Key messages

  • In 2014, the Victorian Government committed to working with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Ambulance Employees Association to deliver a graduate program for double degree students in nursing and paramedicine.
  • The Inter-professional Nurse Paramedic Graduate Program supports graduates with dual qualifications to practice across nursing and paramedicine disciplines.
  • Resources to support the program have been developed by representatives from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the Ambulance Employees Association, Ambulance Victoria, Ballarat Health Services and Australian Catholic University.

On 16 October 2014, the Victorian Government committed to working with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Ambulance Employees Association to deliver a graduate program for double degree students in nursing and paramedicine. This is known as the Inter-professional Nurse Paramedic Graduate (Pilot) Program.

The Inter-professional Nurse Paramedic Graduate Program supports graduates with dual qualifications to practice across nursing and paramedicine disciplines. The current program commenced with a trial of two graduates in February 2017, and increased to six graduates who commenced on 12 February 2018.

The Inter-professional Nurse Paramedic Graduate Program builds on the 2010-11 Northern Health Graduate Program for dual degree nurses and paramedics and the revised 2014 Ballarat Health Services Graduate program, that was based on the evaluation findings of the previous Northern Health model.

Operational aspects and resources to support the current dual degree graduate program model have been developed by a local Ballarat-based Working Group with representatives from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the Ambulance Employees Association, Ambulance Victoria, Ballarat Health Services and Australian Catholic University.

The resources are available for download at Knowledge Bank, Victoria’s Health and Human Services Information Portal, via https://vicknowledgebank.net.au/resource-library/ and include:

Appendix 1    Information Manual

Appendix 2    Template Position Description for the Registered Nurse

Appendix 3    Template Position Description for the Paramedic

Appendix 4    Template Letter of Appointment for the Paramedic, Ambulance Victoria

Appendix 5    Template Letter of Appointment for the Registered Nurse,

Appendix 6    Template Letter of Acceptance, Ambulance Victoria and

Appendix 7    Template Process for Recruitment and Selection

Appendix 8    Clinical Rotation Template

Appendix 9    Information Guide for Clinical Rotation Template

Appendix 10  Memorandum of understanding between Ambulance Victoria and Health  

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Further information regarding the Inter-professional Nurse Paramedic Graduate (Pilot) Program can also be obtained via NMW@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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