Army medic puts theory into action

Defence Health School graduate Private William Wallace, of Riverton.

THE ability to both think on his feet while also being fit was a drawcard for William Wallace to join the New Zealand Army as a medic.

He has just graduated from Defence Health School, based at Burnham Military Camp, following two-and-a-half years of study where he earned the Peers Choice Award and Top Trainee Award.

Private Wallace, 22, of Riverton, tried university but it wasn’t right for him so he enlisted in the Army.

“I joined as a medic as I wanted a job that required physical challenges as well as academic ones.

“It seemed to fit what I wanted in a job the most, requiring a lot of thinking, as well as being physically fit,” he said.

Pte Wallace said he enjoyed the operational phases of training, particularly the parts based around trauma.

“Along with that, I have really enjoyed getting a taste of the different services of medicine, including the aeromedical evacuation course.”

He was looking forward to the next part of his New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) journey.

“I am looking to further my understanding of military and clinical medicine, and ensuring that any patients I treat in the field, on operations, or at the health centre are given the best care.

“I a medical sense, I will also be furthering my study through a Bachelor of Paramedicine.”

Pte Wallace will be posted to Southern Health Support Squadron at Burnham where he will put his medic training into practice.

NZDF medics experience on-the-job training at health centres across Defence Force camps, ships and bases around New Zealand.