Ambulance Officer

Ambulance Officers provide specialised transport services and emergency health care for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons.

Overview

Ambulance Officers provide specialised transport services and emergency health care for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons.

Day-to-day

  • attends accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance and provides pre-hospital care
  • assesses health of patients, assesses need for assistance, specialised needs and factors affecting patients' conditions
  • performs therapies and administers drugs according to protocol
  • resuscitates and defibrillates patients and operates life-support equipment
  • transports accident victims to medical facilities
  • transports sick and disabled persons for specialised treatment and rehabilitation
  • instructs community groups and essential service workers in first aid
  • attends public events where accidents and other health emergencies may occur
  • ensures that ambulances are adequately maintained and stocked with medical supplies, and that equipment is in good working order
  • prepares written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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To become an Ambulance Officer

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in paramedicine, health science or equivalent course to work as an Ambulance Officer. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses may be available for some Ambulance Officer specialisations (volunteer paramedics and non-emergency patient transport officer for example).

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  • Registration with the Paramedicine Board of Australia is required.

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