Meet Your Trainers
International Paramedic College Real-world trainers with real-world experience
To help you learn, International Paramedic College has skilled paramedics, clinical and rescue staff experienced in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. Real-world educators with “significant” clinical expertise to draw upon.
Not only do our trainers have significant clinical experience, they also can share that experience, to draw on it and shape it into a holistic educational package. Allowing students to see the big picture or the main game, not just a series of parts.
Nathan is a current Paramedic with Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and has spent his entire career in healthcare. Beginning as a “Medical Sailor” in the Royal Australian Navy and then landing in the Ambulance service of NSW as a Paramedic. Nathan has a thirst for knowledge that has led to an impressive academic record of achievement in the educational and paramedical sciences including;
- Master of Paramedical Science (Critical Care)
- Graduate Diploma of Management (Adult Learning)
- Graduate Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine)
- Graduate Certificate of Occupational Health & Safety
- Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)
- Cert IV Training & Assessment (TAE40116)
What is really most impressive is what Nathan has learnt and adapted from his academic studies and his time as a lecturer at CQ University, of Tasmania and overseas at the the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, is how to take complex knowledge information and deliver it in a classroom situation in common – sense usable chunks. His love of clinical practice has led him “back to the road” at the coalface of active paramedicine.
Nathan has a current clinical background in NSW and QLD state-based ambulance services. He has previously worked as a Paramedic in the remote mining and civil sectors in Australia, He has overseas clinical experience working in Abu Dhabi Afghanistan and Dubai and the Education manage for the National Ambulance in Abu Dhabi. His international career has spanned some of the most amazing and dangerous environments in the world.
In his spare time at his home in Barcaldine, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, including their three dogs, two cats and seven chickens.
We are so proud that Nathan has joined us here at International Paramedic College to share his wisdom and insight in the wonderful genial and humble way that he has about him with our students. Welcome Aboard.
Steve has joined International Paramedic College to deliver first aid training in the Colac, Winchelsea and Camperdown areas in Victoria. Steve comes to International Paramedic College Colac from a strong sense of community. Steve is a local in Colac with extensive experience in the State Emergency Service in Colac and surrounds. From a local businesses background Steve has demonstrated over many years of community service a strong desire to help and care for the well-being of others. He has a training style that is supportive and encouraging and brings a passion for all things first aid to the Colac community.
Steve has worked as a Trainer and Assessor for the local SES, developing and implementing specialised training that improved volunteer retention and developed nurtured and shared his skills and knowledge effectively to help the local community. Steve started out in local business but like many of us as we wind our way through life, we hear other callings and the drive to take on new challenges and new dreams is not just put to one side but becomes part of the richly rewarding lived experience going forward. As Steve says "It's easy for us to wind out the clock doing what you have always known, but the challenge is always to step out of what we know and develop and follow our passion for life and helping others and see where that takes us". Steve's pivot to emergency education was formed through his long work with emergency services in Victoria, and he has developed a unique, common sense approach to emergency care and his delivery of First Aid and CPR courses.
Steve brings a wealth of experience that he is developing and deepening with International Paramedic College in Colac. W are so proud he has joined as and is sharing his experience with regional Victoria in and around Colac, Camperdown and Winchelsea.
Marco Cappelli has been involved in the emergency services since he was 16. As a teenager, he had a unique and rewarding experience when he saved a drowning dog in Newfoundland and, with the help of the dogs owner, Marco successfully performed CPR on the dog. This led Marco down the emergency services and first responder pathway, and he decided to take on formal training and joined the Ocean Lifeguards Service, working each summer patrolling and rescuing those in need. He joined the Rural Fire and Rescue service in his native Italy, and after graduating decided to apply his experience and skills to the training of local communities and professional lifeguards.
Marco started travelling, and expanded his horizons travelling and working in numerous countries on his world travels following his passion for the ocean and the great outdoors. Marco has worked in emergency response services in the UK, Florida, California, NZ and finally at his new home here in Australia.
We are so proud to have Marco onboard and able to share his experience with you as part of our team at International Paramedic College. Welcome aboard Marco.
Rebecca Wade has taken a divergent path in a rich and rewarding career. Rebecca is new to the Northern Rivers area and is looking forward to a new life chapter of learning.
She has spent her working life in the caring professions, from the childcare sector to the community sector. Because of her background in developing and facilitating programs in social resilience that help and support vulnerable communities like the homeless, elderly and refugees, Rebecca really understands how one simple action can make a world of difference in someone’s life. Now she is taking that principle, focusing it, sharing that same nurturing support in a more immediate first aid response to people's immediate and life-threatening needs.
Rebecca's career has also taken her through the education & training fields to us here at International Paramedic College. While her diversified path may be a road less travelled for some, her social consciousness, action, and deeds are perfectly aligned with our ethos. We are so proud to have her onboard and able to share her experience with you as part of our team at International Paramedic College. Welcome aboard.
Allan Burnett has 20 years of experience at the front line of emergency medical care in the Ambulance Service of NSW. Originally stationed in the Riverina region and later as an Intensive Care Paramedic in Western Sydney and the Northern rivers region of NSW, Allan has developed a wealth of clinical experience over that time to share with our students.
In a step to the left and to follow his passion and interest, he shifted from saving lives in the front line of the NSW Ambulance to an educational role in a specialist area of envenomation. Allan has been travelling throughout most of Australia educating communities and raising awareness of venomous creatures, mainly reptiles.
He has an encyclopaedia of knowledge and understanding of the many snakes and venomous creatures that inhabit our wide brown land, and was invited to lecture at numerous universities for students of biology and medicine.
Allan has joined us here at International Paramedic College because he is an educator at heart and is keen to share his skills and knowledge, helping those who desire to help others.
We are proud to have Allan on board with us here at International Paramedic College
Tamieka has joined International Paramedic College to deliver first aid training in the Grafton, Maclean Yamba and Iluka area. A strong desire to help and for the well-being of others, Tamieka shares her time ideas and energy to help build confidence in our learners.
Tamieka commenced studies for her Bachelor in Registered Nursing, completing hospital and residential placements but like many of us who start on one path, we hear the call to travel a different path. She pivoted to emergency care and education.
Like most of us that experience life-changing events through powerful personal experiences, Tamieka's experience in emergency events in her workplace asked questions of herself and steered her along the training and education pathway. She could see how easy the gap or lack of confidence in emergency situations could be overcome with some basic first aid “know how” within the wider community. Tamieka spent time with our paramedics and educators, quenching her thirst for knowledge and finding creative ways to deliver first aid and CPR training around the Grafton, Maclean Yamba and Iluka area.
Tamieka has a young family and spends her time balancing those joys with her training. Come along and spend some time refreshing your skills and with her. We are proud to have her on board with us here at International Paramedic College.
Local first aid course trainer, Harjot Singh, comes to first aid and emergency response training from the disability support NDIS and Community health care sectors. Having spent so much time in the caring professions, Harjot brings a wealth of experience and compassion to helping others. Harjot has taught first aid in his local community around the greater northern Melbourne suburbs like Beveridge, Wallan, Kilmore, Kalkallo, Mickleham. Donnybrook, Craigieburn, Whittlesea, and surrounds and has a strong background as an educator at Victoria University.
With his background in disability and community health care, Harjot has developed strong, people focused communication skills that he brings to local first aid training. “Understanding the worries and fears that people have if they have to do CPR or provide first aid in a workplace or if they have to help their friends or family in an emergency first aid situation. It can be so stressful that we sometimes can't think clearly and sensibly about what needs to be done”. With a decade of experience and a diverse cultural background, Harjot can help you find simple first aid solutions to what can seem complex problems at first. “We are all not doctors, and we need a simple way to feel like we can really help if we are ever called upon to deliver first aid until an Ambulance arrives.” Harjot's first aid classes are fun and interactive and receive strong reviews all over the Beveridge, Wallan, Kilmore, Kalkallo, Mickleham. Donnybrook, Craigieburn, Whittlesea, and surroundings where he runs regular local weekly first aid classes.
Harjot has a young family that keeps him busy in his spare time. We are so proud he has joined us here at International Paramedic College
“Why head to the danger, what makes you do that. Because that’s where humanity is at its most intense. It’s where all the irrelevancies of our lives fall away and revel what is most true in its glory and its awfulness.”
Local first aid course trainer, Aaron Savage has run Tweed Heads First Aid and courses around the Tweed, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Pottsville, Twin Towns and Gold Coast areas for many years. Aaron Is a Paramedic with the Ambulance Service of NSW (ASNSW) and works locally at delivering emergency pre-hospital care.
With a family background in emergency services, Aaron brings a wealth of current clinical experience that he can share with the Tweed Coast Community. Being drawn into the emergency response and pre-hospital care fields is not for everyone. In what can be a demanding role, Aaron brings quite a calmness that makes students feel relaxed and able to absorb and reflect on learning emergency first aid.
Aaron has a young family that keeps him busy in his leisure time. We are so proud he has joined us here at International Paramedic College and continuing to deliver first aid training and support to his training network across the Tweed Region.
Damien is a First Aid Trainer for the International Paramedic College. He had 8 years experience as a Paramedic/Officer-in-Charge with Queensland Ambulance Service before moving overseas to take up the role of Inspector – Paramedic with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical. Weapons where he was responsible for developing many in-house training programs as well as establishing the continuing education and skills maintenance program for the Paramedics employed at OPCW.
After OPCW Damien moved into the emergency management and business resilience fields for Central and Local Government in the UK while maintaining his clinical skills as a qualified Advanced Life Support Instructor and Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor.
We are so happy to have Damien come on board here at International Paramedic College. He brings a really diverse range of experiences in international roles and Emergency Care.
We are so proud to have Lisa with, and she brings over 25 years experience in emergency services with Fire Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) and The State Emergency Services (SES) serving the Australian community in a wide and vast variety of emergency service, first responder and pre-hospital care roles. Lisa has filled front-line roles as a member of task force, and strike teams for out of area deployments following large scale natural disasters and Section 44 bushfires (a Section 44 is a ‘big one’ where the Commissioner has declared a State of Emergency exists).
Lisa holds qualifications in casualty rescue, evacuation and multiple casualty situations, and has been a training others for over 10 years. She has a particular love of sharing her knowledge with new trainees, and empowering them within a safe environment to push the limits of learning and leaving the comfort zone of past knowledge behind. She gives us new ways to look at things. Lisa loves the complexities and challenges associated with rescue and among her qualifications, she is an endorsed Fire Brigade rescue operator and rescue trainer and assessor with the SES. She has judged Australian rescue competitions across northern NSW.
More recently, Lisa has joined the IPC office team to help with the ‘more behind the scenes’ aspects of International Paramedic College, managing all parts of our work with students as well as continuing to train our full range of accredited first aid and emergency courses.
We are so proud to have Lisa sharing her experience and great organisational skills with us here at International Paramedic College. Community service inspires her and we all benefit from her experience and wisdom.
Thanks, Lisa, we are proud to have you on board.
Andrew came to us from the Oil/Gas Industry, where he was employed as an HSE & Training Specialist on drill rigs. In this role, Andrew has worked in some remote locations of Australia, requiring a good knowledge and understanding of the pre-hospital care of patients with trauma and medical conditions.
He has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in a variety of careers consisting of Military, Fire Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) and safety.
Andrew has several qualifications in which he has utilised over time ranging in Safety, Medic, Diploma of Paramedic Science, Leadership & Management & of course training. He is an approachable and lateral thinker that incorporates real life situations into his training and can adapt the training to suit his classes.
Andrew loves his dogs and travels around Australia at every opportunity. His gentle nature and warm personality make you feel at ease in his presence. We are so proud he has joined us here at International Paramedic College.
“I didn’t become an EMT to get a front-row seat to other people’s tragedies. I did it because I knew the world was bleeding and so was I, and somewhere inside I knew the only way to stop my own bleeding was to learn how to stop someone else’s.”
David joined the most trusted profession through the Bachelor of Paramedicine down in Victoria. At first, he was uncertain if a Paramedic Career was right for him as he worked his way through the degree program at the Australian Catholic University. Everyone at University seemed so sure in their choice of career. When David joined Ambulance Victoria as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic on completion of his degree, the rewards and challenges of working in emergency care provided that great sense of purpose. Real joy and an immense satisfaction and happiness that comes from helping others in times of crisis.
Along with volunteering with the State Emergency Service (SES), Disability support and after several years and countless emergency jobs along his journey as a Paramedic. David's sort out further training and assessment qualifications as a way to provide the “ripple effect” in sharing his clinical experience with others so that they can help those around them in their time of need until an ambulance can get to them.
While still working with Ambulance Victoria, David seeks to sharing some of that hard fought clinical experiences with others in his community. He's focus on education aims to strip back a lot of the complexity that often comes with first aid courses and emergency training.
Perhaps it’s the years teaching Yoga or just his nature, but David exudes a gentle, natural calmness in those around him. He delivers exceptional, tangible and practical knowledge and real-world skills to his students, so they feel like they can face the challenges before them.
We are so proud to have David on board with us here at International Paramedic College, Australia
“When you start out as a paramedic, the patients just seem to be a pulse, blood pressure and ECG reading. It seems easier that way. Perfusion determines treatment is like a mantra curdling in your brain. That barrier gets breached, the emotion of it seeps in to your inner reaches and shapes you. You take on the life of the emotions, their stories become yours with all their hope, tragedy struggle and redemption. It's a great life story that confounds and amazes you with the resilience of the human spirit. Thanks for sharing that with me"
Wow, Is all I can say, Serge was a course 17 Intensive Care Paramedics which means he was in the 17th course of Intensive Care Paramedics ever trained in the ambulance Service in NSW. 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 inspiriting and insightful street paramedic who had a unique ability to relate to people on so many levels. As an Intensive Care Paramedic at that time, 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. Serge is now Teaching First Aid and CPR courses locally for International Paramedic College.
"Great maturity, an ability to think clearly under extreme pressure, teamwork, critical time management skills, dedication focus and commitment are just some of the personal qualities and characteristics that Paramedics must have to work in continuous life-threatening situations that are their daily work".
Talk about standards, this is a man who has set the bar high. Wayne is a course 31 Intensive Care Paramedics 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 on 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 offshore 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, our educational manager with International Paramedic College, has long been a member of what is regularly voted “the most trusted profession”. He has represented Paramedics on the NSW committee of Paramedics Australasia, the peak body representing Paramedics across Australia and New Zealand, for six years.
As a course 23 Paramedic, Craig returned after his initial Intensive Care Paramedic Training and 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.
Craig spent six years on the NSW Committee of Paramedics Australia, the then peak body for Paramedics in Australia and New Zealand during the push for competency standards and National Registration of Paramedics in Australia
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 normal duress responses and through the complexities to see the simple.