CSU student shines as future paramedic

Thursday 13 Oct 2016

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) paramedicine student has won a national award with the prediction she'll have a 'significant' future impact on her chosen profession.

Ms Hannah Stack from CSU in Port Macquarie is the winner of the John Overton Award from peak professional body, the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP).

It's the second successive year that a CSU student has won the national award. It's presented to an undergraduate paramedicine student who's shown leadership and research in their studies.

Ms Stack said, "I am really proud to accept the John Overton Award as it's very prestigious and I never thought I would be considered for it. It's an honour to accept this honour as I progress into such a trusted and professional career."

Ahead of her graduation in December, Ms Stack is considering future employment opportunities in Australia and the United Kingdom where she undertook an international work placement in 2015.  

Ms Stack, who is in the final year of a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), was nominated for the John Overton Award by one of her CSU lecturers in paramedicine, Ms Tania Johnston.

"Hannah is the entire package of a well-rounded student," Ms Johnston said. "She will no doubt ultimately have a significant impact on the profession in the years to come."

Her achievements include being president of the University's paramedicine student association (CSUPSA), student fundraising, volunteer work including at the local Ironman competition, peer tutoring for first and second year students and attending professional conferences.

Ms Johnston said, "Hannah has also actively engaged in research beyond what is normally expected of an undergraduate student. She initiated and led a study on the professional identity of a paramedic student."

In paying tribute to her lecturers, Ms Stack said, "Their support is astounding and they have all inspired me and created amazing learning and research opportunities."

The award will be presented to Ms Stack during the ANZCP's annual general meeting in Sydney on Saturday 22 October.

In 2015, the John Overton Award was presented to a team of students from CSU in Bathurst.

CSU offers the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) through its School of Biomedical Sciences at Bathurst, Port Macquarie, and through CSU Online.


Media contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For interviews or photos of CSU student Ms Hannah Stack, contact CSU Media.

The John Overton Award honours the work of Associate Professor John Overton AM. In 2014 CSU conferred a Doctor of Health Studies on Professor Overton for his achievements and vision to advance paramedic education.

The ANZCP is a peak professional body representing paramedics in Australia and New Zealand.