ParamedicCPD.com exists is to contribute to advancing paramedic clinical and paramedic practice. We aim to provide short, engaging, contemporary, and transformational professional development experiences that enhance clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. We provide continuing professional development for paramedics, by paramedics.

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 Adjunct Professor Joe Acker holds academic appointments at the University of British Columbia in Canada and at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Joe has been a paramedic for 28 years with significant clinical, executive, and academic experience in Canada, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. He worked as a critical care flight paramedic in Alberta, an intensive care paramedic in New South Wales, and is currently licensed in British Columbia where he leads the clinical and professional practice portfolio for more than four-thousand paramedics, dispatchers and other health professionals at BC Emergency Health Services.

Joe has a Master of Arts in leadership and a graduate certificate in university learning and teaching. Joe is an award-winning educator who taught the primary care paramedic and advanced care paramedic programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton and delivered ACLS, PALS and ITLS courses in Canada and internationally since the early 1990’s. As a senior lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Australia for seven years Joe taught undergraduate and postgraduate paramedic students, developed a postgraduate EMS leadership course and led several international study tours and overseas education programs.

Having a passion for the international professionalization of paramedicine, Joe has held board level positions with the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, International Paramedic, and Paramedics Australasia. Joe is a change-agent and a roaring advocate for advancing paramedic practice while supporting paramedic systems to achieve professional status and self-regulation.


 Tania Johnston is an advanced care paramedic and a registered nurse with more than 24 years’ experience. In addition to working as a paramedic in both rural and large metro centres, she was the medical base manager of a helicopter air ambulance program and functioned as both a flight nurse and critical care flight paramedic. As a member of the Commission on the Accreditation for Medical Transport Systems she was involved in the accreditation of air ambulance programs across North America. Her management experience also includes operating a provincial air ambulance dispatch in Alberta, leading a regional health authority patient capacity management and patient flow program, and providing oversight of medical wards and programs in a tertiary hospital. Her clinical nursing experience in Canada and Australia is primarily in emergency, high dependency units and on international cruise ships. She currently maintains clinical practice as a registered nurse in a tertiary hospital emergency department. 

Tania has a master’s degree in health studies and leadership and has a passion for empowering and supporting paramedics from all backgrounds and varying levels of experience to be the best practitioner they can be. Prehospital care education has been one of the constants in her career where she has taught Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) since 1999. In Canada she taught in the advanced care and primary care paramedic programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. Since 2010 she has been teaching undergraduate and post graduate paramedicine and nursing at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia both face to face and via online delivery. She also does consultancy work for Canadian educational providers and emergency medical service organizations. 

Important Note: The opinions expressed on this site are those of the authors and contributors and are not intended to represent the opinions of the organisations of whom the authors are currently or were formerly employed. 

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