Published on 10 February 2015
Talented musician Kaylee Utting of Beerwah is so impressed by the daily tempo of frontline emergency work that she has signed up to study Paramedic Science at USC.
Kaylee, 18, who achieved an OP2 at Glasshouse Country Christian College last year, said she had been interested in the work of paramedics for many years and was inspired by their knowledge of the human body.
“I knew I wanted to be able to help people and one of the best ways I could do that was by choosing to study to become a paramedic,” she said.
“I have a friend who is in her third year of Paramedic Science at USC and she can tell you every ligament and bone in your hand – that's really cool and such an inspiration.”
The opportunity to calmly assist people in emergencies and the ever-changing work environment are two aspects of the job that Kaylee finds most appealing.
“I think any sort of medical background comes in handy and I'm really excited to learn about how the human body works so that I can help injured people when they really need it,” she said.
Kaylee excelled in biology at school and also was an active member of her school band, playing the guitar, piano and drums.
She intends to add further strings to her bow in the future – both academically and musically – with plans to one day study medicine and master the cello.
— Kristy Wright