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.
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.
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?
The most common salary for a Paramedic is between $100k and $120k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data
How to become a Paramedic
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.
- Register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the AHPRA.
- Renew AHPRA registration each year including demonstrating mandatory Continuing Professional Development.