Changing Lives Podcast

Changing Lives Podcast

The Changing Lives Podcast features interviews with health professionals, industry experts and ‘everyday heroes’ who positively contribute to emergency health care.
Interviews include: intensive care paramedics (ICP), nurses, LARU officers, medical facility business owners, professors and more. 

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This Podcast is brought to you by the Australian Paramedical College – Australia’s leading pre-hospital emergency health care training college.

Changing Lives Podcast

The Changing Lives Podcast features interviews with health professionals, industry experts and ‘everyday heroes’ who positively contribute to emergency health care.
Interviews include: intensive care paramedics (ICP), nurses, LARU officers, medical facility business owners, professors and more. 

This Podcast has been brought to you by the Australian Paramedical College – Australia’s leading pre-hospital health care training college.

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Changing Lives Podcast Season 2 (2021)

Episode 4
Episode 3
Episode 2
Episode 1
Episode 4

EPISODE 4: DIRECTOR OF NURSING, NSW HEALTH, MICHELLE HAVELL

If you are doubting whether gaining a health care qualification is going to open up career opportunities for you, then you can’t miss this episode!

Today, our special guest on the Changing Lives Podcast is Acting Executive Officer, Director of Nursing for NSW Health at Murwillumbah District Hospital, Michelle Havell.

For 18 years, Michelle has served in Health Service Management in hospitals and on large scale projects such as Gold Coast University Hospital build and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Michelle is also a nursing student mentor at Griffith University, a published author and just this year became an Associate Fellow- Australasian College of Health Service Managers.

In this episode you’ll witness Michelle’s passion for safe and effective health care practice as she talks from experience about leading health care teams both in and out of hospital, including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

• The significance of the health care role in our communities

• Leadership and Management roles within health services

• How COVID caught the health care sector off-guard and what had to change

• In-hospital vs. out-of-hospital health – what are the key differences?

• The excitement and controversy of managing health services at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

• The best attributes of a health care professional

• The importance of finding and maintaining your purpose as a health care worker

• And more!

We trust you enjoy this episode as much as we did, and if so, please like it, rate it, write a comment or review and share it with a friend.

 

Episode 3

EPISODE 3: MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT & CHILL OUT ZONE CO-ORDINATOR, ANGELA DRISCOLL


In this rapidly changing world, mental health and mental illness is becoming more common to deal with as health care providers. On the other hand, due to the nature of our work, we are also at risk of experiencing mental health conditions ourselves.
In the world of mental health first aid, there are very few more experienced and passionate than our guest in this episode, Angela Driscoll.
For over two decades, Angela has coordinated the Chill Out Zone – a world-first late-night support service in the heart of Gold Coast’s nightlife precincts – Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach.
With a background in special education for young people with behavioral disorders and family support work with young offenders, Angela leads a team from sunset until sunrise that provides a safe respite from the nightlife including attending to exhaustion, conflict, mental health episodes, first aid emergencies, and drug intoxication and overdose.
In this episode, Angela reveals why mental health is EVERYONE’s concern, and that just like your physical health, you need to be proactive now more than ever about keeping in good mental shape, especially if you’re a health care worker.
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What fuels Angela’s 20+ year passion for front line mental health support work
  • What mental health is (and isn’t) ·
  • What’s contributing to the growing prevalence of mental illness ·
  • Mental health risk factors for health care workers ·
  • The warning signs for both patient AND professional ·
  • Best techniques to respond to mental health episodes ·
  • The surprising best practices to maintain good mental health ·
  • And more!

We’re sure you’ll agree, it’s courageous conversations like this one that contribute to the eroding of the long-standing stigma of mental health and illness, so that we can better support each other and our communities to acknowledge and combat mental illness.
We trust you enjoy this episode as much as we did, and if so, please like it, rate it, write a comment or review and share it with a friend.
Episode 2

EPISODE 2: SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST, ERIN MOSS


If you’re wanting a long and rewarding career in health care, it is critical that you learn how to look after your physical health so that your body can hold up as long as your passion for helping others.

In this episode of the Changing Lives Podcast, we talk with Senior Physiotherapist, Erin Moss about how paramedics, health care professionals and emergency workers can protect themselves and their patients, from physical injury and get the most out of their career.

In 2012 Erin attained a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. Her Honours research focused on identifying risk factors for musculoskeletal injury in athletes.

Erin is now a managing partner at Allsports Physiotherapy, located just around the corner from Gold Coast’s largest hospital and emergency department. As a consequence, Erin sees a large number of health care workers and has unique insight into the risk factors for injury of those working in the industry.

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Erin’s passion for health care and supporting health care workers
  • Common injures for health care workers
  • The leading risk factors for injury in this industry
  • Common manual handling tasks that can lead to injury
  • The best simple exercises you can start doing today without equipment that will minimize your risk of injury and support a long healthy career
  • How best to attend to patients with physical injury to support recovery
  • We trust you enjoy this episode as much as we did, and if so, please like it, rate it, write a comment or review and share it with a friend.
    Episode 1

    EPISODE 1: CRITICAL CARE PARAMEDIC, RICKY SMYTH


    In our first episode for season 2 of the Changing Lives Podcast, we talk with Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) and student mentor, Ricky Smyth.
    As well as getting an insight in to the role of a CCP, you’ll hear Ricky’s unique and invaluable perspective on the paramedic service, and common challenges for those starting out in their emergency health care career.
    In his 30+ years in the field and on the road, Ricky has seen and done it all and we mean ALL! Some of his past and present roles include:

    • Single Responder Paramedic
    • Various Station Office in charge roles
    • Peer Support Officer (of 20 years)
    • Medic in the Royal Australia Navy
    • Mentor to Critical Care Paramedic interns, paramedic students and graduates
    • University lecturer and sessional tutor

    Despite his fine resume (which also includes being awarded “Qld Paramedic of the Year” in 2001), he is refreshingly humble, which makes listening to Ricky all the more enjoyable.
    In his words, “I’m just a monk, you know, I’m just doing my thing. Just being a humble, sort of, old servant doing my bit. That’s how I see myself now is just, I really enjoy, you know, tutoring, mentoring, sharing my knowledge. Working with a partner, having a good laugh during the day, helping people, um, and going whichever way they want me to go.”
    Topics covered in this interview include:

    • Ricky’s career journey from Navy Medic at 15 years of age
    • Joining the state ambulance service in the 90s (with a tackle box!)
    • A day in the life of a CCP
    • Successful off-duty delivery of a neighbour’s twin breach birth
    • Mental health for paramedics
    • The paramedic’s kryptonite
    • Ricky’s mantra of “No one dies in pain; No one dies afraid; No one dies alone”
    • Death and being there for a stranger in their final moments
    • The role of a Peer Support Officer
    • What makes a great paramedic
    • Ricky’s best advice for those starting out in their paramedic career (with a surprising answer)

    We trust you enjoy this episode as much as we did, and if so, please like it, rate it, write a comment or review and share it with a friend.

    Changing Lives Podcast Season 1 (2020)

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    S1 E2
    S1 E3
    S1 E4
    S1 E5
    S1 E6
    S1 E7
    S1 E8
    S1 E9
    S1 E10
    S1 E11
    S1 E12
    S1 E1

    EPISODE 1: MEET YOUR HOSTS TIM BUXTON AND BEN CLEAVER

    In our first episode, we outline our plans and purpose for the Changing Lives Podcast and why we’re very excited to tell the stories of passionate people making a difference in the field emergency health care.
    We also go into the backstories of our hosts, Tim Buxton and Ben Cleaver and their experience in emergency health and humanitarian work, from New York to Iraq, from the front lines of war to the pursuit of making the teaching of life-saving skills relevant and fun.

    S1 E2

    EPISODE 2: LIFE AS AN ESO – NATHAN SEIDEL

    In episode two of the Changing Lives Podcast we talk with Nathan Seidel, a Diploma graduate currently working as a Mining ESO in a remote Western Australian mine site.
    Our discussion covers what the ESO role is, the rewards and challenges of the role including working FIFO and some of the key distinctions compared with other pre-hospital emergency careers. Nathan also shares his personal journey into the role and why he studied the Diploma of Paramedical Science to upskill and broaden his knowledge. Finally, we also discuss the unique student placement program available to Australian Paramedical College students which Nathan personally oversees at Billabong Gold Mine.


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    EPISODE 3: EMERGENCY SERVICES POWER DUO – LUKE & SYBILLA

    This episode of the Changing Lives podcast is Part 1 of our 2 part interview with married couple and emergency services power duo, Luke & Sybilla Ingwersen. For 24 years now, Luke has served as a professional lifeguard for the city of Gold Coast, and Sybilla a Fire Fighter of 6 years. Luke found his home on the sunny beaches of Gold Coast after lifeguarding in the USA, UK & Japan. The satisfaction he gained from doing a job he loved inspired Sybilla to pursue a career as a Firey with the Queensland Fire Emergency Service. In this really fun and inspiring interview we go into the physical, mental and the often-underrated soft skills required to serve as a professional emergency responder.


    S1 E4

    EPISODE 4: PART TWO WITH LUKE & SYBILLA

    This episode of the Changing Lives podcast is Part two with Luke and Sybilla. The episode gets real and personal with this emergency services duo. We talk home life and the dynamics of a couple working in this field. Both also tell the story of some significant moments in their career that have stuck in their memory as both challenging and rewarding. In this really fun and inspiring interview we go into the physical, mental and the often-underrated soft skills required to serve as a professional emergency responder.


    S1 E5

    EPISODE 5: SES RESCUE OFFICER PURSUES PARAMEDICINE – ERIN EAMES

    In this episode, we catch up with Erin Eames, a State Emergency Services (SES) volunteer and student of paramedical science.We discuss the many and varied aspects of her role as a SES Deputy Rescue Officer, and hear first hand, her frontline experience battling the notorious bushfires that ravaged across Australia last summer. Erin explains what the SES is and what is like being on team, including the weekly training and comradery that builds from being engaged in the rescue effort.


    S1 E6

    EPISODE 6: RECORD-BREAKING AIRLINE CAPTIN TURNS PARAMEDIC – SEAN GOLDING

    In this sixth episode of Changing Lives, we catch up with Sean Golding, who was recently interviewed on Channel 7’s morning show, Sunrise, for his transition from Airline Captain to Paramedic, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Sean studied the Diploma of Paramedical Science with Australian Paramedical College, and gained registration as a paramedic, all while working as a Qantas Airline Captain and commercial pilot. The decision to study paramedicine was simply part of his appetite for new challenges and an “always learning” attitude to life. Little did he know, a short time later when a worldwide pandemic would strike and planes grounded, that a chance to work on the front lines as a paramedic would open up. We also discuss balancing family and career, and Sean’s enthusiasm for diving and why he and his daughter recently joined the rural fire brigade.

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    EPISODE 7: CEO OF AUSTRALIAN PARAMEDICAL COLLEGE – PETER EVANS

    This is a special episode of the Changing Lives Podcast as we catch up with the “boss man”, CEO of Australian Paramedical College — Peter Evans. Our conversation captures covers Pete’s personal career story from working hot food stands, lifeguarding, becoming a world champion kayaker and how a chance opportunity to work FIFO in the mines and his innate desire to help others who wanted to do the same, led to him developing career information websites and eventually founding the largest private paramedical college in Australia.


    S1 E8

    EPISODE 8: OLYPIAN AND NSW PARAMEDIC – JO BRIGDEN-JONES

    In this episode we were lucky enough to get Jo Brigden-Jones seated and still for long enough to hear her story of chasing her childhood dream of being a paramedic, competing in kayaking at the olympics, and the heartbreak of qualifying for a third olympics, only to be taken from you after the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Jo also reflects on what it was like working on the frontline during the tumultuous onset of the coronavirus pandemic when protocols were changing daily.


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    EPISODE 9: ADVANCED CARE PARAMEDIC AND LARU OFFICER – JAMIE HIBBERT PT1.

    This episode of Changing Lives is the first of a two part interview with Advanced Care Paramedic, Jamie Hibbert. Jamie currently operates with an extended scope as a Local Area Assessment and Referral Unit (LARU) Officer for the Queensland Ambulance Service. He works solo, responding to low acuity cases and loves how the role provides him more time with patients and more options to both assessment and referral. In this episode you’ll learn about the range different roles with the ambulance service and an in depth insight into the role of a LARU officer, and why it could be a great match for your skill set, particularly if you’re a people-oriented person, with attention to detail and who loves a bit of detective work.


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    EPISODE 10: ADVANCED CARE PARAMEDIC AND LARU OFFICER – JAMIE HIBBERT PT2.

    In this second instalment of our interview with Qld Ambulance Service Advanced Care Paramedic, Jamie Hibbert, we get a little personal. As a devoted family man of four kids, he reveals the challenges of the job, as well as the lessons and hacks he’s learnt along the way to ensure his personal life does not spiral our of control & his family needs are also met. Humour, in particular dark humour, has also helped him to navigate the emotional impact of being a frontline emergency healthcare worker. In fact, over the years, Jamie noticed a trend amongst his colleagues in the use of dark humour amongst paramedics and has since taken an academic interest in the phenomena and writing multiple articles on the subject that have been published in industry journals.


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    EPISODE 11: ENTREPRENEURIAL PARAMEDIC – CALEB LOVE

    Welcome to Episode 11 of the Changing Lives Podcast! Our guest on the show is Caleb Love, a practicing on-road paramedic, father of three and owner and operator of “Mr Paramedic” – which provides first aid and emergency training, medical supplies and event medical services across Australia. Without any formal business training, Caleb has built his multi-service business by filling the need he saw as a working paramedic, in educating and equipping the community to respond more effectively to medical emergencies. Caleb is a great example of the diversity of career opportunities in field of emergency health care and how he has designed a career around his skills, passion, family and financial goals.


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    EPISODE 12: PARAMEDICAL DIPLOME GRADUATE NOW TRAINEE PARAMEDIC – RACHAEL ROSE

    This episode we get to share the joy and journey of Australian Paramedical College Diploma graduate Rachael Rose, who left a well paying corporate career to follow her passion to be a paramedic and is now three months into the trainee paramedic role with the NSW Ambulance Service. It’s a great success story and in the interview you’ll not only be inspired to follow your dream, but also learn about the whole process from diploma, to bachelor degree, to applying and training with the State Ambulance Service in Australia. Rachael also shares some wisdom from reflecting on her journey, in particular, how the experience of work placement in a rural area made her rethink what she really wanted, even giving her the confidence to turn down a high paying job offer to work as an emergency services officer in the mines.