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Training and Education

We use both the vocational and tertiary sectors for the training and education of paramedics. The current minimum qualification for a paramedic is either a vocational Diploma of Paramedical Science or a degree in paramedical science from a recognised university. Qualifications gained through other Australian or overseas Ambulance services are recognised through the recognition of prior learning process.

The Tertiary Pathway

Applicants who have completed a tertiary degree in paramedical science can apply to enter the Ambulance Service through the Graduate Internship Program. Once accepted, graduates complete a one year mentored program leading to recognition as a qualified Paramedic.

The degree is available at the following universities in New South Wales:

> University of Tasmania offers a Bachelor of Paramedic Practice
> Charles Sturt University offers a Bachelor of Clinical Practice - Paramedic

The Vocational Pathway

Trainee Paramedic

  • Once accepted into the Ambulance Service, new applicants complete an eight week induction course studying preliminary clinical and practical skills and undertake driver awareness assessments to become trainee paramedics.
  • Graduates are assigned to a training station where they commence a nine month on-road training program with an on-road clinical mentor applying their studies to a practical environment and are provided with full-time supervision.

Click here for more information on applying for a position as a trainee paramedic

Paramedic Intern

  • Following their initial 12 months on-road practicum, students return to the Education Centre for a further three weeks of classroom study, training and assessments. This prepares student paramedics for deployment to a station as a paramedic intern.
  • Paramedic Interns complete a further two years practical experience paramedic before returning to the Education Centre to further their clinical knowledge, acquire new skills and complete a number of practical and theoretical assessments. If successful paramedic interns are awarded a Diploma in Paramedical Science-Pre-Hospital Care and become fully qualified paramedics.

Various university graduates who have obtained pre-hospital or paramedical science qualifications can be fast-tracked to paramedic status after a one-year period through the recognition of prior learning process.

Paramedic

  • Qualified paramedics obtain a Diploma in Paramedical Science after successfully completing three years (or equivalent) training and study.
  • Paramedics assess, treat and stabilise patients at the scene of emergencies and can continue medical treatment en-route during transport to hospital. They have the ability to apply many life saving skills and drug administrations to assist in a wide variety of illnesses and accidental injuries.
  • Skills acquired include;
    • establishing a drip for intravenous fluids.
    • administering pain relief medications..administering life saving adrenaline to severe allergic and asthmatic patients.
    • advanced airway care with Laryngeal Mask Airway insertion.
    • defibrillation of patients in cardiac arrest.
    • Paramedics can apply their skills unsupervised and take on the role as clinical mentor for junior officers

Paramedic Specialist

  • After four year's experience as an ambulance qualified paramedic, empolyee can apply to undertake specialist roles including Intensive Care Paramedic, Rapid Response, Special Casualty Access Team Paramedic, Extended Care Paramedic and Rescue Paramedic.

More information on our emergency operations and paramedic specialist teams