Research

The Department is widely acknowledged as one of the leading paramedic research departments in the world.  We proudly supervisor the highest number of Masters and PhD candidates in the world.  We have a number of active experienced and emerging researchers. Our focus is to leverage off our research strengths, concentrate our research into clear foci or ‘programs’, and become internationally known for high quality, out-of-hospital research around these strengths.

Our overarching goal is:

“to be recognised internationally as a centre of out-of-hospital research excellence”.

Very broadly, our research strengths and expertise relate to education, paramedic practice and paramedic wellbeing.  
Some projects that we have recently completed relate to:

Enhancing Paramedic Education

  • Clinical Placements
  • Self-efficacy
  • Interprofessional education
  • Peer-assisted learning
  • Simulation
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Empathy

Advancing Paramedic Practice

  • Paediatrics
  • Community Engagement
  • Alternative care pathways
  • Resusciation
  • Critical Care
  • Elderly
  • Trauma
  • Mental Health

Improving Paramedic Wellbeing

  • Manual handling and injury
  • Occupational violence
  • Work balance
  • Preventative Health
  • Psychological Needs

The Department continues to maintain its growth in peer-reviewed publishing. In 2017 DCEHPP has published over 71 refereed journal articles. Many of these refereed publications appear in high quality paramedic, prehospital, EMS, nursing, emergency medicine, interprofessional and education journals. Our experienced researchers and authors are regularly called upon to review journal manuscripts for more than 20 journals. Several of our researchers hold appointments as Associate Editors and Editors with a number of EMS, emergency medicine and education journals. Departmental staff have attracted over $3 million in grant funding over the past 12 months.