New Paramedics Officially Celebrate Their Graduation

Ambulance Victoria (AV) has welcomed another group of graduates to the Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic ranks, at a ceremony alongside family and friends.

The group officially marked their completion of the Graduate Ambulance Paramedic (GAP) program on Sunday 19 May at the AV Capability Hub in Sunshine.

GAPs undertake a structured, on-road supervision and learning program for at least 12 months after completing their university degrees, before becoming fully qualified ALS paramedics.

The program helps graduates transition from the classroom to the ‘real world’, integrating into day-to-day team responsibilities and activities.

A group of fifteen paramedic graduates standing on the stairs and smiling for the camera.

The graduates at Sunday’s ceremony.

The attendees at Sunday’s ceremony bring a diverse range of life experiences and motivations to their career at AV, with the group including new parents, a former retail worker, an ex-teacher and individuals following in the footsteps of family members.

Taryn Daly’s big brother Stuart has been a paramedic in Wodonga for almost 10 years and she said it was special to have him at her graduation.

“He’s 12 years older than me and such a big role model in my life,” Taryn said.

“He’s helped me with studying, with any questions I have and giving me advice.

“It was great finishing my grad year and to be able to tell my brother my results and sharing my achievements with him.”

Taryn said her brother has been one part of a supportive network as she stepped into her new career.

“My partner Brandon has also been very supportive – he always has dinner ready when I get home from work, or when I’m studying he’s always cooking and cleaning,” she said.

A female paramedic graduate petting a Ambulance Victoria support dog.

Taryn Daly with Peer Support Dog Ted.

Since beginning her paramedicine studies, being able to help a wide range of people has been the highlight for Taryn.

“My favourite thing about being a paramedic is helping people every day,” she said.

“You go into people’s homes when they’re dealing with their toughest moments so it’s a unique role – I find it fulfilling and rewarding.

“I enjoy meeting all different kinds of people every day and talking to patients and their families.

“And I love that I get to come to work and do all that alongside some of my best mates.”

AV Chief Executive Jane Miller said the graduation was a big achievement for the new paramedics.

“We congratulate all our newest advanced life support paramedics on completing their time as a graduate ambulance paramedic and are thrilled to celebrate this milestone in their careers,” she said.

“It’s fantastic to hear what motivated each of them to become paramedics, and while these reasons vary, we are all linked by a passion to help and care for our community.

“This group have already spent significant time on-road making a positive impact to patients across the state, so they understand what an honour it is to provide Best Care to all Victorians, and we’re excited to have them join us in delivering that.”

Ambulance Victoria's Chief Executive standing with three female paramedic graduates. One of the female paramedic graduate is holding an infant.

AV Chief Executive Jane Miller (second from right) with some of the graduates.

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