Australian Paramedics Q&A: What You Need To Know.
Australian Paramedical Training Q&A: What You Need To Know.
What is it like to be a Paramedic ad/or work in emergency health care?
Paramedics and medics are required to make swift judgments relating to complex clinical decisions and must be confident working in high-pressure situations. Although the physical and mental requirements for being a paramedic can be exhausting, the professional itself is rated very highly in job satisfaction and fulfillment.
What our past students have said about their experiences:
“What’s so great about the job is that you cannot possibly get bored, because you never know what’s round the corner.”
“I couldn’t work in an office environment after this being an emergency health care first responder.”
“Even in cases when you might just be holding a patient’s or a loved one’s hand to help them feel safe in a difficult situation, all you need is a simple thank you to show how much of a difference you are making to people’s lives every day.”
What qualifications do you need to be a paramedic?
However, you can also begin working in the pre-hospital emergency health care field by studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), then go to university – if your goal is to become an Ambulance Paramedic.
- Begin working in the private sector and earning money within 12-18 months
- You can complete about 90% of your training online. The rest is taken up with clinical workshops and placement out in the community.
- You can use the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science to apply to university to study a degree. Not all uni’s accept the diploma, so it really does pay to shop around.
Click here to see details of the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.
How long does the training last?
A Bachelor of Paramedic Science usually takes 3 years full-time before you’re allowed to start practising as a paramedic. However, a VET qualification such as the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science only takes 12-18 months after which you can immediately start working in the field. Just to be clear, the diploma is not enough to be accepted into the ambulance service and be classed as a paramedic. You definitely need a degree now – no matter where you live in Australia.
Is it difficult to become a paramedic or medic?
Pursuing either a Bachelor or VET qualification is just like anything you put your mind to. It takes time, effort and a little bit of sacrifice of your personal time along the way, although the end result is well worth it.
How much can Paramedic’s earn in Australia?
Depending on the state, Australian paramedics can expect to earn an average salary between $100k – $120k.
What skills are paramedics required to have?
Paramedics and medics are required to master a wide variety of skills in order to successfully treat patients. Because every day is different from the next, it pays to be prepared for anything and expect it.
Paramedics and medic’s have a good mix of these traits;
- A caring and outgoing personality.
- Good communication skills.
- The ability to make swift decisions and stay calm.
- A good level of physical fitness.
- Good navigational skills and driving skills.
- Altruistic in their nature (displaying a selfless concern for the well-being of others)
A paramedic is required to perform the following;
- 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
To see more skills and knowledge associated with becoming a paramedic visit joboutlook.gov.au.
Can I study to be a paramedic or medic online?
Yes you can – however, there are some limitations. VET qualifications such as the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science can be for the most part studied online, however, face-to-face workshops must be attended to train and assess you on specific elements paramedic procedures. As well as clinical workshops, where students are put through their paces by taking part in many simulated medical emergency scenarios, there are clinical placement obligations too. Clinical placement is where you get to go out into the community and work where you will be supervised by a qualified paramedic. Some graduates completed their placement on mines sites, in hospitals, or attending events and concerts (pre Covid-19 of course).
How much do these courses cost?
Depending on the university, paramedicine degrees can cost around $60,000+. Studying with a privately owned health/medical registered training organisation (RTO) with face-to-face classroom sessions can mean fees of around $12,000 (TAFE). Other colleges have more flexible fee structures and offer very affordable payment plans. Plus – if you’ve already had some experience in health and you hold a qualification, this can work in your favour because you may receive some credits or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for some of the subjects already studied.
Universities typically offer a rigid fee and study structure. Fee subsidies are available from the Commonwealth government under the HECS scheme (a government loan fee on top of course fees).
Do you need to go to university to be a paramedic?
YES. One of the biggest questions people ask about becoming a paramedic is whether or not you can become a paramedic without a bachelor’s degree. The truth is you definitely need the degree. You can still work in the private sector without a degree, but you can’t refer to yourself as a paramedic and a State Ambulance Service such Ambulance NSW or Queensland Ambulance Service will not accept your application. There are still may different careers in emergency health care you can do with a diploma under your belt and no degree is needed.
Is the demand for health care professionals increasing?
The number of workers in health care, specifically as Ambulance Officers and Paramedics has grown very strongly over the past 5 years, and is expected to grow around 13.5% to the year 2025.
Are you ready to start a career in paramedicine?
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