In 1987 a Queensland Ambulance Officer, aged 27, lost his life in an Aerial Ambulance Crash in Bundaberg. His name was Kenneth James (Jim) McPherson. Jim embodied the qualities of the men and women who are the Paramedics in Queensland Ambulance Service today – compassionate, accountable, respectful, ethical, responsible and sensitive.

Jim demonstrated a strong commitment to training, education and research. The KJ McPherson Education and Research Foundation was established in his name to provide opportunities for research and education into pre-hospital care that would provide better patient outcomes.

Applications for research and development funding are now open in the following categories:


Patron’s Research Grant ($15,000)

Applications are now open for the Patron’s Research Grant 2012 through the KJ McPherson Education and Research Foundation.

The Patron’s Research Grant has been established to encourage innovative research into the key areas of clinical, educational and operational systems.  The applicant must be a currently serving officer of the Queensland Ambulance Service (e.g. paramedics, educators, student paramedics) and still be serving when the grant is made.

Collaborative research projects with other health services or key stakeholders are eligible when the applicant has been directly involved in designing and conducting the QAS component.

The application process has two key deadlines:

  • Stage 1 – Submission of an EOI (a 2-page document) – Due 11/05/2012
  • Stage 2 – Submission of Application (full research/project proposal) – Due 14/09/2012

For further information, including application forms and guides, please see the WEBSITE or contact the Foundation on (07) 3635 3368.

For research enquiries please call the team at the Australian Centre for Pre-Hospital Research on (07) 3635 1995.


The Dr Peter Stephenson Overseas Study Grant ($5,000)

The KJ McPherson Education and Research Foundation annually seeks applications from uniformed QAS personnel for a Dr Peter Stephenson Overseas Study Grant under the Foundation’s charter. A grant is offered to the value of $5,000 for the successful applicant’s submission for an overseas educational opportunity judged to be the most outstanding amongst the submissions received. You are invited to submit a case study to become eligible for a grant.

For further information, including application forms and guides, please see the WEBSITE or contact the Foundation on (07) 3635 3368.


QAS Research and Development Grant ($3,000)

The Research and Development Grant is offered to assist in developing research interests of paramedics.  It is intended to encourage one or more paramedics to undertake a short but well defined piece of research that will be used to inform development of QAS policy or to improve practice.  This grant may be presented to any QAS paramedic who has proposed an idea, plan, scheme or innovation in patient care that has the potential to aid in the provision of improved Ambulance Services.

For further information, including application forms and guides, please see the WEBSITE or contact the Foundation on (07) 3635 3368.


Paramedics Australasia Student Scientific Grants ($2,000)

These grants, sponsored by Paramedics Australasia (Queensland Chapter), are offered by the KJ McPherson Education & Research Foundation to encourage paramedic students at participating universities to strive for excellence during their course.

Second and third year Paramedic studies students from participating Universities (currently Queensland University of Technology, University of Sunshine Coast and Australian Catholic University, Central Queensland University and University of Queensland) are encouraged to apply for these small grants through their course coordinators.

Posters and papers must both be completed as part of the course for participating students. Papers and posters must be submitted to the KJM Foundation Secretariat by the Course Coordinators of participating Universities with 3 entries in each category permitted for each university.

For further information, including application forms and guides, please see the WEBSITE or contact the Foundation on (07) 3635 3368.


Professional Development Grants ($1,000 – $2,000)

The Foundation also supports the professional development of paramedics by providing financial assistance to attend a conference or similar activity. The conference or activity must be relevant to paramedic practice, pre-hospital care or emergency medicine, and recipients must be able to demonstrate that their attendance will help them to meet a career development objective.

For further information, including application forms and guides, please see the WEBSITE or contact the Foundation on (07) 3635 3368.