Paramedic wellbeing and mental health have often been spoken about but not really well understood. With the impact of these topics reaching far beyond the individuals involved, it’s time to start a discussion. This event aims to open a dialogue and break down some of the myths and misconceptions about the science and human factors involved, what can be done, learning from some of the best minds available.
Steve McDowell [No More Neglect] became a paramedic with NSW Ambulance in 2007 working on the lower north shore of Sydney. His time as a frontline paramedic has given him significant insight into both the community's mental health challenges as well as his own battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Steve has championed social media to open discussions into these areas by starting online support group ‘No More Neglect’ which highlights mental health, bullying and abuse within the workplace. It has gained immense traction across the wider ambulance community and more recently significant media support.
Liz Crowe [Author/Social Worker] is an advanced clinical social worker with over 20 years experience working with individuals, families and children impacted by grief, loss, trauma and crisis. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland focussing on staff wellbeing in the intensive care environment. Liz regularly speaks on the national and international circuit and is well known for her warmth and humour even on the most difficult of subjects.
You can follow Liz on Twitter @LizCrowe2 or find out more from her website lizcrowe.org
Prof McFarlane AO, is Professor of Psychiatry and the Head of the University of Adelaide Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies. His research has focused on the epidemiology and longitudinal course of posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as the neuroimaging of the cognitive deficits in this disorder. Much of his research has also covered areas relating to the provision of care to emergency service personnel. Sandy has published over 350 articles and chapters in various journals and has co-edited three books. He has also been involved in a number of medico-legal cases in a several jurisdictions of Australia and internationally on matters relating to traumatic stress. In 2011 he received the Officer of the Order of Australia award in the Australia Day Honours List. The award recognizes his outstanding contribution to medical research in the field of psychiatry, particularly posttraumatic stress disorders, to veterans’ mental health management, and as an author.
This event will also be made available to anyone wishing to view it through our livestream portal [a web broadcast technology]. Check our social media feeds for details or register to be emailed a direct link to the event.