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Coasting : Issue 11 May 2010
21 www.coastingtoday.com.au • Aluminium hard wearing Shutters • Choice of over 200 Dulux colours • Ideal to add to an existing deck or pergola • Adds stylish value to your home with minimum effort • Lockable for security PLUS Create privacy from neighbours without blocking light & air Maximise the versatility of your outside space Use your pergola all year round with a PREMIER SHADE // SHUTTER ROOM Call the local experts 4324 8800 visit our factory/showroom at 1/305 Manns Road, West Gosford www.premiershades.com.au Present this ad for $100 OFF your purchase (min. purcha $1000 app A8739425-6May Occupation: Paramedic. Name: Joel de'Zuna. Age: 28. Suburb: Lake Munmorah. What does the occupation involve? Responding to triple zero (000) emergency calls to provide emergency treatment, life-saving stabilisation and transport of ill or injured people to hospital. What first attracted you to this job? It's in my blood. My father was a paramedic and my mother is a nurse. What training/preparation is required? I was accepted as a trainee paramedic and initially completed an eight-week induction program at the Ambulance Education Centre in Rozelle followed by a 10-month probationary period with a qualified paramedic who acted as my training officer. I was then required to study, pass multiple exams and complete a further two years of training before becoming a Qualified Paramedic and obtaining a Diploma of Paramedical Science through Charles Sturt University. Some of my paramedic colleagues went directly to university and completed a Bachelor of Pre Hospital Care in Paramedical Science. Ambulance Service NSW has two ways of becoming a paramedic and I chose the on-road trainee paramedic option. Best part of the gig? Working with a great bunch of professionals who all have the same goal to help people when they are in need. Worst part of the gig? Sick kids. It's hard for both the parents and child when they are sick. Most interesting day on the job so far? Every day is an interesting day. Each job is different and requires a different skill. What salary can a new-starter expect in this job? The Probationary Paramedic has a starting wage of $47,117 excluding penalty loadings. What do you hope to be doing for work in 10 years? Hopefully I will be an Intensive Care Paramedic with a higher clinical knowledge and skill base that I can administer to patients on the road. ON CALL: Paramedic Joel de'Zuna tests a Lifepack 15 monitor/ defibrillator on board an ambulance at the Point Clare base. Pictures by Aaron Brown. IN THE BLOOD: Joel says he was destined to be a paramedic: his father was a paramedic, and his mother is a nurse. COASTING CAREER
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