Ambulance Officers and Paramedics provide emergency health care and transport for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons to medical facilities.
An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed, although entry to this occupation is now with a university qualification and around half of workers have this qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing is required.
- attending accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance
- assessing health of patients, determining need for assistance, and assessing specialised needs and factors affecting patients' conditions
- performing therapies and administering drugs according to protocol
- resuscitating and defibrillating patients and operating life-support equipment
- transporting accident victims to medical facilities
- transporting sick and disabled persons to and from medical facilities for specialised treatment and rehabilitation
- instructing community groups and essential service workers in first aid
- attending public gatherings and sporting events where accidents and other health emergencies may occur
- ensuring that ambulances are adequately maintained and stocked with medical supplies, and that equipment is in good working order
- preparing written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment provided
- Ambulance Officer, or Paramedic
- Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic
Ambulance Officer, or Paramedic
Provides specialised transport services and emergency health care for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Patient Transport Officer
Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic
Provides intensive pre-hospital health care to injured, sick, infirm and aged persons and emergency transport to medical facilities. Registration or licensing is required.