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Lecture Overview

Paramedics have traditionally been classified as unscheduled healthcare providers, but their roles have been evolving to better meet medical advancements and community needs. This session will explore the development of advanced roles for paramedics, and the challenges of working as third space professionals.


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Susan Furness Visit

Dr Susan Furness is a senior lecturer, discipline lead, and course coordinator for the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours program at La Trobe University. Susan has experience as a Registered Nurse and more than 15 years’ experience as a paramedic, having worked as an operational mobile intensive care ambulance paramedic and clinical support officer for Ambulance Victoria before moving into academia eight years ago. She has extensive experience in developing undergraduate paramedic curriculum inclusive of community and extended care paramedicine, advanced communication skills, and advanced clinical practice subjects. Susan’s research interests lie in exploring the ontological aspects of clinical practice.


18 Total Rating(s)
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Benjamin Ronald Glasby
09 Sep 2019

Good overview on history and potential future of paramedic practice

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Alana Graham
05 Sep 2019

Was a great discussion on how paramedics are viewed in the public as well as internally and by other health professionals.

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26 Aug 2019

A interesting lecture, exploring perceptions of Paramedic rolls in community health.

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Alicia White
17 Aug 2019

In line with my current ideas. Really great to hear a discussion with someone who is likeminded!

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David Mangan
14 Aug 2019

Excellent presentation. Very informative.

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Andrea Maria Mirabile
08 Aug 2019

This is my third year in Australia. I've spent the last couple of years asking TAFE and nurses more infos about being a paramedic. In Queensland certain categories of workers are kept undefined and pretty much not sponsored for reasons I don't understand. Since I'm completing my Diploma of Nursing and I will start the Bachelor of Nursing, this video helped me to understand why it has been so difficult to clarify myself on such professional figure. Moreover the educator gives a very interesting frame of Australia 20/30 years ago, which is for me very helpful in order to better provide the best care to Australian people.

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David Stride
24 Jul 2019

Fairly Good - As a NSW Ambulance ICP & RN found it interesting.

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Dean James Irwin
10 Jul 2019

Identified current role and expectation of a now registered paramedic and the increased skills and knowledge required to adhere to a professional level.

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Matthew lawrence
20 Jun 2019

Interesting review of the history and direction pf paramedicine.

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Darren Matthew O'Hehir
06 Jun 2019

Interesting presentation. Thanks