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A Lecturer in Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University (CSU) since 2012, Tania holds dual registration in paramedicine and nursing.  She has enjoyed a varied clinical and academic career primarily in Australia and Canada. Her academic and research interests focus on advancing paramedic education and practice. Tania divides her time between Australia and Canada.


At CSU, Tania lectures in the Master of Paramedicine course as well as the Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine (Clinical Practice) for nurses studying paramedicine. In 2023 she was the Head of Discipline for Post Graduate courses and instrumental in leading a course review of the Masters of Paramedicine and assisting with Ahpra accreditation for the Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine.

To maintain clinical currency, she holds casual positions as an Intensive Care Paramedic and Emergency Nurse. Over the last 25 years, she gained extensive clinical experience as a paramedic in rural, metro, and rotary/fixed wing flight settings. Tania has also worked with International ISOS and on cruise ships as a registered nurse.  Involved in teaching paramedicine and resuscitation courses since 1999, she has a long history of subject and course development and a specific expertise in delivering online education.

From 2018, Tania has been instrumental in forging a pathway for diploma-prepared Canadian paramedics to complete a tertiary qualification at CSU. Since early 2020, over 90 Canadian students have enrolled in either the Bachelor or Master of Paramedicine and are studying their degrees by distance.


Research Interests

Tania’s research activities are aimed at the paramedic practitioner, paramedic education, and paramedic clinical practice. Tania has researched areas of professionalism including professional identity and unconscious bias. She has also been involved as a co-researcher investigating industrial paramedicine in Australia. Her research in paramedic education includes exploring non-traditional clinical placements, mental health curriculum, and how to teach interprofessional communication skills. She is currently researching clinical handover for critical trauma patients who arrive by HEMS and pre-hospital thrombolysis in rural Tasmania.

Tania has collaborated with British Columbia Emergency Health Service (BCEHS) in Canada to supervise research students and engage in research aimed at improving patient care. These projects include administering ketamine for excited delirium and analgesia, positioning patients prone during air medical transport, and evaluating palliative care treatment guidelines.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master Health Studies (Leadership), Athabasca University, Canada

Advanced Diploma Paramedicine, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science (Nursing), University of Alberta

Subject keywords

  • Palliative Care
  • Paramedicine
  • Thrombolysis
  • Ketamine
  • Professional identity
  • Industrial Paramedicine


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