Paramedic Science

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The Bachelor of Paramedic Science aims to develop graduates with the ability to provide safe and effective health care within the community, and who are capable of adapting to future healthcare and health workforce needs.


Paramedic Science develops foundation knowledge in life sciences that supports an understanding of disease, and the management of acute injury or health problems in the community. An understanding of public health principles and the paramedic role in the broader health care system underpins the teaching. Principles of evidence-based practice are used to help students understand contemporary approaches to resuscitation, trauma management, childbirth, and the assessment and initial management of health crises across the lifespan. Simulation is used to enable core competencies, and praxis is further developed through supervised learning in clinical settings. The discipline aims to develop graduates that are reflective practitioners, who contribute to the provision of safe and effective health care, and who can adapt to changes in community health needs.

Research strengths

  • clinical decision making and diagnostic reasoning
  • evidence-based practice
  • the paramedic’s role in palliative care
  • assessment and management of pain in paramedic practice.
  • infection control
  • end of life decision making by paramedics
  • student experiences in clinical settings
  • disaster and emergency management
  • legal issues with paramedic practice
  • emergency obstetrics in paramedic practice
  • clinical simulation
  • mental health care
  • information literacy in undergraduate paramedic programs
  • clinical leadership and mentorship

Paramedic Science team

Adjunct Appointments

  • Professor Sean Keogh has extensive experience in emergency medicine, aeromedical retrieval, disaster management, both in Australia and internationally. He has previously worked as Senior Consultant and Medical Director, CareFlight Medical Services.
  • Professor Ken Wishaw practices as an anaesthetist. He is a pioneer of rescue helicopter medicine and aeromedical intensive care retrieval. Dr Wishaw co-founded CareFlight and the New South Wales Medical Retrieval Service in 1986. Dr Wishaw has flown as a crewman for the Sunshine Coast Rescue Helicopter Service and served as a medivac officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. After joining the Australian Army Active Reserve six years ago, he did a tour of Afghanistan where he helped devise new techniques for battle trauma management, which are now in practice across the Australian Defence Forces. Dr Wishaw was involvement in setting up medical simulation centres in Sydney and Brisbane and in developing training courses for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists that teach management of severe trauma and anaesthetic crises. Dr Wishaw is also an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Associate Professor Jason Bendall is an intensive care paramedic and is completing his training as an anaesthetist at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle NSW. Jason works as a Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine doctor for the Hunter Retrieval Service in association with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Jason is an experienced prehospital researcher with interests in airway management, pain management and resuscitation. Jason has a PhD, Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology), Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours).
  • Associate Professor Stephen Gough ASM is currently Assistant Commissioner for Ambulance Services in Queensland and Executive Director, Capability and Development in the Queensland Ambulance Service Structural Reform Program, and has extensive experience in the management of ambulance services.
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