Matt Wilkinson-Stokes presenting “Parliament to the frontliners: Viewpoints on paramedic practitioner specialists within Australian emergency medical services” at the Graduate Colloquium

Matt Wilkinson Stokes, a practicing emergency paramedic and medical researcher, presented at the 2023 Graduate Colloquium.

Matt is a current Westpac Scholar and inaugural University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences PhD Award recipient, and his undergraduate first-class honours thesis won a University Medal and Best Presentation at two international medical conferences. As well as working clinically, he also tutors Indigenous undergraduates, has authored an upcoming textbook chapter on shock, works on two national college project teams, and reviews for a Q1 medical journal.

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Australian Jurisdictional Ambulance Services (JASs) in 2022 responded to over 3.9 million patients, transporting 85% of these to an emergency department at a cost of $4.8 billion AUD. However over 60% were not classified as emergency patients. In his PhD thesis “Parliament to the frontliners: Viewpoints on paramedic practitioner specialists within Australian emergency medical services”, Matt’s research reports stakeholder perspectives on community paramedics within Australian JASs, including themes, sub-themes, enablers, barriers, and outcomes of interest.

His findings indicate a strong consensus that consumer demand has fundamentally and permanently shifted to primarily low acuity, JASs are insufficiently integrated and have unrealistic risk aversion, there is over-transportation to the ED, and multiple solutions should be pursued. There was compelling widespread support for community paramedics, with a small but avidly dissenting contingent of national policymakers.