Dr Bronwyn Tunnage

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7088

Email: bronwyn.tunnage@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

MH 310
Department of Paramedicine
AUT South Campus
640 Great South Road
Manukau 2104
Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

AUT University

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

ORCID: ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6554-3634

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Auckland University of Technology
  • Master of Science in Health Economics, University of York
  • Diploma in Higher Education, Nursing (Distinction), University of London
  • Certificate of Advanced Ambulance Aid, Auckland Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Victoria University of Wellington

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Fellow, Director, Australasian College of Paramedicine (2019 – ongoing)
  • Associate Researcher, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (2017 – ongoing)
  • Honorary Research Fellow, St John (2018 – ongoing)
  • Director, Paramedics Australasia (2014 – 2015)

Biography:

Bronwyn is a Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine in the School of Clinical Sciences. She has a strong clinical background with 10 years’ experience as an intensive care paramedic in Auckland and has also practiced as a registered nurse in both the New Zealand and the UK healthcare systems. In 2014, Bronwyn was awarded a Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship to support her doctoral study investigating paramedic care of patients with acute stroke and transient ischaemic attacks. As Research Leader for the Department of Paramedicine, Bronwyn is responsible for developing research excellence. She has experience as an academic and researcher in New Zealand and the UK, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including postgraduate research supervisions. Bronwyn’s research interests relate to the paramedic care of time-critical cardiovascular patients and paramedic contribution to community care and injury prevention.  Bronwyn is a member of the inaugural NZ Paramedic Council and a Director on the board of the professional organisation The Australasian College of Paramedicine.

Teaching Areas:

Bronwyn contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School of Clinical Sciences. She is the Paper Leader of HEAL814 Practice Pursued and supervises Honours, Master and Doctoral research students.

Research Areas:

  • Stroke and transient ischaemic attacks
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Emergency Medicine, Paramedicine
  • Falls and community care
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Economics

Publications:

Journal papers:

  • Krishnamurthi R, Barker-Collo S, Barber PA, Tippett L, Mahon S, Tunnage B, Dalrymple-Alford J, Moylan M, Parmar P & Feigin, VL. (2020) Community knowledge and awareness of stroke in New Zealand. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis
  • Dicker B, Todd VF, Tunnage B, Swain A, Conaglen K, Smith T, Brett M, Laufale C & Howie G. (2019) Ethnic disparities in the incidence and outcome from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A New Zealand observational study. Resuscitation. doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.09.026
  • Feigin VL, Krishnamurthi R, Barker-Collo S, Barber A, Rathnasabapathy Y, Te Ao B, Parmar P, Mahon S, Tunnage B, Swain A, Arroll B, Elder H, Tautolo E, Parag V, Anderson C, Bennett D, Thrift A, Cadilhac D, Brown P, Ranta A & Douwes J. (2019) Measuring stroke and transient ischaemic attack burden in New Zealand: Protocol for the fifth Auckland Regional Community Stroke Study (ARCOS V). International Journal of Stroke. doi: 10.1177/1747493019884528
  • Dicker B, Todd VF, Tunnage B, Swain A, Smith T & Howie G. (2019) Direct transport to PCI-capable hospitals after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in New Zealand: Inequities and outcomes. Resuscitation, 142: 111-116 doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.06.283
  • Tunnage B, Swain A & Waters D. (2015) Regulating our emergency care paramedics. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1421): 55-58.
  • Tunnage, B (2014) Fostering a research culture in paramedicine: Selected proceedings from the 2011–201 Paramedic Research Forum at Auckland University of Technology. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 11(5). Retrieved from http://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/25
  • Morrison, T.A. & Tunnage B. (2014). Reporting Māori Participation in Paramedic Education and the EMS Workforce in New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 11(5). Retrieved from http://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/58
  • Wallen, R., Tunnage, B., & Wells, S. (2013). The 12 lead ECG in the EMS setting: how electrode placement and paramedic gender are experienced by women. Emergency Medicine Journal. doi:10.1136/emermed-2013-202826

Book chapters

  • Tunnage, B., & Ward, T. (2015) The isolated patient. In A. Simons (Ed.) Paramedic Principles and Practice ANZ: a clinical reasoning approach. Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • Wilson, D., & Tunnage, B. (2015) Indigenous Māori patients. In A. Simons (Ed.) Paramedic Principles and Practice ANZ: a clinical reasoning approach. Sydney, Australia: Elsevier

Conference contributions

  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi R, Swain A & Feigin V. (2019) Compliance with guidelines in EMS stroke care: A New Zealand observational study. In 5th European Stroke Organisation Conference 2019, Milan, Italy.
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi R, Swain A & Feigin V. (2019) Measuring the quality of EMS care in stroke/TIA: A population-level study. In College of Paramedics' National Conference 2019, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
  • Howie, G., & Tunnage, B. (2019). An introduction to research in undergrad Paramedicine: An AUT experience. In Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine: Paramedicine Research Symposium, Frankton, Australia.
  • Tunnage B. (2019) Road to Research. Plenary speaker. In Paramedics Australasia International Conference: Broadening Horizons. Hobart, Australia.
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi R, Swain A, Frampton C & Feigin V. (2018) The association between paramedic care and case management and patient outcomes in ischaemic stroke. In World Stroke Conference 2018, Montreal, Canada.  17-20 October 2018. International Journal of Stroke, 13(2S) 3–217. doi: 10.1177/1747493018789543
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi R, Swain A, Frampton C & Feigin V. (2018) Determinants of non-recognition of stroke by emergency medical services (EMS). In 4th European Stroke Organisation Conference 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden. Retrieved from European Stroke Journal, 3(1S) 14.
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi RV, Swain A & Feigin V. (2018) Prehospital pathways in acute stroke and TIA - a population-based study. In New Zealand Resuscitation Council Conference 2018, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi RV, Feigin V & Swain A. (2017). Identifying the first medical contact in acute stroke and TIA: A population-based study. In Stroke Society Queenstown, New Zealand. doi:10.1177/1747493017720548
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi RV, Feigin V & Swain A. (2016). Identifying the first medical contact in acute stroke and TIA. In Paramedics Australasia International Conference, 2016, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi RV, Feigin V & Swain A. (2016). The effect of first medical contact on time to hospital door in acute ischaemic stroke. In Paramedics Australasia International Conference, 2016.
  • Tunnage B, Feigin V, Swain A, Taylor S & Krishnamurthi R. (2016) The effect of emergency ambulance service (EAS) versus primary care doctor as first medical contact on symptom onset-to-door time in acute ischaemic stroke. In 2nd European Stroke Organisation Conference 2016, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Morrison TA & Tunnage B. (2014). Māori participation in Emergency Medical Services. In Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2014, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Tunnage B, Krishnamurthi R, Feigin V & Howie, G. (2013). Applying population-based research methods to study the paramedic’s contribution to thrombolysis in acute stroke. In Paramedics Australasia 2013 National Conference, Canberra, Australia.
  • Henderson B, Tunnage, B & Taylor, S. (2012). Gender bias in 12-lead ECG acquisition from ambulance patients with cardiac-type chest pain; an observational study. In Paramedics Australasia 2012 National Conference, Hobart, Australia.
  • Wallen R, Tunnage B & Wells S. (2012). Women’s attitudes to 12-lead ECG acquisition in the ambulance setting. In Paramedics Australasia 2012 National Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Awards:

  • Best oral presentation, New Zealand Resuscitation Council (2018)
  • HRC Career Development Award (2014 – 2016)
  • National Heart Foundation Small Project Grant (2010)
  • John Heberley Memorial Trophy for Distinction in Paramedicine (1992)
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