Advanced Care Paramedic, Queensland Ambulance Service, Gold Coast
Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine
She has always had great respect for people who can manage life-threatening emergencies and save lives, says Kate Livingston who is now an advanced care paramedic for the Queensland Ambulance Service.
“There’s nothing more valuable than human life. It’s such a privilege to be able to help people during some of the most tragic times in their lives. I provide pre-hospital emergency medicine to the community, working autonomously to assess and treat patients for a range of health conditions, often during times of extreme stress. I’m constantly reminded how truly precious life is.
“My AUT paramedicine degree ensured that I have the knowledge and skills to provide best practice pre-hospital emergency care to the community. Paramedicine is a challenging career and the variety of work means every day is different.”
Relevant and highly regarded
Her degree prepared her well for the challenges of her role, the AUT alumna says.
“AUT is one of the most highly regarded universities for paramedicine in Australasia. Each lecturer brought passion, expertise and valuable experience to the classroom, which shone through in their teaching. We were constantly encouraged to engage with international procedures and research, and my classmates have become some of my closest lifelong friends.”
The practical experiences set AUT apart from other universities, Kate says.
“Right from the beginning of the first year, we had valuable practical training that exposed us to a broad range of medical and trauma emergency scenarios. This included not only ambulance placements, but also placements in emergency departments, coronary care units, mental health units and operating theatres. This enables students to develop a broad understanding of the wider healthcare environment.”
Advice for other students
Kate, who graduated in 2013, has some great advice for other students considering a career in paramedicine.
“My advice would be to learn as much as you can, be inquisitive, and make sure you pick the brains of your lecturers and mentors as they have invaluable experience. Study hard and constantly practise what you’ve learnt – you aren’t just studying for a good grade, you’re studying so you know how to save lives.”
It’s important to keep your options open, she adds.
“After graduating, create opportunities for yourself, consider looking overseas for career opportunities and apply for as many different services as you can. You’ll be surprised to see where your degree can take you. ”