To summarise Rhiannon’s thoughts on study and her future pathway;
APC graduate Rhiannon Gallatly talks us through her training journey, from study, to placements with the New York Fire Department and her entry into university.
Now in her final semester of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science Degree, Rhiannon has her sights set on a fulfilling career in emergency medicine.
Fresh out of school, Rhiannon didn’t really have a clear idea of what she wanted to do because she has too many interests.
Despite being accepted to do a law degree, she decided she was not ready for that level of commitment and wanted something more meaningful to study.
“I found the Cert IV (Certificate IV in Health Care) and thought I’d give that a go and see where it could lead me and led me to my bachelor and I’m nearly done and it’s been pretty incredible”, said Rhiannon.
When asked what it was about paramedical science that got your attention, she responded:
“Just the actual work itself. You’re not stuck in an office, you’re not stuck in the same building with the same people every day. It’s so unpredictable and it’s exciting work”
“You get to drive in ambulances, code one lights and sirens, to jobs and it might be a really big job or it could be someone just not feeling their best that day and just goes from one end of the spectrum to the other and you’re in control of that and it’s a lot of clinical decision making that falls onto you.”
“It’s a challenging job that I’m very excited to hopefully be a part of soon.” After completing the HLT41115 – Certificate IV in Health Care, Rhiannon decided to apply to Victoria University to study her degree.
Having gained industry knowledge with the college assisted her greatly to adjust to the demands of university life.
“Do you think you would have been ready for uni straight out of school?”
“No, not at all. I had no idea what I wanted to do and I was so used to the routine of high school and just would not have adapted well.”
“I would have probably struggled with the workload and stress management and it just would not have been good”, said Rhiannon.”
When it came time to do her industry placement she said:
“I wasn’t really nervous going on my first placement shift (with St John Ambulance). I knew what to expect because it’s what the Cert IV trains you for and it just made that progression a lot smoother and easier”.
“What’s it like starting at university level. The Bachelor of Paramedicine?”
“It’s pretty full blown. You start off Year 1, you’ve got your four subjects and some of them are just really in depth and intense.”
“We did a legal subject and it was literally all about health act and laws. And then you go on to your next class and you’ll be doing pharmacology.”
“So you’re looking at drug actions and how drugs are made and how they work. And then you go do your clinical hands on subjects and it’s practicing on the mannequins, using all your skills and your tools and putting them into action.”
“And then you do that for a while and then you transition through to where we are now and we literally get thrown any scenario and we’re expected to just know what to do.”
“It’s quite an evolution of skill and knowledge in a very short amount of time”. So what’s now for Rhiannon? She is in the process of applying to Ambulance Victoria for the position of Ambulance Paramedic.”
“In the meantime, Vancouver, Canada is looking like a good option and even going to London to work as a Paramedic. There’s also the possibility of moving back to Queensland because with the degree, it’s possible to work anywhere.”
In closing, Rhiannon said: “I had no idea that this is where I’d be, but I’m pretty happy it’s where I’ve ended up.”
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