Paramedic Career Options
Danial Paterson of Paramedics.net.au is a paramedic who has transitioned from the state based ambulance services in NSW to managing his own event medical and private ambulance service in Queensland. In this article, Daniel takes us on his personal journey, discussing his personal reflections on pre-hospital care and paramedic experiences to compare and contrast, as he sees it, or weigh up the “pros and cons” of working for NSW ambulance or private ambulance services, or as it is sometimes referred to as the event medical services and what it is like for those considering a paramedic career change or job options.
What are the Private Ambulance services in Australia like?
When I worked for Ambulance Service of NSW (ASNSW) it was generally accepted amongst the paramedic ranks, that you aren’t accepted, as an experienced paramedic until you had 5 years on the job. The event sector has a similar mentality, except, in my experience, I find people adjust after 2 years.
Working as an emergency paramedic for a state-based ambulance service can be a fun, exciting and rewarding job. That’s how I initially found it. Then at some time, I’m not sure of the precise moment, but I hated the idea of going to work. It happens and I am not sure why it happened to me. However, it is at this point that I encourage you to leave the ambulance service before you burn out altogether. Recognising in yourself the early signs can help you make the lifestyle and personal changes you need to make before you really hate things.