Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the School of Biomedical Sciences are initiating novel and innovative partnerships with allied health and community based services to facilitate non-emergency ambulance interprofessional placements for paramedic students.
Paramedics are well placed as the first point of contact for clients to fill service gaps in the health industry, proving to be adaptable, trusted, accessible, credible, skilled health workers.
Changes in the needs of the community, specifically an aging population, an increase in chronic illnesses, and a decrease in home visits from GPs, have resulted in paramedicine evolving to a wider, more involved community based approach encompassing preventative education, at-home treatments, and ongoing health maintenance, particularly in rural and remote areas.
CSU recognises that paramedic student education and experience in community paramedicine will prove necessary and fundamental to aligning with international and national industry practice.
The future of well trained paramedics lies in our ability to be able to predict the needs of community health in the years to come. Training our undergraduate paramedics to be adaptable and perceptive to the patient needs, as well as having awareness of care pathways, is critical to providing best practice and care.
Sonja Maria, Project Manager/Lecturer Paramedicine, CSU