BECOMING a highly trained critical care paramedic involves more than just burying yourself in the textbooks.
Recent graduates Hayden Murphy and Nicholas Abussi were two of a select group of 13 Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics to get a place in the 12-month Critical Care Paramedic Program, which trains the state’s ambulance officers to deal with a high level of trauma in challenging environments.
The graduates have now been permanently assigned to the Ipswich region, which Mr Murphy said had been an enjoyable assignment so far.
“Up until now I’d spent most of my time in Logan, Beenleigh and Beaudesert,” he said.
“Now being permanently in Ipswich I love it. From a work perspective it’s a nice region to drive around every day. We cover from Toogoolawah down to Boonah and out to Gatton, which means it’s really unique in the mix of urban, industrial and rural cases that you see.
“We also have the additional support of the rescue choppers from Toowoomba and Archerfield. There are a lot of resources available to us.”
Mr Murphy has been a qualified paramedic since 2011, but first hit the road with the QAS as a student two years earlier.
It was an experience he could only describe as “humbling”.
“Being a paramedic is a combination of academic smarts and real life experience,” he said.
“You will speak to paramedics with 30 years experience who will tell you they are still regularly surprised and taken aback by the the things they see.
“It is a vital part of the job to be able to problem solve.”
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