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About The Event

ANZCP standalone Student Conferences will be delivered for the first time in 2019, with three great conferences in QLD, NSW and VIC during March.

STUCON19 will include a mix of student paramedic and expert clinician presentations, combined with ANZCP University Challenge event and a Sim Scenario presented for all delegates to learn from.

The conference finishes with a Networking and Social event where the QLD University Challenge champions will be announced.

View the Schedule, Speaker and Details tabs for more information.

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ANZCP Student Member - $45 Student Non-member - $65

Further information

Dr Stephen Rashford - Analgesia in complex orthopaedic injuries

Presentation synopsis: Complex orthopaedic and limb injuries provide a challenge for attending paramedics. Attention to the key principles of management may often determine long term limb function. Ensuring appropriate analgesia and procedural sedation forms part of the modern paramedic’s arsenal in this area of care. The presentation will discuss what are the options, when to use them and the complicating factors that may be present. Analgesia decisions by paramedics affect the onwards care of these patients, so it is incumbent that the practitioners have a thorough understanding in this area of care.

Amie Borland - Student Resilience

Presentation synopsis: First responders are faced with an occupational setting that is often confronting and emotionally demanding. Implementing programs that support individuals to build their resilience and coping mechanisms can help to build a stronger and more knowledgeable workforce. Resilience is about taking all experiences, both the good and the bad, and turning them into a learning opportunity that results in a new perspective. It allows your critical thinking to be shifted and can lead to posttraumatic growth. There are many initiatives that are aimed at university students to help try and change mindsets and foster growth while in a stressful yet supportive environment. There are many research projects being released on the importance of building resilience in students and on the best way to achieve this. In this presentation I aim to discuss what resilience is, the importance of developing resilience in paramedic students, highlight some modalities, and sharing my Stanford resilience project personal reflections to show the impact that these programs can make on the growth of students.

Hayley Grant - Low acuity, high risk. Why specialisation in paramedic practice is the way forward

Presentation synopsis: Explanation of the current role description of LARU, and how it has evolved since its inception in 2013. What is it and how does it work? What is the current scope of practice? What are referral pathways and how do they impact the day to day service delivery of pre-hospital care in Queensland? What experience is required to become a LARU officer, and why experience so important. Highlighting the different challenges between acute and sub-acute prehospital work, and why sub-acute work is often not recognised as high risk by many health care professionals, including paramedics. LARU and sepsis - how LARU is a safety net for our most vulnerable patients; and how this ties in to QLD Health’s current push for better sepsis recognition and treatment. Where to from here? The evolution of paramedic practice and the exciting potential for further tertiary qualifications and increased scope of practice in time.

Courtney Johnston & Rebecca Gleeson - Learning to walk as a Paramedic

Presentation synopsis: Two newly qualified Paramedics recap their lived experiences on what it was like transitioning from a Graduate Paramedic to qualified Advanced Care Paramedics. Join them as they discuss some on-road cases and share some home truths about what it is like when you’re learning to find your feet as a qualified Paramedic. Viewer discretion advised for amazing PowerPoint slide graphics, spectacular slide transitions and poorly timed jokes with pauses for laughter.

Steve Whitfield - Para-Planet (alternative paramedic pathways)

Presentation synopsis: Paramedicine is an evolving profession and much of the contemporary focus has been on state ambulance service work. Although ambulance services are viewed as a central aspect of paramedic practice, this presentation will remove the blinkers so to speak and discuss the opportunities afforded to practice paramedicine outside of ambulance services.


Dr Stephen Rashford

Steve Rashford is a specialist emergency physician and medical director for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS). Steve has been involved in all aspects of prehospital care for over 25 years and during his tenure at the QAS he has oversighted a significant expansion of role and scope across the organisation. He has championed numerous novel therapies, many at the forefront of global prehospital care. Steve also has an Adjunct Professor appointment with the Queensland University of Technology.

Amie Borland

Amie Borland is a third year Bachelor of Paramedic Science Student at QUT. Amie is the QUT student Paramedic Undergraduate (SPU) union Secretary for 2019 and has a keen interest in mentoring and CPD. She travelled to Taiwan last year on a health mobility program and has future plans to work in International Aid and Disaster Management. Before starting her Paramedics degree, she worked in the Veterinary Industry where over the last ten years she has worked in variety of animal industry niches from a zoo keeper right through to an Emergency Veterinary Nurse, which she is still doing today.

Hayley Grant

Hayley Grant is an Advanced Care Paramedic in Queensland, Australia with 10 years experience in the prehospital environment. She predominantly works in a dual officer ACP primary response capacity currently working on the Caboolture-based Local Area Assessment and Referral Unit (LARU). She has acted in several positions throughout her career; including Clinical Deployment Supervisor in the Operations Centre and Officer in Charge. She is passionate about clinical excellent for ACPs through continuing education and learning; and about single officer primary response; particularly in rural and remote areas due to her own experiences working in such environments.

Courtney Johnston

Courtney began her endeavours at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she completed a Bachelor of Paramedic Science in 2016. Shortly after, Courtney was accepted for a graduate Paramedic position, and has continued to work in the Metro North LASN as an ACPII. She enjoys playing the spoons, and has excelled in the talent of sleeping.

Rebecca Gleeson

Rebecca successfully completed a dual degree of Bachelor of Paramedic Science and Nursing at QUT in 2016 before being selected for a graduate position with QAS. Post completion, Rebecca undertook a graduate nursing position and now works as a qualified ACPII Paramedic during the day, and mischievous nurse by night.

Steve Whitfield

Steve is an Australian based paramedic, paramedic educator and paramedic lecturer with experience working in state ambulance, humanitarian operations, aeromedical / flight, and exploratory expeditions. His research interest in austere medicine has taken him to the Himalayas, Mongolia, the Pacific Islands, the Arctic and both the Sinai and Sahara deserts. Prior to this Steve was an Australian soldier who deployed to Timor & Iraq.

Dr David Long

Dr David Long is a former Intensive Care and Extended Care Paramedic having worked in an operational capacity for 18 years in an Australian paramedic service. David is a strong advocate of paramedicine as a unique health discipline and the contribution paramedics make to a person’s healthcare journey. To that end, David’s PhD thesis examined the transition of qualified paramedics to a specialist role in community paramedicine and earned an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award nomination at examination. Dr Long is currently a lecturer in the Paramedic Science program at QUT Brisbane.

Program Schedule

Day 1
Time Session
12:30 Registration opens
13:00 Welcome
Natalie Sellick - STUCON Organising Committee and Griffith Student Paramedic
13:10 Analgesia in complex orthopaedic injuries
Dr Stephen Rashford - Specialist emergency physician & Medical Director, QAS
13:40 Student Resilience
Amie Borland - QUT Third Year Student
14:00 Low acuity, high risk. Why specialisation in paramedic practice is the way forward
Hayley Grant - QAS Advanced Care Paramedic
14:20 Learning to walk as a Paramedic
Courtney Johnston & Bec Gleeson - QAS ACPII Paramedics
14:40 Para-Planet (alternative paramedic pathways)
Steve Whitfield - Paramedic, paramedic educator and paramedic lecturer
15:00 Afternoon networking break
15:30 Best of the Best - University Challenge presentations
16:30 University Challenge Scenarios
17:15 Close
Georgia Pearson - STUCON Organising Committee and QUT Student Paramedic
17:30 Networking drinks

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Event Information

16th Mar 2019
13:00 – 17:00
QUT, Kelvin Grove Campus, N Block, Lecture Theatre 515

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