Nathan Stam

Head of Postgraduate Programs

Senior Lecturer,

BSc(Hons), M.Phil(Med), Dip. Amb & Paramedic

Telephone: +61 3 9903 0699

Facsimile: +61 3 9904 4168



Nathan is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and has been teaching in the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice since 2010. Nathan has previously served for seven years in the Australian Regular Army before completing an Undergraduate and Honours degree in Pharmacology at Monash University followed by an M.Phil in Neurology at the University of Melbourne. Nathan has additionally trained as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic and worked for Ambulance Victoria since 2006. Nathan has taught in a variety of programs at the University of Melbourne and Monash University including Neuroscience, Physiology and Histopathology into Biomedical Science, Physiotherapy and Medicine programs before teaching Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Toxicology in both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Paramedic programs.


Nathan is the Head of Postgraduate Programs and teaches pharmacotherapy and clinical toxicology into the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive care Paramedic), the Master of Emergency Health and Master of Specialist Paramedic Practice programs.

Research Interests

Previous research interests include Differentiating the Effects of Environmental Modulation in Transgenic Mouse Models of Huntington's and Motor Neuron Disease and Identification of the Allosteric Modulation Site of the GABAB Receptor.  These research included various experimental techniques and investigations including the adaptation and development of behavioural testing paradigms for the specific analysis of motor performance, learning and memory deficits, cognitive decline, depression and stress together with various neurosurgical techniques as well as trans-thoracic cardiac perfusion. Additional techniques have included molecular biology studies including RNA extraction, DNA extraction, nucleotide sequence for target genes, PCR for genotyping, Real-Time PCR, protein quantification and BDNF protein analysis using ELISA cell transfection, receptor expression and binding studies and functional testing with IP3 assay.

Current Research Projects

Nathan is currently completing a Ph.D investigating the ‘Clinical and Forensic Aspects of Opioid-Related Toxicity: Prevalence, Prescribing Issues, Pharmacotherapy and Opportunities for Prevention' through the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Ambulance Victoria.


  1. 2015 -  VERSO CAMPUS as an Active Learning Tool to Supplement the Delivery of Learning. Loiacono, R., Leech, M., Macaulay, J., Hood, K., Stam, N., Schilephake, K., Kotsanos, G. and Mitchell, S. $50,000.
  2. 2016 - The effectiveness of student clinical exemplar videos for improved teaching, engagement and retention of advanced clinical skills and procedures. Stam, N., Maloney, S., Stam, E., St Clair, T., Cresswell, B., Loiacono, R. and Miller, A. $13,000.

Peer reviewed Publications

Boyle, M. Williams, B. & Stam, N. Rural clinical placements, are they worth it? Abstracts of the Australian Prehospital Emergency Health Research Forum from the ACAP National Conference, October 2010. Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care. 2010;8(3).

Reeves, A. Boyle, M. & Stam, N. Moving from a paper-based to a web-based clinical placement process. Abstracts of the Australian Prehospital Emergency Health Research Forum from the ACAP National Conference, October 2010. Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care. 2010;8(3).

Stam, N.C. Nithianantharajah, J. Howard, M.L.  Atkin, J.D. Cheema, S.S. & Hannan, A.J. Sex-Specific differential effects of environmental enrichment and wheel running in a transgenic mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. European Journal of Neuroscience 2008;28(4), 717-723.

Pang, T.Y. Stam, N.C. Nithianantharajah, J. Howard, M.L. & Hannan, A.J. Differential effects of voluntary physical exercise on behavioral and brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression deficits in Huntington's disease transgenic mice. Neuroscience 2006;141(2), 569-584.

Recent Conference Presentations

  1. "The differentiation and classification of heroin-related deaths: a model for the standardisation of investigation and reporting" to be presented at The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists 2016. Brisbane, QLD, September 2016.
  2. "The forensic analysis of heroin-related deaths: evaluating the safety of non-fatal heroin overdose management by paramedics in the out of hospital environment" presented at Australia and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP) 2016. Melbourne, VIC, August 2016.
  3. "Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and adverse drug reactions" presented at Making Waves 2016: The Health Practitioner Movement. Warrnambool, VIC, May 2016.