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Meet Our Team

 

We are on the lookout for team members and opportunities in the pre-hospital care industry in Australia and around the world. Do you have what it takes to join our team? We’d love to hear from you!

Susan Kohlmetz

Admin Extraordinaire 

International Paramedic College is lucky to have Susan manage our office and training. Susan wears a number of hats here. While she looks after students and generally keeps the office humming along you may have got to know her by her long chats on the phone (she loves a chat). Besides managing the day to day training activities Susan is a Registered Nurse with significant clinical and postgraduate experience. She reviews our clinical programs and training compliance activities and fronts our professional development program. Outside of here she has a strong humanitarian focus and is involved in Animal rescue. She describes her home as more like a zoo for recovering animals. We are so happy to have her here with us, she brings a wealth of experience and love in her heart.

Kristine Gempesala 

Admin Extraordinaire

Kristine brings many years of experience as a teacher, educator and facilitator in the classrooms of the world to her management and support of the training functions of International Paramedic College. She makes our administration tasks run smoothly. Dedicated and diligent she provides us with great support and collaborates to make sure our training programs are done efficiently. She dedicates time to our community from the planning of our educational events to the creation of our student focussed educational materials. Nothing is too much trouble for Kristine.

Kristine comes from the Philippines and speaks several languages. Out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, long chats and good music.

Anne  Mcdiarmid

RTO Compliance

Anne from RTO2Go.com provides us with comprehensive, compliance support for International Paramedic College as an Australian Government Registered Training Organisations RTO 45284. With over 20 years as experience in  RTO Management and many years working at the front line as a successful VET Consultant, Anne manages our compliance solutions in a practical, no-nonsense way. Compliance with Australian Government standards is important for us as an RTO as it ensures we meet the highest standards. Anne delivers our Vocational Education compliance (VET) compliance in an uncomplicated systematic approach that allows us to get on with the training knowing that we are doing so with our high regulatory standards exceeded. Anne strategic direction drove our initial audit needs and her team continue to ensure our compliance with the ASQA standards at every audit milestone. RTO2Go.com Online Store is a library of cost-effective, straightforward VET documents that we use to provide us with compliant Policies and Procedures, Student and Trainer Manuals and Smart and Skilled support documents to access government funding schemes. We could not succeed without Anne’s critical support.

I don’t know how she finds the time but outside of work Anne spends time with her horses.

 

Meet Your Trainers

Serge Brecard

Specialist Paramedic Educator

Wow Is all I can say, Serge is a Course 17 Intensive Care Paramedic which means he was in the 17th course of Intensive Care Paramedics ever trained here. Serge spent an eternity working for the Ambulance Service of NSW on the streets of inner-city Sydney. That’s when I first met Serge. Serge Brecard was an inspiring and insightful street paramedic who had a unique ability to relate to people on so many levels. As an Intensive Care Paramedic, it was Serge’s role to back up ambulances when they requested Intensive Care Paramedic backup and support because of the extreme nature of the cases they had in front of them.  These high volume high caseload areas like the of the inner-city areas of Sydney requires of its paramedics a special type of flexibility, adaptability and people skills to deal with the constant exposure to life-threatening and diverse social situations that are the daily workload of an inner city intensive care Paramedic.

A great maturity and an ability to relate to all those aspiring ambulance officers around you, to nurture and guide careers and inspire others takes not only self- confidence and a belief in the skills you have but an ability to share those skills and insights in an educationally inspiring way to mentor those moving up in the caring professions. Serge has these skills in volumes

Serge took those unique paramedic education skills and decided to share them with the North Coast of NSW. Working out of Mullumbimby Ambulance Station in northern NSW Serge Bought those skills, honed in a cauldron, to regional NSW and what a bonus it was. Serving on the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter and responding to regional emergencies, Serge added a diverse regional and remote experience, a country depth to those city skills.

We are so proud to have Serge working with us here at International Paramedic College. Whether it’s giving something back to the community here in our first aid and CPR classes or sharing that way of knowing with our paramedic students, we all benefit from his years of experience at the coalface of emergency care.

We are so proud to have Serge as part of our team.

Wayne Havenaar

Specialist Paramedic Educator

Talk about standards, this is a man who has set the bar high. Wayne is a course 31 Intensive Care Paramedic with the Ambulance Service of NSW who now deploys for the Ambulance Service of NSW and for the private paramedic sector as a Rescue Paramedic. Part of the elite Special Casualty Access Team or SCAT as they are known. Wayne as a SCAT Paramedics provided medical support to the various rescue agencies, specialist police units (such as the State Protection Group) and fire brigades in Urban Search and Rescue working on Rescue and medical retrieval helicopters; and accessing and treating patients in-situ. Cave, canyons, mines, or cliff ledges become the treatment room. They are self-sufficient and often ‘camp out’ with their patients when weather or operational conditions dictate a need to ‘stay put’ Wayne has the ‘Core’ SCAT skills and personal attributes of resilience, adaptability, teamwork & leadership.  

Wayne worked as a clinical educator for NSW Ambulance mentoring paramedics on a learning journey, updating clinical protocols and introducing many new skills to trainee paramedic over his career.   

Wayne’s served his country and competed his Commando Operations course in the Australian Military where among his many roles he was a Special Action Forces Patrol Medic, he served his country proudly. His extensive military background instilled a strong sense of duty.

He has volunteered and worked extensively in trouble spots around the world serving in remote medical clinics as part of a global aid network throughout Africa and Asia and has received numerous commendations and medals including ; 

  • NSW Police Award
  • State Emergency Service Commendation
  • ACT Emergency Medal
  • Military Service Medal
  • NSW Ambulance Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  • National Service Medal

Wayne has real-world experience in the private paramedic sector where he has worked both in Australia and internationally for off-shore medic and SOS organisations. 

It is great to have all the experience and skills but you need to be able to share it with others, to nourish and draw learners along, encouraging them in their learning journey. The best skills and experience serve a greater good when they can be used to create educational ripples that flow forward. Thanks to Wayne the future looks bright. We are proud to have him as part of the team.

Craig Nolan

Specialist Paramedic Educator

Is a course 23 Paramedic who completed his Bachelor of Paramedic Practice degree from Charles Sturt University and has significant clinical experience at the highest Paramedic clinical level. Craig was an Intensive Care Paramedic and clinical trainer of Paramedics for the Ambulance Service of NSW, the third largest ambulance service in the world. It responds to a request for assistance about every 28 seconds of the day.

The Intensive Care paramedics were about 200 specially trained paramedics out of a staff of 4000 in the ambulance service of NSW. Craig worked in the busy inner-city areas of Sydney providing a frontline response for critical cases that were beyond the scope of care of regular paramedic ambulance officers. Delivering high quality mobile intensive critical care support in a wide variety of emergency situations in a busy inner-city area requires Intensive Care Paramedics to be able to administer the full range of advanced clinical skills, procedures and medications out in the field. Sydney was one of the first cities in the world to establish such a system.

Because of this experience, Craig has quite unique people skills developed in “real world” trauma and emergency situations. He completed his educational and teacher training at the University of Technology in Sydney and while he has learnt the theory, he has a unique skill of taking complex ideas and explaining them in simple digestible pieces, sharing his experience freely.

Craig is an experienced educator who has to implement and managing training programs in pre-hospital emergency care sector here in Australia and overseas. He brings an ethical patient based reasoning to overwhelming emergency problems, showing students a way to logically work through the complexities through simplicities.  

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