Paramedic student Mat ready to take on challenges as a volunteer at Nepal health clinic

Published:14 February 2020

CQUni Townsville Bachelor of Paramedic Science student Mat Kennedy will travel to Nepal on 18 February for two-and-a-half-weeks as part of the Wild Media Project.

CQUni Townsville Bachelor of Paramedic Science student Mat Kennedy will travel halfway around the world to Nepal to pursue a passion for providing health services in disadvantaged countries.

Mat is joining a group of other CQUni Paramedic Science students on the two-and-a-half-week trip as part of the Wild Media Project, which supplies clinical education and support to remote communities.

He’ll volunteer in a health clinic just outside of Kathmandu.

“This will be my first overseas trip in this capacity, so it’s is a big-ticket item for me,” Mat said.

“I’ve always wanted to work in a third-world country. It’s a mix of nerves and excitement. Nepal has it’s own challenges in regards to infrastructure and services but it’s still exciting.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for me to put the skills I’ve learned in my course to the test.”

Mat, who is about to start his third and final year of his course, is not new to remote and regional communities, however.

“I’m from Townsville and my wife is from the Burdekin,” he said.

“I became interested in Paramedic Science after I worked in remote Indigenous communities as a child protection officer, so I know what it’s like to service those areas.

“I’d like to stay in a rural and remote area when I complete my course, but if an opportunity to work overseas arose I would definitely consider it.”

Last year, Mat travelled to New York next month after being selected to participate in the Global Voices Scholarship Program to attend the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)