Paramedics scope of practice education

I’d like to see GPs have some training in what paramedics can do as part of their Registrar training and ongoing professional development. 

Why the contribution is important

As a treating GP, I’ve seen my paramedic colleagues develop in skill and scope over the years.  I’ve learned that they can now provide a wide range of complex and life-saving interventions from their vehicles before the patients even arrive at Emergency.  But not everyone knows this, least of all that they are now a registered health profession in Australia 

by willett on August 11, 2019 at 04:42PM

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  • Posted by Mwann August 13, 2019 at 06:28

    I 100% agree with this train of thought, there is the perfect platform for this to occur, PHN education sessions. These sessions could be utilised to allow all members of the greater Health family to understand each other’s scope of practice better. This understanding would only lead to a greater patient disposition.
    I have been lucky enough to coordinate the MS LARU (Local Area Referral Unit) program, some of the Medical Officers both community and hospital based, where surprised at the level of skills/treatments and knowledge possessed by Paramedics now.
  • Posted by Jimiela August 15, 2019 at 11:48

    To add to this would be the education of the transport classifications. They kind of make sense to us as paramedics and the dispatchers but I have noticed a lot of doctors calling a 1A for something like a paed with asthma when it should be reserved for unconscious, not breathing, CPR in progress patients. More education around this would assist in appropriate utilisation of resources as a 1A takes away a Critical care paramedic as well as advanced care paramedics when they may be utilised better at other cases.
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