An exploration of the support needs of ambulance paramedics

Porter, Sandra (2013) An exploration of the support needs of ambulance paramedics. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


The work of ambulance paramedics is usually physically and emotionally draining and can place significant amounts of pressure on the emergency service worker. The work they do can impact their social life, their family and ultimately, their health. The primary aim of this research was to explore the psychological and social coping strategies of ambulance paramedics, in dealing with the day to day aspects of their work in the context of their long term health and well-being. A secondary aim was to examine the use of current peer support programs and other referral services used by paramedics. This study was a qualitative exploration of the experiences of ambulance paramedics through interviewing. Qualitative research has allowed the researcher to capture the stories of individuals, in their own words. This study included nine novice paramedics (first year) and 12 longer term employed (five plus years) paramedics within Rural Ambulance Victoria. Participants were also recruited to reflect the gender ratio in the paramedic workforce.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords stress, anxiety, coping, job satisfaction, ethics, wellbeing, Victoria University, rural ambulance service
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