Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD
With a medley of experiences from the earliest days as a student paramedic, qualified officer, humanitarian health assistant, and high altitude medical officer, this book has underpinned the story of an everyday paramedic. Whilst thousands of ambulance officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics criss-cross their way through communities around the world to provide support to people, Here Hold My Drink and Watch This has captured a rare insight into the real people of paramedicine. Written from a down-to-earth perspective, Sunny brings to life the challenging and confronting work paramedics are faced with on a daily basis yet also finds some humour and consolation amongst the confusion and chaos.
Sunny Whitfield is an accomplished paramedic, academic, writer and expedition leader who barley passed high school. He served in the Australian army in the early 2000s during which time he deployed to several conflict zones where he experience prehospital care for the first time. Since then, he has worked in several ambulance services around the world as well as filling roles in humanitarian health care operations, expedition medicine, flight medicine, and emergency service development in low GDP countries. In 2016 Sunny founded Explora Medical Media as a way of raising the profile of extreme environment medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a founding member of the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society. Sunny lives in Southeast Queensland with his wife and children where he can be found surfing terribly pr exploring the hills with his kids.