Welcome to the Changing Lives podcast, where we share stories of students becoming a Mining Paramedic.
A quick summary of Ian’s experience studying with APC; and his work/placement experience as a Mining Paramedic in the mines:
In this episode of the APC Changing Lives podcast we chat with Ian Peacock, a Certificate IV in Health Care and Diploma of Paramedical Science student. Ian also has extensive experience in air crash fire and rescue operations.
In our discussion, Ian shares how he took the opportunity to head out to the Western Australia mines to complete his clinical placement.
He was learning in a real-life situation, although he knew a more experienced paramedic mentor could always step in and take control if necessary.
During his work experience as a Mining Paramedic, Ian was called to attend to a mine worker who was feeling unwell and complained of chest pains.
Ian examined the patient and it was clear there was something else going on. After conducting an ECG scan, a local doctor was consulted and it was decided the patient should be immediately airlifted by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the closest hospital.
“I think the skills learned at workshop one helped me deal with it.”, said Ian.
“That is the main thing, but all sorts of other theory that you think, oh, I’ve forgotten a lot of things, but when you’re put in a situation, it all comes back to you, and as Kristy and Jens (APC trainers and educators) always said, if you remember your ABCs, everything else falls into place. And because of the questioning that you do with your SAMPLE and your OPQRST, everything falls into place and you can treat it from there.”
“Workshop one just gave you that knowledge to and the confidence to go forward and do most of the things that we did.”
“The things I’ve being exposed to on placement, you’re just looking at an emergency situation from a completely different angle. And I thought I was very experienced, which I am. I’ve been to a lot of car crashes. I’ve been to some airplane crashes before, but working on the medical side of things is completely different.”
“I think it gave me an insight into what I can expect once I’m qualified and I’m out in the field. And I just wanted, while I was there, I just wanted more of it. And I know it sounds, because when you get called to an incident, it’s somebody’s misfortune that something’s happened to them. But on the other hand, it’s giving us the experience to go forward and work on bigger and not so much better things, but bigger things.”
Ian’s advice for other students
“Always work within your scope of practice, but don’t be afraid to get in and take control. Because you’ve always got somebody there that’s more qualified than you while you’re doing your placement. And that’s why I had the confidence to go forward and do what I did in the mines.”
“Get involved, don’t be afraid and trust in your own ability, because once you’re doing placement, you’ve already done your workshop. So it just gives you that extra edge and it gives you the confidence to just go to the next level.”
“I’m going to start my Mine’s Rescue Course in the next couple of months, which I’ll just do that little bit by little bit. I’ve done most of it before. I’ve done breathing apparatus, fire rescue, vertical rescue. And if I can combine the two, I just think it’s something that I really want to do and go forward going into the mining.”
“Think about the end result. Just keep going. Take small steps. And that’s what I did. But once the placement, once this mine placement came up, I thought, yeah, that’s what I want to do. And you’ve just got to just think outside the box and keep focused on the end result. Think about the end result that you’re going to be qualified to save lives. That’s what we all want. And you get a lot of enjoyment from it because I saved countless lives in the fire brigade.”
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