This degree prepares students for employment as paramedics. Paramedics provide health care for individuals experiencing a vast array of emergency and health related events in the community. Paramedics initiate care and determine the appropriate referral of patients to enable their continuing healthcare needs. A paramedic is also required to liaise with a range of professionals to facilitate appropriate healthcare needs of persons in the community.
Paramedics must be able to think clearly, act quickly, possess a calm manner and have the ability to reassure patients and handle stressful situations. They must have personal integrity and be able to work with people from many different backgrounds. A paramedic responds to both emergency and non-emergency healthcare and transport needs. A paramedic is also required to be able to respond to major incidents in a range of settings within a multidisciplinary emergency healthcare system.
Paramedics are predominantly employed by government ambulance services while a range of opportunities continue to develop in the non-emergency patient transport sector and a wide range of industry based employers.