Studies have identified the differing needs and utilisation of ambulance services in rural areas compared to urban areas (1-5). Having an understanding of how often paramedics are required to intervene with high-end skills may impact the way in which training and continuing education programs are designed and implemented. Some important questions are: Do paramedics in rural and urban areas have different exposure to high acuity cases? Could this impact the willingness of rural paramedics to intervene with low-frequency, high-risk procedures?
Ben Fisk is currently working on two papers exploring these questions which we hope to publish in peer reviewed journals this year.
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- O’Meara P. Professional and community expectations of Australian rural ambulance services. Prehosp Imm Care 2001; 5: 27-30.
- O’Meara P. Would a prehospital practitioner model improve patient care in rural Australia? Emerg Med J 2003; 20: 199-203.
- Mulholland P, O’Meara P, Walker J, Stirling C, Tourle V. Multidisciplinary practice in action: the rural paramedic – it’s not only lights and sirens. JEPHC 2009; 7: 11p.
- Bailey P. Developing ambulance models for practice. Aust J Emerg Care 1996; 3: 26-2