Clues to an ideal ca­reer

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sys­tem can make a 15-minute dif­fer­ence in get­ting some­one to treat­ment in a cath lab be­cause of the seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria, the he­li­pad and the re­ceiv­ing units,” Dr Sheri­dan said.

“Time is very im­por­tant to those car­diac cases be­cause it af­fects their out­comes, which have im­proved dur­ing that pe­riod of time.”

A pre-hospi­tal no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem also means a team is ready and wait­ing to as­sess pa­tients on ar­rival.

“Over time we def­i­nitely seem to have saved lives and im­proved the care of crit­i­cally un­well pa­tients who trans­fer from a re­gional or ru­ral hospi­tal, as well as those com­plex trauma pa­tients who can be sent to ma­jor trauma cen­tres us­ing the he­li­pad for a quick and seam­less tran­si­tion,” Dr Sheri­dan said. YOUNG PEO­PLE have been as­sured aca­demic suc­cess is not the only tool needed for a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

Ten young re­cip­i­ents of the Sky­line Schol­ar­ship, a pro­gram to boost young peo­ple’s chance of gain­ing em­ploy­ment and nec­es­sary qual­i­fi­ca­tions, took part in a sem­i­nar teach­ing them aca­demic skills and life skills.

North­ern Bay Col­lege stu­dent Kris­tian, 17, said the pro­gram had helped him iden­tify the area in which he wanted to study and even­tu­ally pur­sue a ca­reer.

The as­pir­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer said guest speak­ers had spo­ken about the need for young em­ploy­ees to be adapt­able to dif­fer­ent work­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

“We learned about the fu­ture of our job — they said we shouldn’t ex­pect to just have one job,” Kris­tian said.

New­comb Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent Tori, 17, said the pro­gram had opened her eyes to op­tions avail­able to year 12 grad­u­ates. “I am still not 100 per cent sure what I want to do, but I am look­ing at pri­mary school teach­ing or early ed­u­ca­tion,” Tori said.

The pro­gram will ex­pand next year to in­clude stu­dents from Surf Coast Sec­ondary.

Pic­tures: GLENN FER­GU­SON

TOUCH­DOWN: Dr Michael Sheri­dan, below, says the $11.5 mil­lion he­li­pad has made a ma­jor dif­fer­ence to pa­tient health.

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