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Heightened experiences as part of 'Wild Medic' visit to Nepal

Published:10 March 2020

Townsville-based Paramedic Science student Mat Kennedy pictured during his trip to Nepal with the Wild Medic project.

Nepal is known for its amazing scenery but CQUniversity Townsville Paramedic Science student Mat Kennedy experienced so much more than mountain views during his recent visit through the Wild Medic Project.

Travelling with eight other CQUni Paramedic students and two lecturers, Mat was able to help with priority screening at a remote health clinic.

"These clinics are vital to the communities in accessing primary healthcare and some patients travelled for up to four hours to attend," he said.

Mat and the other students learned how to create stretchers, pelvic binds and other emergency treatment gear out of basic trekking supplies, during an improvised medicine course.

They also completed an arduous five-day trek to the renowned Poon Hill Station, which is over 3200 m above sea level and offers views of the Annapurna Massif range and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

"One of the highlights of our Wild Medic excursion to Nepal was getting out of major centres like Kathmandu and Pokara and experiencing how local live in smaller villages," Mat said.

"The CQUni students also raised thousands of dollars to support establishment of a permanent health post for the community of Kakani.

"Our fundraising will also purchase school supplies and medications for disadvantaged Nepalese people."

The Wild Medic Project Nepal is social initiative aimed at bringing primary medical care to those who need it by providing a platform to assist medical professionals to engage in expedition and humanitarian work.

CQUni students who took part received a $3000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant. The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government. Students also applied for OS-HELP loans to help with the costs.

The CQUGlobal Outbound program allows current CQUniversity students to experience life and study in over 60 countries across six continents.