By Senior Lecturers in Paramedicine Dr Sonja Maria and Ms Clare Sutton in the Charles Sturt University School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences.
At Charles Sturt University, we deeply appreciate the invaluable work of paramedics and the challenges they face, and we are committed to their comprehensive training and research in paramedicine.
Diversity is a strength
As a regional university, we understand the unique challenges faced by paramedics serving in rural and regional communities and by training our students in our regions it gives us the opportunity to create a workforce that mirrors the community that it serves.
Charles Sturt University takes pride in its diverse student body, which includes individuals from various backgrounds and stages of life; we embrace the richness that comes from having students who may be older, more mature, and have families.
We understand that flexibility and support are crucial for these students to balance their academic pursuits with their personal and family responsibilities.
Furthermore, we recognise the importance of providing opportunities for students to remain in their communities while completing their education.
We offer a range of flexible learning options, including online courses and regional study centres, allowing students to access quality paramedicine education without the need to uproot their lives or relocate.
We actively contribute to their training and conduct cutting-edge research in paramedicine.
Our faculty members serve on professional committees with the Australasian College of Paramedicine, ensuring our teaching and research align with industry standards.
Our research focuses on paramedic well-being, occupational standards, and physical fitness, to enhance resilience and overall health.
At Charles Sturt, we believe in the power of role modelling and the importance of diversity in paramedicine education.
Our faculty members are not only experienced educators and researchers but also passionate role models for our students.
We also are privileged to have the support of many practising paramedics who provide a contemporary and authentic learning experience by sharing their expertise.
They demonstrate the values, skills, and professionalism expected of paramedics, and they inspire our students to strive for excellence and embody those qualities themselves.
Through mentorship and guidance, our faculty members instil in students a strong sense of professionalism, empathy, and dedication to serving their communities.
We take the opportunity on Thank a Paramedic Day ─ which, after all, is every day of the year ─ to express our gratitude to all the paramedics who support our students while they are on clinical placement, and those who teach into the Charles Sturt paramedicine program.
Their help is invaluable in delivering an authentic learning experience and ensuring students learn to provide high-quality patient care.
These paramedics embody the University’s ethos of ‘Yindyamarra Winhanganha’ ─ the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live in a world worth living in.