Dual de­grees paving fu­ture for ru­ral health­care

Dual de­gree proves to be ben­e­fi­cial

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock @west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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