We partner with primary health-care facilities to help place paramedic students in non-emergency ambulance environments.
The face of paramedicine is changing rapidly following the introduction of registration in November 2019. We are now seeing the role of paramedics evolve where they are increasingly working in 'non-traditional' primary health care environments and requiring new skills and knowledge to adapt to changes in the industry.
Paramedics are now well placed as the first point of contact for clients to fill service gaps in the health industry, proving to be adaptable, trusted, accessible, credible, and skilled health workers.
Changes in the needs of the community, an increase in chronic illnesses, and a decrease in home visits from GPs have resulted in paramedicine evolving to a wider, more involved community-based approach, encompassing:
Low acuity incidents and primary health care now make up the majority of a modern paramedic's workload. We are remodelling our workplace learning practices to keep pace with this change and offer a more authentic paramedic experience for our students.
The evidence is clear that these types of placements offer outstanding learning opportunities for paramedic students and more accurately reflect the knowledge and skills acquisition that they will require to translate to modern practice. Providing this level of diversity for our students will more appropriately prepare them for practice and participation in the industry upon graduation.
We recognise that paramedic student education and experience in community paramedicine will prove necessary and fundamental to aligning with international and national industry practice.
The primary health care placements offered by our partners will complement the existing clinical training partnerships already in place with ambulance services across Australia. These placements will provide our students with critical skills, knowledge, empathy, and understanding that will lead to improved client care and foster collaborative interprofessional partnerships.
The future of well-trained paramedics lies in our ability to be able to predict the needs of community health in the years to come. Training our undergraduate paramedics to be adaptable and perceptive to the patient's needs, as well as having awareness of care pathways, is critical to providing best practice and care.
Sonja Maria, Associate Head of School | Head of Discipline Paramedicine, Charles Sturt University
There are many benefits of placements for students and for providers.
A time commitment of 80 hours or over 14 days of clinical placement during the year.
Upon successful completion of the related workplace learning subject, students should be able to:
The related workplace learning subject will cover the following topics: