Why study paramedicine?
The care of patients outside of hospitals demands both highly developed clinical skills and the ability to think critically, even in stressful situations. Can you think clearly and react appropriately? Are you compassionate, tolerant and ethical? Do you have a good level of health and fitness? This is an exciting career choice for those who tick all the boxes.
Paramedics are required to treat patients across the spectrum of illness, from motor vehicle crashes and other severe trauma, to complex medical and mental health cases. They work closely with their colleagues, often in situations that are both physically and emotionally challenging.
There are a number of leadership, management and education paths within paramedicine, from a local level, to management at a more strategic level, or clinical education. There is also opportunity within the evolving field of paramedic academia, with many ambulance services partnering with universities for teaching and research.