Ambulance Australia

Ambulance Australia is an Australian factual television program on Network 10 that follows the New South Wales and Queensland Ambulance Services, from the Triple Zero Control Centres to paramedics on the road.[1] It is based on the original UK factual series Ambulance.

Ambulance Australia
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GenreFactual television
Based onAmbulance
Narrated byLisa Wilkinson
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24 + 3 Specials
Executive producer(s)
  • Sarah Thornton
  • Tony De La Pena
  • Keely Sonntag
  • Maria Handas
  • Natalie Green
Production location(s)Sydney, New South Wales
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time50—75 minutes
Production company(s)Endemol Shine Australia
DistributorEndemol Shine International
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) –
External links

The show premiered on October 16, 2018,[2] and followed NSW Ambulance call-takers, dispatchers and paramedics as they faced high pressure situations on a daily basis. They are the first to respond to urgent and emergency calls, using their training and experience to make split second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death as they step into situations that can be emotionally fraught or physically dangerous. Filming for Season 1 occurred in mostly metropolitan areas of Sydney.

The show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on Tuesday 26 February 2019.[3] This series focused on the summer period from December 2018 to February 2019. A special three-episode season called Ambulance Australia: Ultimate Emergencies premiered on Sunday 8 September 2019, with some of the worst emergencies of the first and second seasons.[4]

A third season was renewed on 22 September 2019, filming with the Queensland Ambulance Service, to showcase the "Sunshine State's" paramedics and their crucial work, in the state with the highest number of responses to medical incidents every year.[5] It premiered on 6 February 2020.[6]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 16 October 2018 (2018-10-16) 4 December 2018 (2018-12-04)
2 8 26 February 2019 (2019-02-26) 30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
3 8 6 February 2020 (2020-02-06) 26 March 2020 (2020-03-26)
S 3 8 September 2019 (2019-09-08) 22 September 2019 (2019-09-22)

Season 1 (2018)Edit

No. in
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
11"Episode 1"16 October 2018 (2018-10-16)638,000[7]
Follow Sydney Ambulance workers from the call takers to the paramedics on the scene. Tonight paramedics rush to help a pregnant woman who has gone into labour after a car accident.
22"Episode 2"23 October 2018 (2018-10-23)734,000[8]
A woman falls off a 15-meter cliff. A rookie paramedic faces a confronting case. A catastrophic crash threatens the life of a beloved husband. A young son is trapped seizing in a bathroom.
33"Episode 3"30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)673,000[9]
A shortage in ambulances. Long wait times for patients heading to Liverpool Hospital. A horrific motor vehicle accident. Brain injury. A house fire. Suspected domestic violence. All this in the day-in-the-life of a paramedic.
44"Episode 4"6 November 2018 (2018-11-06)605,000[10]
A call taker tries to revive a hanging patient over the phone when the family's given up. A heart attack turns into a race against the clock. A gruesome double stabbing pushes the limits of the team.
55"Episode 5"13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)600,000[11]
It is not an ordinary Sunday for NSW Ambulance, as eighty thousand people hit the streets in Sydney's annual City2Surf. Paramedics drive through the crowds to locate someone in trouble. A deadly drug overdose and a drunk and enraged ice addict - all this in a day in the life of a paramedic.
66"Episode 6"20 November 2018 (2018-11-20)618,000[12]
In this episode we see the highest possible medical intervention, while a legally blind patient with PTSD vents his frustration for the lack of hours for home care aid, while a spike in GHB and cocaine overdose cases sends late-night crew into action during a blood moon Friday night.
77"Episode 7"27 November 2018 (2018-11-27)731,000[13]
Crews are called to a motorcycle accident in peak hour traffic, and paramedics must solve the cause of an elderly woman's excruciating pain. Call taker Laura celebrates her last shift in the control centre before leaving to become a paramedic, while a devastating car crash on the far outskirts of Sydney throws crews into overdrive as they face the tyranny of distance.
88"Episode 8"4 December 2018 (2018-12-04)734,000[14]
Former call-taker Laura goes out on her very first shift on the road as a paramedic. Her first call-out sees her attend a man suffering chest pains at Sydney's busy airport, while veteran paramedic Carolyn faces a life or death situation when a 90 year old woman suffers a heart attack. On a construction site, Duty Operations Manager Brian needs to rescue a worker who's fallen from a height. But getting him out of the building site into the ambulance proves to be extremely tricky.

Season 2 (2019)Edit

No. in
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
91"Episode 1"26 February 2019 (2019-02-26)441,000[15]
The officers deal with a high volume of pregnancy-related calls in summer; emergency workers respond to a car crash on a remote dirt road.
102"Episode 2"5 March 2019 (2019-03-05)451,000[16]
Paramedics Ali and Josh respond to an urgent stabbing and get stuck in the middle of a terrifying street brawl, and the worst hail storm tears through the city.
113"Episode 3"12 March 2019 (2019-03-12)463,000[17]
The crews attend the scene of an explosion at a worksite, which has left three men with burns and smoke inhalation, a motor vehicle accident involving two cars, a young girl who has fallen from a horse, and a man with a sore finger. Sisters Sam and Tammie receive a surprise when a suspected deceased patient is found alive and well.
124"Episode 4"19 March 2019 (2019-03-19)476,000[18]
This episode focuses on the Duty Operations Managers (DOMS). Mick attends a suspected terrorist incident at a consulate, newly promoted Joe goes to the scene of a factory explosion that has left one man with 40 per cent burns to his body. Brian recalls the Victoria fires as he treats firefighters at a north western Sydney bushfire.
135"Episode 5"26 March 2019 (2019-03-26)483,000[19]
With an emergency phone call every ten seconds, it is Australia's biggest night: New Year's Eve! The ambulance service is stretched to its limits and then something terrible occurs at the worst possible time: a cardiac arrest...
146"Episode 6"2 April 2019 (2019-04-02)439,000[20]
Ambulance Australia follows people in the business of saving lives, going beyond the flashing lights to the heart and soul of heroes.
157"Episode 7"23 May 2019 (2019-05-23)454,000[21]
Paramedics are called to a bomb threat at Sydney Airport, while good friends Mosh and Karen are called to a 35-week pregnant woman who has not felt her baby move in 10 hours and has severe bleeding.
168"Episode 8"30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)411,000[22]
It is one of the busiest days of the year for paramedics, Australia Day. Faced with an increase in alcohol related calls Sam and Tammy attend to a man passed out in the middle of the road in his car.

Season 3 (2020)Edit

No. in
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
171"Episode 1"6 February 2020 (2020-02-06)481,000[23]
A sudden car crash in front of their ambulance forces Pete and Phil to perform one of the most extraordinary resuscitations from a deadly heart attack ever captured on film. Also, call taker Jaimi talks a family through a labour while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Paramedics rush to a number of MDMA overdoses after the RiverFire Festival and Listen Out Brisbane Music Festival.
182"Episode 2"13 February 2020 (2020-02-13)525,000[24]
Senior Operations Supervisor Brad responds to an injured driver involved in a fatal car crash as a result of speeding. In the midst of the graveyard shift, the Operations Centre springs into action when Callum receives a report of a multi-causality stabbing from a home invasion in Brisbane's North.
193"Episode 3"20 February 2020 (2020-02-20)494,000[25]
The team face the realities of life between birth and death. A newborn baby birthed in a car, an infant needing CPR and a two-year-old boy struggling to breathe.
204"Episode 4"27 February 2020 (2020-02-27)447,000[26]
When a motorbike rider falls traveling at high speed, his injuries are so severe that highly trained paramedic, Aaron, must turn the side of the road into an operating theatre to save his life.
215"Episode 5"5 March 2020 (2020-03-05)547,000[27]
A woman stranded on a remote walking track, unable to make her way out, must rely on the help of emergency services, and a devastating house fire causes a severe case of smoke inhalation.
226"Episode 6"12 March 2020 (2020-03-12)526,000[28]
A frantic call from a witness to a serious motor vehicle accident requires concise and reassuring advice from the emergency medical dispatcher in the Operations Centre as the caller steps in to help.
237"Episode 7"19 March 2020 (2020-03-19)506,000[29]
The importance of first aid is shown while paramedics battle the logistics of extricating a man at a train station. Things turn bizarre as paramedics help a man struck in the groin by a javelin.
248"Episode 8"26 March 2020 (2020-03-26)675,000[30]
A fast-acting neighbour responds to panicked calls for help as emergency medical dispatcher Sarah's clear and calm advice attempts to avoid a potentially lethal incident from escalating.


No. in
TitleOriginal air dateAUS viewers
1"Ultimate Emergencies: Episode 1"8 September 2019 (2019-09-08)277,000[31]
2"Ultimate Emergencies: Episode 2"15 September 2019 (2019-09-15)301,000[32]
3"Ultimate Emergencies: Episode 3"22 September 2019 (2019-09-22)278,000[33]

International distributionEdit

In 2019, Season 1 of the series is aired on TVNZ 2 in New Zealand and TVNZ On Demand, the same week as Australia airing the week after the corresponding episode in season 2.[34] On 13 February 2020, New Zealand began airing the second season of the show.


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