Graduate story: Aaron Richardson
Clinical Coordinator (Projects)
Remote Area Health Corps
Bachelor of Nursing
Aaron Richardson has served many of Australia's most remote Aboriginal communities as a primary health care nurse with the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC).
"You feel like you are always needed. You're not working on bumps and bruises, but treating people who can have a number of chronic conditions," Aaron said. "In many communities there is a doctor who comes two or three days each fortnight, and for the rest of the time the nursing team along with the Aboriginal health practitioners are the only people there to help the community from a health perspective."
Originally from Casino in Northern NSW, Aaron got a taste of remote area nursing through a placement in the second year of his degree.
"I tried to do my placements as remote as I could and my first was at Broken Hill. There is a saying that the red dirt gets in your blood and you can't help going back."
Now based in Canberra, Aaron still does short-term placements in remote communities, but his main roles are to support RAHC health professionals and new remote area nurses and to make sure they meet safety and training requirements. He also manages
RAHC's online learning portal which focuses on Indigenous health and provides free professional development for health professionals across Australia.
"One of the things that drew me to nursing was the ability to travel. Going through my degree, I thought I would I work in the UK and Canada, like many Australian nurses do, but instead I've travelled throughout Australia. I've had so many opportunities through nursing and I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now if I didn't study at SCU."