GPLA 2019 – Presentations

Speaker Presentations from the Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance Mental Health Summit (#GPLA19)


We have collated the publicly available presentations from the GPLA 2019 Mental Health Summit. You can view or download them below.

The Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA) comprises the chair of the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine and leaders from the following:

  • Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (UK & Ireland)
  • Council of Ambulance Authorities (AUS/NZL/PNG)
  • National EMS Management Association (USA)
  • Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (CAN)

The GPLA’s purpose is to identify and act upon areas where there is perceived benefit in working together and sharing best practice internationally. Employee mental health and wellbeing is a priority for all GPLA members, hence the decision to co-host a Global Paramedic Leadership Mental Health Summit. Their presentations are below:

GPLA 2019 – Day 1

Key Developments – Australia
David Waters & Mojca Bizjak-Mikic, CAA

Key Developments – Canada
Dr. Nick Carleton & Dr. Renee MacPhee, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC)

Key Developments – USA
Pat Songer, Executive Director, National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)

Key Developments – UK
Will Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, South Central Ambulance Service & AACE CEO Mental Health Lead

Australia: what does a ‘well’ paramedic look like?
Raelene Hartman, Chief Psychologist, New South Wales Ambulance

USA: growing EMS resilience
Pat Songer,
Executive Director, NEMSMA

Canada: violence against paramedics
Elizabeth Donnelly, Co-ordinator, MSW Program, Associate Professor, University of Windsor

UK: HCPC – people like us; understanding complaints about paramedics
Liz Harris,
Head of Professional Standards, College of Paramedics

USA: Situational awareness – scene not safe: what did I sign up for?
Sean Caffrey,
President Elect, NEMSMA

UK: ‘Project A’ – engaging with frontline staff
Ian Baines,
Associate, NHS Horizons

CAA: global mental health survey
Mojca Bizjack-Mikic,
Consultant – Policy, Research and Analysis, CAA

GPLA 2019 – Day 2

USA: Leadership through darkness – changing leadership perspectives on provider mental health
Pat Songer,
Executive Director, NEMSMA

Canada: Impact of technological evolution on leadership
Doug Socha,
Chief, Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services

Australia: how a good leader can prevent potential psychological trauma
Todd Wehr,
Executive Manager, Staff Support Services, Queensland Ambulance Service

Canada: harassment in the workplace
Mark Mason,
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

UK: Engagement and co-creation within a roster review
Chris Nelson,
Branch Chair for UNISON, SWASFT & Allied Health Branch

UK: Mitigating late finishes
Craig Harman,
London Ambulance Service

NZ: 2011 Christchurch earthquakes – psychosocial support
Daniel Ohs,
Assistant Director of Operations, St Johns, NZ

Discussion Notes (drafts) – GPLA 2019
Attendee prompts and feedback

Discussion Notes (full) – GPLA 2019
Attendee prompts and feedback