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Nurturing nature runs through Jamee’s veins

By November 11, 2020January 13th, 2021No Comments

Jamee Johnson has recently finished her third year of a Bachelor of Paramedics and Bachelor of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Not only is she a star student, Jamee dedicates much of her time to helping others. Outside of her study, she works as an assistant nurse across aged care facilities, hospitals and community homes, and also as a sports medic on weekends. During COVID-19, Jamee took to gardening, a hobby that many struggle with. With more than 100 house plants living happily and healthily in her apartment, it is safe to say Jamee’s caring and nurturing nature is innate.

Alinta Energy – CEF Launching Star

Bachelor of Paramedics/Bachelor of Nursing

Queensland University of Technology

Local Foundation:
Blackall-Tambo Education Group, QLD


I am so thrilled to be accepting this award. I feel honoured to be recognised by CEF as a Launching Star.

Jamee says her greatest achievement is being accepted into the International Golden Key Honour Society with an incredible Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.2  from a possible 7.0, which recognises the top 15% of academia across QUT.

She was also accepted to undertake a two-week nursing program in Nanjing, China at the end of 2019. She says, “this was by far one of the best things I have ever done.”

In 2020, she was selected as a QUT paramedic peer facilitator, a program in which she helps younger students develop their skills and knowledge. Jamee will again take part in this activity in 2021, saying “I enjoy helping other students and consolidating my own knowledge as well.”

Next year I am planning to do my paramedic placement in Mount Isa as I am interested in rural healthcare.

It is not only Jamee’s fantastic achievements, but her pride in coming from a regional area that make her the perfect, inaugural Alinta Energy – CEF Rising Star in 2020.

Jamee says she returns home as much as she can, especially during holidays as she “loves being in the country and being back in Blackall.” It is this love that has her hoping to work rurally within the Queensland Ambulance Service after graduation.


Like so many other CEF grant recipients, Jamee says that the support helped “tremendously” in her first year, going towards uniforms for clinical placements. Throughout the following years, it has also assisted with essentials like textbooks and rental payments, neither of which are cheap.

Her funds also helped fund her nursing experience in China, which she says was a “phenomenal experience,” and she is grateful for the support of CEF particularly during placement weeks, when she is not able to work as much.

I am so grateful to the wonderful members of Blackall-Tambo Education Group and all they have done for me over the years.

Jamee knows what the support of CEF means, especially to rural students who need to move away from home to study and says that CEF “provides a significant amount of support to help us achieve our goals.” So much so, she encourages students thinking about post-school education to reach out to their local foundation to see what scholarships are available.

She believes it is “definitely worthwhile” for past recipients to connect with the CEF Alumni network to support the organisation that once helped them

Her appreciation for the Blackall-Tambo Education Group is absolutely reciprocated. Committee member Alison Shaw who nominated Jamee for this year’s awards says, “Jamee is very committed to her studies and exceptionally motivated to make the most of her student career.”

I believe CEF always wants to hear about their recipient’s current situation and show a real interest.