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Service to offer more paramedics
Health check: Ambulance officer Chanelle Theobald checks the blood pressure of off-duty officer Tim Wallace.
By TERRY KARATAU
'' Rural people are very appreciative of what we do. Family members and
neighbours always assist us where they can.
Hospitals under pressure
Taihape-based ambulance officers
Chanelle Theobald and Tim Wallace
have just six months' study to go
before sitting the exam to take them
to the next stage as paramedics for
St John Ambulance.
This will boost the local service to
four paramedics, bringing more
skills and a wider range of
treatments to Taihape and district.
Over the holiday period, Taihape
crew attended two fatal motor
vehicle accidents and a number of
minor accidents, some non-injury.
Ms Theobald said she did not
think they were any busier than
usual during this period, but said
the bigger centres were busy, which
created pressure on hospitals'
She said the First Response team
from Hunterville had been very
''This is a team of volunteers who
are the first response to a callout.
They do not treat or transport
patients. Their job is to stabilise
patients until we get there.
''They do a fantastic job. Police
and fire brigades also do a great job
and assist us a lot.''
Mr Wallace expressed concern
about the number of times they
have been called to assist elderly
people who have had a fall. He said
there had been three such incidents
in a fortnight.
''We take these people to
Whanganui, which puts more pres-
sure on them.
''Some of these elderly people live
alone. It is a concern that these
incidents happen more often since
the closure of Ruanui.''
He said some patients, who are
not members of St John, have
refused ambulance transport to the
Whanganui hospital because they
have no means of getting home.
Ms Theobald said there are differ-
ent reasons why some people are
not members but they both agree
the St John Supporter Scheme
should be seriously considered.
They suggest the community
should ask St John Ambulance to
consider stationing a health shuttle
in Taihape. The shuttle providing
transport to medical appointments
in Whanganui and Palmerston
North for Raetihi and Ohakune
patients is proving to be an asset.
The St John Ambulance
volunteers are an asset to the
officers and more are required.
❚ If you are interested in learning
more, call in to the Taihape station in
Linnet St or call 0800 ST JOHN
(0800 785 646).
Trades skills set students up for life
Secondary students now have a
great opportunity to earn a trades
or technology qualification while
they are still at school -- and at no
UCOL is heading one of the
academies -- called U-Skills Central
In a partnership with local
schools, places are available to
Rangitikei students in years 12-13
who are studying for NCEA level 2
and also want to gain a tertiary pre-
Applications for study in 2012 are
Trades academies allow students
to be enrolled at both their
secondary school and a tertiary
As an academy Hub school,
Wanganui City College is hosting
two U-Skills programmes, engineer-
ing and joinery, which are open to
year 12 and 13 students from across
U-Skills are also offering
programmes in fashion and beauty,
electrotechnology (electrical and
electronics) and joinery at the
UCOL Palmerston North campus.
All the programmes are available
to students from any school in the
U-Skills training will be provided
blocks across the week at Wanganui
The other school days will be
spent at students' usual school
studying towards NCEA. The study
is free and transport, including to
Palmerston North, is also free.
The manager of U-Skills Jacqui
Phillips says it's a brilliant new
initiative that brings gains for the
''It's an opportunity for young
people to get tertiary level training
to start them on their chosen career
''U-Skills students will also have
contact with local employers, along-
side careers and personal develop-
''It's a great way to encourage
young people into trades where
there are skill shortages in many
areas -- with more shortages
predicted in the future.
Ms Phillips says studying under
U-Skills offers the best of both
worlds to students.
''They can continue to enjoy the
support of their school environment
and keep their friends, cultural and
sporting activities, while experienc-
ing study at a tertiary level and
starting to build a career.
''They can look forward to excel-
lent, sustainable pay rates in trades
areas,'' she says.
Ms Phillips says students have
great options at the end of their
U-Skills study year.
''We will assist students to plan
their future pathways.
''This may be staying at school,
going on to further tertiary study,
moving into employment or an
''These are excellent ways forward
for young people and also bring
gains for employers and the local
❚ For an enrolment pack or more
information about U-Skills phone
0800 46 8265.
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