The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country. We recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community. We pay respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders past, present and future.
The QAS has developed its own Cultural Capability Action Plan and is actively working towards implementing the strategies and initiatives within this plan to increase its cultural capability.
Our Cultural Capability Action Plan aligns with the Queensland Health and QAS Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation signed in 2016.
Our organisation is committed to growing its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability to:
- enhance the quality of culturally appropriate services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
- develop and maintain relationships with Indigenous communities and organisations
- increase the employment representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Indigenous communities within the QAS.
Indigenous Paramedic Program
The Indigenous Paramedic Program (IPP) focus areas include:
- providing access and equity in education for Indigenous people aspiring to work in the space of pre-hospital ambulance response
- targeting Indigenous Queenslanders with a strong interest in health care who have the support of their community
- developing individuals to achieve their full potential
- fostering the principles of reconciliation within every day practice.
The QAS IPP provides a structured and supportive educational pathway with the added benefits of full-time employment within the pre-hospital emergency response sector. The IPP offers on-the-job expert mentoring and additional learning support.
The QAS IPP education pathway has been tailored to accommodate various learning needs and capabilities. It provides a stepped program with several accreditation milestones available along the way. The QAS has partnered with the Central Queensland University to deliver a unique learning and employment opportunity. The program has been designed to equip participants with the theoretical knowledge and developed skills required to provide clinical assessment and care in the emergency pre-hospital environment.
The QAS recruits periodically for the IPP in various locations. You may submit an expression of interest to be considered for future recruitment opportunities that may arise.
Last updated 17 January 2018