Voted by their student peers and Paramedicine first-year coordinator, this year’s prize winners are Storm Young, a mother of four children studying at Flinders NT, and Patrick Marks, an Australian Army veteran who has returned from duty to study Paramedicine at Flinders’ Bedford Park campus.
This year is the first time Paramedicine has ever been taught in the Northern Territory. To highlight this milestone the Sutherland family decided to award an additional prize to a first-year Paramedicine student in the NT.
Storm says receiving the NT prize has reaffirmed her desire to study, despite the challenge of juggling it with her busy home life.
Along with the support and understanding of her husband and four children, she says, “I've also been extremely fortunate to have an exceptional cohort of encouraging students supporting me through this journey. Knowing that I was nominated for this prize by my peers makes it extra special to me.”
Storm grew up in Lake King, a small farming town in Western Australia, where her Mum was a volunteer St John Ambulance officer.
“She's my biggest inspiration in choosing this degree,” says Storm, who will use her prize to purchase equipment and books she hasn’t been able to afford.
“I've been borrowing old textbooks from friends who studied many years ago. I can now purchase items that can support my learning, so that one day I can become an intensive care paramedic.”