Registered Paramedic/Clinical Coordinator, Healthline
Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine
He is proud of becoming New Zealand’s first Somali paramedic, says Abdulqani Muse who graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine.
“I still remember being in my classroom at AUT, and having a look around the class and realising that I was the only Somalian. That made me question if there had been any other qualified New Zealand Somali paramedics – and it turns out that there hadn’t. This gave me the drive to want to become the first Somali paramedic, and I’m proud of being able to achieve this and leading the way for other Somali youth to explore paramedicine as a career.”
He still has fond memories of his time at AUT studying paramedicine, says Abdulqani who received a student paramedic award and a scholarship from the AUT South Campus during his studies.
“At AUT I had great support from my lecturers, and I enjoyed practising our skills in the paramedicine simulation room. I’m a hands-on learner, so practising with airway, breathing and circulation equipment along with other life-changing techniques and lessons was very beneficial. Practicing IVs on each other was a highlight as it gave us insight into real-life scenarios.
“I’m also really proud of my time in the Coromandel and Tauranga while I did my studies, travelling back and forth regularly for three years while doing ambulance shifts. I’d like to give a massive shoutout to the Hauraki Coromandel and Tauranga regions!”
Looking after the community
Abdulqani now enjoys using his skills as a registered paramedic to support New Zealanders during the COVID-19 pandemic through his role as a clinical coordinator for Healthline.
“In this role, I’m responsible for overseeing staff throughout New Zealand and triaging cases, whether it’s an emergency or a routine case. I’m working closely with the Ministry of Health, and dealing with close contacts, as well as casual and casual plus cases.
“The people we talk to are dealing with medical, social, financial and other difficult circumstances. We’re offering free counselling services and other referrals, and also give advice to GPs about any COVID-19 outbreaks, testing or close contact protocols.”
He is constantly striving to do better for the community, Abdulqani says, and enjoys being surrounded by such a fantastic support network at Healthline.
Advice for other students
Having graduated from AUT in 2016, Abdulqani has some great advice for other students.
“Find something you have a passion for and pursue it. Stay focused and remember the reason why you’re at university. You’ll come across many obstacles and challenges that at times may cause elevated stress levels, so learn how to manage it, find things to do during your leisure time and reward yourself for your hard work. Reach out for support when you need it – AUT is there to assist you in your endeavours. Lastly don’t let others pressure you into doing something you’re uncomfortable with; stay true to you.”
He also has some specific advice for students who are thinking about a career in paramedicine.
“Paramedic work involves dealing with everything from beginning of life to end of life cares. Paramedics make life or death decisions on a daily basis, so being attentive to detail is important. I’ve done many years on the road working as a paramedic and have also worked on rapid response units. My advice would be to get some life experience and road exposure, and remember that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.”