Noah provided with unique learning experience during global pandemic

Published:02 September 2020

Noah Goldsworthy

When he decided to become a paramedic, working during a global pandemic was the furthest thing from his mind.

Fast forward a few years and now future paramedic Noah Goldsworthy is experiencing first-hand what it’s like to work amidst the COVID-19 health crisis – and he’s only in his second year of a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.

The Dimbulah-based CQUniversity student is currently undertaking his placement and said he’d already learnt a number of things that he’d never expected to experience as a paramedic.

“Fortunately, I have been placed up north out of Smithfield Ambulance Station where there hasn't been a very high occurrence of COVID-19 if at all. However, we are still expected to maintain and abide by the same guidelines as everybody else when a patient is presenting with COVID symptoms, which means additional PPE (masks, safety gown, safety glasses),” Mr Goldsworthy explained.

“Additionally, after we have transported a patient to hospital that is symptomatic of COVID, we need to ensure that the ambulance undergoes a very deep clean which is time-consuming but at the same time ensures that we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of an outbreak.

“It is certainly a unique experience and prior to this, one that I thought I'd never get to have in my career. I feel like it will make myself and my fellow students’ better clinicians in the long run.”

Mr Goldsworthy, who grew up around Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) workers, said he was currently living out a lifelong dream.

“The idea of being on the front line and providing the first definitive care to a patient in their darkest hours has always seemed appealing as a career to me,” he said.

“It is absolutely a dream come true for me. I feel very privileged to be on placement and working with the same calibre of paramedics that inspired me to work hard and enter into the profession.”

CQUniversity unit coordinator for clinical paramedic practice and paramedic science lecturer, Rosie McEachern said hundreds of CQU Paramedic Science students could be found at multiple ambulance stations Queensland-wide, with CQUs state industry provider, the Queensland Ambulance Service.

“CQUniversity is the state’s largest educational provider of paramedic students outside the South East corner and it’s important to note that Queensland is currently the only State or Territory in Australia hosting clinical placements during the pandemic,” Ms McEachern explained.

“This necessary industry exposure will ensure our students remain on-track for graduation and ultimately available for future health industry employment demands.”

With a newfound wealth of experience under his belt, Mr Goldsworthy said he was now looking forward to completing his degree in the hope to land himself a full-time position with QAS upon graduating.

“That would be the ultimate dream come true.”