Kulbardi helps nursing student take to the air

December 20, 2013

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Nursing student Bianca Tassell outside of Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre.

Named for a Noongar word meaning ‘wings to fly’, the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre at Murdoch University has literally helped one of its students take to the air with the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

The Centre pitched in to cover costs and Perth accommodation for third-year Nursing student Bianca Tassell from Mandurah so she could pursue her dream of doing her final practicum with the organisation.

Ms Tassell said the experience was invaluable.

“Working with the Flying Doctors was incredibly intense but also really awesome,” she said.

“I flew with a pilot, flight nurse and often a doctor all over Western Australia, including Port Hedland, Esperance, Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.

“I was able to take a role in assessing patients to see if they were in a condition to fly, participated in scans such as ECGs, looked after pain management and provided support for doctors and nurses.

“Without Kulbardi, I couldn’t have done it. I was exhausted from travelling and the time requirements were difficult to manage from Mandurah.”

The Royal Flying Doctors Service flies out of Jandakot Airport, less than 15 minutes from Murdoch’s South Street Campus.

Ms Tassell said with her practicum and degree now complete, she plans to spend the next six months working in aged care while applying for entry into a graduate program.

All of which supports her long-term ambition.

“It’s my dream to work for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, and I’m aware that a lot has to be put into making it happen, including working in a wide range of medical areas, including midwifery,” Ms Tassell said.

“I’ll need about 10 years, but I’m ready to put the hard work in. It’s an incredible organisation that services our state.”

Ms Tassell said she chose Murdoch for her undergraduate degree due to its Peel Campus location and its reputation for supporting Aboriginal students.

For more information on Nursing at Murdoch University, go here.

To learn about Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, go here.

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