Doctor Liz Thyer

Doctor Liz Thyer

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching,
Dean's Unit, School of Health Sciences

Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine,


Liz is a Senior Lecturer in the WSU Paramedicine program and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the School of Health Sciences.  She was an advanced life support paramedic with Ambulance Victoria for 11 years including roles as a clinical instructor and peer support officer. She has previously worked at Victoria University with the Paramedic programs and at Deakin University in Learning Futures. 

She is an active member of the Australasian College of Paramedicine and is the inaugural chair of the ACP Professional Standards Committee

Her PhD was in physical anthropology, highlighting a continuing passion for anatomical studies, but her more recent research and HDR supervision focuses on the fields of health education, mental health and paramedicine workforce issues.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Thyer.


  • PhD University of Melbourne
  • DipAmbParStud Monash University
  • BSc (Hons) University of Melbourne
  • BSc University of Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian College of Paramedicine (2013 - 2022)


  • Mental Health
  • Paramedic education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Health Sciences
  • Paramedicine


Phone: (02) 4620 3573
Mobile: 0402433989
Location: 22.1.11

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Chapters in Books

  • Simpson, P. and Thyer, E. (2021), 'The clinical reasoning process', Paramedic Principles and Practice: A Clinical Reasoning Approach, Elsevier Australia 9780729543064.

Journal Articles

  • Bruton, L., Johnson, H., MacKey, L., Farok, A., Thyer, L. and Simpson, P. (2022), 'The impact of body-worn cameras on the incidence of occupational violence towards paramedics : a systematic review', Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, vol 14, no 2 , pp 133 - 142.
  • Johnson, S., Thyer, L. and Simpson, P. (2021), 'International work integrated learning (WIL) in undergraduate paramedicine programs : a cross-sectional survey of practice models in Australia', Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, vol 11, no 3 , pp 725 - 738.
  • Morris, D., Fierravanti, G., Schrieber, A., Johnson, S., Bartolo, D., Hipsley, K., Somani, T., Pap, R., Agho, K., Thyer, L. and Simpson, P. (2021), '[In Press] The impact of a novel operational readiness response model on the environmental cleanliness of emergency ambulances', Prehospital Emergency Care, .
  • Birtill, M., King, J., Jones, D., Thyer, L., Pap, R. and Simpson, P. (2021), '[In Press] The use of immersive simulation in paramedicine education : a scoping review', Interactive Learning Environments, .
  • Rasku, T., Helminen, M., Kaunonen, M., Thyer, E., Paavilainen, E. and Joronen, K. (2021), 'A retrospective review of patient records and factors associated with decisions made by community nurse-paramedics' in Finland', Nursing Reports, vol 11, no 3 , pp 690 - 701.
  • Rasku, T., Kaunonen, M., Thyer, E., Paavilainen, E. and Joronen, K. (2021), 'Community nurse-paramedics' sphere of practice in primary care : an ethnographic study', BMC Health Services Research, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Reardon, M., Abrahams, R., Thyer, L. and Simpson, P. (2020), 'Prevalance of burnout in paramedics : a systematic review of prevalence studies', Emergency Medicine Australasia, vol 32, no 2 , pp 182 - 189.
  • Simpson, P., Agho, K., Van Nugteren, B., Rasku, T., Thompson, S. and Thyer, E. (2020), 'Student paramedic stigma towards people with mental illness : an international study', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, vol 17 .
  • Hutchins, A., Temomo, A., Tran, L., Thyer, L. and Simpson, P. (2019), 'Agreement between student paramedics when measuring blood pressure', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, vol 16 .
  • Rasku, T., Kaunonen, M., Thyer, E., Paavilainen, E. and Joronen, K. (2019), 'The core components of Community Paramedicine-integrated care in primary care setting : a scoping review', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, vol 33, no 3 , pp 508 - 521.
  • Cross, J., Lam, T., Arndell, J., Quach, J., Reed, B., Thyer, L. and Simpson, P. (2019), 'Impact of hand dominance on effectiveness of chest compressions in a simulated setting : a randomised, crossover trial', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, vol 16 .
  • Galka, S., Berrell, J., Fezai, R., Shabella, L., Simpson, P. and Thyer, E. (2019), 'Accuracy of student paramedics when measuring adult respiratory rate : a pilot study', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, vol 16 .
  • Topping, J., Reardon, M., Coleman, J., Hunter, B., Shojima-Perera, H., Thyer, E. and Simpson, P. (2019), 'A comparison of venous versus capillary blood samples when measuring blood glucose using a point-of-care, capillary-based glucometer', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol 34, no 5 , pp 506 - 509.
  • Asbury, E., Rasku, T., Thyer, E., Campbell, C., Holmes, L., Sutton, C. and Tavares, W. (2018), 'IPAWS : The International Paramedic Anxiety Wellbeing and Stress study', Emergency Medicine Australasia, vol 30, no 1 , pp 132 - 132.
  • Chew, R., Price, C., Moqadassi, H., Talbert, S., Hilliar, T., Thyer, E. and Simpson, P. (2018), 'Impact of loading and transport on effectiveness of external chest compressions : a simulation study', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, vol 15, no 3 .
  • Thyer, E., Simpson, P. and Nugteren, B. (2018), 'Burnout in Australian paramedics', International Paramedic Practice, vol 8, no 3 , pp 24 - 31.
  • Simpson, P., Thyer, E., Nugteren, B., Mitchell, G. and Werner, S. (2016), 'Reflections and experiences of student paramedics undertaking international work-integrated learning placements', Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, vol 17, no 2 , pp 187 - 196.
  • Redford, S., Ikram, S., Thyer, E. and Beach, T. (2001), 'Excavations at Medieval Kinet, Turkey', Ancient Near Eastern Studies, vol 38 , pp 58 - 138.
  • Thyer, E., Briggs, C. and Sagona, A. (1999), 'Physical anthropological analysis of skeletons from Sos Hoyuk', Ancient Near Eastern Studies, vol 36 , pp 150 - 168.

Conference Papers

  • Tang, C., Thyer, E., Bye, R., Tannous, C., Kenny, B., Penkala, S., Tulliani, N., Peel, N., Sun, Y., Zhu, X., Dark, L. and Gordon, R. (2021), 'The impact of COVID online learning on first year clinical health students' sense of belonging : student and academic perspectives', Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success Conference, online.
  • Simpson, P. and Thyer, E. (2016), 'Fitting together the pieces : using the jigsaw classroom to facilitate paramedic WIL', Australian Collaborative Education Network. National Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Thyer, E., Leditschke, J. and Briggs, C. (2009), 'Incidence and management of cervical spine injuries in fatal road traffic accidents', Australasian College of Road Safety. National Conference, Perth, W.A..

Previous Projects

Title: Burnout in Australian paramedics
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Liz Thyer and Caroline Smith
Years: 2014-09-16 - 2015-10-16
ID: P00022353


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Forgotten GCS: Group Clinical Supervision as a Novel Tool for the Holistic Development of Paramedics within an Emerging Health Field
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Obstetrics, immersive simulation and student performance in undergraduate paramedicine education
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Dual Qualification: what can it mean for the patient, the healthcare system and the paramedic profession.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: What is the Lived Experience of Community Dwelling Adult Mental Health Consumers who Interacted with Paramedics in the Past 36 Months?
Field of Research:

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