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Today is the opening day of the 19th National Congress Meeting of China Communist Party (CCP). If you are in China, you would feel a mood of festivity shared by many, CCP members or not, and from what I heard from my friends in China or news from China, I see a serious commitment of the CCP to write up a report, based on facts and numbers, to inform the congressional members and the leaders of the party to make sensible and fact-based decisions on all matters in the country.

…and then I turn to NZ Herald only to spot an article titled:”Xi looks to extend his power“. And..

From meetings largely cloaked in secrecy, powerful players will emergy publicly in new roles, and Xi will address the nation to lay out his political and economic vision for…Xi…powerful leader…dominate Chinese politics…with virtually no domestic opposition…purging political rivals…only one faction left…

Just as the MMP in NZ, China has its own system of politics. Making the right changes in the leadership team is one of the main tasks of the Congress meeting, but making it sound like the Chinese president himself is dictating the country for his personal power gain is brainwashing.

Unlike the political meetings in New Zealand, the Chinese officials gather around in a meeting to address problems and make plans to solve them. China is a huge country full of all kinds of problems and challenges faced by not only China but all other countries.

Shouldn’t we kiwis try to learn from the creative solutions proposed and tested by the Chinese to work through these challenges? …which could honestly benefit us. Or should we simply attack our political system differences and be cynical or maybe incite hatred?

I do think the current meeting in China is about both the leaders and the people they serve. A comprehensive report is written involving 59 key organisations on 21 outstanding topics, the investigators went to 16 different provinces, to gather the first-hand data from all over the country. Unlike that in NZ where professors publish their own research that may simply end up useless in the immediate future or completely disconnected from what the government will do, this Congressional report in China is prepared with hard fact, problems identified and solutions proposed, and it is usually the key and reliable reference to know how well China, such a big nation, is really performing.

Can’t we learn something from China at all? Why should we always focus on the things that make us hate or despise? Why can’t we look at something that could be beneficial to our insight?

I will update you with the details of the report when I have a chance to lay my eyes on it, 20,000 words report, but I think it is worth reading.


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Paramedic 360-degree virtual reality is a new area of interest that I am currently involved with. Whilst virtual reality is not a new phenomenon, its use and application is still being fully explored. For this reason, we are currently in the process of researching the utility and experience of using a 360-degree image as part of a scene analysis for Paramedics. This forms the first step in what we hope to be a long term project that we hope will not only provide an authentic experience to Paramedic practice but also one that enhances the critical analysis for the novice student practitioner.

Stu Cookie and I decided to research the initial scene orientation by providing a 60 second 360-degree image with hidden hotspots within the Seekbeak online platform. The idea is to investigate if qualification, experience or prior 360-degree use influences the amount of information thought to be of importance within the image/scene. An example of this would be the person partially hidden behind a door, or the exposed wires near to the water supply. In the ‘real world’ we take this for granted and recognise this risk instinctively, but within a University education environment is is difficult to provide the flexibility and range of information that may be noted within scene. With paramedics being exposed to almost every imaginable environment we wanted to see if virtual reality would help.

This was our first foray into true research and one that if I have to be honest I had not put too much thought into. By nature, Paramedics are a group that are trained to adapt, trained to react to changing circumstances and most importantly trained to wing it! So we decided to get ethics, recruit and jump in feet first with what we thought as novel researchers would be a very straight forward project of asking questions and collecting data. For most part this seemed to be working well and we had a brief conversation with  ‘Dr T’ who said little but kept a keen eye on our initial set-up. To put this into context ‘Dr T’ is an experience researcher with many publications under his belt. Anyway, ‘Dr T’ gave little away by way of guidance other than, “don’t worry too much, you will have today to learn from your mistakes”. Not really what I expected, but it was almost a red rag to the bull. My initial reaction was that “Mistakes? ..I will show you” and I told Stu that we would have to be vigilant and we will not make any mistakes.

After many weeks of research and data collection and several weeks of talking Stu and I had given ourselves a pat on the back and it was now time to pull the data and analyse. I sat down on my computer and loaded the seekbeak application and……… was all missing, gone, vamoose? What we didn’t cater for was the fact that the seekbeak application only held the data for a maximun of three months and we had tried to retrieve this at three months and two days. With ‘Dr T’s words ringing in my ears we decided to contact the Seekbeak company and ask, beg, pay for the data if need be. Not out of spite of Dr T’s words but out of pure embarrassment! Luckily, we have been using this package for some time and we had made a good connection with the CEO of Seekbeak and he was kind enough to delve into his system and retrieve the data set. Phew!

So today is the first time I have discussed this small “mistake” and yes Dr T was correct, we will learn from our mistakes and I certainly have. So thank you Dr T and thank you Seekbeak, our research is back on track and you will both be the first to view the results.