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Students ready for any emergency with new Paramedic Science labs

Published:23 April 2015

(From top right) CQUni Vice-Chancellor Prof Scott Bowman cuts the ribbon on the new Paramedic Science Centre at Rockhampton North campus; students demonstrate the simulated learning labs; and Prof Bowman road-tests interactive learning technology.

CQUniversity’s Paramedic Science students are prepared for anything – and now new purpose-built labs at Rockhampton North are fully prepared for them, too.

The $300,000 fit-out of the new Paramedic Science Centre in Building 17, in the campus Health precinct, has delivered a range of Paramedic Science teaching spaces, including a Clinical Skills Centre, a Coronary Care Skills Centre, and simulated learning environments including a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, lounge room and large outdoor space for simulated accident scenes.

The spaces have also had technology upgrades, including power, data and wireless, to allow for recording and broadcast of simulated activities for students.

The expanding facilities will meet growing demand for the program, with 518 students in 2015, across the three years of the degree. A huge 90 per cent of these students are studying by Distance Education, with their learning supported by a range of residential schools at the Paramedic Science Centre, as well as online labs, and other comprehensive supports.

The Paramedic Science group includes 222 students in first year, the biggest-ever cohort for the program. 

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the refurbishment and dedicated Paramedic Science building showed CQUni’s passion for developing experienced Health graduates who could meet the diverse demands of regional Australia.

“Our Paramedic Science program is in demand from students right across Queensland and even interstate, and we are already producing industry-ready and in-demand graduates,” Professor Bowman said.

“Our investment in practical training, to complement our industry partnerships for work placement for our students, is just another way CQUniversity is emerging as one of Australia’s great universities.”

The Paramedic Science refurbishment is adjacent to existing program space in Building 77, and close to the Nursing precinct in Building 18. It is also close to the innovative CQUniversity Health Clinic, a partnership with Queensland Health that saw Health students on placement treating patients in its Stage 2 development last month.

The development works, which began in mid-2014, were fast-tracked to ensure students could use the new facilities for Term 1, 2015.

Professor Bowman noted that CQUniversity has also developed a new Bachelor of Emergency Service degree, launched this year with 17 inaugural students, which fits a broader range of emergency services personnel.

This innovative program provides aspiring emergency services professionals with an additional study pathway focused on understanding of relevant theory and the latest research, analytical skills, problem-solving, service delivery and leadership.