Intensive Care Flight Medic, St John, Northland
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science student
Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine
The variety of his work is what he enjoys most about being a paramedic, says AUT health science alumnus Josh McInnes.
“As an intensive care flight medic, I respond to all types of medical and traumatic emergencies, and support ambulance crews with patients requiring advanced life support. We also work with the Whangarei Intensive Care Unit, transporting patients to and from hospitals around Northland, as well as providing search and rescue cover for Northland.
“I love that every day as a paramedic is different, and you never know what you’re going to be faced with.”
Creating career-ready graduates
He decided to study paramedicine at AUT after volunteering for St John, Josh says.
“I chose AUT’s Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine because the majority of well-respected paramedics I met while volunteering at St John had been through the AUT degree.”
His AUT degree prepared him well for his work now, Josh says.
“AUT gave me the skills to work to a high standard while helping the community as a paramedic. As part of the paramedicine degree we completed a number of placements, from patient transport between hospitals, to working in an operating theatre and a front line ambulance. This gave us a good understanding of the jobs we were heading into.”
Advice for other students
Josh, who completed his paramedicine degree in 2013, has some great advice for other students.
“Make the most of your lecturers – they have been there and done it, so pick their brains and if you have a question ask it.”
Good preparation is key, he adds.
“As one of our lecturers always said, if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail. Make sure you practice what you’ve learnt, study hard and make the most of the resources you have available. And don’t forget to have fun.”