Paramedic

Job Description

Paramedics provide rapid response to medical emergencies, assess and attend to patients with life-threatening and non-life-threatening injuries, often while in transit, and transport patients to health facilities such as hospitals. They are required to make quick judgments on complex clinical decisions and must be comfortable working under intense pressure. They often work as part of a two-person crew, working out of Ambulances equipped with stretchers and a range of clinical equipment and medicine.

Careers Ladder

Qualifications

In order to become a Paramedic in Australia, you need to complete a bachelor degree majoring in Paramedic Science at an accredited university. After completing your study, it is mandatory to register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to become a qualified Paramedic. A full driver’s licence is also required.

Achieve and maintain a full driver’s licence.

Complete a qualification such as the Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science), or Bachelor of Paramedic Science.

Register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the AHPRA.

Attributes

  • Acumen
  • Adaptability
  • Calm
  • Communicator
  • Cooperative
  • Diligent
  • Educated
  • Energetic
  • Focused
  • Interpersonal
  • Perceptive
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Registration
  • Paramedicine
  • Testing
  • Emergency Response
  • Microsoft Office
  • Ambulance Services
  • Autonomy

Future Prospects

Paramedics may advance into other related healthcare occupations, such as physician assistants and medical assistants, as well as administrative positions in various healthcare settings, such as ambulatory care companies or hospitals.