Hard work pays off
‘Upbeat’ paramedic Sue Gibson scores top gong
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.