The ACT Ambulance Services has recently advertised for new ambulance paramedics, but is restricting the recruitment to those who have already graduated with degrees in paramedics. This is an interesting move, given that there are actually no universities in Canberra that currently teach paramedics. This means that only those people who are currently studying at, or have graduated from, an interstate university, will be eligible to apply.
Why is it that the ACT is able to educate and train its own police officers, and fire and rescue officers, indeed even its own nurses, doctors and other health professionals, but does not have the capacity to do the same for its own paramedics?
Surely a university such as UC, or even ACU, which currently educate nurses and other health professionals, should be able to provide an education in paramedics for those people who already live in the ACT.