Indigenous paramedics building cultural capability
The Queensland Ambulance Service’s award-winning Indigenous Paramedic Program is enhancing health care and cultural understanding in communities around Queensland.
The program provides a pathway for Indigenous Queenslanders to qualify as paramedics or patient transport officers and work in their local community. It helps build confidence and leadership skills and provides local employment opportunities.
Indigenous paramedics strengthen ambulance services in rural and remote areas and give the Queensland Ambulance Service a deeper cultural understanding during the provision of pre-hospital care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Five cadets have successfully completed the program as qualified Advanced Care Paramedics II and are now working in their communities. These five paramedics also provide leadership and mentoring to the 27 Indigenous cadets currently progressing through the program.
The program was recognised with two Council of Ambulance Authorities Excellence Awards in 2016 and two Highly Commended Awards in the 2015 Queensland Reconciliation Awards.