Wednesday 14 December 2022
In a national first and another step forward for the profession, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Paramedicine Program has announced the establishment of a dedicated School of Paramedicine in 2023.
UTAS said the move reflected the evolving role of paramedics beyond emergency response. This position is reflected in the work of the Australasian College of Paramedicine (the College) and the opportunity to utilise paramedics more widely.
“Paramedicine is an integral healthcare profession that continues to expand and evolve to meet the out-of-hospital and primary care needs of communities across Australia,” said College CEO John Bruning.
“UTAS establishing a standalone School of Paramedicine shows leadership and commitment to paramedic career progression and professional growth opportunities in Australia and will have a positive impact across the health workforce.”
Associate Professor Belinda Flanagan, head of the new School of Paramedicine, said the announcement reinforced growth and autonomy in the health space for paramedicine.
“The university has given paramedicine a voice at the leadership table; it is recognition that paramedicine is more than emergency care.”
Since paramedicine became a registered Ahpra profession in 2018, universities across Australia have seen continued growth in undergraduate enrolments and the expansion of paramedicine academic specialisations.
The College advocates with governments and key stakeholders across Australasia for the advancement of the profession to deliver the highest-quality person-centred care for our communities.
Media contact: Lindsey Salas, Good Talent Media, on 0416 335 886 or Lindsey@goodtalent.com.au