Dr. Renée MacPhee holds a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Waterloo. She is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Kinesiology & Physical Education Department with a cross-appointment to the Health Sciences Department. She was recently appointed to the position of Associate Director (Paramedic Sector) at the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT).
For the past 15 years, her research has focused on pre-hospital care settings and paramedics, with a particular focus on: occupational health, wellness and injury of Canadian paramedics; development and implementation of bona fide physical fitness testing parameters for the field of emergency medical services (EMS); and, treatment and outcome of pre-hospital cardiac arrests. In working with frontline paramedics, it has been Dr. MacPhee’s long-held belief that successful research in the field of paramedicine is the result of work that is done with paramedics, for paramedics.
The integration of frontline paramedics into, and throughout, the research process is paramount if researchers are to produce work that effects positive and impactful changes within the paramedic profession. To this end, engaging paramedics in her research remains at the forefront of the work that she does.
This session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the new best practice pre-employment and return-to-work test that has been implemented in the Ottawa Paramedic Service and the Region of Waterloo of Paramedic Service. The “Ottawa Paramedic Physical Abilities Test” (OPPATTM) is an evidence-based test, which began with the collection of paramedic physical […]