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1 The future Australian paramedic workforce: a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students Anthony LAING 1, Scott DEVENISH 2, David LIM 2, Vivienne TIPPETT 2 1 Queensland Ambulance Service, Australia, 2 School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology

2 Aim Method Results Section 1 Discussion Case Study The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students  Australian state-run Ambulance service  Dual qualified experienced female paramedic  Job sharing a full-time position

3 Method Results Case Study Discussion Aim  Describe the demographics of undergraduate paramedic students  Explore impact of demographic change The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

4 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Method  Retrospective  Quantitative  Students enrolled 2005 – 2013  Single / Dual / Combined  QUT Reporting & Analysis Dept. The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

5 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Results  n = 1256  Average of 30% completing dual degree between  2013 = 41.2% enrolled in dual degree The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

6 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Results  52% female  Overall results skewed by high % female in dual degree  2013 = 57.6% female Gender The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

7 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Results Gender The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

8 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Results  82.9% under 25 years old  age group: 57.4%  age group: 25.5%  Dual degree students consistently younger than single degree Age The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

9 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Results  45.2% previous higher education  39.5% secondary education  Data trending towards higher rates of admissions from tertiary education results; 62.9% in 2013 Basis of Course Admission The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

10 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion  Quantitative snapshot of undergraduate paramedics  Data describes;  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

11 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Feminisation  19 observational studies  n=3963  60.7% female  “…predominately male, and works full-time, with frequent overtime.” 1  Women represent 32% of workforce 2 The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

12 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Feminisation  Improved professional mobility 3  Reduction in average hours worked 4-6   Demand for part-time positions 2  Higher rates workplace injury 7-9 The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

13 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Age  Ageing nursing workforce 10  Majority paramedics aged  Gaps in maturity, empathy, intrapersonal skills 11  Gen-Y: over-confidence, boredom, poor professional behaviour 12  Less hours 11 The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

14 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion Dual Qualifications  40% of paramedics hold a bachelor degree or higher 2  Up from 29% in  Professional mobility is an opportunity to retain satisfied staff for longer 3 The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

15 Aim Method Results Case Study Discussion The Future  “new cohort of paramedics are likely to be quite different from those currently in the workforce.” 1  Health Workforce Australia;  Ambulance Officer and Paramedic Workforce Study  Report still being prepared The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

16 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO Conclusion  Ambulance provides a unique workplace  Need for flexibility  Awareness of future challenges within the workforce in order to plan solutions The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

17 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO Acknowledgements Dr. Abigail Winter; Head Information Co-ordinator at the Reporting and Analysis Department, QUT. The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

18 References [1] Joyce CM, Wainer J, Piterman L, Wyatt A, Archer F. Trends in the paramedic workforce: a profession in transition. Aust Health Rev 2009; 33: [2] Paramedics Australasia (PA). Paramedics in the 2011 Census. Victoria, PA, [Cited 2 Dec 2013.] Available from URL: census-final.pdf [3] Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action. Flinders Park, CAA, [Cited 21 Nov 2013.] Available from URL: Health-Workforce-Innovation-Reform-Strategi~.pdf [4] The Lancet. Women in medicine—a future assured (Editorial). The Lancet 2009; 373: [5] Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee. Toward gender balance in the Australian medical workforce: some planning implications. Aust Health Rev 2000; 23: The future Australian paramedic workforce | a snapshot of undergraduate paramedic students

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