Palm Island CDP produces new Paramedics

Selina Hughes and Keita Obah-Lenoy were participants of Campbell Page’s Community Development Program activities on Palm Island – now they are both excelling in their field as Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs).

Selina and Keita trained in Brisbane for several months under the Queensland Ambulance Service and have returned to Palm Island to assist in the development of their community.

We want to build a closer relationship between Queensland’s Indigenous Communities and the Ambulance Service that can help us to get a better understanding of the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. – Selina

Both ladies believe that they can help the health care system better understand the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by incorporating local and cultural knowledge to enhance the level of service they provide.

The whole Palm Island community is extremely proud and cannot wait to see them around the Island again in their new uniforms.

Campbell Page has been operating employment programs on Palm Island since 2013, including the Community Development Program (CDP), which commenced in 2015. Since then, our CDP Team has been dedicated to increasing employment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency on Palm Island. Within the community, we are developing activities that build the skills of participants and ensure they are job ready, while also being meaningful to the individual, and culturally appropriate.

Congratulations Selina and Keita!

Campbell Page is a not for profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. If you would like to find out more about us, please visit our website or contact us directly.

 

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au

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