Joanne Miller (centre) with nominators Barry Davidson (left) and Ross Breaden (right). Photo supplied by Ambulance Victoria.
Warragul resident and Gippsland paramedic Joanne Miller has been awarded for her exceptional efforts and determination to study to be a paramedic.
Ms Miller received the Rod Moore Memorial Award for 2011 at the Ambulance Victoria Staff Service Awards in Doncaster on Tuesday.
The award celebrates exceptional determination and personal improvement shown by paramedics while studying to take the position. It is named after the late Rod Moore, who had to overcome great hurdles to succeed as a paramedic.
Ms Miller also had to overcome hurdles to succeed.
CEO of Ambulance Victoria Greg Sassella commended Ms Miller’s dedication to her studies in the face of adversity in an Ambulance Victoria media release yesterday.
“The decision to become a paramedic was a huge one for Joanne as not only did she have a 200km round trip to attend school and a 300km round trip to maintain access visits for her daughters but while she was studying her eldest daughter suffered a recurrent illness for extended periods which impacted on her academic and personal life,” Mr Miller said.
“She started with Ambulance Victoria as an ACO in 2005 and showed herself to be committed and reliable in this position.”
Ms Miller said her determination to do what she wanted kept her on track to complete her course.
“It was very difficult. At times I would wake up in the middle question what I was doing – giving up full-time employment to go back to uni while supporting two girls. But I was determined to do it because it’s something that I always wanted to do,” Ms Miller said.
Ms Miller was nominated by Ambulance Victoria personnel Barry Davidson and Ross Breaden.
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