Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics provide intensive pre-hospital health care to injured, sick, infirm and aged persons and emergency transport to medical facilities.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in science, health science, paramedicine or equivalent course to work as an Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic. Some Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Attends accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance and provides pre-hospital care.
    • Assesses health of patients, assesses need for assistance, specialised needs and factors affecting patients' conditions.
    • Performs therapies and administers drugs according to protocol.
    • Resuscitates and defibrillates patients and operates life-support equipment.
    • Transports accident victims to medical facilities.
    • Transports sick and disabled persons for specialised treatment and rehabilitation.
    • Instructs community groups and essential service workers in first aid.
    • Attends events where accidents and other health emergencies may occur.
    • Ensures that ambulances are adequately maintained and stocked with medical supplies, and that equipment is in good working order.
    • Prepares written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment.

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    All Ambulance Officers and Paramedics

    • $2,180 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics

    • 950 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 24% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,000 in 2011 to 950 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 24% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.8
    Public Administration and Safety1.7
    Mining0.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateIntensive Care Ambulance ParamedicsAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.231.6
    VIC34.225.6
    QLD4.520.0
    SA10.97.0
    WA1.010.8
    TAS7.52.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT5.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketIntensive Care Ambulance ParamedicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.5-9.39.3
    25-3415.3-22.922.9
    35-4430.4-22.022.0
    45-5435.9-21.621.6
    55-5912.6-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationIntensive Care Ambulance ParamedicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree42.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma29.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV2.3-21.121.1
    Year 121.1-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in science, health science, paramedicine or equivalent course to work as an Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic. Some Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with with the Paramedic Board of Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Ambulance Officers and Paramedics who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      89% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Education and Training

      74% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Psychology

      71% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Medicine and Dentistry

      70% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    5. English Language

      69% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    1. Impact of Decisions

      97% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

    2. Physical Proximity

      97% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    3. Work With Work Group or Team

      97% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      96% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      96% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

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