La Trobe takes lead in paramedic course

La Trobe takes lead in paramedic course

11 Aug 2009

Regional Victoria is set to lead Australia with the development of a ground-breaking paramedic course being introduced by La Trobe University at its regional campuses in 2010.

Students entering the new paramedic course will be able to commence their study on any of La Trobe’s regional campuses. They will complete their first year at Bendigo, Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. The remainder of their course will be taught from the Bendigo campus and in professional placements right across the Northern Victorian region.

paramedics revivie patientDesigned in collaboration with Ambulance Victoria, the course has a much stronger emphasis on health promotion and chronic disease management rather than concentrating on emergency care.


Dr Amanda Kenny, Director of the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University Bendigo, said: ‘Paramedics are fantastically placed to lead health reform.’


‘Their work is very much community based and there are so many opportunities for them to take a role in chronic disease management and preventative health, as well as their more widely known role in providing emergency care.’


Dr Kenny said the course has picked up on many of the points highlighted in the final report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.


‘The reports place Australia as being on the brink of major change, with the emphasis of health care delivery on strengthened primary health care services.’


 ‘This course has been designed to prepare graduates far better for work, as well as to meet the needs of a rapidly changing health care system.’
‘It answers many of the criticisms of paramedic training in Australia in that it will enable graduates to gain the skills of resilience, communication and teamwork that is required for the job.’


The Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Paramedic Practice has already gained massive interest in our new course across Australia, according to the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Hal Swerissen.


‘Paramedic roles are one of the most interesting, varied and challenging roles in health and our new course will provide graduates with the knowledge and skill to meet all of the demand of the future health care system’.


Professor Swerissen says that the course is ideal for rural and regional areas.
‘Rural health practice is characterised by diversity and a broad range of situations that occur in one day’.

The introduction of the new paramedic course is part of the $62 million of funding provided by the Commonwealth Government to La Trobe University for its new La Trobe Rural Health School.


The School, when fully operational will significantly increase opportunities for regional students to study high quality, high demand health science courses across Northern Victoria.


Background

The Federal Government allocated the University $62 million to build the La Trobe Rural Health School in Bendigo. This, together with the four-year La Trobe Regional Strategic Plan will see course expansion designed to enrich and develop the economic, professional, social and cultural fabric of the communities surrounding regional campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. It is anticipated that the new La Trobe Rural Health School alone will increase enrolments in health sciences by 70% over four years.  
 
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161
E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au
 

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