Hard work pays off

‘Up­beat’ para­medic Sue Gib­son scores top gong

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WAS im­mo­bile. That was how Alice Springs para­medic Sue Gib­son de­scribed the mo­ment she was an­nounced Para­medic of the Year Award win­ner at Par­lia­ment House last Fri­day.

Ms Gib­son said she was hum­bled by the award and the $ 1000 uni­ver­sity sco­lar­ship cheque (do­nated by LHMU) that came along with it.

She was up against 17 ex­cel­lent Ter­ri­tory paramedics.

‘‘At first I couldn’t even move,’’ she said at hear­ing Health min­is­ter Kon Vatskalis call her name.

‘ ‘ I was ab­so­lutely wrapped but at the same time it’s pretty hard to feel de­serv­ing of some­thing like this when every­one does a good job. I re­ally look up to my peers.’’

Ms Gib­son said it re­ally sunk in when award or­gan­is­ers Ro­tary Club of Dar­win Sun­rise and St John Am­bu­lance NT sent her the nom­i­na­tion let­ter to read.

Writ­ten by three nurses from the Alice Springs Hospi­tal emer­gency depart­ment, the nom­i­na­tion was filled with ac­co­lades and ex­am­ples of Sue’s ex­cel­lent con­duct and abil­ity to as­sure peo­ple in even the most stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘Sue is well re­spected among her peers, and al­ways man­ages to main­tain a pos­i­tive and up­beat out­look on life and her work, which at times can be har­row­ing and dis­tress­ing,’’ the let­ter read.

‘‘Sue goes be­yond the call of duty in re­gards to holis­tic care she pro­vides to her pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘She re­ally cares about her pa­tients.

‘‘Sue can of­ten be seen play­ing draw­ing games with chil­dren that have been in emo­tional dis­tress, but with her use of dis­trac­tion, she has them gig­gling and play­ing.’’

Orig­i­nally from Vic­to­ria, Ms Gib­son moved to Alice Springs 15 years ago, and through for­mer work as a tour guide de­vel­oped a deep love of the re­gion, its peo­ple and cul­ture.

Ms Gib­son took cour­ses on lo­cal in­dige­nous lan­guages and re­fined those skills work­ing within com­mu­ni­ties. That knowl­edge has been a great as­set in her role as a para­medic, which she be­gan in 2006.

In June, Sue be­came a qual­i­fied para­medic and has been a stand-out per­former.

Her pro­fes­sion­al­ism, rap­port and com­pas­sion to­wards her pa­tients ex­em­pli­fies the para­medic’s ethos.

Now in its 10th year, the Para­medic of the Year Awards was es­tab­lished by the Ro­tary Club of Dar­win Sun­rise to recog­nise of­fi­cers who demon­strate out­stand­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­pas­sion.

The awards al­low the com­mu­nity to give feed­back, and en­cour­age and re­ward parmedics for their hard work.

St John Am­bu­lance and the Ro­tary Club of Dar­win Sun­rise com­mend all nom­i­nees and the com­mu­nity mem­bers who sub­mit­ted nom­i­na­tions.

The awards were made pos­si­ble through gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship from LHMU, Fire Pro­tec­tion Pro­fes­sion­als, Dar­win Air­port Re­sort, JR Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Zip Print, Coun­try Clas­sics, Ter­ri­tory Sur­gi­cal Sup­plies and the NT Gov­ern­ment.

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