Industry Pathways - APC Ambulance

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Information

Demand for non-emergency patient transport is on the rise and perfect for people who;

      • Enjoy working with others
      • Have the confidence and experience to deliver care to others in need
      • Enjoy the freedom and challenge of new experiences every day
      • May have extensive experience in transport and looking for a new career
      • Are looking for an entry-level pathway into the rapidly expanding health care sector

Why Choose Patient Transport as a Career?

      • The population of Australia is increasing rapidly
      • An aging population means more strain on government health care and patient transport systems
      • The health care sector is growing at never before seen rates
      • Increased workloads by State ambulance services mean local communities have a need to be serviced more often
      • Inefficient use of ambulances as ‘taxi’ services create delays in emergency paramedic attendance response times
      • Critically ill patient’s lives are put at risk as more and more ambulances and paramedics are diverted to patient transport operations
      • State and Federal governments have a duty of care to provide a responsive and efficient medical transportation system
      • Government health service managers need to find new solutions – FAST!

Private Operators Fill Patient Transport Gaps

Private operators are developing their own transport networks to take over the non-critical patient transport needs of major hospitals and medical facilities. This service focuses on transporting non-emergency patients to and from a wide range of medical & health centres over short and long distances.

With demand for these types of services increasing rapidly right across Australia, it presents the perfect opportunity for those who enjoy driving as well as assisting those who are physically unable to transport themselves.

Why Become A Patient Transport Officer (PTO)

Job opportunities are on the rise. Non-emergency patient transport between home, hospitals and other medical facilities is a vital part of patient care. Transport services of this kind are usually pre-arranged and response time is not given a high priority in comparison to emergency transport. Yet operators of these services still seek out professional people who wish to become a part of this growing industry.

Working in a diverse industry, you will enjoy a challenging and stimulating activity where every day brings something new. You will build strong relationships along the way and discover a new self worth and respect for those who are less fortunate.

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Paramedic Ambulance QLD, Training Cert III non-emergency patient transport

Step up into the role of Basic Life Support Medic with a Certificate IV in Health Care.

HLT31115 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport

Unit Code Unit Name
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCOM00 Communicate and work in health or community services
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAID006 Provide Advanced First Aid
HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation
Attend clinical workshop (3 days)
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTAMB012 Communicate in complex situations to support health
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAMB011 Manage a routine non-emergency scene
HLTAMB001 – Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient
HLTAMB014 Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions

Patient Transport Officers seeking additional qualifications will benefit immensely from this qualification