Paramedic Student testimonials

Ashley

ashleyBachelor of Paramedicine

Deciding to move from Tasmania to study this course at Monash University, has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. The course has exceeded my expectations. It is run by highly trained staff who are qualified paramedics, even up to MICA level, enabling them to share personal experiences and give a real insight into what being a paramedic is all about.

The wide variety of opportunities to learn; with lectures, tutorials, practical classes, laboratory classes, online resources and clinical placement with Ambulance Victoria, enables you to learn all the vital information required in becoming the best paramedic that you can.

It has been a truly remarkable experience for me so far and I would recommend Monash University to anyone who has a genuine interest in helping people in a pre-hospital setting and learning to truly love the role paramedics play in the community.


Caitlin

caitlinBachelor of Paramedicine

The course is great, constantly challenging you to learn new things. I really enjoy the variety in what you learn and having qualified paramedics with real experience teaching you. The university puts a large emphasis on understanding the pathophysiology of different diseases, which assists students in understanding why they undertake certain interventions.

As part of the course you have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ambulance and hospital placements, in both metropolitan and regional areas. These placements are extremely useful when it comes to learning about the day to day role of a paramedic. This includes practicing a wide variety of skills and becoming more familiar with equipment. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in health care and helping the community.


Fraser

rBachelor of Paramedicine

The amount of extra resources and skills the course provides you with is unbelievable. Meeting working paramedics and engaging with them is one of the most beneficial parts of your placement. It really gives an insight to life on the job.
Practical classes give such a supporting environment to learn in, and the small group, hands on classes are perfect for developing your skills. The lecturers are extremely open and welcoming. The knowledge provided is always first class and I believe the paramedics thoroughly enjoy teaching the new generations through the years.

Undoubtedly I love the sense of belonging this course provides me with. Nothing is more fulfilling or welcoming than knowing you will someday provide for those around you, security, assistance, and a person to trust. Even now as a student, each time out on placement, people will always believe in you and entrust their lives to your skills and knowledge. The course itself works towards bettering yourself and the future of Ambulance Victoria.


Matthew

MatthewBachelor of Paramedicine

What I have really embraced about this degree, is that the university appreciates the fact that early clinical placements are very valuable in setting up the student for the rest of the course. I’ve particularly enjoyed the more intimate feel between lecturers and students due to the class size. The course evenly balances the theoretical and practical aspects. Both are well taught in correlation with practical sessions every week with experienced paramedics, which includes reviewing each week of new content. This is done in a challenging and supportive environment with other students in your cohort who will eventually become some of your very good friends. I highly recommend this degree to any student who is motivated, willing to go outside their comfort zone and adaptable to enter a course that is highly regarded, expansive and extremely rewarding.


Sarah

SarahBachelor of Paramedicine

The course not only focuses on the clinical skills paramedics require, but also other vital skills such as communication, problem solving and decision making in emergency situations. There are also numerous opportunities to pursue areas you might be interested in such as teaching or research.

The staff that teach the course either currently are, or were paramedics, which gives the theoretical side substance and application to real life. There is a good balance between theoretical and scenario based learning, allowing for application of the knowledge taught. We do a lot of Ambulance Victoria, Hospital and Special School placements throughout the degree, providing you with a real perspective of what it’s like to work as a Paramedic dealing with different patients and situations. Overall this is a challenging, but rewarding degree that prepares you to work as a Paramedic where every day is different and comes with its own challenges.

I would highly recommend this degree to anyone wanting to pursue a career as a paramedic.


Tyler

TylerBachelor of Paramedicine

There have been many aspects of the course at Monash that I have thoroughly enjoyed. The depth of clinical knowledge taught in lectures and tutorials, followed by application in the scenario-based practical sessions, allows for a more effective learning experience. Small class sizes in the practical components of the course support an intimate learning environment that enables ample hands-on participation and opportunities to ask questions. All of the teaching staff are very approachable and there are fully equipped practical skills labs readily available for self-directed learning. Most importantly, the knowledge and skills that I have acquired while attending Monash have prepared me to enter the workforce in the exciting and rewarding profession of paramedics.


Vincent

VincentBachelor of Paramedicine

Since beginning my university studies to become a paramedic, I have grown to appreciate the extremely supportive and friendly environment of the course and the department. As the course is held in most part on a small campus, a welcoming and familiar environment is fostered between student and staff alike. Every effort is made to connect us to the industry we are aspiring to join through frequent clinical placements and constant interaction with tutors who are all practicing paramedics in the field. This course is challenging in both its theoretical and practical components, yet immensely rewarding. I would recommend this course to those who are motivated, up for a challenge and looking for an immensely rewarding career on the front line of healthcare.


Lauren

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Passionate about emergency care, first year paramedicine student Lauren Brewer has been a volunteer with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) for the past six years.

“At 12 I joined my hometown’s junior fire brigade program, and when I turned 16 I did my bush fire training and qualified as a firefighter,” says Lauren. “From there I did more training such as hazmat awareness, internal structural firefighting and breathing apparatus training.”

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father, Lauren’s love for emergency care led her to the Bachelor of Paramedicine at Peninsula campus.

“Monash had everything I wanted. I’m from Warragul and the Peninsula campus has great student accommodation so I live on-campus during the week and go home on weekends to volunteer and see my family. The structure of the course units also attracted me and I really like that we have core subjects.”

As a trained breathing apparatus structural firefighter, Lauren has already had her share of emergencies.

“My Dad and I attended a house fire where we had to go into a burning house to look for a lady apparently trapped inside. The roof collapsed on us and paramedics treated us at the scene. Luckily, we both came out uninjured (but a little shaken!). After talking to the paramedics on scene I thought the job was something I could do. It got me thinking about that as a career.”

Despite being a first-year student, Lauren has already been able to put her new emergency care skills into practise.

“Driving home one night I was first on scene at a bad car accident, and it was through my acquired CFA knowledge and paramedic course skills that I was able to help out. I also responded to an ‘undefined fire’ that turned out to be a lady who had accidently set herself on fire with a cigarette after she fell asleep holding it. Although it was an awful situation, it was good that I was able to recognise what the paramedics on scene were doing and be able to assist them. I’ve only been doing the course for 7 months and it was amazing that I was able to relate to what the paramedics were saying. I was actually a little bit useful!”

As well as enjoying the practical aspects of her course, Lauren says the support of her teachers at Peninsula campus has been amazing.

“I give my highest regards to our anatomy teachers, they are fantastic and so switched on,” she says. “I love the structure of these classes as well. We get weekly online videos and have a flipped classroom structure. You watch the lectures online and then follow up with two tutorial classes to clarify the information. It’s a great way to learn course work.”

With this being her first time living away from home, Lauren admits she was initially nervous about coming to Monash but made friends easily.

“Everyone is like-minded here and I feel like I have a new family. We have all bonded over our similar passions and are all equally enthusiastic. I feel excited to study and become a paramedic even though there is a lot of coursework.”

Lauren says her advice to future paramedic students is to be aware that you are going to be working with people 24/7. You need to go into the course knowing it’s your passion and it’s what you want to do as a career. She also adds that it’s also a good idea to take biology in year 12.


Max

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Arriving from Singapore three months ago, international Bachelor of Paramedicine student Max Han says his interest in paramedicine began during his national service in Singapore.

“In Singapore, all males have to do National Service for two years when we turn 18. I was a Combat Medic in the army.”

As a Combat Medic, Max was taught skills such as intravenous cannulation, intra-muscular injections and combat injury management. National service also gave him the opportunity to work as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the civilian ambulance services for three months. This experience cemented Max’s decision to join his country’s emergency services and make paramedicine his career.

“The teaching of paramedicine in Australia is highly regarded,” said Max. “As there is no paramedicine degree programme currently available in Singapore, my employers picked Monash as their university of choice due to the high quality of education offered.”

So far, Max has been enjoying the course and feels that it’s in line with what he wants to achieve as a Paramedic.

“The course is very particular about clinical skills and professionalism, and I love that,” he says.

Max continues to explain how the newly introduced Professionalism in Paramedic Practice module teaches first-year students the importance of mental well-being and communication.

“In paramedicine, communication is so important. You can be 100% sure of your clinical knowledge and skills but still struggle with communicating medical information. Establishing rapport with your patient is a nuanced art and much more complex than practising your clinical skills on manikins. It’s crucial to deliver your service and care in a patient-centred manner. At the same time, you have to also be on top of your own mental health at all times. It’s great that the course places considerable emphasis on that.”

Max has now made Peninsula Campus his home and lives on campus in Gillies Hall. He describes the residential accommodation as cosy and well-designed. He is also very impressed with the campus’ commitment to students’ physical and psychological well-being, be it through student-organised activities or the range of professional services available.

“I really enjoy living in an environment that allows you to become independent, but at the same time offers plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in campus life and interact with other students.” says Max. “There are so many opportunities to get involved! I absolutely adore making pancakes every Thursday, together with our lovely Chaplain Mandy and our fellow ‘pancake warriors’.”

Max proudly points out the weekly pancake initiative aims to provide a piping hot supply of pancakes to students on campus, from 8-10am every Thursday during the academic term!

Further to this, Max also volunteers his time for various PhD studies.

“My interest in research has led me to volunteer for PhD studies on campus. There are a considerable number of students at Peninsula doing research and I recently had the privilege of having my brain covered in electrodes for motor neuron stimulation, it was very interesting.”

In terms of his own future ambitions, Max hopes to enter the paramedic honours program and conduct his own research.

“Paramedics operate in such a hugely stressful environment and there are so many factors to take into consideration. In addition to clinical guidelines, it would be great if there were novel ways to better the patient’s experience in the ambulance, perhaps by alleviating their suffering through newfound psycho-therapeutic methods.”

Following his studies, Max will eventually return to Singapore where he will continue his work with the emergency services, contributing to the advancements in the field of paramedicine. Until then, Max’s advice to future paramedic students is that if they want an education giving them a holistic experience, and one that also gives them a certain standing in their field, Monash is the place to be.