Volume 4 Issue 1

Community perceptions of the professional status of the paramedic discipline

Background: Despite proactive steps towards professionalism, the Australian out-of-hospital emergency care sector has not been formally recognised as a healthcare profession among other healthcare professions and Government bodies. The objective of this study was to examine community perceptions of the ‘professional’ status of the paramedic discipline and explore which attributes community members perceive as being most desirable for paramedics.

A survey of community paramedicine course offerings and planned offerings

Introduction: This paper reports on the results of a survey that was sent to every recipient of a standardised Community Paramedic™ (CP) curriculum. The survey was sent out to 223 post-secondary educators and Government officials. Out of 223 total surveys, 68 (30.49%) responses were received. Forty-seven of the 68 responses (69.11%) answered the question: ‘When are you planning on giving a community paramedic course?’; 35 of the 47 respondents (74.46%) indicated that their institution had already conducted a CP course, was currently conducting a CP course, or are planning on conducting a CP course within the next five years; of the additional 12 programmes (25.53%), 6 (13.0%) were waiting for state approval, and the other 6 (13.0%) were unknown as to when they would be offering a course.Conclusions: At the time of the survey, many CP courses were in planning stages by programmes that had received the standardised CP curriculum, both in the US and internationally. It appears that the CP curriculum that has been disseminated internationally has been broadly accepted and will be widely utilised.

Community paramedics: a scoping review of their emergence and potential impact

Objectives: This paper reports on the extent of the peer-reviewed literature relating to community paramedics since the inaugural meeting of the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine in 2005. A scoping review was undertaken to: examine the extent, range and nature of research activity; determine the value of undertaking a full systematic review; summarise and disseminate research findings; and identify research gaps in the existing literature.