The Australasian Consultant Paramedic – An Idea Whose Time Has Come.


Consultant Paramedic
Professional Development

How to Cite

Colbeck M. The Australasian Consultant Paramedic – An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [Internet]. 2014Sep.3 [cited 2021Dec.4];11(5). Available from:


Drawing on examples of paramedic practice from around the world the author describes the developing role of the Consultant Paramedic internationally and advocates for development of the role in Australia.


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