Dr Kate Cantwell

Researcher Profile

Dr Kate Cantwell is an Intensive Care  Paramedic with over 20 years’ experience from Melbourne, Australia. In addition  to her on-road position she serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for  Ambulance Victoria.

Her academic interest is in pre-hospital  epidemiology. She has a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from  the University of Melbourne and a PhD in the epidemiology of ambulance demand  through Monash University.

Kate is also the Chair of the Scientific  Committee for Paramedics Australasia which, through its annual conference, aims  to promote a research culture among paramedics.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University  2015
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency  Health,  Monash University 2005
  • Graduate  Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedicine,

Victoria  University 2003

  • Master of Epidemiology , University of  Melbourne 2001-2002
  • Certificate of Advanced Life Support,  Victoria University, 2002
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health,  University of Melbourne  1999-2000
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science,  University of Melbourne 1988-1991

Papers published

1. Cantwell K, Burgess S, Morgans A, Smith K, Livingston M,  Dietze P. Temporal trends in falls cases seen by EMS in Melbourne: the effect  of residence on time of day, day of week patterns. Injury. In press.

2. Cantwell K, Morgans A, Smith K, Livingston M, Dietze P.  Temporal trends in cardiovascular demand in EMS: weekday versus weekend  differences. Chronobiology International 2015;32(6).

3. Cantwell K, Morgans A, Smith K, Livingston M, Spelman T,  Dietze P. Time of day and day of week trends in EMS demand. Prehosp Emerg Care  2015. ePub 9 Feb 2015

4. Bray J, Bernard S, Cantwell K, Stephenson M, Smith K. The  association between systolic blood pressure on arrival at hospital and outcome  in adults surviving from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of presumed cardiac  aetiology. Resuscitation 2014;85:509-15.

5.  Cantwell K, Morgans A, Smith K, Livingston M, Dietze P. Improving the coding  and classification of ambulance data through the application of International  Classification of Disease 10th revision. Aust Health Rev. 2014;38(1):70-9.

6. Cantwell K, Burgess  S, Patrick I, Niggemeyer L, Fitzgerald M, Cameron P, et al.  Improvement in the prehospital recognition of  tension pneumothorax: the effect of a change to paramedic guidelines and  education. Injury. 2014;45:71-6.

7. Smith G, Dyson K, Taylor D, Morgans A, Cantwell K.  Effectiveness of the valsalva manoeuvre for the reversion of supraventricular  tachycardia (Review). The Cochrane Library. 2013(3).

8.Cantwell  K, Dietze P, Morgans A, Smith K. Ambulance Demand: Random
events or predictable  patterns. Emerg Med J. Published  Online First 26 November 2012. doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-201852

9.Nielsen  S, Dietze P, Cantwell K, Lee N, Taylor D. Methadone and
Buprenorphine related ambulance attendances in  Metropolitan Melbourne,
Australia: Incidence and case  characteristics. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2008;35(4):457-61.

10.Cantwell  K, Dietze P, Flander L. The relationship between naloxone dose and
key patient variables in the treatment of non-fatal  heroin overdose in the prehospital setting. Resusciation. 2005;65:315-9.

11.Dietze  P, Jolley D, Cvetkovski S, Cantwell K, Jacobs I, Indig D. Characteristics
of non-fatal opioid overdoses attended by ambulance  services in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.  2004;28:569-75.

12. Dietze  P, Cantwell K, Burgess S. Bystander resuscitation attempts are heroin
overdose: does it improve outcomes? Drug and Alcohol  Dependance. 2002(67):213-8.

Book Chapter
Burgess S, Cantwell K.  Evidence based paramedic practice. In: O'Meara P, Grbich C, editors. Paramedics  in Australia: contemporary challenges of practice. Sydney: Pearson Education  Australia; 2009.

Conference presentations

  • European  EMS 2016 Conference, Invited Speaker
  • Council  of Ambulance Authorities, Presenting Author, Melbourne Australia 2015
  • Paramedics  Australasia International Conference, Scientific Convenor Adelaide Australia  2015
  • EMS  999 Research Forum, Presenting Author Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2015
  • Paramedics  Australasia Conference, Presenting Author Gold Coast Australia 2014
  • Council  of Ambulance Authorities, Poster Presentation Darwin 2014
  • International  Conference of Emergency Medicine, Poster Presentation Hong Kong 2014
  • Health  Services Research Association, Australian and New Zealand Conference,  Presenting Author Wellington 2013
  • Paramedics  Australasia Conference, Presenting Author Canberra Australia 2013
  • Paramedics  Australasia Conference, Presenting Author Hobart Australia, 2012
  • Paramedics  Australasia Conference, Presenting Author Perth Australia, 2010
  • Australian  College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference, Presenting Author Australia,  2008
  • St  John Ambulance (Australia) National Conference, Presenting Author, Melbourne  Australia, 2005
  • Australian  College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference, Australia, 2003
  • Australian  College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference, Australia, 2002
  • International  Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, Presenting Author, India,  2001
  • Australian  College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference, Presenting Author Australia,  2001
  • Australian  Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, Presenting Author Australia,  2000

Grants and Awards

  • Miller Foundation Public Health Travel  Award 2014
  • NHMRC  Postgraduate Scholarship 2014
  • APA  Postgraduate Scholarship 2014
  • Victorian  Trauma Foundation grant for $35,000 to investigate the pre-hospital management  of tension pneumothorax using VSTORM data
  • Australian  Prehospital Emergency Health Research Forum Prize for Best Post-Graduate  Conference Paper September 2014
  • Australian  Prehospital Emergency Health Research Forum Prize for Best Conference Paper,  October 2010