Ambulance Officers and Paramedic

Ambulance Officers and Paramedics provide emergency medical services, typically in response to emergency calls from patients. An ambulance officer / paramedic will perform medical procedures, pre-hospital care and transport patients to the hospital.

Duties and tasks

  • Apply pre-hospital advanced medical and trauma care including, on the scene emergency care and life saving stabilisation
  • Follow strict OH&S policies and procedures
  • Operate vehicles that carry patients and accident victims to hospitals
  • Perform medical and shock trauma assessments
  • Provide medical treatment and patient care
  • Trained in first aid with an ability to perform life support to ill or injured people

Skills required

  • Ability to respond to emergency situations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Excellent Teamwork
  • Physically strong and fit
  • Strong Decision-Making and Judgement Skills

Working conditions

Ambulance Officers and Paramedics typically work in shifts. Similar to other health professionals, paramedics are often on call to respond to an emergency.

Professional associations / Industry information

Paramedics Australasia (PA) Paramedics Australasia (PA) is the national professional association representing practitioners who provide paramedic services to the community. 

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