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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.

Careers in paramedicine

Paramedics work in a diverse range of settings including but not limited to ambulances (or similar vehicles), buildings, festivals and events, sporting games, industrial sites, aged care facilities, and within people's homes.


Paramedics provide pre-hospital non-urgent, urgent and emergency treatment as well as specialised transport for patients. They work closely with members of other emergency services such as firefighters, police and the State Emergency Service (SES). Paramedics attend medical emergencies and accidents that require the administration of advanced life support, assess and treat patients at the site and on the way to hospital, attend public events (where accidents or other health emergencies may occur), and increasingly provide out-of-hospital treatment of complex medical cases. Paramedics become expert at providing a high level of care for all members of the community, from newborn to very old, across all cultures and demographics.

Extended Care Paramedic

Extended care paramedics undertake extensive further training so they can not only care for emergency cases, but also provide high-level clinical care within the community setting. Extended care paramedics, as sole practitioners, are able to suture, prescribe and administer an extended range of medications, refer patients for further medical care, and provide complex care to complement the care of other parts of the medical community.

Intensive Care Paramedic

As clinical leaders in the field of Paramedicine, an intensive care paramedic attends life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests and trauma, to provide specialised clinical care to patients in pre-hospital non-urgent, urgent and emergency treatment scenarios. Intensive care paramedics undertake further education to increase their capacity to make complex clinical decisions.