Balclutha Local Graduates As Army Medic

5 August 2013

It’s the diversity of the work she does that appeals most to newly graduated Army medic, Private (PTE) Caitlin Moffat.

PTE Moffat, a former South Otago High School student, has been posted to Burnham for the last two and a half years and has just earned her Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Paramedic).

The graduate diploma is a civilian university programme from Auckland University of Technology but conducted by the Defence Health School on Defence Force establishments.

PTE Moffat says she didn’t really know what she wanted to do when she left school, but the idea of joining the Army appealed as she didn’t want to sit at a desk all day.

Her career so far has involved mostly study, but she has also learned core Army skills and has practised leadership skills. There has been plenty of physical training when she has not been in the classroom. A keen football player, she says she has also been able to improve her fitness while at the same time enjoying herself with her mates.

"I went through the course with a great bunch of people who helped each other along. We had just the right balance of academic work and physical training, we worked with St John and being out on the road with them makes you appreciate the amazing work they do."

PTE Moffat will now complete further training while at the same time working as an Army medic, "I’ll probably serve on various bases here in New Zealand and after a few years will hopefully have enough experience to deploy overseas."

Chief Instructor of the Defence Health School, Major (MAJ) Brendan Wood says the course is world class.

"The medic trade has been through a lot of changes in recent times, a lot of work has gone into bringing the New Zealand Defence Force medic trade to deliver first world health care.

"The training we provide covers knowledge of the medic functions, and includes all topics studied by civilian paramedics as well as topics specific for use within the New Zealand Defence Force.

"Students can come in with no medical experience and in two and a half years graduate with a qualification that is recognised not just in civilian life, but around the world as the benchmark for medic training," says MAJ Wood.


For more information, contact Todd O’Hara, Defence Communications Group on 021 626 578.

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This page was last reviewed on 8 August 2013.