Mark Belchamber (St John)


Nominee/entrant details

Mark Belchamber, Intensive Care Paramedic


Employer details

St John

Size: 10,000+ staff

Industry: Health Care and Social Assistance


Background on entrant/nominee's employer

A core activity for St John is providing Ambulance Services throughout Aotearoa. In addition St John have a key role in the broader picture of health care, through our provision of first aid training, event medical services, first aid kits and supplies, medical alarms, youth groups and a wide range of community supports such as caring callers and therapy pets. A cornerstone of St John is the generosity of volunteers and supporters who make these things happen.


Executive summary

Mark Belchamber is an intensive care paramedic who resides in Taranaki. A family man, musician, and author Mark has devoted much of his life to paramedicine and has been a First Responder since 1993. Marks passion is to make a difference to someone’s life however Mark went through his own challenging time in his career when he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On the other side of his recovery Mark has shared his story in the hope it is useful and effective in helping other people.


Authenticity and vulnerability

Mark Belchamber is an intensive care paramedic, and man who by nature has a passion and drive to make a difference in peoples lives. Mark has made a difference at St John by sharing his journey of recovery with our front-line staff. In a video Mark shared what was personal and real for him and his whanau. Mark spoke to the moment in which he ‘fell apart inside’ and his subsequent journey to manage since then. In addition, Mark’s whanau have admirably shared about their experience of living with Mark when times were tough. To quote feedback “This is an extremely well told story and some hugely helpful advice, thanks for sharing Mark - that took a lot of courage and I\'m sure there will be many people who will benefit from this. Kia kaha.”


Courage and leadership

Mark is dedicated to the cause and always makes himself available to answer any questions about how things could be done better in the organisation. The organization now uses his video, and his family’s video at First Responder inductions and wellbeing workshops across the country. The ripple effect of Marks story is that colleagues learn how to look out for their mates, and families get a sense of what to look out for at home as they are key pillars of support and are usually the first to nice if things aren\'t going well.


Engagement and communication

Mark is dedicated to the cause and always makes himself available to answer any questions about how things could be done better in the organisation. The organization now uses his video, and his family’s video at First Responder inductions and wellbeing workshops across the country. The ripple effect of Marks story is that colleagues learn how to look out for their mates, and families get a sense of what to look out for at home as they are key pillars of support and are usually the first to nice if things aren\'t going well.


Impact

Our First Responders are those who step towards the things that people in our community usually run away from! Our Ambulance staff support our communities in critical or traumatic times, and because of this are a group that can be more susceptible and vulnerable to developing a psychological challenge or illness. Mark prefers to use the term Post Traumatic Stress Injury – as he shares the message that is something that can be recovered from and is not career ending. Marks vulnerability in sharing his story gives permission for our people to reach out and ask for help. Because of Marks courageous, friendly and helpful nature he can reach the hard to reach people who may have more stoic or cup of concrete perspective. Mark’s story and impact helps break up the concrete to help people feel more confident in getting support. Marks whanau\'s story gives some key tips and suggestions for new recruits and families who may be going through a tough time - it is invaluable for our people of which there are over 5000 paid and volunteers on our front line.


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Referee details

Adele Saunders, Psychological Health and Wellbeing Manager (St John)

0272086037 • [email protected]


Key contact

Helen Sadgrove, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing (St John)

021 833 377 • [email protected]

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