Niall Mehmed

Niall Mehmed

Niall Mehmed

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Paramedicine

Bachelor of Paramedicine

“After high school, I completed one year of a Bachelor of Science degree before deferring to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Many of my friends and classmates were in the same boat and not 100% sure about the direction their degree was taking them, so my decision to defer felt like a wise choice. Having always loved human anatomy and physiology, combined with a budding interest in paramedicine, I decided to see what it was all about.

When I was researching universities, I spoke to family friends and acquaintances who were paramedics, to get a well-rounded idea of which university would be the ideal choice. A resounding theme throughout our conversations was the excellent quality of the students at Monash and the graduates that the university produces. I was sold! And once I was enrolled at Monash, these opinions were only strengthened and regularly echoed by the paramedics I encountered during my clinical placements.

Ever since entering Monash, I’ve sought out opportunities to volunteer, whether it be helping staff Host Scheme orientation camps, signing up as a student tutor or “Near Peer”, assisting a postgraduate student with a research project or applying for the Paramedic Society (PARASOC) committee. The value these volunteering opportunities have contributed to my personal and professional development cannot be overstated.

From an academic perspective, I enjoyed the practical classes the most, as they’re run by experienced paramedics, with amazing knowledge and experiences to draw upon. They endeavour to make each scenario as realistic and interactive as possible, which is excellent for consolidating our newfound knowledge and skills.

I had a number of interesting situations during my clinical placements. One that stands out was completing a hospital placement in the maternity ward, where I was able to observe the midwife coaching a mother through labour, and even personally help deliver the baby. What an experience!

One of the broad but most important observations I took from my clinical placements was seeing firsthand the degree of compassion and empathy shown to patients and their families, as well as the genuine concern for healthcare workers on the front line. This constantly illustrated to me what a caring and close-knit family paramedics are. I can’t wait to be a part of it!”

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