QUT Faculty of Health students are role players for many of 2nd General Health Battalion’s clinical serials. They are able to provide detailed, clinically-orientated feedback to hone the Army’s procedures.
2GHB clinical professionals are using their extensive knowledge and experience to teach Bachelor of Paramedic Science students at QUT, and give them a wider view for application of their skills and knowledge in the real world.
Through the joint training continuum, there are plans to expand the training to tri-service, publish clinical training initiatives and guidelines, and involve more of QUT’s clinical professions.
Why QUT and military?
This project is the outcome of an Engagement and Innovation grant, awarded to QUT academic Kerri-Ann Welch. It is based on a number of clearly demonstrated real-world needs:
- Military and civilian health professionals work together in times of crisis, such as the 2011 Brisbane floods. Understanding and experiencing collaborative efforts prior to such crises will facilitate clearer understanding of the scope of practice and skills of each profession
- Health is multidisciplinary and holistic: ensuring a diverse range of health professionals are involved in activities will reinforce this to the emerging health professionals
- With the average job tenure in Australia of 3 years and 4 months, it is important to equip our graduates with knowledge of a wide number of options for using their degree post-graduation; military is one of these options
- It allows military personnel to recognise their potential in a non-military setting, and see the transferability and importance of their knowledge and experience
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