Clare Sutton


Clare Sutton

HCPC registered paramedic (2006) BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Politics & Social Policy (First class) Open University (2006) BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Emergency Care) (First class) University of Northampton (2011) Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME) University of Cardiff (2012) MSc Advancing Practice (Emergency Care) (Distinction) (Faculty Prize for Excellence) Coventry University (2014) PhD candidate Charles Sturt University (2018 - ongoing)

Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine
Building 1448 Room 225

Clare is a Senior Lecturer in paramedicine. Prior to joining CSU, she worked as Senior Lecturer and Practice Education Lead for the University of Northampton. Clare has extensive clinical experience with over twenty years’ working as a paramedic and mentor with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and as an Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) in the primary healthcare environment.

Clare has held several leadership positions, including program lead of paramedicine (CSU) (2017 – 2021) and was a member of the inaugural Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans (ACPD). She has served on several professional committees including the ANZCP Education and Research Committees and is Chair of the Paramedic Wellbeing Group for the Australasian College of Paramedicine (ACP). Clare has developed new recruitment pathways exclusive to CSU paramedic graduates as well as expanding international placement opportunities in the UK and Vanuatu.

Clare is an active researcher and is currently working towards her PhD. Clare is also co-creator of the Dare to Know Student Paramedic Research Scholarship program.

Clare is convenor of CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies.

Clare has previously convened:

  • PHC180 Introduction to Paramedic Practice
  • CLS104 Foundations of Clinical Practice
  • CLS105 Foundations of Clinical Practice
  • CLS106 Foundations of Trauma Practice

Clare has taught into both internal and distance offerings across a range of subjects and helped adapted the delivery of several subjects in response to the transition online due to COVID.

Clare has experience in subject design and curriculum development at undergraduate and post graduate level and has implemented several teaching innovations, including ‘puppet master’ which won the SBMS award for Innovation and Creativity (2020).

Clare has edited two book chapters in the ‘Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice’ and co-authored a book chapter for ‘Clinical Cases in Paramedicine’.

Clare is undertaking a PhD investigating the impact of volunteering on resilience in student paramedics. Her research interests include the promotion of health and wellbeing in emergency service workers, student paramedics and volunteer responders.

She is an active member of the CSU Workforce Wellness Research Unit (WWRU), involved in several research projects investigating the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of frontline workers. Projects include the investigation of the impact of COVID on the mental health and wellbeing of frontline workers and an evaluation of the leading for Better Mental Health pilot program delivered by Emergency Services Foundation (ESF).

Clare is chief investigator for the International Paramedic Anxiety and Wellbeing Study (IPAWS), the first longitudinal study investigating trends in the mental health and wellbeing status of early career paramedics and is chief investigator on several other projects relating to mental health and wellbeing. Clare is also undertaking research in teaching innovations related to online delivery of clinical subjects, one of which was awarded the SBMS Innovation & Creativity Award (2020).

Clare is an active supervisor of masters, honours and Dare to Know Student Paramedic Research Scholarships.

Clare has been awarded several grants including:
  • COVID-19 Research Grant ($30,000) (2020) – The mental health and stress impacts of COVID19 on frontline human service staff – Police, Ambulance and Family and Community Services, Community Nurses (WNSWLHD). Co-investigator. Chief Investigators: A. Dwivedi & Professor R. Roberts.
  • Three Rivers UDRH: Mental Health & Disability Expansion Project ($132,000) (2019) – mental health placements for student paramedics in regional and rural Australia. Chief investigator & project manager.
  • Paramedic Health, Wellness & Resilience ($40,000) (2017) (FoS RISS funding) - Chief Investigator & project manager.
Membership of research groups & engagement with professional research activities:
  • Co-creator & Chair of Dare to Know Student Paramedic Research Scholarship program
  • Workforce Wellness Research Unit (WWRU) (CSU)
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Group (WB&MH) (CSU)
  • Canadian Emergency Research Network (CERN)
  • Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) (UK)
  • Australian Journal of Paramedicine (AJP) reviewer
  • Paramedicine Across Canada Expo (PACE) abstract / poster reviewer (2019)
  • JRCALC Guideline Development Sub-Group Member – Sepsis (2015 - 2016)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (UK)
  • Australasian Council of Paramedicine Deans (ACPD) (2019 – 2021)
  • Australasian College of Paramedicine (ACP)
  • College of Paramedics (UK)
  • Chair of Dare to Know Student Paramedic Research Scholarship program
  • Honorary Board Member of the Worldwide Peer Support Group
  • Australian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network
  • Chair of Survive & Thrive organising committee (2018 symposium)
  • Paramedics Australasia (PA) Mental Health Special Interest Group (2018 – 2020)
  • ANZCP Research Committee (2017 – 2020)
  • ANZCP Education Committee (2017 – 2020)

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