Paramedics and scope of practice

Gerard J FitzGerald
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (6): 240-241. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00775

Highly-trained paramedics can initiate the pathway of care that will achieve optimal outcomes for patients

The question, posed to me by the Journal’s editorial staff, “Are paramedics exceeding the evidence?”, is a very global one that implies a dichotomous response. However, nothing in our complex health system can be so simply evaluated, so the question gets an equally global (if vague and unhelpful) answer: “Yes, probably, but no more or less than the rest of health care”.

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  • Gerard J FitzGerald

  • Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD


Competing interests:

I was previously the Commissioner of the Queensland Ambulance service and chair of the Australian Ambulance Education Committee.

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