The paramedic world is like finishing school. You have already achieved so much, but still young and full of potential. The pre-hospital world is a big one. We are just four blokes trying to make sense of it. Free radicals is about sharing our love of this world, through education, ramblings and debate. Join the team and their guests as we look at the present, contemplate the future, and examine the controversy.
Episode 45 - Paediatric Trauma with Dr Dani Hall
Aaron is joined by Dr Dani Hall, an paedatric emergency medicine consultant from Dublin, Ireland. She is also the executive director of the FOAM website "Don't Forget the Bubbles". This is an amazing resource for information on paedatric emergency medicine. We can't recommend it enough.
Dani shares her insight and knowledge regarding paediatric trauma, and how we can become more confident and capable at managing these patients.
You can check out "Don't Forget the Bubbles" at
Episode 44 - Collective Purpose - The team, the mission and the moment
Scott is immensely proud of his service in the US Marine Corps.
We know that he misses it.
He talks about this thing that he misses, this thing that since leaving the military he has never been able to find.
So what was this thing?
It was collective purpose.
The idea that every member of the team, those to your left, to your right, the leaders, the followers, everyone was collectively focused on the mission.
The collective purpose existed because they believed that someday there would be a moment where all the training, all the focus, all the sacrifice would be the difference between failure and success.
Success in that moment, would be one of the greatest accomplishments of one’s life.
Scott send us a quote of that moment, described by a young marine during the Battle of Peleliu in 1944.
We had a chat about it all one day, and decided we would release our chat as a podcast.
Episode 43 - Occupational Violence in Paramedicine with Peter Drew
Tonight we sit down with Peter Drew, a Critical Care Paramedic and PHD candidate from Queensland. Peter shares with us his work on occupational violence and his recent paper on mitigation strategies and recommendations for future practice.
Are all violent incidents the same?
Does the idea of "zero tolerance" fit in with why and how these violent incidents occur?
Is there a place for body worn cameras?
Where do we sit now with the emergence of chemical sedation into our practice?
Does organisational self defense training work?
These are just some of the ideas we explore.
If you would like to read more, you can access Peter's paper below.
"Paramedic occupational violence mitigation: a comprehensive systematic review of emergency service worker prevention strategies and experiences for use in prehospital care"
Episode 42 - The world of comms, a vital piece of the pie, with Tori and Tammy
Today Nick sits down with Tori and Tammy, two communication officers from an Australian state service. We work with comms every day, we can't do our job without them, yet very few of us really understand how they work.
Today we look at how call taking and dispatch works, how they deal with cognitive overload, and break down some common misconceptions.
Episode 41 - The paramedic education paradigm with Andy, Sandy and Georgina
Aaron sits down with three fantastic academics to delve into the world of tertiary paramedic education.
Andy Bell, Georgina Sanger and Sandy Macquarrie work to design, deliver and develop university curriculum's within Australia.
How do we design a course when we are still searching for our identity?
What would the ideal course look like?
Why it's ok for students to fail.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Episode 40 - Extended care practice, a model for the future with David Krygger
We had the privilege of sitting down with David Krygger, an extended care clinician from Queensland. David is passionate about this area of paramedic practice, and its potential for growth within our profession. We thoroughly enjoyed this conversation.
Thanks for the podcast & your work
Really enjoyed the Vanuatu ep from Scott. Thanks for keeping up the good work. Sounds like the same challenges & joys that I had at the beginning. Cheers, Darren.
Love the podcast! But..
5/5 for content. Only thing from this listener is just if possible consider the mic volume/input - it’s perfect and then someone will (inadvertently/unknowingly) lean in/speak loudly into their mic and if you’re wearing earphones... ouch.