Pandemic pupils: COVID-19 and the impact on student paramedics


student paramedic
ambulance service
paramedic education

How to Cite

Perkins A, Kelly S, Dumbleton H, Whitfield S. Pandemic pupils: COVID-19 and the impact on student paramedics. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [Internet]. 2020May1 [cited 2020Aug.8];17. Available from:


COVID-19 is having a profound effect on student paramedics. This commentary aims to explore and discuss how student paramedics have been affected by COVID -19 and seeks to identify the perceived impact of this experience.


John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. 2020. COVID-19 dashboard by the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). Available at:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. 2020. COVID-19 Educational disruption and response. Available at:

Miller RL, Rycek RF, Fritson K. The effects of high impact learning experiences on student engagement. Procedia Soc Behav Sci 2011;1:53-9.

Applegate R. The library is for studying: student preferences for study space. Journal of Academic Librarianship 2009;35:341-6.

Alfehaid LS, Qotineh A, Alsuhebany N, Alharbi S, Almodaimegh H. The perceptions and attitudes of undergraduate healthcare sciences students of feedback: a qualitative study. Health Professions Education 2018;4:186-97.

Bokhari N, Zafar M. Learning styles and approaches among medical education participants. J Educ Health Promot 2019;8:181.

Cheng DX. Students' sense of campus community: what it means, and what to do about It. NASPA Journal 2004;41:216-34. Available at:

Whitfield S, MacQuarrie A, Boyle M. Trained, ready but under-utilised: using student paramedics during a pandemic. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine 2020;17.

Diehl K, Jansen C, Ishchanova K, Hilger-Kolb J. Loneliness at universities: determinants of emotional and social loneliness among students. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2018;15:1865.

Donovan J. 2015. The importance of building online learning communities. Colorado State University. Available at:

Graduate Paramedic - ED [Internet]. LinkedIn. 2020. Available at: [Accessed 24 April 2020].

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. National principles for clinical education during COVID-19 [Internet]. 2020. Available at: [Accessed 22 April 2020].

Australian Government partnership with private health sector secures 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff, to help fight COVID-19 pandemic [Internet]. Australian Government Department of Health. 2020. Available at: [Accessed 21 April 2020].

Queensland Government. 2020. Sixty new paramedics for Queensland to boost COVID-19 frontline response. Available at:

Victoria State Government. 2020. Boosting paramedic recruits on coronavirus frontline. Available at: