Paramedics’ service recognised in awards

The dedicated paramedic support Tasmanians enjoy was recognised recently when 15 Ambulance Tasmania officers were awarded National Medals or Clasps for their outstanding community service.

Ambulance Tasmania CEO Dominic Morgan ASM said each of the volunteer and salaried officers had earned the respect of their workmates and Tasmanians for their dedication to the challenging work of Ambulance Tasmania.

“Paramedics, like other emergency workers, do not seek to place their lives at risk, but it is this that stands them apart from the rest of the community and makes their actions worthy of special recognition,” Mr Morgan said.

“These officers have all provided long service in a profession that sometimes places them at personal risk, and their decision to accept that risk every working day is definitely not for everyone.”

The NationalMedal – part of the Australian system of honours and awards – is awarded for 15 years of service in organisations such as Ambulance, Police, Fire and SES whose staff help the community in times of crisis at some risk to themselves.

A clasp is awarded for each additional 10 years of service.

Anton Bartulovic is one of the ambulance officers who received a National Medal.

Anton, an intensive care paramedic who qualified for his award in 2008, joined the Ambulance service on the mainland before starting work with Ambulance Tasmania 14 years ago.

Anton is a qualified intensive care, rescue and flight paramedic, and has worked at most ambulance stations around the state.

He worked on the state’s air ambulance for three years as well as nationally and internationally while based in Tasmania. Anton is in his 19th year of service.

Mr Morgan said all Ambulance Tasmania officers quietly strived to make a positive difference to the lives of Tasmanians in their hour of need.

“Today is an opportunity for Ambulance Tasmania and the community to acknowledge those special individuals whose lives are dedicated to helping others,” Mr Morgan said.

Meanwhile, an independent survey released late last year found 99 per cent of Tasmanians were very satisfied with Ambulance Tasmania paramedic care.

Ambulance Tasmania staff made 73,500 medical responses in 2010-2011.