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The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps - Australian Army

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The role of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) is to contribute to the Army’s operational capability through the conservation of manpower by promoting health and well-being, through the prevention of disease and injury, and through the care, treatment and evacuation of sick and wounded.
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This is potentially something I would like to pursue in the future. There are just too many things I want to do! It speaks well of the medical industry that there are just so many options that we can go down, and so many different areas to specialise in. The added aspect of being physically active in the defence force is a big drawcard for me.

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Seeking Shift Work Solutions

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Shift work can harm sleep, and sleep loss can lead to fatigue and errors—how is that impacting you and your patients?
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Fatigue management is monitored carefully within the QAS, with rules as to how long you can work for, how long between shifts there must be and how many overtime shifts you can do on your days off. Outside of the work environment, however, it is down to the paramedic to manage their fatigue levels. In our busy lives we often forget that sleep is as important as food and water in our bodies fight to be fit. Having no sleep between night shifts, or wasting opportunities to rest on days off can potentially cause danger for both the paramedic, partner and patient.

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One thing that interests me: 12 Facts you should know about the human body

One thing that interests me: 12 Facts you should know about the human body | OHS within Ambulance Services... allowing Paramedics to continue to serve. | Scoop.it
Some fun facts about the human body....

Via Skye Krobath
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Knowledge is power. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body are the tools of the trade for every health professional. It is their language, and is the reason they are able to provide diagnosis and management plans.

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Skye Krobath's curator insight, March 4, 2014 5:28 PM

I love the human body and learning about how it all works to produce out everyday living. 

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Medical Error Action Group | Awareness, Compassion, Action

Medical Error Action Group | Awareness, Compassion, Action | OHS within Ambulance Services... allowing Paramedics to continue to serve. | Scoop.it
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I wasn't sure how to process this website. As a health professional, a paramedic will be involved in out of hospital procedures that introduce a whole range of dangers not seen within the hospital. Aseptic conditions, a moving surgical table and lack of imaging equipment all add to the potential hazards of any surgical intervention. However, it has been my experience that the people who go into the health care industry, the same people who are willing to endure years and years of study as well as further education their entire careers, are doing so because they actually want to help people. While I cannot speak for all doctors, nurses, paramedics or any other health professional, the intent is always to do good. The intent is always to help, to preserve life. Mistakes will be made, and we understand that any mistake is a big mistake in medicine, but painting medical staff as though they are commonly leaving surgical shears inside a patient post surgery is bad for the health of the general public.

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Protecting the protectors

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New push to keep emergency responders safe from infection

Via Amy Weise
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Airborne diseases are a relatively rare thing in Australia. Should their ever be reason to consider protection against an airborne pathogen, paramedics should take extra care in their infection control and PPE. Being on the front line, they are exposed to many times more diseases than a lot of health professionals, and must ensure that they practice infection control to ensure the spread is minimized, not to mention to protect themselves so they can continue to be available to help others.

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Amy Weise's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:13 AM

This is a very poignant reminder about protecting paramedics from dangers that we can't see. Infection control is extremely important considering how many paramedic lives were lost due to the SARS virus in 2009. I personally don't think that we protect ourselves enough from airborne diseases in Australia and unfortunately this is something that we can take home undetected and risk exposing our family and loved ones to. We need to learn from past mistakes in order to protect our future. They call Australia 'the lucky country'; lets show the world that we are smart too and serious about keeping it that way!

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Multiple tragedies inspire woman to become a paramedic ...

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WATCHING a paramedic save the life of her dying sister by the side of the road has inspired a woman to overcome her fears and become a paramedic herself.
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I'm lucky to not have had experiences such as this, however the drive to be in a career where I can help and have the knowledge to assist in an emergency situation is important to me.

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Mercy Air Helicopter Ambulance Rescue

Watch as this Mercy Air crew responds to a motorcycle accident. Can they save the life of the injured biker?
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Would be something I'd love to do one day, be a flight paramedic

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SEX & ORGASMS: Surprising Health Benefits!

Sex and orgasms are lots of fun, but did you know they're also good for your health? Find out how in our latest sexual health video, brought to you by Glyde ...
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Good stuff! STI's are an often overstated consequence of sex. The issues around premarital sex aside, sex can have many health benefits beyond general happiness and feeling good.

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WHO: Healthy ageing -- adding life to years

For the first time in human history, the world will soon have more older people than children. The human race is ageing and we are unprepared. Unless we chan...
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A big part of paramedic practice is helping and treating geriatric patients. As the population gets older, more and more focus will be on these patients. Paramedics are in a perfect position to play a great role in public education and injury prevention, and so will be at the forefront of the battle against preventable injuries and illnesses in the aging population.

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Increase In Integrative Medicine - KELOLAND TV

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When you're dealing with pain, nasal congestion or stomach problems, you likely turn to medication for help. But a growing number of area people are seeking relief through integrative medicine.
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Medical professionals are sometimes somewhat sceptical of integrative medicine. I tend to think that as long as the patient truly believes it will work, it matters very little what the treatment is. The power of the mind over the body is amazing, and confidence in treatments is the key.

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Jumbo Series - ECJ85 | Maton Guitars Australia

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A massive part of my life, music teaching as well as being a student for a lot of years has taught me so much. Communication comes to mind first and foremost as an essential and applicable-to-paramedicine skill that I feel comes down to playing music and being part of the music industry in the central region. It is also one of the ways I like to blow off some steam after a stressful shift, or as a nice study break while doing assignments.

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Man charged after assaulting paramedic

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A 21-year-old man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a female ambulance paramedic in the city overnight.
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Assault is a massive hazard paramedics are exposed too on a daily basis. As more and more call outs involve drugs and alcohol, assaults become more and more common. Assaulting anyone is not on, assaulting a woman even worse, and assaulting a female paramedic whose job it is to assist those in need is just ridiculous. Interestingly, in my experience, women in this professional are often much better at diffusing situations than a man would. They are often much better at calming a patient down.

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Welcome to the AIOH

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Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists promoting the profession of occupational hygiene in industry, government and the general community.
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Hygiene is pretty important in medicine. In aseptic conditions, hygiene and infection control becomes paramount in the prehospital environment. Not only putting the lives of the patients in danger, lack of quality PPE and OHS protocols endangers the medical staff as well.

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Leonard Te Wierik's curator insight, July 18, 2014 9:25 AM

This is one area that interest me that I could see myself in 5 years time.  To progress as a hygienist requires more study and also experience.  With is qualification can lead to travel over to the UK and establish a good career based in this.  

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Spate of paramedic suicides rocks ambulance service

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Victorian ambulance workers have been left reeling after an increase in the number of paramedics committing suicide, with eight paramedics in the past three years taking their own lives.Ambulance Emp.
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Studying Mental Health as one of my courses this year, as well as doing prac within the area that I've grown up in, it has opened my eyes to the amount of suicide and parasuicide that affects people who would appear perfectly healthy and content from the outside. As a paramedic we see people at their worst, and we are privileged in that patients open up about their darkest secrets to us. Our job is not to judge but to get these patients the help that they need. It is sobering to think that it can just as easily happen to someone within the Ambulance Service, depression cycles can be invisible unless the victim wishes it to be known.

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Joelene Gott's curator insight, April 26, 2014 7:08 PM

This article talks about the increasing numbers of suicide in paramedics.  

 

It talks about how a welfare panel should be in place for paramedics and more funding and training made available along with more welfare support to help deal with the pressures of the job.

 

The article briefly talks about how paramedics see things that no other person could imagine or want to see and it is these images that can leave scars on the paramedics and if not dealt with can lead to the unthinkable action of suicide.

 

John and his work colleagues are at a risk of this occurring to them also.  They need to make sure that they seek help when they are feeling uneasy or out of sorts from a job.  They need to made aware of what is available to them if they require assistance.

 

John works on the flight chopper ask so he sees a number of things that everyday people would not.  That along with fatigue that was previously mentioned in another topic is a recipe for depression and possible suicide if there isn't welfare support and procedures put in place to deal with such issues.

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Paramedics given power to send patients to GPs

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People in NSW calling an ambulance for trivial matters will be taken to their GP instead of hospital in a new trial.

Via Amy Weise
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It's all about giving patients the best care possible. Having emergency departments run off their feet because of backed up waiting rooms full of people with a cough, or because they've simply had too much to drink means that the people who are genuinely unwell and in critical conditions have to share their time with the doctors. Giving the power to transport to GP instead of ED means that patients will be safer in the long term, ED doctors can do their job.

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Amy Weise's curator insight, March 11, 2014 7:23 AM

I totally agree with the direction that the NSW Ambulance Service are taking. It is the trivial cases that are putting other lives at risk. During my placement, I have been called to such cases as a blister on a person's palm and another with some bruised knuckles on their hand because they had punched the floor when playing an X-Box game. Really? These types of cases definitely are not classified as an emergency and definitely does not warrant the use of an emergency vehicle. Perhaps if we go back to the old way of having to pay for an Ambulance subscription whether this kind of blatant abuse of services would continue? I just wish that some people would use their brain!!

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Birthing simulator to help train M'boro ambulance officers - Fraser Coast Chronicle

Birthing simulator to help train M'boro ambulance officers Fraser Coast Chronicle "The Maryborough LAC felt it was important for the Maryborough community to be reassured and have confidence in the skills and knowledge of their local QAS staff in...
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These things really help, nothing beats practical training!

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The hug that helped change medicine

In 1995, a baby was saved by the hug of her sibling. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on a twin bond that has lasted.
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According to QAS protocols when a mother has given birth, the healthy baby should be given to the mother for immediately skin to skin to contact. Maybe this is why, the 'kangaroo effect'.

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Legalizing Marijuana a Danger to Public Health?

Legalizing marijuana is a 'very grave danger to public health', according to The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which has called changes to ca...
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People need to do a bit of research into the 'medicinal/recreational' effects of marijuana. When doctors prescribe marijuana to a patient, it is not the same drug as you would get on your street corner, it is the medicinal effect without the high, and are titrated correctly to avoid addiction or dependence.

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Medicine and the Medical Discoveries that Changed the World (Full Documentary)

Medicine and the Medical Discoveries that Changed the World (Full Documentary) . 2013 This documentary as well as the rest of these documentaries shown here ...
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Medicine is what it is today because of research. The achievements of scientists are seen in everyday life, and it is taken for granted that research will continue and new medications for new diseases (and old) will continue to become available. One thing often overlooked in hindsight is that the people who discover new drugs or treatments or procedures, are not always looking for them. There have been many scientific discoveries that have come about by accident, and often by looking in the most unremarkable of places. I once heard an interview with a politician complaining about the oppositions funding to research fruit flies, not realising that in studying sometimes simplistic and 'non-useful' things, wonderful discoveries are made that may just affect humans in a big way.

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New UQ Doctor of Medicine program to boost global profile

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Something I've long since associated with my Bachelor of Paramedic Science is continuing study into Medicine. Being from Queensland, UQ is an ideal university to continue and with a Bachelor of Medicine it looks as though travel is what they are hoping to allow students to do more of once graduated. This greatly appeals to me in my future career. Medicine (whether paramedic or Doctor) is a passion of mine, and I would love to do it abroad.

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OzTREKK's curator insight, February 4, 2014 12:27 PM

The University of Queensland has officially announced that it will introduce the new Doctor of Medicine (MD)program in 2015, enhancing global opportunities for its postgraduate medical students. http://www.oztrekk.com/programs/medicine/PG/queensland.php