Saving lives on the frontline is the focus for Charles Sturt University Port Macquarie students, Angus Laut and Olivia Stuart as they prepare for international paramedic work placements.
The 20-year-olds are among a group of 32 students studying paramedicine at CSU to take on the placements in Canada and New Zealand.
It will be the third Bachelor of Paramedicine placement across the ditch but the first paramedicine work experience visit in Canada.
The duo will be heading to New Zealand
Ms Stuart says the experience will be a learning curve.
"I'm really excited to engage in a different cultural setting. I feel like it's going to be similar to Australia but just a different set of protocols from what we learnt," she said.
"We've already learnt to administer certain medications, patient treatment and care, patient assessments and how to gauge histories or medical conditions to form a treatment plan. We also have CPR, basic and advanced life support.
"It will be a learning curve but we have a whole set of skills learnt in second year which we can apply to our placement.
"Before the placement was even offered or I knew about it I was already considering New Zealand as a potential job opportunity.
"I'm volunteering in Port Macquarie with the Orange Sky mobile laundry van so I'd like to do some volunteering over in Auckland. That's one of the main reasons I want to go."
The second year students have already completed a four week, 150 hour stint with NSW Ambulance in Newcastle, including covering 12 hour day and night shifts. They will have a final placement in Australia during their final year of study.
Mr Laut said the Newcastle placement had been beneficial.
"We've both been on one clinical placement so there's going to be some things that are similar but just the practice from another ambulance service in a different country will be different," he said.
"We already have different patient management techniques learnt from the other placement done in Newcastle with NSW Ambulance service."
For the New Zealand placements, Ms Stuart will be stationed in Tauranga, while Mr Laut will be posted in Whakatane working in ambulance crews from late-December this year.
"From talking to the other people that go over there, there could be work with helicopters and rescue lifts. That's an exciting avenue that I want to go down to deal with geographical challenges," said Mr Laut.
"My whole family has been in different parts of the medical field as nurses and midwives so it's something that appealed to me.
"I'm an adventurous person and having an out of hospital way to practice was more appealing to me than being stuck in hospital."
Sixteen Port Macquarie students will travel to New Zealand, while another five will travel to Canada.
Students were chosen for the placements based on their grade point average and written applications.
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