The ALTC-funded project on Standards and Quality Indicators for Best Practice in Paramedic and Inter-Professional Experiential Practica has been successfully completed. The project team, Richard Brightwell (PA/VP), Moira Sim, Bill Lord, Brian Maguire and Lisa Holmes, thank all participants for their excellent contributions that have enabled the project objectives to be achieved as planned.
The primary objective of the project was to develop a deeper shared understanding of ‘standards’ within paramedic experiential inter-professional clinical practice at undergraduate level.
Through the examination of international standards the project aimed to construct quality indicators of best practice approaches for inter-professional practica and generate standards for clinical practice for Australian paramedic graduates. This work would then inform the development of a standard national curriculum for paramedic studies, thereby improving the capacity of Australian paramedic course graduates to work effectively on graduation.
The project has delivered:
1. A set of quality indicators for both intra and inter-professional experiential clinical practica; and
2. A catalogue of professional and inter-professional competency criteria.
These outcomes will facilitate educational programers to achieve best practice, as well as enabling alignment of
paramedic clinical practica nationally and with international clinical standards.
These findings will in turn allow:
• an improved capacity of paramedic graduates to enter the workforce upon graduation;
• improved opportunities for educators to design, and develop and implement courses and educational resources;
• an improved capacity of paramedic graduates to work effectively in an inter-professional environment; and
• the benchmarking of best practice standards for both intra and inter-professional experiential practica in paramedical programs.
The work was completed through collaboration between Edith Cowan University, Central Queensland University, University of Sunshine Coast, NAPA and Paramedics Australasia.
The final report of the results from the project will be released on the website of the Office of Learning and Teaching.
Funding for the production of this research was provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (ALTC Grant ID 11-2069).