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Sonja has a diverse background in emergency healthcare after working in ambulance services both nationally and internationally including various roles as a paramedic and an education manager. Sonja’s main area of interests are in policy development and evidence based guidelines for clinicians in the health field.

Sonja has proven skills in project management, research and leadership. During the past four years Sonja was the lead of the paramedic team as Discipline Leader at Charles Sturt University and has been very busy with building the course which has gone through a recent review and subsequent successful re-accreditation with the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

In 2016 Sonja and her team won the Faculty of Science team teaching award for Paramedicine, in 2017 she won the Faculty of Science Leadership Award for her abilities to lead her team through several successful endeavours, and in 2018, she won the SBMS award for excellence for the new course, the Masters of Paramedicine.

Her current projects include the development of the Australasian Paramedic Clinical Guidelines, the Australasian Paramedic Pharmacology Project and completing her PhD

Research Interests

Sonja is currently completing a PhD which investigates guideline use by paramedics. She is due for completion in 2019. Alongside study, Sonja has also led several large scale research projects over recent years. These notably included:

  • Leading a research team to research and establish additional placements for health science students through a NSW Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Networks and winning a grant for $100,000
  • Publications on paramedic practice in peer reviewed journals see ResearchGate for specifics.
  • Investigations into clinical placements and the use of new technologies (Comptracker) with fellow colleague Adam Diamond (CSU).
  • An Australian wide research project with colleague Mark Colbeck (ACU) into the establishment of the Australasian Paramedic Practice Guidelines.
  • Creating and establishing the Australasian Paramedic Pharmacology Project which aims to bring academics and paramedic educators together to create a united pharmacology resource for paramedics.

Sonja is a reviewer for several journals including the Irish Journal of Paramedicine, the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, the Korean Journal of Emergency Medical Services, and the Australian Journal of Rural Health. She is also a member of the Biomedical Sciences Research Committee, Workforce Wellness Research Unit, the Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics (NAPA), Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP), Paramedics Australasia (PA) and also jointly hosts TRIP Podcasts on Paramedicine.com with fellow colleague Marc Colbeck.

From a clinical perspective, Sonja’s research passion is in two main areas of Clinical Decision Making and Paramedic Cardiology. Additionally she is currently supervising honours students with research into cardiovascular disease and decision making in cardiac arrest.


Sonja has a keen interest in curriculum development and course structure management. Whilst at CSU she has redesigned the undergraduate paramedic course and added an additional online version, as well as created the Masters of Paramedicine articulated degree. Both of these courses are extremely innovative and offer a new dimension to the ability of paramedics to complete education. It's also these changes in education that then go on to drive industry change. With registration of paramedics now compulsory in Australia, these programs will become intrinsically essential to advancing the profession.

Sonja currently teaches into both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at CSU. Her passion is cardiology and she has a special interest two subjects CLS300 – Advance Cardiology for Paramedics & APS501 – Advanced Cardiac Care. Both of these subjects use inventive and original curriculum design to engage students via online and on-campus. Sonja’s teaching style is fun, personable and interactive, she is very keen to use new technologies to assist students learning. Sonja has over 100K subscribers to her YouTube channel that hosts simulations of learning and videos that Sonja has made to demonstrate paramedic skills. Many of these subscribers work in environments that have limited access to paramedic education and Sonja is a firm believer of open access and global mentor-ship.

Sonja also mentors international students on cardiology and has several currently in the UK who are working through her online programs within social media.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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