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Dale Edwards

Associate Professor and Director of Paramedicine

Room 256 , Medical Sciences 2

+61 3 6226 4703 (phone)

Dale.Edwards@utas.edu.au

Associate Professor Dale Edwards is the Director of Paramedicine, and has been instrumental in the development of paramedicine as a discipline at this university.  Dale was involved in the development of each of the undergraduate and post graduate degree programs offered here, since 2006.  Dale has an extensive background in Paramedicine and Paramedic education, and has been actively involved in fostering growth in research in the discipline.

Biography

Dale has worked in the paramedic industry for more than 25 years, having worked in several Australian ambulance services, the defence forces and was involved in the early formation of an ambulance service in Vanuatu. He has experience as an Intensive Care Paramedic, and has fulfilled roles including operations manager, clinical supervisor and paramedic educator prior to coming to the university.

Dale's contributions to the profession, and the advancement of Paramedicine as a profession include roles on state and national professional boards, a past role as managing editor of the Australasian Journal of Emergency Care (discontinued) and he is currently an associate editor with the Irish Journal of Paramedicine.  Dale has also served as an expert witness in the Tasmanian Industrial Relations Commission on matters relating to the profession and paramedic education.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • BHlthSci (Paramedic), Victoria University, Australia, 1998
  • GradCertEd, University of Tasmania, 2000
  • Med (curriculum and Pedagogy), University of Southern Queensland
  • EdD, A grounded theory study of the preparedness of paramedics to undertake the role of preceptor in the clinical setting, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2019

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Fellow, Paramedics Australasia
  • Member, Australasian Military Medicine Association

Administrative expertise

Dale has experience in project management, operational management of health services and more specifically ambulance services, including experience in the establishment of ambulance services in developing nations. He has experience in Curriculum design, managing educational service delivery and leading clinical, research and educational teams.

Teaching

Paramedic Practice, Intensive Care Paramedicine, Professionalism, Evidence Based Practice, Health Assessment, Clinical Teaching

Teaching expertise

Dale has extensive experience in curriculum design and innovation, and holds post graduate qualifications in curriculum design. Dales teaching expertise includes intensive care Paramedicine, emergency health care, professionalism and evidence based practice. He has extensive experience in the development and design of flexible delivery programs and blended learning programs for health professionals including unique student cohorts subject to isolation or challenging learning environments.

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • Allergy and Anaphylaxis
  • Clinical Paramedicine
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Patient Safety
  • Professionalism in health care
  • Clinical Education / Clinical Supervision
  • Interprofessional Learning
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Grounded Theory

Research Themes

Dales' research interests align with the university's research theme of Better Health. He is a founding member of the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Research Group at the School of Medicine and has active projects investigating the community presentations of anaphylaxis, their clinical management and patient outcomes. His additional areas of research are clinical and health professional education, clinical Paramedicine and the safe care for paediatric patients in paramedicine.

Dale also has a strong background in research relating to paramedic education, having completed his Doctor of Education, exploring the preparedness of paramedics to be clinical preceptors.  Dale regularly participates as a team leader or team member in other education focussed research projects both nationally and internationally.

Current projects

  1. Allergy and Anaphylaxis Research Group Allergy and Anaphylaxis Research Group
    This group operates a number of active projects including an investigation into the community presentations of anaphylaxis, linkage to their hospital admission and management and associated post discharge management.  Further information regarding this group can be located on the group web page.
  2. Role Preparedness of Paramedic Preceptors
    A grounded theory study investigating the preparedness of paramedics to perform the role of clinical preceptor to paramedics in training, including university students on placement, paramedic interns and post qualification education.
  3. Child Safety in Road Ambulance Transportation
    This project investigates the transport safety aspects of transporting children in road ambulances throughout Australia.

Fields of Research

  • Paramedicine (320219)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Allergy (320401)
  • Other education (399999)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Information systems (460999)
  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Technical, further and workplace education (390308)
  • English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (390104)
  • Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (321402)
  • Motor control (420703)
  • Preventative health care (420605)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Teacher and instructor development (160303)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Maritime (140108)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Equity and access to education (160201)
  • Road safety (270311)
  • Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
  • Other information and communication services (229999)
  • Urgent and critical care, and emergency medicine (200311)
  • Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
  • Efficacy of medications (200102)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)
  • Health protection and disaster response (200406)

Publications

Dale currently serves as a reviewer for a number of peer reviewed professional journals and is an Associate Editor for the Irish Journal of Paramedicine.

Total publications

29

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2018ThesisEdwards DG, 'A grounded theory study of the preparedness of paramedics to undertake the role of preceptor in the clinical setting' (2018) [Professional Doctorate]

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2016Journal ArticleEdwards D, Blackhall M, Berry R, 'Community presentations of anaphylaxis in Tasmania: Who is administering the adrenaline?', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 13, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 2202-7270 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Blackhall M; Berry R

2011Journal ArticleEdwards D, 'Paramedic preceptor: work readiness in graduate paramedics', The Clinical Teacher, 8, (2) pp. 79-82. ISSN 1743-4971 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2011.00435.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18

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Journal Article

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Edwards D, Young D, 'Scaffolded clinical skills development for Clinical Managers in the Royal Australian Navy', Journal of Military and Veterans' Health, 28, (1) pp. 45-49. ISSN 1835-1271 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Young D

2017Harris W, Rotheram A, Pearson S, Lucas PV, Edwards D, et al., 'Paramedic confidence in estimating external blood loss', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 14, (3) Article 2. ISSN 2202-7270 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Harris W; Rotheram A; Pearson S; Lucas PV; Williams A-M

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2016Edwards D, Blackhall M, Berry R, 'Community presentations of anaphylaxis in Tasmania: Who is administering the adrenaline?', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 13, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 2202-7270 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Blackhall M; Berry R

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2015Blackhall ML, Edwards D, 'Incidence and patient demographics of pre-hospital anaphylaxis in Tasmania, Australia', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 12, (3) Article 1. ISSN 2202-7270 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Blackhall ML

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2015Geelan B, de Salas K, Lewis I, King C, Edwards D, et al., 'Improving learning experiences through gamification: a case study', Australian Educational Computing, 30, (1) pp. 1-21. ISSN 0816-9020 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Geelan B; de Salas K; Lewis I; King C; O'Mara A

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2011Edwards D, 'Paramedic preceptor: work readiness in graduate paramedics', The Clinical Teacher, 8, (2) pp. 79-82. ISSN 1743-4971 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2011.00435.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18

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2001McDonell AH, Edwards DG, Harries R, 'University degrees and internet learning for paramedics', Ambulance UK, 16, (1) pp. 7-16. ISSN 0143-9340 (2001) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2000McDonall A, Edwards DG, 'From the classroom to cyberland: 21st century education for paramedics', Australasian Journal of Emergency Care, 7, (2) pp. 31-34. ISSN 1328-3626 (2000) [Refereed Article]

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2000McDonell A, Edwards DG, Harries R, 'Paramedic education: flexible learning delivered via an internet based classroom', Response, 13, (4) pp. 28-34. ISSN 1836-2907 (2000) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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1999Edwards DG, 'The Laryngeal Mask Airway: An overview of its role in the paramedic profession', Australasian Journal of Emergency Care, 6, (2) pp. 30-34. ISSN 1328-3626 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Willams B, Edwards D, 'Evidence-based education in paramedics', Evidence-based Education in the Health Professions, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd., T Brown & B Williams (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 437-44. ISBN 9781909368712 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(17 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Berry R, Edwards D, Blackhall M, 'Anaphylaxis recognition: Is there consistency in Paramedic and Emergency Department diagnoses?', 999 EMS Research Forum, 4 March 2020, Brighton, United Kingdom (2020) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Berry R; Blackhall M

2019Berry R, Edwards D, Blackhall M, 'Anaphylaxis recognition: Is there consistency in Paramedic and Emergency Department diagnoses?', Paramedics Australasia International Conference (PAIC) 2019, 28 - 30 November 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Berry R; Blackhall M

2019Edwards D, 'Preparing Paramedics to Precept: One size does not fit all', Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2019, 29 November 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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2019Edwards DG, 'Challenges Faced in Supporting Learners in the Clinical Setting in the Modern Tertiary Environment', PACE2019, 19-21 September 2019, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Edwards DG, Smith H, Eakes L, Foat C, Lanos CJ, et al., 'Paramedic student performance on the Paramedic Readiness Exam 4 (PRE4) improves with exposure to higher acuity patients', 2019 NAEMSE Symposium, 3-5 August 2019, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2017Lockett SJ, Edwards DG, Parker L, 'Do paramedics adequately restrain paediatric patients in road ambulances?', Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2016, 17-19 November 2016, Auckland (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Parker L

2016Lucas P, Parker L, Edwards D, 'Preparing paramedic preceptors for supervising clinical placements in residential aged care facilities', Paramedics Australasia International Conference, 17-19 November 2016, Auckland, New Zealand (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lucas P; Parker L

2015Edwards DG, Blackhall ML, Berry R, 'Anaphylaxis and Allergy Research (AARG)', Paramedics Australasia, Tasmania Chapter, State Conference, 21 November, 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Blackhall ML; Berry R

2014Edwards DG, 'Preceptor, Mentor, Clinical Instructor, Clinical Supervisor: What am I, what do I do?', Paramedics Australasia International Conference, 19-20 September, Gold Coast, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Edwards DG, Williams A-MM, Harris W, Lighton D, Selmes IJ, 'Experiences in the delivery of a flexible education program to military students', Australasian Military Medicine Association 2014 Conference, 17-19 October 2014, Sydney, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Williams A-MM; Harris W; Lighton D; Selmes IJ

2013Edwards DG, 'Preceptor, Mentor, Supervisor - What's in a name', ANZAHPE Conference, 26 June, Melbourne, VIC (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Gee EE, Vickers JC, Lucas PV, Edwards DG, 'Evaluation of the General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition (GPCOG) in Paramedic Practice', Paramedics Australasia Conference (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Gee EE; Vickers JC; Lucas PV

2012Edwards DG, Catchpole ML, Brown DT, De Silva EC, Errey JA, 'Motivating students and building capacity for interprofessional learning', ANZAHPE, New Zealand (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Catchpole ML; Brown DT; De Silva EC; Errey JA

2012Edwards DG, McMinn RG, Catchpole ML, Errey JA, Williams A-MM, et al., 'An investigation of the interprofessional value in a wilderness trauma program for medical and paramedic students', All Together Better Health VI Conference, Kobe, Japan (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McMinn RG; Catchpole ML; Errey JA; Williams A-MM; Brown DT; De Silva EC

2010Edwards DG, Bowerman L, Gibson B, Berry D, Edwards LM, 'Paramedic accuracy in identifying the anatomical landmarks for needle chest decompression', Australian College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference, Perth, WA (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bowerman L; Edwards LM

2007Edwards DG, 'Factors influencing rural Tasmanians to call ambulances', Australian College of Ambulance Professionals State Conference, Tasmania (2007) [Conference Extract]

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1999Edwards DG, 'The patient transport research project, an interim report', Institute of Ambulance Officers National Conference, Sydney (1999) [Conference Extract]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Edwards DG, 'A grounded theory study of the preparedness of paramedics to undertake the role of preceptor in the clinical setting' (2018) [Professional Doctorate]

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Research Supervision

Dale has a strong track record of supervision of honours degree students in the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Honours) and Bachelor of Medical Research (Honours) degrees. Within the research projects outlined above there are a range of Honours and Masters minor thesis level projects available, particularly in the fields of Allergy and Anaphylaxis, Patient Safety and Health Professional Education.

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDIs Altruism Embedded in both Paramedic Practice and the Education of Emerging Paramedics?2020
PhDEvaluating the Disaster Preparedness of Health Providers During Hajj2020