Research Graduates

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

As a Department we are very proud of our Research Graduates. Their work has led to evidence-based changes in clinical practice, paramedic education, paramedic health and wellbeing and workforce reform.

Paramedicine Research Graduates

Dr Saeed A. Alqahtani

Saeed’s thesis: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of non-cardiac aetiologies: Incidence and outcomes


Dr Eihab Khasawneh

Eihab’s thesis: Does Maths Anxiety Impact Drug Calculation Errors in Paramedicine?

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Dr Ahmad Alrawashdeh

I have worked in the health care for 10 years as a critical care nurse and a paramedic educator. I have interest in clinical research focusing on the outcome of patients with cardiovascular emergencies. My PhD research projectidentified factors associated with EMS delay and diagnostic performance in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This will help to assure timely recognition and access to reperfusion treatment.

Ahmad's Thesis: Emergency medical services delay and diagnostic performance in ST-elevation myocardial infarction

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Dr Talal AlShammari

Talal has worked in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for over 16 Years. His experience includes managing EMS departments, providing clinical care in and out of hospital and coordinating disaster management. Talal holds a Bachelor of Health Science Paramedic, Master of Paramedical Science (Critical Care) and a PhD from the Department Paramedicine at Monash University. His research interests involve paramedic competency and tertiary education. Talal has had an amazing opportunity to learn and apply the best standards of paramedic lead research at the Department Paramedicine. He was able to write his thesis, publish several well read and cited studies, present at international conferences and finish his PhD in 3 years. Currently, Talal is an assistant professor and deputy department head of Emergency Medical Care at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.

Talal's Thesis: The development of empirically based core competencies for EMS bachelor’s degree graduates in Saudi Arabia.

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Dr Pieter Francsois Fouche

I am a full-time paramedic and work in a small rural town in New South Wales. I was a PhD candidate with the Department of Paramedicine commencing in 2014. I investigated rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in non-traumatic brain pathologies. I also have an interest in investigating the value of observational research designs in answering clinical questions.

Pieter's Thesis: Rapid Sequence Intubation in Out-of-Hospital Non-Traumatic Brain injuries.

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Dr Simon Sawyer

Simon began working as an Ambulance Officer in 2010 and qualified as an Advanced Life Support paramedic in 2013. He has worked extensively in a rural setting, including single responding. Simon maintains his authority to practice working on road in South West Victoria. Simon joined the Department of Paramedicine as a lecturer in 2016 and has focused on building an engaging foundational program for the first year students. Simon completed his PhD in 2018 on the paramedic response to intimate partner violence. His research interests include training healthcare sectors respond to family violence, paramedic wellbeing and building a resilient paramedic workforce.

Simon’s thesis: The paramedic response to intimate partner violence

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Dr Linda Ross

Linda is the Deputy Head of the Department Paramedicine and leads the Postgraduate Program. She practiced as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for 15 years before becoming a full time academic in 2012. Since joining the Department of Paramedicine she has completed a Master’s of Health Professional Education investigating establishing rapport with patients, and most recently a PhD investigating the psychosocial needs of older people and developing paramedic awareness of these issues. She is predominantly involved in educational research with interests and experience including interpersonal communication, service learning, clinical placements, and care of older adults. Linda is also actively involved in facilitating and fostering paramedic led research and events via her roles as a HRD supervisor and position on the Australasian College of Paramedicine Research Committee. Due to her leadership within the profession she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021.

Linda’s thesis: Investigating the psychosocial issues impacting older people in the out-of-hospital environment, and building the awareness and capacity of paramedic graduates to recognise and address these issues.

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Dr Ala’a Oteir

Ala'a is a passionate academic, researcher, paramedic and physiotherapist. Ala’a is from Jordan, and moved to Australia to commence his PhD, receiving a scholarship from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). His research interest focused on the use of prehospital spinal immobilisation and its association with patient outcomes. During his PhD Ala’a published in the top prehospital emergency journals and presented at several international conferences. One of his papers was selected in the top three papers in the Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2015. Ala’a was actively involved in teaching and research with the Department of Paramedicine including teaching research units, participating in practical tutorials, and assessing students in theoretical and practical exams. It is noteworthy that Ala’a is the first paramedic with a PhD degree in Jordan. He is now back in Jordan, re-joined JUST, and is aiming to use his teaching and research experience to improve the paramedics program at JUST as well as the paramedic profession, education and research in Jordan and the Middle East.

Ala’a thesis: The Pre-Hospital Management of Suspected Spinal Cord Injury and its Association with Patient Outcomes.

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Higher Degree Research Graduates

The following past Higher Degree Research students have also been associated with our Department or supervised by staff from our Department.

GraduandProgramYearThesis Title
Simone CranageMPhil2021The impact of footwear on the gait of younger children.
Mitchell SarkiesPhD 2019 Translating Health Service Research into Practice: Weekend Allied Health Hospital Service Provision
Romi HaasPhD2019Weekend allied health services in patients undergoing elective lower limb joint replacement surgery
Susan Irvine PhD 2018 Exploration of Self-Regulatory Behaviours of Near-Peer teachers: A Social Cognitive Perspective
Suryanto Suryanto PhD 2018 Exploring Prehospital Care in Indonesia
Judith O'Halloran PhD 2017 Ascertaining the capacity for interpersonal understanding of potential and practicing doctors
Waleed Alshehri PhD 2017 Workplace violence in the emergency department in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Abdulellah Al Thobaity PhD 2016 Exploring disaster nursing core competencies and roles in Saudi Arabia.
Shane Costello PhD 2016 Person-centred psychometrics and cognitive style: Moving from variables to a person-centred approach
Bill Lord PhD 2011 Factors affecting paramedics' assessment and judgement about pain
Erin Smith PhD 2009 Paramedic perception of risk and willingness to work during disasters: a qualitative and quantitative analysis
Malcolm Boyle PhD 2009 Trauma triage and error identification in prehospital trauma management
Leanne Boyd PhD 2009 What is the utility, feasibility, propriety and accuracy of the health promotion
Amee Morgans PhD 2006 Patient decision making in prehospital health emergencies

Honours Research students

The following past Honours Research students have also graduated from our Department since 2016.

GraduandCommencing YearProject title
Matthew Ferris 2020 Assessment of cumulative fatigue using subjective and objective measures amongst rural paramedics
Rachel Irvine 2020 Paediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests: an epidemiological study.
Rembrandt Bye 2020 Prehospital needle cricothyroidotomy by Intensive Care Paramedics
Matthew Mihaly 2020 The changing role of paramedicine: the impact of providing palliative care on paramedic professional identity.
Jordan Funder 2019 An analysis of the diagnostic capability of a computerised algorithm to diagnose STEMI in the out-of-hospital setting.
Samantha Davis 2019 Efficacy of pharmacological interventions used to treat suspected neck of femur fractures by paramedics.
Ryan Bennett 2019 Important non-technical skills for a paramedic
Ngoc Truong 2019 What are paramedic students’ perceptions and knowledge regarding organ donation?
Alex Fletcher 2019 Pre-existing knowledge of coastal dangers and water safety in the CALD community and the impact of a beach education program.
Jacinta Waack 2019 Comparing the critical physical demanding work tasks for Advanced Life Support Paramedics in Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ambulance Victoria: A pilot investigation
Alejandro Jose 2018 What are the predictive properties of prehospital stress induced hyperglycaemia in identifying trauma patient outcomes?
Lisa McLeod 2018 Hand Hygiene understanding amongst Australian paramedics and paramedic students
Matt Rogers 2018 Feasibility of an online method for determining the pace for critical tasks in HEMS operations.
Belinda Delardes 2018 The Development of an electronic patient handover proforma from paramedics to general practitioners for non-transported patients
Emma Bourke-Matas 2017 Evidence-based practice (EBP) conversations with clinical supervisors during paramedic placements: an exploratory study
Dale Oldis 2017 The safety of Midazolam in the pre-hospital setting: A comparison of weight based vs fixed intramuscular doses in the adult population.
Melanie Jurgens 2017 Paramedic perceptions of an Australian ambulance service graduate training program
Rob Sanders 2017 How do undergraduate students in an Australian paramedicine degree perceive the role of a paramedic at various points in their studies?
Erica Ray 2017 An investigation into the understanding and experiences of final year student paramedics in regards to de-escalation.
Brendan Shannon 2016 Characteristics of patients who have frequent unplanned re-attendance or re-presentation to emergency medical services within Australia: a systematic review
David Nguyen 2016 Early stress hyperglycaemia following isolated traumatic brain injury: A retrospective cohort study