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Advanced Paramedicine receives funding boost

New Zealand Paramedic Education and Research Charitable Trust has provided paramedicine with an extra boost, following the announcement of this year’s recipients of the Tait Communications Paramedicine Scholarships 2018.

Awarded annually, the scholarships are presented to qualified ambulance officers who are wanting to further advance their skills and expertise in paramedicine through postgraduate studies.

New Zealand Paramedic Education and Research Trust President Curt Ward says this year, a total of eight scholarships were presented to six ambulance officers – with a couple of them receiving dual awards.

“The combined value of the scholarships awarded this year is $16,000. Since the programme was established, $90,000 in scholarships, study and research grants have been awarded.”

Curt says an initial pool of 12 applicants were assessed against a rigorous criteria before the selection panel settled on the final six.

Included in the list of scholarship recipients are: Intensive care paramedic Andrew Prescott, Whanganui; Auckland Paramedics Brendan Peat, Rohen Lahav and Harriet Wallace; Intensive Care Paramedic Matt Wilkinson, Nelson; and Emergency Medical Technician Orla Fowden of Christchurch. The awards are for postgraduate studies ranging from Contemporary Intensive Paramedicine, Aeromedical Retrieval and Community and Remote Medicine through to Resuscitation Physiology, Advanced Resuscitation and Practice Pursued.

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