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Apr 9, 2019

WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2019

An Evaluation of the Self-Reported Knowledge Base of Disaster Management Core Competencies of Australian Paramedics

Disaster

Competencies

Paramedic

Disaster Management

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Disaster

Competencies

Paramedic

Disaster Management

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INTRODUCTION Evidence based training and curriculum are seen as vital if we are to be successful in preparing paramedics for an effective disaster response. The creation of broadly recognized standard core competencies to support development of disaster response education and training courses for general health care providers and specific health care professionals, will help to ensure that medical personnel are truly prepared to care for victims of mass casualty events 1. AIM To identify current Australian operational paramedic’s specific disaster management education and knowledge as it relates to disaster management core competencies identified throughout the literature and the frequency of measures/techniques which these paramedics use to maintain competency and currency. METHOD Paramedics from all states of Australia were invited to complete an anonymous online survey. Two professional bodies distributed the survey via social media and a major ambulance service was surveyed via email. RESULTS The study population includes 130 respondents who self-identified as a currently practicing Australian paramedic. Paramedics from all states except South Australia responded, with the majority coming from Queensland Ambulance Service (N= 81%). In terms of experience 81.54% of respondents report being qualified for greater than 5 years. Initial analysis shows that despite the extensive experience of the practitioners surveyed, when asked to rate from high to low their level of knowledge of specific disaster management core competencies a number of gaps exist. DISCUSSION Core competencies are a defined level of expertise that is essential or fundamental to a particular job and serve to form the foundation of education, training and practice for operational service delivery. While more research is needed, these results may help inform industry, government, and education providers to better understand and to more efficiently provide education and ongoing training to paramedics who are responsible for the management of disaster within the Australian community.

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