Dual degrees paving future for rural healthcare
Dual degree proves to be beneficial
SUCCESS has come in the form of a dual paramedic and nursling degree, resulting from a partnership between South West Hospital and Health Service and Queensland Ambulance Service.
Jodie McCallum was recently named the Queensland Ambulance Graduate of the Year, a huge accomplishment to secure in the early stages of her career.
Ms McCallum, who now works at Augathella, was based previously at Roma.
Local Ambulance Service network executive manager Loretta Johnson said it was an impressive achievement for the southwest.
“This is the second year in a row that the South West Ambulance has won Queensland Graduate of the Year,” Ms Johnson said.
“It is big achievement for such a small western region and highlights how important this dual program is for the ambulance service and Queensland Health have come together to make this happen and be a trial for the rest of the state.”
Ms McCallum was awarded the award at the KJM Symposium Awards in Brisbane recently and Ms Johnson said she was deserving of the award.
“Jodie displayed excellent clinical knowledge and outstanding expertise in the area of para-medicine while she was working in Roma.
“She now works in Augathella as a registered nurse and is very excited to be able to use both of her degrees in the southwest and plans to stay working in rural Queensland,” she said.
Ms Johnson hopes this evidence of the dual degree boasting positive results will encourage people to come here and work and also stay.
“It’s great to be able to promote a place that is great to work and it highlights how important it is we came together to make this program work,” she said.
DUAL DEGREE: Southwest Queensland Ambulance Service superintendent Loretta Johnson, Graduate of the year Jodie McCallum, from Augathella, South West Hospital Health Service chief executive Linda Patat and Augathella hospital director of nursing Rebecca Greeway.