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NSW Ambulances - Lawrence Ioannou

NSW Ambulance Service

Laurence Ioannou

What is the Ambulance Service of NSW?

The Ambulance Service of New South Wales is an integral and dynamic part of the New South Wales health system and one of the largest ambulance services in the world. Is committed to providing high quality clinical care and health related transport services to approximately 7 million people in NSW, distributed across an area of 801,600 square kilometres.

Why did you join the NSW Ambulance Service?

Being a paramedic is a challenging, rewarding and fulfilling career. I have the ability to help people in times of need and my work makes a difference. It is a very dynamic work environment and very hands on.

What do you like about your job?

I get paid to save lives. This job is challenging and requires me to do my best.

Every day involves thinking outside the square. There is a huge amount of variety, no 2 days are the same - even the routine cases are different. I work 4 days on 5 days off in 12 hour shifts, and I enjoy the lifestyle this gives me. There is excellent support and continual training, a strong network of friends and peers within an ever changing dynamic workplace. I enjoy coming to work every day – it doesn’t feel like a job.

You are paid well and you can be asked to work anywhere in the state. If you need to relocate for work the service pays your relocation costs. There are plenty of opportunities for promotion within the Ambulance Service, either in clinical or operational areas. My goal is to reach the top clinical level – Intensive Care Paramedic and become a motorcycle paramedic.

What makes you good at your job?

You need great interpersonal skills to be a paramedic, you are dealing with people at an extreme point in their lives and it’s a great skill to be able to manage people. Communication and listening skills are important in understanding how to help people in a given situation. Problem solving and analytical skills are essential, as is team work, having the ability to lead and to delegate tasks but also be able to follow someone else’s lead. Another good skill to have is being able to think quickly and respond to what the situation requires.

Would you recommend your job to others?

Yes, it is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. You make a difference to people’s lives every day.

Find out more about working for the Ambulance Service of NSW.

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