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Paramedic students' warm welcome in remote parts of Thailand

Published:01 January 2019

Luke Wyld was among CQUni Paramedic Science students who were warmly welcomed in Thailand recently.

Luke Wyld was among CQUniversity Paramedic Science students who recently experienced work in rural health clinics and conducted education sessions for first responders in remote areas of Thailand.

A former fire officer, Luke now works in an admin role for the medical centre in the tiny western Queensland town of Julia Creek, population around 500, while he studies Paramedic Science online.

"Some of the small villages we visited were actually larger in population than Julia Creek," Luke says.

"We were able to spend enough time with remote villagers and school children to ensure we could build a rapport and establish good relationships.

"As part of our community engagement, we presented to the Thai locals on first aid, fire safety and electrical safety as well as the basics of CPR, haemorrhage control and determining a person's level of consciousness.

"Our clinical experience in the outpatients' section of a Thai hospital involved helping with vital signs surveys and triaging patients before they saw the doctors."

Luke says the experience was 'awesome' because paramedics are required to work with different types of people, so cultural awareness and communication skills are valued.

"It was challenging at first but by the end of our three weeks in Thailand we had worked out how to communicate well with the locals."

Part of the CQUGlobal Outbound program, this study tour was arranged by Challenges Abroad and the Future Sense Foundation, with students receiving funding under the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan.