Paramédico: lives of paramedics explored

Award winning filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour and La Trobe University will present a screening of the feature length documentary, Paramédico: Around the World by Ambulance, at La Trobe University Bendigo on Tuesday 12 February.

Ben Gilmour filming on location in VeniceParamédico explores the day to day lives of paramedics working in four diverse locations: Mexico City, Lahore, Venice and Honolulu. Mr Gilmour joins paramedics on a fast paced and poignant ambulance rides exploring the challenges of their profession.

The critically acclaimed film was featured at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival and was described as ‘riveting’ by Variety, the highly respected newspaper specialising in show business.

The film features a number of characters from Mr Gilmour’s book of the same name. The book is a bestseller in Australia and the United Kingdom.

La Trobe Paramedic Leadership and Education Conference

As well as being an accomplished filmmaker and writer, Mr Gilmour is a practising paramedic. He has been invited to screen his film at the La Trobe Paramedic Leadership and Education Conference, which will take place in Bendigo between Monday 11 February and Thursday 14 February.

‘The conference will attract leading paramedics and academics from around Australia, with one guest, Mr Gary Wingrove, Project Director, Community Healthcare Emergency Cooperative, coming from the US,’ said Dr Peter O’Meara, Professor in Rural and Regional Paramedicine at La Trobe University Bendigo.

‘The event will give us the opportunity to talk about some of the most important developments and challenges facing the profession.

‘We will also show off La Trobe’s new Paramedic Simulation Centre, which was built as part of the redeveloped La Trobe Rural Health School. Conference participants will join current students to take part in training exercises simulating the kinds of situations paramedics encounter out in the field.’

Paramédico: Around the World by Ambulance will be screened in the Mackay Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Health and Human Services Building (HHS), La Trobe University, Sharon Street, Flora Hill on Tuesday 12 February. The film will commence at 6.15pm and conclude at 8.30pm. For further information please email Natalie Morris or phone (03) 5444 7224.


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