New options for paramedic students after CQU deal

A NEW pathway will take students from basic first aid through to diploma and bachelor-level studies in paramedic science.

Thanks to a memorandum of understanding, CQUniversity will become the only university in Australia with this type of articulation arrangement with St John Ambulance (Qld).

Students who aren't able to gain a place in their preferred health-related degree will be given the opportunity to obtain a qualification through St John, and then articulate into their chosen degree.

The landmark MoU will provide a new pathway for students to articulate from St John health care certificates into diploma and bachelor-level studies in paramedic science at CQUniversity.

St John Ambulance (Qld) CEO Errol Carey said communities right across the State stood to profit from this landmark MoU, with increased numbers of Queenslanders having a greater opportunity to study and a higher focus on public safety and first aid.

"CQUniversity recognised the level and quality of training delivered by St John Event Health Services Program in students in their Paramedical program who were St John members.

Their St John training, both on and off the field, gave them a competitive edge over other students," Mr Carey said.

"Action and results are essential; at the core of everything St John does is the one central focus of keeping Queenslanders safe - we train, we educate, we build community resilience, we provide care to the vulnerable, we save lives.

This new collaboration with CQUniversity will help us continue this." CQUniversity's Paramedic Science Discipline Lead, Associate Professor Anthony Weber, said hundreds of Queensland students could benefit from this opportunity every year.

Assoc Prof Anthony Weber said the MoU will provide improved educational pathways for staff and students of St John.

"As part of the MoU, CQUniversity will provide a Diploma of Paramedic Science (Ambulance) and a Diploma of Paramedic Science (Pre-Hospital Care), as a pathway from the St John Certificate III and IV courses," he said.

CQUniversity will also provide an articulation pathway for St John clinical employees who hold a Diploma of Paramedic Science or equivalent into the Bachelor of Paramedic Science (Pre-Hospital Care) program.

"We will encourage our CQUniversity Paramedic Science students to become St John Ambulance volunteers for major events, and we are working with St John to explore a partnership to provide first aid training to university staff and the wider community," Assoc Prof Weber said.

Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone said the MoU between CQUniversity and St John Ambulance "is a major step forward for Emergency Service volunteers".

"The enhanced capability and certification will enable St John Ambulance to better perform this important role in our communities," Mr Malone said.

"This initiative is wholeheartedly supported by the LNP government and complements its policy to build strong and resilient communities."

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