PAIC 2016 conference wrap up


Auckland, New Zealand | 17–19 November

Shaping the Future: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities

PAIC 2016 was a resounding success, held at AUT City Centre, a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Auckland.

A full pictorial review to showcase the conference will be published in the summer issue of RESPONSE magazine, which will be available mid January 2017. In the meantime, here is a snapshot of our great event.

Number of delegates? 308.


Where did they come from?

We were saddened that some of our colleagues from earthquake-affected areas had to cancel attendance at the last minute, as they were needed in their communities.


Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vanuatu.
What was the highlight?



There were many highlights, but an overwhelming impression was made when the Kiwi’s shared their Maori and Pacifica cultural heritage and opened our eyes to a blended and mutually respectful community. Master of ceremonies Brendan Wood and the local conference committee set the scene for cultural awareness and appreciation.


The opening ceremony was a moving experience with the Welcome to Aotearoa – Powhiri and kapa haka by the talented ‘Haka Legend’ cultural group.

The Scientific Program Under the theme Shaping the Future: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities, the program was designed to showcase the best of emerging out-of-hospital research with over 40 papers. Invited speakers were divided into three streams: emerging therapies and clinical challenges; paramedic health; and operational challenges.


Congratulations to the following winners:

The premier PAIC award is the Victoria University Best Overall Research Paper Award won by Ziad Nehme (Monash University) for: The Impact Of A Mass Media Campaign To Improve Ambulance Use For Chest Pain.

Second in this category was Emily Andrew for: The Influence Of Comorbidity On Survival and Long-Term Outcomes After Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest.

Third in this category was Melanie Vellani for: Forecasting Prehospital Emergency Medical Service Demand For Diabetic Emergencies Using Time Series Modelling.

Best poster presentation:

With an excellent field of over 30 posters entered, Leigh Parker (University of Tasmania) won the best poster presentation award for: Do Paramedics Adequately Restrain Paediatric Patients In Road Ambulances?

The undergraduate oral presentation award winner was Tommy Lam (Western Sydney University) for: the Impact Of Hand Dominance On Quality Of External Chest Compressions In A Simulated Setting.

The postgraduate oral presentation award winner was Simon Sawyer (Monash University) for: The Knowledge, Attitudes And Preparedness To Manage Intimate Partner Violence Patients Of Australian Paramedics And Paramedic Students.

Board elections



Two vacant positions for PA Board Directors were filled: Neil Noble returns for a second term of three years, and Daniel Townson takes up a two year term vacated by Joe Acker.

A ballot took place for a Community Director with the successful candidate being Stephen Cornelissen.

FernoSim Challenge



Yet another world-class, high fidelity, emergency response simulation tested the mettle of Australasia’s finest paramedics.

The winner was Team United Voice from Queensland, Australia Team with the host university team from AUT taking second place. St John Clinical South Island team was a late withdrawal due to the recent earthquakes.


Social events




And yes it was a very social PAIC!

From the welcome reception through to the Gala Ball (where we were entertained by the Royal New Zealand Army Band), delegates enjoyed the fine food and wine and excellent service of AUT catering.


A pictorial of PAIC’s social events will be provided in the summer issue of RESPONSE magazine.

Sponsors and exhibitors


PAIC 2016 Auckland would not have been such a success without the contribution of our sponsors and exhibitors, many travelling with their products and displays across ‘the ditch’ to educate us.


Major Sponsors






Venue Sponsor





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