Volunteer Ambulance Officer for Ambulance Tasmania
Suzanne Smith has volunteered for Ambulance Tasmania for 14 years at the Sorell Ambulance Station. As an ambulance officer she attends patients with a paramedic, putting people at ease with her kind and gentle nature. Although it is a physically demanding role, Suzanne works several shifts a month, all over southern Tasmania.
For six years, Suzanne has taken on the additional role of volunteer coordinator – looking after volunteers, organising their training and keeping the station running smoothly. She has expertly guided and mentored many trainees through the accreditation processes and ensured their mental and emotional wellbeing. Her training sessions are open to volunteers from all stations, and Suzanne fosters camaraderie and professionalism among ambulance officers.
Suzanne also volunteers regularly at the Royal Hobart Hospital to support and reassure patients and families in the emergency department – providing an invaluable service to the busy nursing staff and local community.