Ambulance workers provide emergency health care and transport for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons to medical facilities.
- attending accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance;
- assessing health of patients, determining need for assistance, and assessing specialized needs and factors affecting patients' conditions;
- performing therapies and administering drugs according to protocol;
- resuscitating and defibrillating patients and operating life-support equipment;
- transporting accident victims to medical facilities;
- transporting sick and disabled persons to and from medical facilities for specialized treatment and rehabilitation;
- instructing community groups and essential service workers in first aid;
- attending public gatherings and sporting events where accidents and other health emergencies may occur;
- preparing written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment provided.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Ambulance officer
- Ambulance paramedic
- Emergency medical technician
- Emergency paramedic
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Paramedical practitioner - 2240
- Ambulance driver - 8322
Occupations included in this Unit group normally require formal training in emergency medical treatment, patient transport, ambulance principles and practice, or a related field. Ambulance drivers who do not provide health care are classified in Unit group 8322 Car, taxi and van drivers.
New group - definition based on ANZSCO 4111
ISCO 88 Code(s) 5132 part
(NCvB; Maart 2010)