The 2016 Executive Committee has been announced and it's a great team! We are looking forward to a great year with you.
This will be my third year on the SPA committee and first as convenor having previously looked after publications and program development. I have also just moved to London to start with the London Ambulance Service. Over the past two years the SPA community has grown massively in size and reputation and the SPA committee has worked hard to help this. This year I am aiming to continue the great work of previous committees as well as creating new opportunities and benefits to our members.
I finished my Bachelors of Health Science (Paramedic) at Victoria University in 2015 and currently work full-time as an Ambulance Officer for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria. Over the recent years I have been involved with a number of pre-hospital industry organisations including my Presidency of the Victoria University Student Paramedics Association and as Australasian Co-ordinator of Student Paramedics Australasia. Following the conclusion of a study tour I attended to Israel in 2015, I am particularly interested in developing my understanding and comparing the service models of ambulance services both here in Australia and abroad. I strive to be instrumental in the future development pre-hospital care and the profession, for the benefit of improving patient outcomes and increasing job satisfaction for paramedics.
In 2015 I had the pleasure of joining the SPA executive committee in the Secretary and Administration position. In 2016 I will move into the Co-Chair position on the Australasian Coordinator side to continue the great work that Jess Morton achieved in this position last year. I will be looking after the Australasian Coordinators, Community Engagement and Rural Health Initiatives positions and together we will strive to offer members with opportunities that extend outside of the general university curriculum. I look forward to working closely with my Co-Chair Mat Carter to oversee the day-to-day running of SPA and to produce an even bigger conference in 2016. I have been a part of the SPA community since 2012 and I am honoured to watch it grow. 2016 will be a year to watch SPA achieve more than it has ever before.
Secretary and Administration
My name is James Bartlett and this year I was lucky enough to be selected as Secretary/treasurer for 2016. I am really looking forward to the responsibilities and opportunities I will be able to have in this position, as well as strengthening relationships with interstate students and academics.
This year I will be beginning my second year of paramedicine at Western Sydney
university. My history with SPA began in 2015 as student representative,
progressing to president in 2016. I feel greatly privileged to be able to work
alongside such a dedicated team and cherish the relationships I have formed.
I have a strong passion for paramedicine and the patients we interact with and treat. I want to achieve unity amongst all of the paramedicine students across Australia due to the introduction of National Registration, as I believe closer interactions between state universities will help standardize a high level of care for patients no matter which state they are located. I also wish to help paramedic students with their studies by providing extracurricular opportunities that would assist studies, promote further growth in the professions as well as enabling students to gain professional contacts for future employment.
I came to SPA as the chair and a founding
member of the committee at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in 2014, and having
seen the awesome work that SPA does in developing future paramedics I wanted to
take a place on the Australasian committee and was fortunate enough to be cast
as Australasian Coordinator for ACT, NSW and NZ. I am in the third year of my
BHSc (Paramedic) at Whitireia and have loved every minute of the training so
far. I am looking forward to helping grow SPA and encourage more coordination
between the NZ university chapters and SPA Australia, along with ensuring that
SPA provides high quality regular CPD events to allow our students to get the most
out of their SPA membership. I am really excited to be working alongside such a
passionate and enthusiastic bunch of people on the 2016 SPA committee and look
forward to getting to know the students within my portfolio.
This is my second year on the SPA committee having recently handed over from Australasian Coordinator (NSW, ACT and NZ) and now stepping into Programs Development for 2016. I have very big shoes to fill in the position following on from Callum Sutton but I look forward to another successful year for SPA and both maintaining and building on relationships I formed with the societies in 2015 as well as facilitating another successful international conference. This year will see the final year of my paramedicine degree at Western Sydney University. I was fortunate enough to be apart of the founding committee for our local chapter WSSPA, formerly SPAUWS, and this year will see my time to step down and handover to a new committee whom I am confident will excel and take WSSPA onto greater feats. I look forward to a successful year and working closely with a strong, dedicated conference committee, Jessie and Duncan, as well as the whole 2016 committee!
Hi, my name is John Kostakis and I will be taking over the Community Engagement portfolio for 2016. I’m a second year paramedicine student at Western Sydney University and I have been on the Western Sydney Student Paramedics Australasia executive committee as was as the 2015 SPA committee overlooking the publications portfolio. Last year was an amazing year, releasing over 20 articles in four editions of Response. This year I wanted to take on a new challenge and attempt to create opportunities for paramedic students to show the skills and love for the profession through volunteer, charity and professional events as well as give back to their respective local communities. SPA has opened some fantastic opportunities for me and I want to be able to share that with the wider community. I’m looking forward to continuing the great relationship SPA has with its existing partners but also creating new ties to further grow SPA and its opportunities it can provide to its members. I am always open to all input and ideas, so please don’t hesitate to contact me about any matters.
Rural Health Initiatives
Second year Paramedic Student at Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. My past experience is broad ranging from the Australia Army, Maintenance Fitter and Turner at SA Water and private water treatment companies to Maintenance Manager at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, NT, plus a few others in between.
I am currently a second year student at ACU North Sydney studying Bachelor of Paramedicine. This year I am taking on the role of Publications, organizing SPA's articles in the Response magazine and and the monthly Rapid Response newsletter. I am also looking forward to advocating societies more in their events and mission to represent student paramedics. On my days off I enjoy going to the gym, patrolling and training other members in my surf club. I am also one of the founding members of NORSPA, the student society on our campus.
Web & Social Media Editor
I am excited to be part of the SPA committee for 2016 by taking on the sponsorship role. I am currently completing my 3rd and final year of Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine) at Edith Cowan University in WA. I have previously been on the WASP committee as a year representative. Along with studying I also run my own business and volunteer with St John Ambulance in WA.
I am entering my third year of a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine at ACU in Ballarat. This year will be my first year on the SPA committee and it is with great enthusiasm that I am taking over the portfolio of conference committee. This will encompass working alongside other committee members and applying my previous professional experiences to aid the successful delivery of the 2016 SPA conference. I hope to assist in providing other passionate students with an educational event that enables valuable learning and networking opportunities. When I am not studying I enjoy seeing my friends and going to the gym (with my twin sister).
My name is Duncan Webley and this year I will begin my second year of Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University. My history with SPA began in 2015 as a student representative, progressing to president in 2016. This year I was lucky enough to be selected as part of the SPA Conference Committee Team. I am really looking forward to bringing the best Conference yet to our members through a combination of world-class Speakers, engaging Workshops and a Sim Challenge like never seen before; and I hope to see you there!! When I am not studying