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Patient transport is provided for patients whose condition is non-life threatening and who cannot transport themselves to and from their home to a medical facility. In most cases, because the patient is not suffering from acute illness, clinical monitoring or assistance is all that is required of a Patient Transport Officer (PTO).
HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport
Non-emergency patient transport is the perfect job for those with a positive, outgoing personality and who possess genuine empathy for people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds.
Many people choose patient transport because it’s one of the easiest ways to begin a career in the health care sector. If you enjoy driving, love the appeal of being in different locations every day, this could be the career for you – and you don’t need any experience to get started.
As a Patient Transport Officer, your working day is always different,you may never know what you’re doing from one day to the next. Every call-out differs from the last one, which is one of the most appealing aspects of the job – making it an enjoyable, stimulating and a personally rewarding experience.
Patient Transport Officers (PTO’s) are expected to maintain an excellent driving record, and have a current Class C licence and be comfortable driving a range of manual and automatic vehicles such as the Mercedes Sprinter.
As part of your role, you may also be responsible for undertaking minor motor vehicle maintenance such as checking the oil, water, brake fluid levels, tyre pressure, cleaning/washing, etc. Taking pride in your vehicle is a direct reflection of the standard of patient care you’ll deliver. As a private patient transport officer, your role is also to maintain a 5 star service at all times. Customer satisfaction means longevity of work and an opportunity for career advancement.
PTO’s can also be referred to as an Ambulance Transport Attendant (ATA), where they are required to perform more in-depth patient care, requiring knowledge of cardiac rhythm monitoring etc.
This is where the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care comes in handy, because there could be times when you are called upon to administer more than just basic health care to your patient.
Other common names used to refer to workers in the patient transport sector;
Patient transport jobs can be found on the online jobs boards such as SEEK, CareerOne, Jora, Indeed. The College provides all students with a handy list of links to the most current PTO jobs which are also found on our website.
There are 13 units in this qualification. With the exception of the 5 day clinical workshop, which can be completed in QLD, NSW, VIC or WA; everything else is completed online (there is an APC app available to help you learn on the go).
Enrolling in this Nationally Recognised qualification is straightforward and does not require pre-existing knowledge of medical terms.
It takes on average around 8-10 months of study (having passed your assignments) before you’re ready to attend the 3 day clinical workshop, where you get to experience the hands-on aspect of the job.
This is a huge milestone in your training, because it’s here you’ll get to use specialised equipment. You’ll also become very familiar with the operation of an ambulance/patient transport vehicle. You will be driving the APC Mercedes Sprinter, which is used by most patient transport and ambulance services in Australia.
You’ll also meet other students who share the same goals and dreams as you do. It’s the perfect setting to build your confidence and grow your network of industry contacts.
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Read this article about patient transport jobs:
Patient Transport Officer/Attendant jobs on the rise
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