Medical sailors university bound

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Location(s): Hobart, Tasmania

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Penguin

Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at Sydney's HMAS Penguin at the University of Tasmania - School of Medicine. (photo: Unknown)
Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at Sydney's HMAS Penguin at the University of Tasmania - School of Medicine.

Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at Sydney's HMAS Penguin have honed their paramedicine skills by undertaking intensive, hands on training at the University of Tasmania - School of Medicine in Hobart recently.

Navy's Clinical Manager training is an intensive 12 month course which focuses on clinical management in the maritime environment. This year, 17 students will complete a number of units towards a Bachelor of Paramedic Practice.

Clinical Manager Instructor, Petty Officer Sean Burke said it was the first time the course has worked with the University of Tasmania, which has specifically designed units to meet Navy’s capability requirements.

“It is also the first Clinical Manager Course to be open to, and have Able Seaman on the course,” he said.

“Our partnership with the University provides our Senior Medics with access to lecturers who are leaders in the field of paramedicine. This will ultimately provide the Navy with enhanced health care at sea,” Petty Officer Burke said.

Fellow instructor, Petty Officer Lisa Thwaites said students also had access to equipment so they could practice advanced surgical techniques.

“The University’s anatomy lab is one of the best in the country.  The students gained accurate anatomy knowledge and got to practice advanced airway management procedures,” she said.

The course requires discipline from the students.  Not only do they undertake a compressed university degree, they are required to complete all Navy and military specific modules including aviation and underwater medicine and mental health and administrative procedures.  

Students undertake clinical placement within the New South Wales Ambulance Service, major hospital departments and on Major Fleet Units. 

The Clinical Manager Course is due to graduate in December this year.