USC medallist begins work as a paramedic

Published: Comments:
Community University & TAFE

Social:   
Fraser Bliesner and wife Phoenix

A decision to enrol with his wife in a university pathway course at USC has taken Brisbane’s Fraser Bliesner from part-time work and travel to a career as a paramedic.

Becoming a doctor is the next goal for Mr Bliesner, who was awarded a University Medal for his grade point average of 6.8 out of a perfect 7 when he graduated with a USC Bachelor of Paramedic Science last month.

“The medical field is where my passion lies and the knowledge that I gained during my degree, combined with working as a paramedic, has only fuelled my desire to eventually move into medicine,” the 26-year-old said.

The former Kelvin Grove State High School sports captain who represented Queensland in rugby league while at school, and played in the AFL feeder team for the Gold Coast Suns, said his main priorities when he finished high school had been sport, fitness and travel.

“I travelled overseas after high school, including a six-month stint playing AFL in Toronto, Canada, before my wife and I decided that we wanted to go to university,” he said.

“I was a qualified personal trainer and I felt that a Paramedic Science degree from USC would allow me to expand my interest in fitness into the health realm.”

With his wife Phoenix, also a Kelvin Grove State High graduate, Mr Bliesner enrolled mid-year in 2013 in USC’s free Tertiary Preparation Pathway to improve his eligibility for admission into the University’s Paramedic Science degree for the start of 2014.

He was initially surprised by his high academic results. “Sometimes I look back and I think it wasn’t really that hard but I realise it was because I loved what I was doing,” he said.

“USC does such a good job with its Paramedic Science degree. I found it really fascinating and was easily able to pick things up because I had a real interest in it.”

Mr Bliesner said he benefited from additional study time gained while taking USC’s subsidised shuttle bus from its collection point at North Lakes to the Sippy Downs campus.

He was selected in the Queensland Ambulance Service’s first graduate intake for 2017 and was on the job as a paramedic in Metro South, Brisbane, just one week after his last exam.

“Dealing with real-life situations is very different from simulation training, however I was confident in my theoretical knowledge from my degree.

“The experience gained in placements along with the training received from the Queensland Ambulance Service helped me to implement that knowledge in a practical sense on the job.”

Applications are now open for mid-year entry to study at USC, starting Semester 2 on 24 July. Details on how to apply for more than 90 undergraduate and postgraduate programs can be found on www.usc.edu.au/midyear.

 
University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
New clinical trials target bowel disease 18 September 2017 | The USC Clinical Trials Centre has partnered with specialists from Coastal Digestive Health at Maroochydore to conduct research into investigational medications for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). More information...
USC Honorary Doctor named as CNN Hero 14 September 2017 | Renowned wildlife biologist and USC Honorary Doctor Wong Siew Te has been recognised by global television network CNN for his tireless work to protect the endangered South-East Asian sun bear. More information...
USC hosts workshop for girl gamers in Gympie 12 September 2017 | Gympie girls are invited to explore the world of gaming as part of a free holiday workshop by USC designed to inspire the next generation of information technology specialists. More information...
USC students step up as sport statisticians 12 September 2017 | Two USC Sport and Exercise Science students have become sought-after match statisticians for some of the world’s biggest international netball tournaments. More information...
Excitement builds ahead of USC's Outstanding Alumni Awards 07 September 2017 | Excitement is building ahead of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony that will be held on campus on Thursday 21 September. More information...
USC exhibition to celebrate generous donations 07 September 2017 | A stunning selection of artwork donated to the University of the Sunshine Coast over the past 20 years will go on display at the USC Art Gallery on Friday 15 September at 6.30pm. More information...
International role for respected USC microbiologist 07 September 2017 | A USC academic recognised internationally for her research on antibiotic-producing bacteria has been elected to lead an organisation responsible for preserving the world’s microorganism cultures. More information...
USC students head to India for law competition 05 September 2017 | Final-year students Kayla Bucknall, 24, and Codi Dalley, 25, will compete against university students from around the world at the HSF-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition from 8-10 September. More information...
USC project to help make Qld the Sports State 04 September 2017 | The starter’s gun has fired on a new USC campaign to share the Sunshine Coast’s sporting research, facilities and education with the world. More information...
USC leads bushfire risk trial in national research project 31 August 2017 | Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are leading one of three major trials across Australia aimed at reducing the risk of bushfire damage to our built and natural environments. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service