Sean R Thompson

Center of Learning: Health and Social Services

School: School of Health

Teaching programme: Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

ORCID ID Number: 0000-0003-1002-5386

Research Speciality: Regulation and registration of paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003), Paramedic wellbeing, and Paramedic cardiology.

 

Background

Sean Thompson is a third year BHSc paramedic degree tutor at Whitireia and an intensive care paramedic with Wellington Free Ambulance. He has until recently held the role of Chair of Paramedics Australasia (NZ) - the professional body representing paramedics in New Zealand.

Sean's research interests are varied and include paramedic registration, mental health and well-being, cardiology, and disaster planning. Sean holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Massey University, a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) from Whitireia, and he is currently working towards the Masters of Professional Practice qualification researching the accessibility of acute health care in Pacific Island communities.

 

Academic Qualifications

2010: PG Cert AdvPara Prac (Whitireia Community Polytechnic)
2009: BHSC Paramedic (Whitireia Community Polytechnic)
1997: BAppSc (Massey University)

 

Professional Positions Held

2011 to present: BHSC Paramedic degree tutor Whitireia Polytechnic
2005 to present: Paramedic and Intensive Care Paramedic, Wellington Free Ambulance
2001 - 2005: Ambulance officer, Wairarapa DHB Ambulance Service

 

Professional Distinctions and Memberships

2012 to present: Member of the Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics (NAPA)
2017 to present: Wellington Free Ambulance Wellaware Advisory Group
2015 - 2017: Chair Paramedics Australasia NZ
2016 - 2017: Chair Paramedics Australasia NZ Paramedic Registration Working Group

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

McKinnell, B., & Thompson, S.R. (2015). 'A History of Cardiac Arrest: Medical Science's Understanding and Treatment.' Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal, 1, 22. pp.39-44.

Sharp, R., & Thompson, S.R. (2016). 'Understanding the place of advance directives in paramedic pre-hospital care.' Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal, 1, 23. pp.13-19.

Strong, G., & Thompson, S.R. (2016). 'Student Enquiry: The power of student research to influence evidence-based practice.' Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal, 1, 23. pp.21-23.

Williams, B., Fielder, C., Strong, G., Acker, J., and Thompson, S. (2015). 'Are paramedic students ready to be professional? An international comparison study.' International Emergency Nursing, 23, 2. pp.120-6. doi:10.1016/j.ienj.2014.07.004.

 

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Thompson, S. R. (2012). Patient management plans for repeat service users. Paramedics Australasia Annual Conference (November, 2012). Hobart, Australia.

Thompson, S. R. (2012). Patient management plans for repeat ambulance users: Integrated models of care. Whitireia Faculty of Health Research Showcase.

Thompson, S. R. October. (2016). Sharing student research with the world. A submission-ready journal article as a graded assessment, with successful publications following. Paper presented at National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Rotorua.

Thompson, S. R., & Sharp, R. (2017). Understanding the place of Advance Directives in paramedic pre-hospital care. Paper presented at Whitireia WelTec Research Symposium, Wellington.

Thompson, S. R. November. (2015). The implementation of a “submission-ready journal article” as a graded undergraduate assessment tool. Paper presented at Whitireia WelTec Research Symposium, Whitireia New Zealand.

 

Other Forms of Dissemination

Jurkovsky, P., & Thompson, S. R. 24 November. (2017). Expert panel: Paramedic registration in Australia and New Zealand. Paper presented at Paramedics Australasia International Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Thompson, S. R. (2013). Paramedic response to mental health. Paper presented at Traumed National Emergency Care Conference, Whangarei, New Zealand.

Thompson, S. R. (2013). Attempted Suicide: What can we do? Paper presented at Traumed National Emergency Care Conference, Whangarei, New Zealand.

Thompson, S. R. April. (2016). Staying sane in an insane world. Paper presented at SPANZ2016 Paramedic Conference, Whitireia New Zealand.

Thompson, S. R. 22 April. (2017). Are we ready to be professionals? Paramedic regulation and registration. Paper presented at SPANZ17 New Zealand Paramedic Conference, Auckland.

Thompson, S. R. 23 June. (2017). Mind Games with Myself: Using cognitive behavioural techniques to change your point of view. Paper presented at Survive and Thrive Paramedic Resilience Symposium, Melbourne.

Thompson, S. R. 23 June. (2017). Relax! Ten minutes of guided mindfulness. Paper presented at Survive and Thrive Paramedic Resilience Symposium, Melbourne.

Thompson, S. R. 25 November. (2017). Keynote presentation: Resource-Challenging Events - Wellington Earthquakes. Paper presented at Paramedics Australasia International Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Thompson, S. R. 24 November. (2017). Paramedics Australasia New Zealand Registration Working Group Update. Paper presented at Paramedics Australasia International Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Thompson, S. R. (2017). A cognitive behavioural approach to challenge your point of view. Wellington. Wellington Free Ambulance Preceptor training.

Thompson, S. R. (2017). Continuing professional development for event medics and private EMS providers: New Zealand Private EMS Providers' Inaugural Meeting.
Thompson, S. R. (2017). Getting fresh with a 12 lead: 12 lead ECG refresher course for Wellington Free Ambulance staff.

Thompson, S. R. (2017). Unearthing your own mind: A cognitive behavioural approach to understanding and renewing your point of view.

Thompson, S. R., Drake, H., Lehman, R., Simpson, M., & Thomas, M. 22 April. (2017). #EMSWolfpack Paramedic Panel. Paper presented at SPANZ17 Student Paramedics Australasia Conference, Auckland.

Thompson, S. R., McKenzie, A., Morton, J., Simpson, M., Drake, H., & Williams, N. (2016). #EMSWolfpack Paramedic Panel. Paper presented at Wellington, Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

Thompson, S. R., Patrick, I., Sayre, M., Smith, E., & Smith, T. 25 November. (2017). Expert panel: Multiple patient / multiple location hypothetical scenario. Paper presented at Paramedics Australasia International Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Wills, H., and Thompson, S. R. (2014). Mental Health Training for Paramedics; Optimum methods of Teaching (poster presentation). Paper presented at Paramedics Australasia International Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

 

Research Contributions

Editorial committee: Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal

 

External Websites

Moderator of Facebook page with 4000 followers: https://www.facebook.com/Paramedics-Australasia-New-Zealand-PANZ-243747499078485/

Producer of video with 25,000 hits via YouTube video and 2 million hits and 16,000 shares via Facebook: Thompson, S.R., MacIver, K., Thirkell, C.E., Banks, D., & Neal, L. (2017). Demonstration of tension pneumothorax and finger thoracotomy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3-EULlh7_s&t=60s.

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