New paramedic recruits for country SA

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South Australians in the regions are benefitting from another boost to their ambulance services, with 14 new graduate paramedics hitting the road – further strengthening emergency care for regional communities.

Angaston, Victor Harbor, Renmark, Berri, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Millicent, Naracoorte, Murray Bridge, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta have all welcomed new paramedics through the SA Ambulance Service (SAAS)’s Graduated Paramedic Pathway (GPP).

The 14 graduates are the second group to complete the pathway, bringing the total number of GPP recruits to 32. The pathway gives experienced and qualified ambulance officers the opportunity to gain tertiary paramedicine qualifications and begin their paramedic career.

SA Ambulance Service Acting Executive Director of Country Operations Robert Tolson said the pathway had been very successful to date, attracting candidates from a range of backgrounds, including some who have previously been volunteers for SAAS.

“The introduction of a pathway for our ambulance officers to become qualified paramedics gives them the option to study and gain valuable skills and paramedic experience, whilst on the job,” said Mr Tolson.

“Paramedicine is a very highly regarded profession and it is absolutely fantastic that we have been able to offer those who already have a passion for healthcare the opportunity to be our paramedics of the future and stay in regional communities.

“We are delighted to welcome our new recruits to SAAS.”