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Paramedic

Use medical training in biology, anatomy and physiology to provide rapid response to patients in medical emergencies.

What's it like to be a Paramedic?

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.

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Tasks and duties

  • Attending accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance.
  • Assessing, treating and managing the patient’s treatment on site and en route to hospital.
  • Resuscitating and defibrillating patients and operating life-support equipment.
  • Transporting sick and disabled persons to and from medical facilities for specialised treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Attending public gatherings where accidents and other health emergencies may occur, such as sporting events.
  • Ensuring that ambulances are adequately stocked with medical supplies and that equipment is in good working order.
  • Preparing and delivering written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment provided.
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Paramedics interact with members of the public daily and have strong communication skills, coupled with the ability to drive an Ambulance when required. They perform clinical tests and procedures, administer drugs, maintain patient records and must decide on the most appropriate course of action for a given situation, for example which medical facility to take a patient to.

What can I earn as a Paramedic?

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How to become a Paramedic


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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.

  1. Achieve and maintain a full driver’s licence.
  2. Complete a qualification such as the Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science), or Bachelor of Paramedic Science.
  3. Register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the AHPRA.
  4. Renew AHPRA registration each year including demonstrating mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

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Latest Paramedic reviews

Latest reviews from 38 Paramedics surveyed on SEEK
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Nov 2018
The world is at your feet as a paramedic!
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
paramedicine
The good things
Life as a paramedic is different to almost any other career on the planet. You are gifted with being involved with the most private & intimate times in people's lives. A time where you may just be hol...
The challenges
Dealing with members of the public who may be going through the worst day of their lives can add immense strain on the daily requirements of a paramedic. Long shifts may find you working longer than y...
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Oct 2018
Paramedicine is the reality check you didn’t realise you needed.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Paramedic
The good things
The chance to help someone in their hour of need, no matter how small the crisis. Also working in a position where you have so much trust and respect is very rewarding, but that’s also a lot of respon...
The challenges
The organisations are generally not very progressive. Budgets are tight. The politics are very difficult to stay removed from. Pressures on staff to perform at 120% are almost constant. The weekend an...
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