Belmont, Perth,

Paramedics are again Australia’s most trusted professionals

St John Ambulance paramedics have topped a poll to be named the nation’s most trusted profession.

St John Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said it was the tenth consecutive year paramedics had topped the Australian Reader’s Digest annual Trust Survey.

Mr Ahern said paramedics had to maintain calm and professional in the most stressful and challenging of situations.

“It’s this ability that fosters respect and trust from the community and they deserve every bit of recognition they receive.”

Mr Ahern said: “While our paramedics do not seek recognition, the community’s faith in them is very much appreciated.”

He said St John employed more than 630 career ambulance officers, who attended more than 216,000 cases in 2011-12, up from 196,000 cases the previous year.

Sharing top billing with paramedics in 2013 were fire fighters, the first time they have achieved this public trust rating.

The poll was conducted in April 2013, with 1200 people asked to rank professions on a scale of one to 10.

More information on the 2013 Australian Reader’s Digest Trust Survey can be found online.