Paramedics Australasia (PA) is the peak professional body representing the paramedic practitioners of Australia and New Zealand.
From this unique perspective PA draws attention to a number of key areas of concern regarding the provision of paramedic services and its relative absence from national healthcare policy and reform.
Healthcare begins with the patient, wherever and however the need arises. Australians in regional and urban communities rely heavily on paramedics to respond to emergency and general health incidents that occur away from established healthcare and hospital emergency facilities.
Regrettably, successive State and Federal governments have ignored both the role of Paramedic Services (PS) as a fundamental part of the healthcare system, as well as the need for a sustainable and nationally registered paramedic workforce.
These oversights must be addressed so that all Australians have equitable access to professional front line healthcare; and to realise the potential opportunities to substantially reduce the overall cost of healthcare by mobilising the capabilities of PS within a national health framework.
Download this comprehensive report prepared for PA in 2011. It may be a few years old, however, it contains some useful information for people who see a full-time paramedical career as their eventual goal.
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