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Meet Your Trainers

 

It often seems that anyone who puts a band-aid on calls themselves a paramedic nowadays. Recent legislative changes now prohibit many people who have called themselves paramedics from doing so now.

To help you, International Paramedic College has skilled paramedics experienced in emergency medicine and prehospital care. Real world paramedics with “significant” clinical expertise to draw upon. Not only do our trainers have significant clinical experience they also have the ability to 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.

 

Serge Brecard

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 inspiriting 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

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 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 is elected and currently active on the NSW committee of Paramedics Australasia, the peak body representing Paramedics across Australia and New Zealand

Craig Nolan

As a course 23 Paramedic Craig 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.

 

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.

 

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