Learning to be professionals: Why paramedicine needs a signature pedagogy

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Abstract

Background
To review published and grey literature to identify opportunities for tertiary education to evolve to meet the needs of the maturing paramedic profession in Australia.
Methods
A review of the literature was conducted to identify the current state of paramedic education in Australia and understand the barriers that exist to advancing the profession.
Results
The post-employment model of paramedic education has shifted to pre-employment bachelor degrees. Since the departure from vocational training, there is a perception of a widening theory-practice gap and critics who claim universities are not producing ‘work-ready’ graduates. A national accreditation scheme and professional competency standards exist for paramedic education, however, the current standards have failed to provide standardisation across the country. With national regulation will come a requirement for a standardised curriculum and a robust education accreditation system.
There has been a change in the scope and nature of practice for paramedics with enhancements in diagnostic procedures and clinical skills as well as development as primary health care providers and the use of low acuity pathways and referrals. Clinical placements, often considered an essential part of paramedic training have been dramatically reduced in number and duration and now their effectiveness to prepare students for the workplace is being questioned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-26
Number of pages1
JournalAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Volume12
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventParamedics Australasia International Conference (PAIC 2015) - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 01 Oct 201503 Oct 2015
https://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/499 (Conference abstracts)

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