Collaborative research between University of Portsmouth (UoP) and Edith Cowen University (ECU) Australia

On June 17th Ken Street, Course Leader BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science, will fly out to Darwin Australia to begin working with Dave Reid, Director of Paramedical Programs ECU, on a qualitative research project investigating and comparing the educational differences between paramedic teaching in Australia and the UK. This collaboration has four partners; ECU; St John (NT); UoP and South Central Ambulance Service. 


Dave is Lead Investigator and he will be supervised by Dr. Shelley Beatty, Associate Professor ECU, and has secured funding of $10,000 AUS to support this research. This funding will pay for Ken’s visit in June, a reciprocal visit for Dave in July and a research intern. The research question is:


What are the strengths and weaknesses of skills acquisition of Australian and United Kingdom tertiary paramedic training programs?


Key protagonists from within paramedic education, to include, representatives from the both the Australian and UK ambulance services, academic staff from both institutions who are directly involved in the delivery of paramedic education, current student paramedics and qualified paramedics will be invited to attend a number of semi-structured focus groups in both Australia and the UK. The ultimate aim will be a publication in a peer reviewed journal by the end of 2017. 


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