In 2011, Gemma was working as a paramedic trainee on Palm Island. Gemma undertook her training as a traineeship and has travelled to Brisbane for study.

Page last updated: 06 December 2013

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"I love my job, I really enjoy helping people. My family and friends are very supportive and they’re very proud of what I do.

My name is Gemma Armit, I’m a paramedic trainee and I work on Palm Island.

The job was advertised and I thought it would be a great career choice, so I applied and was successful. I went away for six weeks to Brisbane, initially, and I’ve come back and have been able to put into practice what I learnt.

I get most of my training on the job, and it’s really good because I’m able to get paid while I learn. As a paramedic trainee I attend a variety of cases – accidents, those with injuries and other patients who require medical assistance. We may go to a job that requires a bandage, some pain relief or in worse situations someone in cardiac arrest that may need CPR until we get them to the hospital.

The work can get quite hectic, and a lot of the jobs we go to can be quite gruesome but knowing we have the tools and the knowledge to deal with them is quite rewarding.

My goal within the next two years is to qualify as a paramedic and from there I look forward to working either here or in other communities.

My work mates are absolutely great, and it’s a really good feeling basically just giving back to the community.

If you’re interested in a career in health, I think it’s important to not let anything hold you back. Don’t let yourself down by taking yourself out of it before you even give it a go. Because you can do it."

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