an author of the text, “Applied paramedic law and ethics.” Ruth has researched and published extensively in the area of health practitioner professionalism.

Dr Tony Smith

Tony Smith is the Medical Director for St John in New Zealand and is also an Intensive Care Medicine Specialist at Auckland City Hospital. Tony chairs the working group that develops the Clinical Procedures and Guidelines for the ambulance sector in New Zealand and he oversees all of the clinical aspects of St John activities in New Zealand, noting that the ambulance service is just one aspect of this. He is a member of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council and the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation. He has an active involvement in out-of-hospital research, with a focus on a collaborative approach to multicenter trials. He is a member of the HEMS team in Auckland and has an active role in out-of-hospital care.

Nick Roder

Nick Roder has worked in health care for 30 years, including 27 years as a paramedic and 17 years as a MICA Flight Paramedic in Victoria. Nick is a teaching associate with Monash University and has extensive national and international educator experience, both in the ambulance and university setting. A highly respected, knowledgeable and entertaining presenter, Nick has presented at numerous national and international conferences as an invited guest speaker.

Kate Whiting

Kate is an intensive care paramedic in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She has recently completed her Masters in Specialist Paramedic Practice, with a focus on paediatric trauma. Kate also has a keen interest in education, and has worked as a sessional teaching associate for the Monash University undergraduate and post-graduate program.

Matt Cannon

Matt Cannon OStJ, originally from Sydney, registered paramedic and registered nurse. In 2015, the National Headquarters of St John sent him to Papua New Guinea as a special envoy. Four years later he is still there. “There is something in the Port Moresby water that makes you keep coming back, and in my case stay, Cannonchuckled.” In 2017 he was appointed Chief Executive of the service by the Governor General and the National Council. In four years under his leadership St John has managed to go from the brink to now thriving. St John is now turning over around AUD $8,000,000 p.a., which is being used to improve the service’s efficiency and train its 200+ team. Working for St John PNG is definitely ‘No Ordinary Challenge’. St John has been tasked by the Government to set up a National Ambulance Service. Papua New Guinea has some most remote places on earth. 80% of the population live in rural areas and poor road and transport infrastructure compound the access challenges. St John is embracing tried, tested and proven technology as it endeavours to connect every ambulance in PNG to the National Ambulance Network by 2030.

Program Schedule

Day 1
Time Session
13:30 WEDNESDAY - University Challenge National Competition (closed event)
Monash University - Notting Hill
18:30 Networking and Social (Hopscotch, Southbank)
Any delegates & presenters in town can meet in advance of the conference.
Day 2
Time Session
08:00 THURSDAY - Registration Opens
08:30 Conference newbie meeting
If new to conferencing, meet our conference gurus for a run down of what to expect from the two days
09:00 Welcome
09:15 Caring for the carers: Improving paramedic mental health and wellbeing
Tony Walker ASM - CEO, Ambulance Victoria
09:45 Paramedic Health and Wellbeing - A professional priority
Dr Sandy Macquarrie and Ben Meadley
10:30 Morning networking break
11:00 Paediatric Seizures
Dr Claire Marshall
11:30 Asthma and Audit. Our knowledge and experience can change guidelines
Dr Kate Cantwell
12:00 Paediatric Foreign Bodies
Jodie Finn
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 How to hack your clinical decision making
Toby Keene
14:00 Family violence - The largest contributor to death and illness you never learn about
Dr Simon Sawyer
14:30 Critical Incident Debriefing
Dr Sanj Fernando
15:00 Afternoon networking break
15:30 Early Repolarisation and LBBB: Identifying the ischaemic ECG
Andrew Bishop
16:00 Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans
Dr Paul Simpson
16:15 In conversation - Paramedic Registration
Stephen Gough ASM & Marty Nichols
17:00 Close
17:15 Conference Networking and Drinks
The Boatbuilders Yard (just outside the conference centre on South Wharf)
Day 3
Time Session
08:15 FRIDAY - Registration Opens
08:55 Welcome
09:00 Trauma systems: now and into the future
Dr Ben Beck
09:30 A practical approach to prehospital traumatic pain management
Nick Roder
10:00 Complex rescue and clinical management of a paediatric patient
Darren Hodge
10:30 Morning networking break
11:00 Paramedic Prescribing in the UK (The Journey)
Paul Aitken-Fell - Consultant Paramedic, England
11:30 ‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’: Social media and the moral imperative of paramedic professionalism in the age of Trump
Dr Ruth Townsend
12:00 Compassion: “People wont remember what you said or did, but how you made them feel.”
Emma Bywater
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Identification of the sick child
Kate Whiting
14:00 The Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit: Improving stroke triage and treatment
Skye Coote
14:30 Tracey Tobias
Unique patient journeys
15:00 Afternoon networking break
15:30 The Christchurch terrorist attack – what happened and what we learned
Dr Tony Smith - SJNZ Medical Director
16:00 Definitely ‘No Ordinary Challenge’: Improving Ambulance services in Papua New Guinea.
Matt Cannon - CEO, St John Ambulamce PNG
16:30 Early Warning Scores - Do they count?
Paul Gowens
17:00 Close
Marty Nichols, College Chair

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Event Information

29th Aug 2019 -
30th Aug 2019
Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf, Victoria

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