Future Australian paramedic workforce- a snapshot

Report
The future Australian
paramedic workforce:
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Anthony LAING1, Scott DEVENISH2, David LIM2, Vivienne TIPPETT2
1Queensland Ambulance Service, Australia, [email protected];
2School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Case Study
Section
1
Aim
Method
Results
Discussion
 Australian state-run Ambulance
service
 Dual qualified experienced female
paramedic
Job sharing a full-time position
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Case Study
Aim
Method
Results
Discussion
 Describe the demographics of
undergraduate paramedic students
 Explore impact of demographic
change
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Case Study
Aim
 Retrospective
 Quantitative
Method
Method
 Students enrolled 2005 – 2013
Results
 Single / Dual / Combined
Discussion
 QUT Reporting & Analysis Dept.
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Method
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Discussion
 n = 1256
 Average of 30% completing dual
degree between 2009-2013
 2013 = 41.2% enrolled in dual
degree
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Method
Gender
 52% female
 Overall results skewed by high %
female in dual degree
Results
Results
 2013 = 57.6% female
Discussion
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Method
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Discussion
Gender
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Age
 82.9% under 25 years old
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15-19 age group: 57.4%
20-24 age group: 25.5%
 Dual degree students consistently
younger than single degree
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Method
Results
Results
Discussion
Basis of Course Admission
 45.2% previous higher education
 39.5% secondary education
 Data trending towards higher
rates of admissions from tertiary
education results; 62.9% in 2013
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Case Study
 Quantitative snapshot of
undergraduate paramedics
Aim
 Data describes;
Method
Results
Discussion
Discussion
 Majority of students are female
 Dominated by young adults
 High proportion of dual qualifications
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Aim
Feminisation
 19 observational studies


n=3963
60.7% female
Method
Results
Discussion
Discussion
 “…predominately male, and works
full-time, with frequent overtime.”1
 Women represent 32% of workforce2
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Case Study
Feminisation
 Improved professional mobility3
Aim
 Reduction in average hours worked4-6
Method
 Demand for part-time positions2
Results
Discussion
Discussion
 Higher rates workplace injury7-9
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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Method
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Discussion
Discussion
Age
 Ageing nursing workforce10
 Majority paramedics aged 40-492
 Gaps in maturity, empathy,
intrapersonal skills11
 Gen-Y: over-confidence, boredom,
poor professional behaviour12
 Less hours11
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Case Study
Aim
Dual Qualifications
 40% of paramedics hold a bachelor
degree or higher2
 Up from 29% in 20062
Method
Results
Discussion
Discussion
 Professional mobility is an
opportunity to retain satisfied staff for
longer3
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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The Future
 “new cohort of paramedics are likely
to be quite different from those
currently in the workforce.”1
Method
 Health Workforce Australia;
Results

Discussion
Discussion

Ambulance Officer and Paramedic
Workforce Study
Report still being prepared
The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Conclusion
 Ambulance provides a unique workplace
 Need for flexibility
 Awareness of future challenges within the
workforce in order to plan solutions
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The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Acknowledgements
Dr. Abigail Winter; Head Information Co-ordinator at
the Reporting and Analysis Department, QUT.
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The future Australian paramedic workforce |
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
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The future Australian
paramedic workforce:
a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students
Anthony LAING1, Scott DEVENISH2, David LIM2, Vivienne TIPPETT2
1Queensland Ambulance Service, Australia, [email protected];
2School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology

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