PhD Candidates

The Monash Paramedicine is committed to developing the next generation of paramedic PhD scholars, professionalising paramedic care, and building capacity for paramedic researchers internationally. We are committed to pursuing knowledge through research to
help develop contemporary paramedic best-practice nationally and internationally.

Abdullah Mohammed Alobaid

Abdullah Mohammed Alobaid

Doctor of Philosophy

Commenced: 2018 (Full time)

Future Saudi female paramedic: barriers and challenges

Supervisors: Professor Brett Williams (DCEHPP) and Dr. Cameron Gosling (DCEHPP)

Research Setting: EMS, Paramedic, Female, Education.

Clinical/Research Experience:
I have worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in Prince Sultan College of Emergency Medical Services at King Saud University in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2014. As a TA, I was teaching and training paramedic students in lab. I was alos a chair of clinical placement department.  I hold a Bachelor of Health Science Paramedic (Flinders University in Australia 2010-2013), Master of Trauma Science  (University of Birmingham in UK 2015-2016) and I am currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University. I also worked in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a volunteer with Saudi Red Crescent Authority.

Contact : Abdullah.Alobaid@monash.edu


Saeed A. Alqahtani

Doctor of Philosophy

Epidemiology and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) of non-cardiac aetiologies.

Supervisors: Prof Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Prof Karen Smith (DCEHPP/AV) and Dr Ziad Nehme (DCEHPP/AV)

Research setting: out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, emergency medical services.

Clinical/research expertise:
I am a full-time PhD candidate with DCEHPP since 2016 and am describing the epidemiology and outcomes of OHCA precipitated by drug overdose, respiratory causes, asphyxiation and exsanguination.

Contact: saeed.alqahtani@monash.edu


Zainab M. Alqudah

Doctor of Philosophy

Commenced: 2018 (Full time)

Controversies in Prehospital Management of Major Trauma Patients.

Supervisors: Prof Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Prof Karen Smith (DCEHPP/AV) and Dr Ziad Nehme (DCEHPP/AV)

Research setting: Trauma interventions, out-of-hospital emergency care, emergency services.

Clinical/research expertise:
I started my academic career by working as a Teacher Assistant (TA) in the paramedic program at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). As a TA, I was teaching and training paramedic students in advanced equipped paramedic lab. Furthermore, I’m a certified paramedic in Jordan and the US, and a certified Critical Care Paramedic. In 2015, I earned a Master's degree in Emergency Health Services from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During the Masters, I worked on different research projects and learned how to use statistical software (STATA, SPSS) and perform statistical analysis. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Paramedic Science from JUST.I worked as a full-time lecturer at JUST before I started my PhD at Monash University.

Contact: Zainab.alqudah@monash.edu


Abdullah M Alshamrani

Doctor of Philosophy

Commenced: 2018 (Full time)

Trauma Education for Saudi Arabia Paramedics.

SupervisorsProf Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Dr Linda  Ross, Dr Simon Sawyer

Research Setting: Trauma education and training, Trauma patients’ outcomes, pre-hospital emergency care, emergency medical services.

Clinical/Research Experience:

I have worked as a paramedic over the five years and currently work for Prince Sultan Military Collage of Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia as a lecture of emergency medical services. I have an Interest in developing the trauma education and training in Saudi Arabia.

Contact : Abdullah.Alshamrani@monash.edu


Alan Batt

Doctor of Philosophy
Commenced: August 2017 (Part time)

Preaching what we practice? The development of practice informed education for paramedics.

Supervisors: Professor Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Dr. Walter Tavares

Previous qualifications: DipEMT, CertDisasterMngt, GradCert(Intensive Care Paramedic), MSc(Critical Care), PGCertMedEd, FHEA

Research setting: Paramedicine, education, health education

Clinical/research expertise:
I have been a paramedic for over 10 years and currently work as a paramedic educator and researcher. Prior to commencing a PhD, I was a Research Coordinator for an ambulance service in the Middle East, where I led studies on cardiac arrest, trauma, and STEMI care.

I have an interest in developing practice informed education for paramedics and other healthcare professionals. This ultimately will influence the delivery of high-quality, safe patient care. My other research interests include research capacity, literacy, empathy, patient safety and care of older adults.

Contact: alan.batt@monash.edu


Emma Bourke-Matas

Doctor of Philosophy
Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in the prehospital setting

Supervisors: Dr Kelly-Ann Bowles (DCEHPP), Professor Karen Smith (DCEHPP/Ambulance Victoria), Dr Emma Bosley (Queensland Ambulance Service)

Previous Qualifications: Bachelor of Paramedic Science, Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) (Honours)

Research Setting: Deteriorating patient, paramedic care

Clinical/research expertise:
I am an Advanced Care Paramedic with Queensland Ambulance Service. After completing my Honours through DCEHPP I have enrolled in my PhD in 2018.

As clinicians we know that failure to recognise and respond appropriately to patient deterioration can result in instances of unnecessary harm and avoidable deaths. Deterioration is particularly common in the volatile environment that is prehospital medicine. In collaboration with Ambulance Victoria (AV) and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) this project aims to investigate recognition and response to patient deterioration among vulnerable cohorts in the prehospital environment.

Contact: emma.bourkematas@monash.edu


Paul Gowens

Doctor of Philosophy
SAS response to cardiac arrest Improving outcome for patients: “Dying to get to Hospital”

Supervisors: Prof Karen Smith (DCEHPP/AV), Prof Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Dr Gareth Clegg (ERI)

Qualifications: FCPara, MSc, PGCert, DipIMC RSCEd, MCMI.

Research setting: Deteriorating Patients, out-of-hospital emergency care, out-of-hospital emergency care emergency services.

Clinical/research expertise:
I am a full-time consultant paramedic and work Edinburgh, Scotland. I am a PhD student with DCEHPP since 2017 and am investigating SAS response to cardiac arrest Improving outcome for patients. I also have an interest in investigating the value of using a scientific approach leadership in improving EMS systems at scale.

Contact: Paul.Gowens@monash.edu


Justin Hunter

Doctor of Philosophy
Crew Resource Management in Paramedicine.

Supervisors: Professor Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Michael Porter, M.D.

Previous qualifications: U.S. Paramedic, FP-C (flight paramedic)

Research setting: Paramedicine, paramedicine education

Clinical/research expertise: 
Justin Hunter is a nationally certified paramedic and flight paramedic.  Justin is the Paramedicine Program Director and Assistant Professor with Oklahoma State University – OKC.  He is a current PhD candidate with Monash University with ambitions to move the EMS agenda forward in the United States by researching Crew Resource Management and its effects on paramedicine and paramedicine education. Justin is an active paramedic in a busy 911-system in Norman, OK. Justin is also the founder and President of EMS Success, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to assisting EMTs and paramedics from across world.

Contactjustin.hunter@monash.edu


Eihab Khasawneh

Doctor of Philosophy

Does math anxiety impact drug calculation ability in paramedicine?

Supervisors: Professor Brett Williams (DCEHPP) and Dr Cameron Gosling (DCEHPP)

Research Setting: math anxiety, university students, Education, Drug calculation.

I worked as lecturer in paramedic program at Jordan University of science and Technology in Jordan. I got my masters in Emergency health services from UMBC.

I had bachelor degree in nursing from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Contact: eihab.khasawneh@monash.edu


Rod Mason

Doctor of Philosophy
Commenced: 2014 (Part-time)

Individual Differences in the Psychological Makeup of Undergraduate Paramedic Students and their Relationship with Resilience.

Quantitative Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Design.

Supervisors: Professor Brett Williams and Dr John Roodenburg.

Previous qualifications: MProfEd&Trng(WVET), GradCertOp&DistLearn, DipTAA, DipTAASys, DipBus(FLM).

Research setting: Undergraduate paramedic students.

Clinical/research expertise:

I am employed as a lecturer within the Department of Paramedicine, Monash University, and currently coordinating the units that comprise the ‘Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval Course.’

Previous to this, I have worked in a range of learning and development contexts and was formerly an Advanced Life Support Paramedic.

My PhD will investigate whether there are predispositional profiles that undergraduate paramedic students possess that makes them better suited to, and more likely to cope within their chosen field. The three psychological personality type domains examined comprise: cognitive/thinking style, or simply, Ways of Thinking (WOT); personality type according to the Big-5 (B-5); and occupational preference according to Holland’s (1997) occupational themes, or simply, the RIASEC model. The study also examines how the three dispositions are variously related to resilience.

Peer Reviewed Publications:
2020

Mason, R., Roodenburg, J. & Williams, B. (2020). What personality types dominate among nurses and paramedics: A scoping review? Australasian Emergency Care.

Mason, R., Roodenburg, J. & Williams B. (2020). What occupational preference types dominate among nurses and paramedics with implications for wellbeing? A scoping review. Nursing & Health Sciences, 22(3), pp. 507-520.

Contact: rod.mason@monash.edu


Ben Meadley

Doctor of Philosophy
Commenced: AUGUST 2017 (Part time)
Physiological and metabolic health of Australian paramedics.

Supervisors: Dr Kelly-Ann Bowles (DCEHPP), Professor Karen Smith (DCEHPP/AV), Associate Professor Maxine Bonham (Nutrition and Dietetics), Dr Joanne Caldwell-Odgers (Physiology), Dr Luke Perraton (Physiotherapy).

Previous qualifications: BAppSci (Human Movement), DipParamediSci (Prehospital Care), GradDip Intensive Care Paramedicine, GradDip EmergHlth (MICA), GradCert EmergHlth (Aeromed Retrieval)

Research setting: Physiology, metabolism, nutrition, wellness, paramedicine

Clinical/research expertise:
I have been a paramedic for over 20 years and currently work as an Intensive Care Flight Paramedic for Ambulance Victoria. I have a background in exercise physiology and paramedicine. Prior to commencing a PhD, I undertook a number of clinical research projects in the areas of clinical care in helicopter emergency services, point-of-care ultrasound and search and rescue.

I have an interest in developing metabolic and physiological testing protocols to identify health risks in paramedics and other emergency services workers. Ultimately, I hope to use this data to develop wellness programs for paramedics to minimise the effects this challenging profession has on overall health and wellbeing.

Contact: Benjamin.meadley@monash.edu


David Page

Doctor of Philosophy
Commenced:
SEP 2015 (Part time)
Expected competency profiles of entry level paramedics

Supervisors: Professor Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Assoc Prof Paul Jennings (DCEHPP/AV)

Research setting: Paramedic education programs and faculty struggle worldwide to identify education standards and accurately measure entry-level competency of new graduates.

Clinical/research expertise: I am the director of the Prehospital Care Research Forum at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. I have 34 years of active continuous field practice in Emergency Medical Services and continue to work part time as a paramedic for Allina Health in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota.  My master’s degree focused on tracking and setting realistic goals for field and clinical placements.  I am the chair of the assessment and credentialing board for the newly created International Paramedic Registry (IPR).

My PhD will focus on defining a baseline expectation of competency for entry-level prehospital practitioners. I believe common international baseline standards could serve as a baseline for many countries where paramedicine is still being defined. Reliably, accurately and realistically being able to measure achievement of minimum standards is a core interest.

Contact: david.page@monash.edu


Katie Palmer

Doctor of Philosophy

Commenced: MAY 2016 (Part time)

Chronic Heart failure: Enabling Engagement in Rehabilitation (The CHEER Project)

Supervisors: Dr Kelly Ann Bowles (DCEHPP), Dr Julia Morphet (Nursing and Midwifery), Prof Rebecca Lane (Victoria University).

Research setting: Community, Chronic Heart Failure, Exercise, Rehabilitation, Prescription, Engagement

Clinical/research expertise:
I am a senior clinical physiotherapist working in Community Rehabilitation at Monash. I have extensive experience in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Chronic Heart Failure Rehabilitation, as well as cardiothoracic in the acute hospital setting and physiotherapy throughout the healthcare spectrum.

I have an interest in improving and promoting Chronic Heart Failure rehabilitation, identifying and breaking down barriers to engagement in rehabilitation and exercise for this growing, chronically unwell population. I hope that my research can help to improve the effective delivery of Chronic Heart Failure rehabilitation, with hopes that any positive outcomes can then be translated across Monash Health, Victoria and Australia and across other chronic conditions.

Contact: Katie.palmer1@monash.edu


Brendan Shannon

Doctor of Philosophy
Commenced: NOV 2017 (Part time)
What are the societal and cost benefits for health service providers introducing a care diversion program in a community health setting

Supervisors: Dr. Kelly-Ann Bowles (DCEHPP), Dr Cylie Williams (Physiotherapy, Peninsula Health), Dr Nadine Andrews (Central Clinical School, Peninsula Health), Prof Karen Smith (DCEHPP, Ambulance Victoria),

Research setting: Alternative care pathways, non-transport, referral services, extended care paramedics, community care, paramedics, mixed methods research

Clinical/research expertise:
I am a paramedic working with Ambulance Victoria working in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I have experience in curriculum development, continuing professional development and clinical instructing. Working clinically has provided me with the opportunity to find many areas of research needs in the prehospital setting.  The non-transport and referral process of patients with low acuity needs clinically is a challenging area. Throughout my honours degree it became an area of interest and what I felt as an area of research need, particularly regarding alternative care pathways.

My PhD will evaluate the recently created Pre- Hospital Care Diversion program initiated by Peninsula Health that entails sending health care clinicians to client homes when the patient is identified by paramedics, hospital staff or RACF staff as low acuity or high risk of multiple reattendances to ED. The Care Diversion Project team will attend to the patient’s medical needs- intending to reduce ambulance usage and avoiding hospital and ED admission. Our team will evaluate the cost benefit analysis of the Care Diversion Project, the patient outcomes, and the societal impact the program offers to patients.

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Waleed Alazmy

Doctor of Philosophy
Commenced:
5/2017 (Full time)
Perspectives of Emergency Medical Services in Responding to Mass Casualty Incidents, and/or Disasters in Saudi Arabia

SupervisorsProfessor Brett Williams (DCEHPP), Associate Prof. Virginia Plummer (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences), and Associate Prof. Osama Samarkandi (DCEHPP).

Research Setting: EMS, Mass Casualty, Disaster Response, Barriers, and Challenges.

Clinical/Research Experience:

I worked as one of the EMS providers at the Royal Clinics of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 2008 to 2012. Then, I worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in Prince Sultan College of Emergency Medical Services at King Saud University in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2013. I was teaching the emergency management class and training the paramedic students in the labs. I was also the chair of clinical practice department. Holding a Bachelor degree of Art and Science in the field of Emergency Medical Services from Creighton University in the United State, Master of Science in the field of Emergency Management from the University of New Haven in the United State, and currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University.

Contact: waleed.alazmy@monash.edu