Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Canada: Paramedicine Tour

International Experience Program: Canada

Faculty of Science

School of Biomedical Sciences - Canada - Paramedicine Tour

Proposed 2019 Program

Vancouver viewsDuring this program, you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working alongside paramedics in a Canadian ambulance services in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland Ambulance Service area serviced by British Columbia Emergency Health Services. Through your placement, you will apply paramedic basic life support and advanced life support skills in a supervised clinical environment at the discretion of your preceptor. Additionally, you'll visit dispatch centres and call hubs to observe dispatch operations as well as attending the University of British Columbia’s Justice Institute to gain a perspective into emergency services education in Canada. This opportunity will assist you in developing insight and an appreciation for international emergency medical services systems and be able to compare and contrast the Canadian and Australian health and paramedic systems.

The self-ticketing aspect of the placement will allow you the flexibility of exploring the beauty and culture of Canada at your leisure prior to and/or after the program completion.

When:  approximately 8 November - 3 December 2019 (exact dates to be advised on notification of successful application)

Number of Places: 12
This program requires minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in the first or second year of CSU's Bachelor of Paramedicine or Bachelor of Clinical Clinical Practice (Paramedic) Students must also be eligible to receive academic recognition outlined below and be able to show evidence of flu vaccinations to the British Columbia Emergency Health Services.

Academic Information: Students who successfully complete this program should be eligible to receive 90 placement hours for CLS311 Paramedic Internship and/pr other assessment components. Students must liaise directly with their Course Director for credit approval and should do so prior to applying for this program.

It is recommended that students liaise directly with their Course Director to understand the credit arrangements and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost is based on the provision of the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant which is awarded to eligible students. It is not paid directly to individuals but has already been included in program costings.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria. Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Refer to CSU Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on financial assistance.

Canada Mountain viewsCost: Approximately $4200 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: Program fee and in-country accommodation.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, international flights, travel insurance, meals, passports, immunisations, visas (you will need to research the costs and conditions of visas prior to submitting your application), local transport and sightseeing costs.

Please note:  This is an individually ticketed program (students to arrange and purchase their own flights, visas, passports, immunisations and travel insurance.

Application Timeline:

  • Application closing date: applications closed
  • Successful students will be notified (via email): Within two weeks of application closing date.
  • $1000 non-refundable deposit due: within two weeks of notification of successful application
    (You must have a valid passport, or be in the process of applying for one by the first deposit payment date. Your passport must have a minimum of six month validity from the program's return date)
  • Full and final payment due: 15 August, 2019
  • Pre-departure session: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 

Alice Wood
CSU Global
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068
Email: csuglobal@csu.edu.au

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to:

Robert Bear
School of Biomedical Sciences 
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6582 9438
Email: rbear@csu.edu.au

Indicative Program Outline: Subject to change. This should be used as a guide only
DayActivityLocation
1Students must have arrived in Vancouver by this dayVancouver
2Rest day - group introductions Vancouver
3First Day of Placement - Introduction to British Columbia Emergency Health Services and presentation by students & AcademicVancouver
4Site visit - Dispatch Center / CliniCall hub - observing call taking and dispatch operationsVancouver
5Site visit - Dispatch Center / CliniCall hub - observing call taking and dispatch operationsVancouver
6Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
7Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
8Free day - excursion Grouse Mountain (optional) 
9Free day for unrostered students 
10Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
11Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
12Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
13Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
14Free day for unrostered students  - possible weekend in Whistler Mountain (optional)Whistler
15Free day for unrostered students - possible weekend in Whistler Mountain (optional)Whistler
16Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
17Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
18Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
19Shift rotation for all students - mixed PCP & ACP CrewsVancouver and Lower Mainland stations
20Final day of placement - visit to the Justice Institute of British Columbia / Farewell DinnerVancouver
21Student are free to travel or return home 

In addition to the online application you will also need to submit a 1 page bio with photo to accompany your application. This can be emailed to csuglobal@csu.edu.au or attached to your online application.