Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Vanuatu - Paramedic Program

International Experience Program: Vanuatu

Faculty of Science

School of Biomedical Sciences - Paramedic Study Tour

Proposed 2018 Program

This overseas travel experience gives you the opportunity to learn how paramedic services are delivered within Vanuatu. In addition, you'll learn how paramedic education is delivered in the country, participate in community health education programs, observe clinical practice on local ambulances while responding to emergency calls, and spend time in a variety of other healthcare settings, including remote health clinics and the main hospital in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu is a multi-ethnic country and you will meet, share experiences with, and interact with a range of emergency services professionals and patients from different cultures, religions and ethnicities who speak several different languages. Importantly, you will also share information about Australian paramedic services and the university based system for local student paramedics.

When: Approx 12 August - 1 September 2018 (exact dates advised on notification of successful application)
*This date coincides with other on campus study requirements.  A study plan will be determined with individual students and subject coordinators

Number of places: 10
This program requires minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in the second or third year of CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) at the time of undertaking the program. Students must also be eligible to receive academic recognition outlined below.

Academic Information: Students who successfully complete this program should be eligible to receive assessment credit (clinical reflections) for CLS203 or CLS302. Students must liaise directly with their Course Director for credit approval 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.

Program Cost: Approximately $2600 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: In-country program fee and in-country accommodation (shared).

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, airfares, travel insurance, passports, immunisations (where applicable), visas (business visa required), in-country transport, meals, souvenirs, gratuities, sightseeing, recreational activities, and incidentals.

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

Application Timeline: continue to bottom of this page for application link and instructions

  • 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. You will need to allow approximately one month to apply for and obtain your visa.
  • Full and final payment due: 1 July 2018
  • Pre-departure session: To be announced

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 

Alice Wood
CSU Global
Charles Sturt University
Building 1294, Level 3
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068

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

Samantha Burbidge
School of Biomedical Sciences  
Charles Sturt University

Indicative program outline: This itinerary is subject to change and should be used as a guide only.
0Arrive in Vanuatu 
1Rest day - students familiarise themselves with Port VilaPort Vila
2Clinical site visits - various locations 
3Clinical site visits - various locations 
4Clinical site visits - various locations 
5Clinical site visits - various locations 
6Clinical site visits - various locations 
7Rest Day 
8Rest Day 
9Clinical site visits - various locations 
10Clinical site visits - various locations 
11Clinical site visits - various locations 
12Clinical site visits - various locations 
13Clinical site visits - various locations 
14Rest Day 
15Rest Day 
16Clinical site visits - various locations 
17Clinical site visits - various locations 
18Clinical site visits - various locations 
19Clinical site visits - various locations 
20Clinical site visits - various locations 
21Program concludes. Students free to travel and return home 

Students must also submit additional documentation as part of the selection process as well as completing the online application form: 
Submit a cover letter (2 pages maximum) detailing what you hope to gain from this trip (personally and professionally) and what you perceive to be the main challenges of delivering high quality pre-hospital care in locations where access to resources is limited. Students will be offered places on this trip based on the combined strength of their application, cover letter and their GPA.

Indicative program outline: This itinerary is subject to change and should be used as a guide only.