Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care, treatment and specialised transport for patients.
Duties & Tasks
Paramedics may perform the following tasks:drive ambulances to sites of medical emergencies and accidents that may require the administration of advanced life support
lift and place patients on stretchers, load the stretchers into ambulances and transport patients to hospital
assess and treat patients at the site and on the way to hospital
administer pain-relieving drugs and replace fluids, often by inserting tubes into veins
prepare patient care records and other written reports on the state of patients' injuries and the treatment provided
attend public gatherings, such as large sporting events, where accidents or other health emergencies may occur
provide routine transport for patients between home and hospital (for patients requiring further treatment or specialised treatment such as occupational therapy and chemotherapy, for example)
perform daily vehicle and equipment checks, making sure that medical supplies (including drugs) are accounted for and that equipment and ambulances are in good working order.
Paramedics work in teams and in shifts, and in all kinds of weather conditions. They are required to assist at a range of incidents, including motor vehicle accidents and medical emergencies inside and outside domestic premises, building sites and public areas. They may work in confined spaces, such as under vehicles and buildings, and at sites of hazardous material accidents, such as fires and chemical spills. They work closely with members of other emergency services such as firefighters, police and the State Emergency Service (SES).
able to remain calm and control emotions in stressful situations
able to think clearly and act quickly
good level of health and fitness
good analytical and problem-solving skills
able to work alone and as part of a team
able to follow instructions and guidelines
good communication and interpersonal skills
clear decision-making skills and good judgement
caring, tolerant and non-judgmental attitude
enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds
committed to developing and maintaining skills.