“International Men’s Day can be an important day as it prompts us to pause and think about what we are doing to look after ourselves and others.
Whether it be our physical health, our mental health or our relationships with others it is helpful to take a minute and see if there is a positive change we can make in one of those areas,” Shane said.
“It could be making time for exercise, a short walk or checking in with a mate or counsellor.”
Shane started out at Woodridge station in 2009 and jumped at the opportunity to become the Officer in Charge at Logan West in 2017.
“An opportunity came up to relieve in the OIC role and I felt like I was ready to find out what happens behind the curtain to keep a station and the service running,” he said.
“I found I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of helping paramedics as well as members of the community. Working to balance the dual roles of being a paramedic responding to cases and managing station operations is something I enjoy as each role is very different and requires different skill-sets.”
Nothing quite prepares you for your first baby birth though, as Shane found out early on in his career.
“I’ll never forget the first delivery I assisted with as a student very early in my career. The labour progressed surprisingly quickly, and a healthy baby was delivered just a few hundred metres away from the entrance to the hospital. The mother was incredibly relaxed through the labour and it was amazing to be a part of a new life coming into the world,” Shane said.
Everyday is different for Shane and it’s just one of the things he loves about his job.
“You meet all types of people from all different backgrounds and you’re entrusted to care for them in their time of need,” he said.
“I knew I wanted a career which served the community and was different every day. I’d always been amazed by the work that the emergency services do whether it be police, fire or ambulance, and I felt I may have an aptitude for the paramedic role.”
Where else do you rock up to work and find a fleet of Australian Defence Force vehicles lined up in front?
“I was on deployment to Townsville during the floods in early 2019 and I came to the station and found a fleet of ADF Bushmasters out the front with paramedics working alongside army medics in these huge vehicles to get to patients who were otherwise inaccessible due to flooding,” Shane said.
“It was so impressive to see the defence and emergency services personnel all working together to make sure paramedics could get to any patient who needed care – it’s not something I ever thought I would see.”
While the role of a paramedic can be challenging at times, Shane believes it’s the best job in the world.
“Working in emergency services is a rewarding and challenging job and to do it well and be at our best it’s important we dedicate some time to looking after ourselves as well as our patients,” he said.
Shane has definitely fit a lot into his 12 years of being a paramedic and we’re very lucky to have him on #TeamTeal!