PAC eNews
May. 29, 2014

PAC to visit Prince Edward Island during Paramedic Week
On May 29, 2014, the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Executive, along with the Paramedic Association of Prince Edward Island (PAPEI) will be conducting a "Town Hall" style meeting for all Paramedics in Prince Edward Island. This will be an opportunity for members to hear, first hand, about the various projects ongoing for Paramedics at the National level. Members of the PAPEI will have an opportunity to engage with the PAC Executive, sharing their thoughts and ideas on enhancing the profession.More

Employment opportunity: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Paramedicine
Edith Cowan University
Perth, Western Australia

• Academic teaching focused role for a Paramedic
• Recognized, leading University Paramedical Science program in Australia
• Ongoing, full-time and located on the Joondalup Campus, Western Australia

Western Australia has been identified as one of the world's most sought-after and desirable places to live due to its superb climate, relaxed lifestyle, and the economic boom, offering mid- to long-term opportunities for wealth creation.More

Tofino paramedics deaths blamed on driver's fatigue
CBC News
A coroner's report has concluded two paramedics likely died after one fell asleep at the wheel and their ambulance plunged off a cliff and into a lake near Tofino four years ago. Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka died after their ambulance drove over a low concrete barrier and tumbled down a 33-metre high cliff into Kennedy Lake.More

Pallister flags drop-offs at ERs
Winnipeg Free Press
Paramedics continue to incur long waits when dropping off patients at city hospitals, the provincial Opposition says. According to statistics obtained by the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives, the average ambulance drop-off time last year in Winnipeg was 75.6 minutes, up slightly from 74.6 minutes in 2012. The longer waits occurred despite several government initiatives to take the strain off hospital emergency rooms by steering non-emergency patients to other forms of care.More

Open houses part of Paramedic Services Week
Lethbridge Herald
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is recognizing national Paramedic Services Week with a series of open houses in several communities. The theme this year is Our Family Caring for Yours, and is an opportunity for AHS to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of many EMS practitioners working in the health care system to care for patients during emergencies.More

Community paramedicine: Higher education as an enabling factor
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
The aim of this case study was to describe one rural community paramedic model and identify enablers related to the implementation of the model. It was undertaken in the County of Renfrew, ON, where a community paramedicine role has emerged in response to demographic changes and broader health system reform. Qualitative data was collected through direct observation of practice, informal discussions, interviews and focus groups. More

Award winning paramedics talk about life experience
Prince Albert Daily Herald
It's not only Prince Albert citizens who notice Parkland Ambulance paramedics' dedication to their jobs. Soon, three local paramedics will be honoured during the Emergency Medical Services Provincial awards in Regina. George Bolduc, who will be retiring this year, has been with the ambulance service for 38 years and will be receiving the Stars of Life award.More

Ambulance Paramedics reach tentative deal
Digital Journal
CUPE Local 873 ambulance paramedics and the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) have reached a tentative agreement with the BC Health Employers Association. The five-year-deal includes a 5.5 per cent general wage increase over the life of the contract. It also limits contracting out, expands employment options and protects benefits. The agreement, reached recently with the assistance of mediator Vince Ready, must still be ratified by both parties.More

Paramedic beats the odds, spending 4 decades in high-stress job
Hamilton Spectator
In a career where most people last only a handful of years, Lorne Hart lasted more than 40. The 66-year-old officially retired as a paramedic this month after 44 years in the ambulance business. When his career began in Simcoe, he was an ambulance driver paid by the call — the money was collected from the patient. The primary objective was to drive fast. More

Community perceptions of the professional status of the paramedic discipline
International Paramedic Practice
Despite proactive steps towards professionalism, the Australian out-of-hospital emergency care sector has not been formally recognized as a healthcare profession among other healthcare professions and Government bodies. The objective of this study was to examine community perceptions of the "professional" status of the paramedic discipline and explore which attributes community members perceive as being most desirable for paramedics.More

Red tape stalls crucial medical service
Montreal Gazette
Yvon Bonesso is a patient man. He and 17 others were among an elite group from Urgences-Santé to be trained as the province's first advanced-care paramedics 10 years ago. Since then, the pilot project that was intended to introduce a crucial life-saving service to ambulances serving Montreal and Laval has been stalled.More

911 interim service for rural Yukon hits a snag
CBC News
The move to implement a Yukon-wide 911 emergency service has received a setback from the Canadian Radio Television Telecommunications Commission. The Yukon government was working with Northwestel on an interim system where people in communities without 911 service, who dialed 911, would get an automated system that would connect them with the service they needed.More

Paramedic Services Week in Cobourg
Northumberland News
Paramedics in Northumberland County are planning a series of activities in Cobourg to celebrate Paramedic Services Week, currently taking place across Canada. The week recognizes the dedication and commitment of front-line paramedic personnel to providing vital care and support to members of the community. More

Funding problems threaten to ground night helicopter ambulance
580 CFRA
A funding shortfall threatens to ground night-time helicopter ambulance service in Alberta's bustling oil sands region. Phoenix Heli-Flight said it plans to discontinue night flights out of Fort McMurray to remote accident sites at the end of the month. "If there is no funding in place, the company can't afford to keep it," chief pilot Darrel Peters said.More