The College advocates for the broader integration of paramedicine within our health systems and the adoption of innovative models of paramedic practice to deliver holistic, person-centred care and improved health outcomes for communities throughout Australasia.
Regional, rural and remote areas are struggling to have their healthcare needs met. To help address these gaps, Community Paramedics can provide person-centred care in a diverse range of settings, working in multidisciplinary teams, primary healthcare, health promotion, disease management, clinical assessment, and needs-based interventions. We are lobbying governments and other healthcare professions to implement this model of care to support the needs of communities across Australasia.
Across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, governments have established roles within their respective Health Departments for Chief Clinical Officers. We are advocating with governments to appoint Chief Paramedic Officers alongside Chief Clinical Officers to provide strategic leadership, collaboration, professional representation, and better integrated paramedic care for improved health outcomes.
Paramedics have vast knowledge, a wide range of capabilities and are an essential part of the healthcare system. To meet the growing demands on the health system, federal and state governments have promised more Urgent Care Centres, and we are advocating for paramedics to play a vital role in the management and care of unplanned and acute patient conditions that make up the bulk of presentations.