NOTE: The Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science has been removed from the training scope at training.gov.au
This is an older post, however, it contains valuable information.
When it comes to medical assistance, paramedics are often, if not always the first to provide medical assistance. These professionals have to complete, at minimum, an HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science along with the extra intensive training before they can be deployed out into the field.
Only then will they be legally and properly equipped to save lives and provide emergency medical aid. Being a paramedic is a stable career that is rewarding in so many ways. For some individuals, however, furthering their knowledge by completing advanced skill set training helps open up more doors for career growth.
The old course code HLT60307 represents the Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science Ambulance. Graduates who previously completed this qualification are regarded to have achieved one of the highest levels of paramedical education and training in Australia. It had 7 core units and the option of 2 elective units.
Enrolled students used to complete the Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science Ambulance within 4-6 months, depending on their schedule and availability.
Apart from being able to practice the usual paramedic duties, individuals who had previously completed the Advanced Diploma of Paramedical Science Ambulance course would pursue more advanced care opportunities in the pre-hospital emergency health care sector. For instance, qualifying as an Intensive Care Paramedic after finishing the course is a popular career option for many, although there is a lot of time and experience required to reach this level. This type of career move means more extensive duties and challenging cases.
With the removal of the advanced diploma from the training scope, the choices for graduates to further develop their advanced life support skills have become more scarce.
A natural progression from a Diploma of Paramedical Science would be a private training course in advanced life support 1 and 2 on your way to becoming an Intensive Care or Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic.
Intensive care (IC) paramedics, or mobile intensive care ambulance (MICA) paramedics, have completed post-graduate education that allows them to have a primary role of supporting Paramedics by providing in-field stabilisation and mobile intensive care. Graduates mus have completed a university-level post-graduate diploma in Intensive Care Paramedical Practice, Emergency Health (MICA Paramedic) or equivalent in addition to their base qualification and graduate program.
For instance, the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) course at university, is designed to deliver essential education and training for the specialist intensive care paramedic role. This includes learning advanced clinical skills, leadership in the workplace and critical thinking and decision-making to provide the highest level of pre-hospital paramedic care.
Graduates are eligible to take on roles such as an Intensive Care Paramedic or be involved in clinical leadership, management or training roles within the emergency health services sector.
Charles Sturt university is an really good example of taking the next step towards a Master of Paramedicine (with specialisations) or the Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine (with specialisations)