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Community paramedicine: Higher education as an enabling factor


O'Meara, P and Ruest, M and Stirling, CM, Community paramedicine: Higher education as an enabling factor, Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 11, (2) ISSN 2202-7270 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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The aim of this case study was to describe one rural community paramedic model and identify enablers related to the implementation of the model. It was undertaken in the County of Renfrew, Ontario, Canada where a community paramedicine role has emerged in response to demographic changes and broader health system reform. Qualitative data was collected through direct observation of practice, informal discussions, interviews and focus groups.

The crucial role of education in the effective and sustainable implementation of the community paramedicine model was identified as one of four enablers. Traditional paramedicine education programs are narrowly focused on emergency response, with limited education in health promotion, aged care and chronic disease management. Educational programs hoping to include a wider range of topics face the twin challenges of an already crowded curriculum and predominately young students who fail to see the relevance of community primary care content.

A closer match between the paramedicine curriculum and the emerging roles of paramedics, whether they are community paramedics, extended care paramedics, or as yet unformed roles is needed if paramedics are to become valued members of the health care team.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community paramedicine
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Stirling, CM (Professor Christine Stirling)
ID Code:105986
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-22
Last Modified:2017-11-05

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