THE Australian Defence Force and Wodonga TAFE have strengthened their partnership to deliver the first group of tri-service medic graduates yesterday.
Twenty-five service men and women from the army, air force and navy graduated to become Australian Defence Force Medical Technicians at a ceremony at Latchford Barracks.
Wodonga TAFE based 12 teachers at the Army School of Health to deliver the customised 18-month course, which Commandant Duncan Polich said was an investment in the future of Australia.
“A paramedic course usually takes about two years, but it took 18 months to go through a diploma of enrolled nursing and a paramedic course here,” he said.
“So in terms of contributing to the nation, I think its good value for money because these people will go on and have long and productive careers not only in defence, but as Australians.”
Graduate Josh Cowell received the student of merit award and the RAAF meritorious award during the ceremony and says the course offered him rare opportunities.