The main role of NSW Ambulance paramedics is to respond to Triple Zero (000) calls and provide life saving medical treatment. They are one of the health system's greatest assets and are vital for delivering effective out of hospital care.
The community relies on the professionalism, dedication and clinical skills of our paramedics to provide the best medical care. Paramedics must complete a rigorous program of training and education to gain their initial qualification. Paramedics must engage in an ongoing professional development program to maintain their Certificate to Practice (CTP) after gaining initial qualification. This ensures each paramedic's clinical and technical skills are of the highest standard, allowing them to provide out of hospital care to the community. Medical treatment provided by paramedics is guided by approved protocols, pharmacology and clinical procedures guiding the provision of treatment for various clinical conditions.
Intensive Care Paramedics
The role of paramedic specialist - intensive care paramedic - is one that most paramedics aspire to. This senior clinical role requires further training and education to meet the demands faced by intensive care paramedics. Today paramedics can achieve recognition as paramedic specialists in the intensive care paramedic category through one of two pathways. The advanced diploma of Paramedical Science pathway involves a six month program comprising inter-residential school, hospital placement and on road practicum. This challenging program delivered by NSW Ambulance Education Centre is nationally accredited and recognised.
Extended Care Paramedics
Extended Care Paramedics is a relatively new role within NSW Ambulance that supports the rapidly evolving notion from "taking the patient to care" to one that is "taking care to the patient". The course consists of 360 contact hours plus self-directed learning has been designed to be taught using a tertiary adult education model and takes place within a tertiary teaching hospital in conjunction with the local medical clinical school. The course consists of a range educational elements including traditional didactic teaching, the opportunity of shared practical sessions with medical students, self-directed and problem based learning, hospital practice, community and general practice clinical placements, skills labs and hospital simulation. ECPs are taught to perform thorough medical examinations, risk assessment and development of patient management plans based on a predominantly medical model making them.
"I solemnly pledge to uphold NSW Ambulance Service's statutory mandate, as enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, that I will protect persons from injury or death, whether or not these persons are sick or injured, and further that I will carry out my duties in a manner commensurate with the best traditions of the Service, ensuring at all times that the dignity and privacy of my patients is maintained and that my personal conduct and behaviour will be as such as only to reflect credit upon the Service."