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Former Palm Island mayor-turned-paramedic starts health-related degree

By Kirsty Nancarrow

Posted December 02, 2015 12:28:37

A former mayor is studying to become a medical professional to help improve the overall health of Indigenous Queenslanders.

Robert Blackley, 40, is the former mayor of Palm Island.

He is also a single of the initial men and women to complete the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadet system.

“At 19 I wanted to be a paramedic but was deemed to be as well young at the time,” he stated.

He pursued a profession in politics and neighborhood development as an alternative, but often wanted to return to his original dream of becoming a medical professional.

“At the time when I was on Palm Island as a regional government councillor and the mayor, the life expectancy for men was 42, and ladies was 50 and that was unacceptable to me,” he said.

The cadet program has been operating because 2012 and has 15 recruits, functioning in Doomagee, Cairns, Thursday Island, Normanton, Palm Island, Yarrabah and Woorabinda.

Indigenous paramedic Robert Blackley Photo: Robert Blackley and QAS colleague Neil Noble verify their emergency gear. (ABC News: Kirsty Nancarrow)

Ambulance service operations supervisor Neil Noble stated two much more positions had been becoming created available at Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands.

“It really is the extremely very same education plan that all our other cadets go through to attain diploma level qualifications, just at their pace with lots of assistance exactly where they require it,” he mentioned.

Mr Blackley stated working as an Indigenous paramedic had provided him the opportunity to break down fears about western medicine and encourage individuals to reside healthier lives.

“Getting an Aboriginal man I’ve been able to swiftly create rapport with individuals because we have a shared encounter or a shared history and relationships,” he said.

He lately completed his Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) degree.

‘An inspiration to all other paramedics’

Mr Blackley will leave Cairns next week to study a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Sydney, with his wife in the final stages of her medical degree at James Cook University.

Mr Noble mentioned he was sad to see Mr Blackley leaving but stated he would be welcomed back to the nearby roster for the duration of university holidays.

“He’s undoubtedly been a excellent paramedic for us and an inspiration to all other paramedics to not just stop at a paramedic diploma or degree but to adhere to via with medicine,” Mr Noble mentioned.

Mr Blackley stated he hoped to function as a rural generalist focusing on emergency medicine back in his property neighborhood of Palm Island, which is at the moment with no a permanent Indigenous medical doctor.

He mentioned there was a shortage of indigenous doctors and is encouraging other individuals to adhere to in his path.

“There’s around 200 now and we require yet another two,000 to attain parity with the two per cent Indigenous population, so there’s a long way to go,” he stated.

Subjects: emergency-incidents, medical doctors-and-medical-professionals, cairns-4870

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Sniffer dogs nonetheless becoming trained as Tasmania’s busiest biosecurity season starts

Posted December 01, 2015 18:39:43

On the initial day of the busy summer time import and export season, detector dogs are nevertheless being educated to man Tasmania’s airports.

Eight beagles had been put via their paces at the Hobart showground these days. It is hoped five will make the reduce as detector dogs.

Two-million dollars was allocated in the state budget in May possibly for three new dog teams to make certain all flights to Hobart and Launceston have been checked this summer.

One the initial of the season, Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff was hopeful the new recruits would be on the ground quickly.

“We hope and anticipate to have our initial dogs on-line by Christmas this year, but definitely the entire group for the duration of the summer period,” he said.

Mr Rockliff was asked why it had taken practically seven months from the funding announcement to have the dogs educated.

“Nicely, it requires some time to recruit, and of course train the dogs,” he stated.

Right here they are on the first day of summer – the day they committed to have every single flight checked – telling us now that they have not got the dogs educated.

Bryan Green, Opposition Leader

“We have to make certain that the coaching is appropriate.”

Labor leader Bryan Green stated it was also small, as well late.

“Right here they are on the first day of summer – the day they committed to have each and every flight checked – telling us now that they haven’t got the dogs educated,” he said.

The added dogs will boost the quantity of units from six to nine.

The Public Sector Union’s Tom Lynch stated it would be enough.

“Even with an added three put on board, I do not think all flights coming into Tasmania will be inspected this summer time,” he mentioned.

It was revealed final month that fewer than a third of flights arriving in Tasmania amongst July and mid-September had been met by detector dogs.

Mr Rockliff said he was conscious of the issue.

“This is anything that we want to repair – it is been a problem for really some time,” he said.

Biosecurity dispute escalates

The union representing Biosecurity Tasmania workers has been locked in a dispute with the State Government over what it calls excessive amounts of overtime.

An overtime ban was implemented last month, but lifted yesterday.

Mr Lynch stated it would be replaced with other action.

“We’ve put in place a quantity of certain bans about certifying grain exports and recording statistics for finish-of-month invoicing,” he said.

Mr Rockliff said the concern was getting worked via.

“We are functioning by way of some of the industrial action but, look, I’m not interested in the union who have been all about playing politics,” he stated.

The union plans to ramp up action next week.

Subjects: government-and-politics, hobart-7000

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