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Meet Graduate Paramedic Quinby

Meet Graduate Paramedic Quinby

Meet Graduate Paramedic Quinby

Quinby’s passion for helping people started at a young age. Working as a volunteer surf lifeguard, she was no stranger to first aid, and it was this that ignited her interest in paramedicine.


"I became interested in first aid as a teenager when I became a volunteer surf lifesaver. I then became a pool lifeguard and was able to achieve multiple first aid qualifications which grew my passion. I had various first aid experiences through the surf and the pool, which made me think of paramedicine as a career,” she says.

But it wasn’t until Quinby had to use our services herself by calling 111 for a sick family member, that she knew paramedicine was for her.

“I had to call the ambulance myself multiple times for a sick family member not long before I began the degree. I found that during these times I remained calm and worked well under the circumstances. I was able to see the paramedics of Wellington Free Ambulance first-hand, and this was the ultimate reason why I chose to start studying paramedicine.”

Choosing to enroll at Whitireia, Quinby found the study more challenging than expected, but she persevered.  

“The study was a lot more than I expected, in terms of how much we learn. I found it challenging at times, but I grew so much as a person throughout the degree and learned so much more than I ever thought. A huge positive side of the study is how we get to practice our skills in the labs and get to use these skills out on the road during placements early in the degree. I found that going out on placements really motivated me during the degree and kept me going,” she explains.

When Quinby heard the news that she was going to be a graduate Paramedic at Wellington Free Ambulance, she was over the moon.

“I was ecstatic when I found out, and truly couldn't believe it. It felt like a dream. It meant so much that I was able to achieve my dream job after years of hard work with this being my end goal.

“I was born and bred in Wellington and have had positive experiences with WFA, so it wasn't a very hard decision on where I wanted to work. I believe that is amazing to have a free ambulance service, and that is a service that I want to work for.”

Adjusting to full-time shift work and sometimes being out of her comfort zone was difficult at first. In turn, Quinby has found herself a big family with everyone who supported her.

“I also really enjoy being in a workplace where you are constantly learning and improving. Each shift I take home something that I have learned and get to work on my practice for my next shift.”

What makes Quinby most proud is being there for people in need.

“Being able to support and help people in our community when they need us to most is extremely rewarding. We are there to support people in what might be the worst moments in their life. Putting on the uniform each day makes me proud to be a paramedic with Wellington Free.”



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