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Sonja is a seasoned professional in emergency healthcare, with extensive experience in national and international ambulance services, including roles as a critical care paramedic and in senior management. Her career has enriched her understanding of emergency healthcare and honed her expertise.

She is dedicated to policy development and creating evidence-based guidelines for healthcare clinicians, emphasizing high-quality care and improved patient outcomes. In addition to her work in emergency healthcare, Sonja excels in project management, research, and leadership, holding the position of Associate Professor for Paramedicine.

Beyond healthcare, Sonja is actively engaged in gender studies and feminist research, particularly focusing on the intersection of gender and healthcare. She's a leader in promoting gender equality and inclusivity, co-leading the Gender Network and actively contributing to discussions and initiatives in this realm.

Research Interests

Sonja actively participates in professional networks and organizations, such as The Gender Network, SNPHS Research Committee, Regional Work and Organizational Resilience, Paramedicine Council of Deans, and the Australasian College of Paramedicine. She co-hosts radio shows to share knowledge and engage a wider audience.

She is committed to mentoring and supervising students across various research topics, including cardiogenic shock, palliative care guidelines, and gender diversity in paramedicine.

Beyond her research, Sonja actively serves in editorial roles, including her position as a managing editor for the International Journal of Paramedicine and her role on the editorial board of Intensive Care Research. She also conducts valuable peer reviews for journals, including the International Journal of Paramedicine, Journal of Workplace Learning, Paramedicine, Intensive Care Research, Injury Epidemiology, and The Australian Journal of Rural Health.


Sonja is dedicated to education and enhancing curriculum development. At CSU, she redesigned the paramedic course, introducing online and the Masters of Paramedicine articulated degree. These innovative courses are set to transform paramedic education, particularly in light of Australia's recent compulsory paramedic registration. Her teaching style is engaging, especially in cardiology and research, where she uses new technologies to enhance education. Sonja is an advocate for open access and global mentorship, supporting international students in the field of cardiology, extending her influence worldwide.

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher , Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 22 Oct 2021

Paramedicine, PhD, Paramedic’s Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in using Clinical Protocols and Guidelines, Flinders University

Award Date: 02 Apr 2020

Clinical Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education, Flinders University

Award Date: 17 Nov 2016

Paramedicine, Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 10 Oct 2007

External positions

Managing Editor, International Journal of Paramedicine

2022 → …

Member Editorial Board, Journal of Intensive Care Research

2022 → …

University Representative, Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans

2021 → …

Chair of the Australasian Clinical Guidelines Committee, Australasian College of Paramedicine

2020 → …

Subject keywords

  • Paramedicine
  • Policy
  • Guideline Development
  • Gender studies
  • cardiology


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