This week we are excited to have David Storer, the director of Paramedicine Online sharing his expertise about the recent updates to Australian training requirements for paramedics. This article is a must read for anyone considering a career as a paramedic, an industrial medic, or as an emergency services officer. So please forward it on to anyone you know who might find this information helpful. We will now hand over to David.
Recent changes in the training regulations regarding paramedics and entry into pre-hospital care will see a much-needed overhaul in the industry, as more fresh-faced Aussies see the opportunities these career paths have to offer.
EBA strikes and Union turmoil in recent years hasn't been enough to deter Aussies from pursuing one of the countries most revered professions. In fact, there has been a 31% increase in paramedic jobs since 2006. This number is set to jump another 18% by 2018, ultimately creating an estimated 2149 new Aussie jobs.
The question then becomes: How are all these new recruits being trained?
Advancements in training and assessment at a vocational level is seeing more Aussies not only get qualified sooner but obtain a hands-on experience in an industry that is crying out for skilled workers.
Across Australia, it is currently mandatory for State Ambulance Officers to hold a Bachelor of Paramedical Science. Due to the development of online and vocational training, however, access to the paramedic industry for mature aged students is now far more plausible.
Until recently, there were only two pathways to becoming a qualified paramedic: A three year Bachelor Degree or an 18-month vocational study, beginning at the Certificate IV level through to an Advanced Diploma + 18-24 months studying at University.
Recent changes to Legislation means that Diploma students will now be qualified to work in varying middle-level paramedical positions in as little as 12 months - meaning a three-year commitment to study and training is no longer required.
Clinical hours have also seen changes in the new Legislation. It was previously mandatory to complete 12 months of clinical experience. This has now been amended to 160 hours, which means that full commitment to a Diploma in Paramedicine can be attained in as little as 12 months.
This is great news for people wanting to dive into a career change, but hesitating due to the time commitment or lack of means to attend University full time. The reality is, 50% of State Ambulance Officers are aged between 25-50 and are independent Adults (not simply young Aussies fresh out of high school with parental support).
Brendan Wilkie, head of training at one of Australia’s leading private paramedic training facilities, states that with so many students coming through, the jobs at the top level will have to dry up.‘There is a limited number of jobs for state ambulance officers in Australia however the new changes will help a large number of participants looking for 'non-ambulance' work such as Industrial Medics, and Emergency Service Officers in the mining and resources sectors.”
- David Storer
If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities that are available in the paramedical industry in Australia please visit Paramedicine Online http://paramedicineonline.com.au/ for more information and resources to help get you on the right track.