The New Zealand Paramedic Education & Research Charitable Trust, known as nzparamedic.org, is a charitable organisation established in 2011 to promote and support paramedic education, research and career development in New Zealand.
nzparamedic.org is an incorporated society under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, registration number 2553521 and is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission, registration number CC47323.
A paramedic is a highly trained pre-hospital health professional who is skilled at delivering emergency care and advanced life support.
Paramedics work in a number of settings, from front line emergency ambulances and rapid response units to helicopters and urban search and rescue teams. Every hour of every day is different as a paramedic. You attend a variety of call-outs, meet a diverse range of people and are confronted with some interesting challenges!
While paramedics were formerly trained on-the-job, it is now expected that new paramedics hold an undergraduate degree from a tertiary institution. There are currently two paramedic degree providers in New Zealand, AUT University and Whitireia Community Polytechnic.