My name is Cheryl and I am an Advanced Care Paramedic living and working in a small town in the middle of the Aussie state of Queensland.
My 'patch' covers over 55,000 square kilometres and apart from our handover day once a week - there is just one officer to cover this. We are never 'alone' though. There is a great group of volunteer Emergency drivers who we can call on at any time of the day or night. They all know the area and the roads so well, not to mention they know all of the properties.
I am still not entirely sure what drew me to this place, but I am so glad I was. I work 8 days straight and I am on call each night of that...then ...6 days off. The people here have been so welcoming and even though we will need to be here a hundred years to be considered 'locals' we really feel at home here.
The most overwhelming thing I have found so far is the distances - we travel over 180 kilometres each way to get the fortnightly groceries! As for the patients - its is a long two and a half hours when you are going out to a chest pain patient - plenty of time to plan your treatment!! Then, the slower three hour drive back to the hospital over dirt tracks and dodging the kangaroos and other wildlife on the road......BUT I LOVE IT!
I look forward to hearing from some of you out there - love to share experiences and just have a chat!!
Take care out there