The Project Team

A/Professor Simon Cooper RN, PhD, MEd, BA; FHE, [Project Leader]. Monash University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Berwick, VIC, Australia. Affiliation: Visiting Professor – The University of Brighton.

Since 1993 Simon has worked on numerous research and education projects in the area of acute care including simulation approaches, assessment measures (OSCEs), leadership and teamwork tools and education evaluations. He has a track record in funded research and project management with many recent research and teaching awards (e.g. ALTC and OLT). Over the last six years he has focussed on the management of patient deterioration and has successfully completed a number of investigations examining nursing and midwives’ abilities to manage the acutely ill.

Associate Professor Fiona Bogossian RN, Midwife, DipAppSci (NEd), BAppSci (Distinction), MPH, PhD. The University of Queensland, School of Nursing & Midwifery – Director of Research:

Fiona has clinical experience in midwifery and nursing and, over the last 20+ years has been involved with the tertiary education of nurses and midwives, development of curricula and accreditation of programs. Her current research spans three areas namely: the nursing and midwifery workforce, improving perinatal and paediatric clinical care and, scholarship & innovation in teaching and learning, including simulation research.

Dr Robyn Cant PhD, MHlthSc, GradDipHEd; Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery Monash University Berwick, Vic.

Robyn has a clinical background in allied health and research skills in qualitative and , quantitative techniques. She has worked with Monash University nursing research teams on previous simulation studies. She is co-author of a number of papers about this and other topics related to the current project.

Graham Munro is a lecturer and course coordinator of the Paramedicine degree programs at the Rural Health School, La Trobe University.

He was previously a lecturer in the Paramedicine program at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW. Graham is an early-career researcher and is a co-author on 9 peer-reviewed journal publications and 2 book chapters. He has been on the steering committee of the ALIVE Study in Toronto, Canada (2000) and is presently enrolled as a PhD student at La Trobe, the focus of which is the issues that paramedic professionals are confronted with when they transition from paramedic practice into academia. He is using the frameworks of Pierre Bourdeau (capital, field, and habitus) and Etienne Wenger (community of practice). Graham’s background is that of a critical care flight paramedic, EMS educator, senior planner, operations commander, and supervisor in the Professional Standards Unit of the City of Toronto EMS.

Professor Peter O’Meara is the Inaugural Chair in Rural & Regional Paramedicine at La Trobe University.

He is Head of the Department of Paramedicine with a teaching focus on evidence-based practice and rural health. Professor O’Meara has a high national and international profile in the field of Paramedicine and holds vocational qualifications in Paramedicine, a Bachelor of Health Administration, a PhD from UNSW, and a Master of Public Policy from Deakin University. Dr O’Meara is a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia.

Louise Sparkes (BN, GCEmerg Nsg, MN) is a lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University

Berwick campus and a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Medicine, Monash University. Louise has over 20 years post registration experience in rural and metropolitan settings in clinical and managerial positions in general medical, surgical, hospital in the home, and emergency nursing. Louise has experience teaching within the university and at clinical sites. She also has research experience in similar simulation projects.

Linda Ross (BTeach, Grad Dip PE, DHealth(Amb), BPara Stud)

Linda is an experienced paramedic educator and is currently a Lecturer and First Year Coordinator in the Department of Emergency Community Health and Paramedic Practice, Monash University. Linda has been an integral member of numerous health professional education research teams and has several peer-reviewed publications in the field.

A/Professor Brett Williams (PhD, MHlthSc, Grad Dip EmergHlth, Grad Cert ICP, BAdultVocEd, FPA) (Project Officer)

Brett was awarded an ALTC Award for Teaching Excellence and Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2011, and the Vice-Chancellor’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. He will jointly lead the project with Simon Cooper. Dr Williams has previous experience leading funded projects to successful and timely completion and has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and five book chapters. Dr Williams currently works as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Education in the Department of Emergency Community Health and Paramedic Practice, Monash University.