How to Become a Paramedic
Paramedical (pre-hospital emergency health care) training is now more accessible
The world of paramedic education and employment is changing rapidly. A recent shift towards privatisation of many activities in the health care industry—including patient transport, pre-hospital emergency health care and paramedical science, has made entering the workforce more accessible. This has been possible due to a range of paramedical training courses being available via the vocational training sector (VET). This training centres around delivering training through different methods, such as online, classroom theory, face-to-face workshops, live virtual lectures and also through the power of social media. This type of education is referred to as ‘blended learning’; because of the different options available.
18 – 24 months to gain the qualification
For those who wish to work in the private sector or who wish to go on to university, the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is the popular choice. This course allows you to become qualified and start working within the world of paramedic science in a third of the time than that of a university degree. Please note; this qualification on its own is not enough to allow you to become an Ambulance Paramedic.
State Ambulance Paramedic
A State Ambulance Paramedic works in the pre-hospital care sector, attending to patients before they reach the more advanced care environment of a hospital. On-road Paramedics are the heroes we see on the news reports, rushing through busy traffic in ambulances, lights and sirens- saving precious lives every day. They are employed through Jurisdictional Ambulance Services in each State.
Since December 2018, sweeping changes to the paramedical industry now means it is mandatory for university graduates/ambulance recruits in every State of Australia to hold a Bachelor of Paramedical Science as well as being registered by way of the Paramedicine Board of Australia via AHPRA. The HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedical Science can be stepping stone into the Bachelor for those who could not afford the time or money to go to university up until now.