Diverse careers for St John WA team celebrated this International Paramedics Day

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  • Second ever International Paramedics Day celebrated on July 8,
  • St John WA team members profiled on social media to show the diversity of careers available in paramedicine,
  • To participate, check out interviews with the St John WA teams on Instagram reels or post yourself using hashtags  #IPD2023 #WhatParamedicsDo #InternationalParamedicsDay and tag @Stjohnwa.

Nine St John WA Paramedics have shared their experience on the organisation’s social media channels to demonstrate the diverse career options available to mark the second ever International Paramedics Day.

The cross-section of the St John WA team work in clinical support, the STORC midwifery program, on road in emergency ambulance crews and supporting regional Triple Zero (000) response in some of Western Australia’s most far-flung locations.

International Paramedics Day was launched on 8 July last year to honour Dominique-Jean Larrey, the man often referred to as the “father of modern-day ambulance services”.

It’s a day to recognise the valuable contributions paramedics make to society, and to educate the public on the wide variety of roles they undertake to keep their communities safe.

The theme for 2023 is “what paramedics do” which is far more than responding in an ambulance vehicle to Triple Zero (000) call-outs.

Meet the “bunch” on the St John WA Instagram page over the coming days, because we couldn’t stop at one day to celebrate the team (everyday should be International Paramedics Day in our opinion).

Check out what makes each member of the ‘bunch’ unique and learn about just how much paramedics do on our socials.

Top L-R
Clinical Program Coordinator Sean Morris
Ambulance Paramedic Tiq Rehman,
Clinical Support Coordinator Deane Coxall

Middle L-R
Critical Care Paramedic Intern Cornell Greyling
Capability Coordinator – Emergency Management Nik Stewart
Station Manager Andrew Lake

Bottom L-R
Resuscitation Improvement Coordinator Jason Belcher
Community Paramedic Carla Robson
Ambulance Paramedic and registered midwife Mel Gardiner. 

Can’t wait to see all the videos? Here are some quotes from the St John Bunch.

Me:l “I’m a registered midwife as well as a paramedic, and so I’ve kind of combined my two loves, I suppose, into one perfect job”.

Carla: “In the community paramedic space I’ve really found a tribe that I feel I can be myself with and open up with”.

Jason: “What we do in the cardiac arrest space is the difference between someone dying or being back with their family around Christmas table. The impact that we can have is fantastic for those people.”

Andrew: “I love turning up. I love the people we work with. I wake up every morning, happy to come to work.”

Nik: “You never know what’s coming up next, what sort of incident you’re going to respond to next up, it can be anything from assisting at a fire or flood emergency, through to a confined space or vertical type rescue or even getting deployed interstate”.

Cornell: “So this for me personally, is my 30th year in emergency services. I’m super fortunate and blessed to be able to do this, and I’m quite passionate about it”.

Deane: “If you’re studying paramedicine, keep going. Keep getting as much experience as you can. Come try it out. It’s a fantastic career”.

Tiq: “I love being part of St John. We’ve got a great team. Colleagues become almost like another family. And yeah, I enjoy my job. I don’t think many people can say that”.

Sean: “The most satisfying thing about what I do is having the opportunity to watch people develop in the job and become good independent paramedics”.

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