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Paramedic Science both topical and tropical in Cairns

Published:28 September 2015

At CQUniversity Cairns are TOP: Hayley Smith (from Gold Coast) and Cameron Austen (from Cairns). BELOW: Danielle Parsons (from Rockhampton).

Around 35 students from across Australia converged on CQUniversity Cairns recently for a Paramedic Science residential school.

It was the first major 'residential' held at the newly opened campus and students certainly appreciated the fresh facilities for their week-long event.

Among those attending was Gold Coast resident Hayley Smith who is looking for a change of career path.

"I originally finished a degree in Graphic Design that led me to want a change of career where I was continually learning and needed more interaction with people," Hayley says.

"Having some life experience behind me I feel has benefited me in terms of discipline with study and I think this will also benefit me when it comes to talking to patients.

"Once my paramedic registration goes ahead it would be great to be able to travel anywhere in the world and obtain a job. 

"I hope to meet all different types of people, whether it be a my partner that I'm working with or patients I meet, as you can learn so much."

Another participant was Rockhampton-based Danielle Parsons, a mother of three children aged under seven.

"I came to the Cairns residential as I was unable to complete the residential schools in Rockhampton as I was completing my internship for another CQUni degree," Danielle says.

"I am due to graduate from a Bachelor of Learning Management (Secondary/VET) this year, and have been completing my final internship days.

"I enjoy studying at CQUni and my future goal is to finish the paramedic degree, work on-road and eventually combine my two degrees and educate others to become paramedics.

"My love and respect for paramedics comes from family history with my father, uncle and husband actively working in the Queensland Ambulance Service."