Maria Deacon, MICA Paramedic
Works on a two-person MICA crew dealing with very ill patients, including those with cardiac problems and serious trauma. 'At the end of the day it's very rewarding. I'm never bored and always learning. I love every day I go to work.'
In 1971, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedics began working in Victoria, making the state the first in Australia and the second place in the world to boast this level of pre-hospital care.
As the name implies, MICA paramedics have a higher clinical skill set and can perform more advanced medical procedures.
MICA paramedics training goes beyond practical skill precision to include more detail in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology to greater increase capacity to make complex clinical decisions without medical consultation.
A number of procedures performed by MICA paramedics are world first. These include the ability to paralyse a patient and insert a breathing tube (intubate) into their lungs.
MICA paramedics can:
MICA paramedics operate either as part of a two person crew on a MICA response emergency ambulance or as a single responder.
You must be a MICA paramedic if you wish to work on the air ambulance helicopter.