Health Sciences

ACU North Sydney hosts premier student paramedicine event

Lisa McLeod, Anna Rutherford and Jeremy Tart

ACU Students - Lisa McLeod, Anna Rutherford and Jeremy Tart

Held for the first time in Sydney, ACU was honored to host the 2016 Student Paramedics Australasia International Conference (SPAIC) at its North Sydney campus on 30 September and 1 October 2016.

There were 187 participants, which was the highest attendance rate recorded to date.

The two-day conference provided opportunities for student paramedics across Australia and New Zealand to engage in workshops, simulation challenges, professional development, and an international array of speakers presenting on all things paramedicine.

Ms Krystal Chapman, Student Paramedics Australasia Co-chair, said the conference provided a unique experience for students to develop new skills and knowledge whilst rubbing shoulders with the industries’ best and brightest.

"This year’s conference included workshops covering hot topics such as obstetrics and tactical paramedicine, and a FernoSim simulation challenge featuring student teams from across the country,” she said.

Ten students from ACU’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra and North Sydney received complimentary registrations to participate in the conference.

Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine student Lisa McLeod was a member of the winning team for the FernoSim challenge. She said the conference was such a fantastic experience. “It was great to see how a student- initiated and student-run event can encourage paramedicine students across the country to seek out excellence in their study and prepare for future clinical practice,” she said.

Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine student Phillip Coote from the Brisbane campus said: "The conference brought together health professionals from all around the world to share their knowledge with the future of the health profession. I would highly recommend to any student, any conference hosted by Paramedics Australasia due to its clinical excellence and professionalism."

The SPAIC is in its 9th year of providing professional development and networking opportunities for student paramedics across Australasia.