Parademic recognised for using degree to better community

DEDICATED: Janelle Norton is the proud recipient of a CQ University Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning in 2013.
DEDICATED: Janelle Norton is the proud recipient of a CQ University Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning in 2013. Contributed

IT TAKES courage, resilience and tenacity to fill the role of a paramedic.

For Janelle Norton, there has never been another career option.

"It's always been a dream of mine, always," she said.

"I've worked really, really hard over the past five years to reach this end goal."

In November last year, Janelle was one of four CQ University students awarded an Opal Award for Engaged Service Learning.

The award recognises academics who utilise their degree to better the community in which they live.

Janelle said her favourite part of implementing her degree in Paramedic Science was two-fold - one is on the job, and the other is in her position as cadet support officer at the T.S. Gladstone.

"As a paramedic I feel very privileged to see the look of relief on a patient's face when they realise help has arrived," she said.

"I also enjoy watching the cadets grow from strength to strength and watching them deal with an emergency without getting panicked."

The highlight of Janelle's career and her life was working as a paramedic in New York City.

"I was selected by the university," she said.

"It was an amazing experience. It has been by far the highlight of my entire life and one of the greatest challenges I have faced."

Janelle is a passionate community member and paramedic, and said her goals for the coming decade were to work in remote areas, and potentially become an intensive care paramedic.



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