Leading Seaman Medic Emily Ettridge is bursting with enthusiasm for her job as an Advanced Medical Assistant in Navy and now she has even more call to be passionate and proud. As part of the Australia Day Honours and Awards, Leading Seaman Ettridge was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious achievement as the First Aid Recruit Instructor at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus.
The honour given to Defence members who have proven their achievement and dedication in non-war like situations. Leading Seaman Ettridge is also one of only two Junior Sailors who received the award this year.
“It’s hard for me to explain what I’ve done to deserve this honour; I’m just very passionate about my role. If I love what I’m doing then that enthusiasm will rub off on to the students I instruct,” said Leading Seaman Ettridge.
“I remind myself every day that I’m not better or superior to anyone I teach, I just have different knowledge and experiences that I can impart.”
Joining seven years ago from Adelaide, Leading Seaman Ettridge never considered that one day she would be recognised for her work serving Navy alongside notable and inspirational citizens. To Leading Seaman Ettridge, Australia Day is a day for reflection and celebration for how fortunate Australians are to live in a country of endless opportunity.
“My family are extremely proud of all my hard work and achievements. I’m privileged to serve my country and to be given the opportunity to be a part of moulding Navy’s future sailors.”
Leading Seaman Ettridge insists she’s loved all her experiences throughout her career. Each has provided different challenges and unique rewards. She admits her most valued opportunities are her time as part of Operation SLIPPER in HMAS Stuart in 2010-2011 and her current position as the First Aid Instructor at Recruit School as it has shown her that now matter how long she’s been doing the job, there’s always room for improvement.