The role of an offshore paramedic is vital to ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of personnel working offshore or on a worksite. These paramedics are the first line of response and care for any personnel involved in an accident or becoming unwell while offshore or on worksite. They are also required to maintain records and produce reports whilst ensuring medical facilities and medicines are up-to date and accurate.
There isn’t really a typical day or even a typical offshore medic role. Each day is different and so is each placing. The main part of this job is to look after the well-being of everyone on ship; which can be up to a couple of hundred people. The medic will treat any illness/injury and do a lot to prevent problems arising in the first place. On a rig there are a lot of people living in a small space, so one task is to stop the spread of infectious diseases. They are also typically required to put safety procedures in place and undertake administrative duties. It just all depends on the environment, the equipment and current priorities.
The extreme environment and unusual equipment inevitably brings challenges. Although every effort is made to minimise all risk, accidents do happen.
As an offshore paramedic you will come across a range of problems that are typically not seen by state ambulance paramedics. These can include chemical dermatitis, hearing issues from excess noise, hand vibration problems from power tools, muscular complaints, back injuries and traumas. These are on top of cases you will typically come across when with a large amount of people.
There are rigs that need qualified medics all over the world. One of the best online job platforms specifically for the Oil & Gas industry is Rigzone, otherwise we suggest keeping an eye on all of the job advertising websites or contacting companies directly.
The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia. We are dedicated to providing training of the highest standard for all students who enrol in our training programs. APC offers a HLT41115 – Certificate IV in Health Care and a HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (Advanced Life Support). Our training programs provide a flexible and affordable pathways for those who wish to work in the private sector or choose to continue their education at university.