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I started this as a place to keep track of the reflective journal I was required to write for school, during the first two years of my paramedic degree. I'm now finishing off third year part time, and work for both Crown Casino (it's a World of Irritation) as a First Aid Officer and a number of different pre-hospital care and transport organisations. I also do volunteer work with St. John Ambulance Australia, and still somehow manage to have something resembling a life in between times. I don't have to write weekly entries to a set theme anymore, but I continue to write about my work. I think that the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are one of the places where the oral tradition of story-telling and learning from others' stories are kept alive, and this is my digital contribution to that culture. Occasional entries are 'Friends only' because of the sensitive nature of some of the things I discuss.

I have plenty of other interests and things I like to think and write about though, as the interest list below should indicate. I started a degree in Biology after high school, and though I dropped out of it, I have worked for Parks Victoria doing land care and heritage work. I've also worked as an orderly at a number of hospitals, studied Nursing and Emergency Management, washed pots and cooked, and even taught the denizens of inner-Northern Melbourne how to use the World Wide Web at a dodgy internet cafe. I haven't listed all the authors or musical artists that I like, because they'd just never fit. My tastes in music and books are wide-ranging and eclectic.

For those of you who were wondering, usuakari is one of the dozen or so words in Japanese that can mean twilight. It's the first one I learned while studying Japanese at Melbourne High, and the one I like the sound of the best. It usually describes the quality of light, rather than the time of the day. Twilight remains my favourite time for many reasons, including the shades of the light.

All the usual LJ disclaimers apply. The people I list as 'Friends' are people whose journals I read frequently. I read plenty of others on a semi-regular basis, and like to skim through random journals as well. If someone's not on my Friends list it doesn't mean I don't like them. If people wish to be added, or feel compelled to befriend me, drop me a comment somewhere; it doesn't have to be the most recent entry, if there's something else back in there somewhere of interest. I may take my time adding people back, as I read over their journals.

And because some of this is work related stuff, what I write is personal thoughts and opinions only, and does not represent any official policy or communication from any of my employers. So there.

I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
(Then get your friends to!)

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