Where are they now – Sean Duggan (SPC 1986-91)

August 7, 2020

The College reconnects with Old Collegian and current parent Sean Duggan (SPC 1986-91) who talks about the challenges of working as a paramedic on the very front line of our emergency healthcare response team in one of the most challenging times in our history. Sean has always been a loyal supporter of the College’s annual Careers Expo, sharing his career knowledge with our current students.


Sean Duggan works at the very front line of our emergency health care response in his role as a paramedic.

Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

I always knew I wanted to be a paramedic, but back then it was a difficult industry to gain employment in. So in the interim, I studied nursing at La Trobe University, then worked at the Western General Hospital Footscray. I then moved back to Ballarat Base Hospital and completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care. After many attempts, I finally gained employment at Ambulance Victoria, when I am still employed today as MICA Senior Team Manager. I live in Ballarat married to Sarah with three children Tom (SPC 2014-19) aged 19, Maddie, 17, and Sam (currently in Year 8), aged 15.


How is the coronavirus presently affecting your work and industry?

Yes, it is very challenging, working in the pre-hospital setting, our industry is certainly at the front-line in protecting and educating the community in the coronavirus. Our workplace practices have certainly changed, but like most industries it’s certainly confronting times.


What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?

My first day I still remember… coming from a very small country school, to walk through the gates and into the corridor, the feeling of tradition, seeing the photos on the wall and trophies in the cabinets. It certainly made me feel a part of something.

The bus trips were often filled with “entertainment” which often resulted in some of us sitting outside Br Moore’s office.

But Year 12 was certainly full of great memories, socially it was exciting and fun. As the year progressed, a place called 21 Arms became a regular meeting point outside of school hours.

Sean Duggan pictured in the 2nd XVIII Football Team photo in 1990.


Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?

Several teachers had a great impact and influence on me.  In Year 10, Mr Farley certainly had an influence. Still to this day I remember the conversation in his office about leaving or staying at school.  What struck me with Mr Farley is how devoted to teaching he was, and how important those courageous conversations are. If I did decide to leave school at Year 10, I would not have the great career I have today.


How has your education shaped your professional life?

St Patrick’s certainly laid the foundations of who I am today. It taught me the perseverance to strive for your goals.  As we know with life experience, we need to ride the bumps along the way. So enjoy the good times and have a positive attitude in the not so good times.


How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?

My time at St Patrick’s certainly shaped my personal values and beliefs. I was provided with the tools to survive in my professional career. I appreciate simple things in life such as family, friends and good physical and mental health.


If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?

Life is a privilege, do not take anything for granted. This year is great example and testing times for many. Who would have thought we would be home schooled, who thought community sport would be cancelled, who thought shops and businesses would be closed.

So make the most of the opportunities life presents, set realistic goals and always have a backup plan.