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Australasian Paramedicine Workforce Survey

The first round of the Australasian Paramedicine Workforce Survey for paramedics and paramedic students has been conducted across Australasia.

This survey was open for paramedics* and paramedicine students working or studying in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. The research was undertaken to help provide a comprehensive understanding of the Australasian paramedicine workforce which currently does not exist and help identify areas of demand, current supply, and future requirements.

*This includes: 1) paramedics registered with Ahpra or paramedics registered with Te Kaunhera Manapou Paramedic Council; 2) people working for a jurisdictional ambulance service in a clinical role, who are NOT a registered paramedic (e.g., emergency medical technician); or 3) those working with a health service provider in a clinical role who are NOT a registered paramedic (e.g., military medic or mine site medic).

Having accurate data about those working in our profession is key for the College and the profession at large. It allows us to get a clear picture of the paramedic’s journey through education, internship and employment, and the factors that contribute to retention, movement, and those choosing to leave the profession, and why.

Supported by the Paramedicine Board of Australia, the data collected through this multi-year research has not previously been collected in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand and will allow us to defer to evidence about the profession when representing the profession in various fora and when advocating to government and stakeholders.

Data from this survey will be released later in 2024.

This research is being undertaken by researchers from Western Sydney University, Auckland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University and is funded by the Australasian College of Paramedicine.

This project has received ethics approval from Western Sydney University HREC15397 and Auckland University of Technology AUTEC23/194. Participation is entirely voluntary and all responses and data is anonymous.

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