Eligibility to become a St John WA Paramedic
Permanent working rights
To be eligible for employment you need to be an Australian citizen or be a permanent resident of Australia. St John WA does not sponsor or provide advice regarding required visas. Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for information related to working in Australia.
Professional registration as a paramedic is a mandatory condition of employment as a Paramedic.
Paramedics must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia (the Board) and meet the Board's registration standards to practise in Australia. A public register of practitioners is managed by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA).
For further information regarding paramedic registration, please visit the AHPRA website.
Other requirements as a Paramedic at St John WA
For candidates to be employed as an Ambulance Paramedic they must meet the following minimum requirements;
- Professional registration as a paramedic with the Paramedicine Board of Australia;
- Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
- Degree in Paramedicine from a recognised Council of Ambulance Authorities accredited course provider or recognised international education provider;
- Recent experience employed and working with a jurisdictional ambulance service in Australia or internationally (St John New Zealand or London Ambulance Service for example) as a Paramedic for at least two years;
- Hold a full driver’s license with no restrictions. Successful candidates are required to obtain a light rigid driver’s license within the first six months of employment. Costs associated with obtaining the required driver’s license are the responsibility of the candidate.
Credentialing process for qualified paramedic applicants
Credentialing is a process of assessing and recognising the qualifications and experience of qualified paramedics.
During the credentialing process St John will review qualifications, registrations, scope of practice and relevant experience of qualified paramedic applicants. Following the credentialing process candidates will be graded as an Ambulance Paramedic (AP1) equivalent paramedic, or Grade 2 Ambulance Officer.
Candidates who do not meet the requirements of the credentialing process to become either an Ambulance Paramedic (AP1) or Grade 2 Ambulance Officer will be unsuccessful.
Unsuccessful candidates are invited to apply for other employment opportunities with St John Medical as either Industrial Paramedic or Contract Paramedic.
What happens if I am graded as a Grade 2 Ambulance Officer?
If candidates are graded as a Grade 2 Ambulance Officer, they may be offered employment as a Grade 2 Ambulance Officer. Upon acceptance and commencement candidates will undertake the required induction and training requirements for direct entry Paramedics and Ambulance Officers.
Candidates will then work as a Grade 2 Ambulance Officer and will complete further training where Advanced life Support (ALS) skills are taught. Candidates must successfully complete this training to be promoted to an Ambulance Paramedic AP1. It will take approximately 12 months from commencement as a Grade 2 Ambulance Officer to be promoted to an Ambulance Paramedic AP1.
Induction and Training- Ambulance Paramedics AP1 and Ambulance Officer Grade 2
Candidates will complete a three-five week induction program delivered by the College of Pre-hospital Care, Belmont.
Upon completion of the induction program candidates will work on-road with a St John Paramedic, where they will complete an eight week roster on-road under guidance of a paramedic mentor to familiarise themselves with on-road operations. At the completion of the eight weeks a report will be compiled regarding the candidates clinical, behavioural and operational performance.
When the familiarisation process is complete candidates may be rostered with junior Ambulance Officers, where they will provide support and guidance or with other Ambulance Paramedics.
A probationary period of 6 months will apply for all new employees commencing with our team as a Ambulance Paramedic or Grade 2 Ambulance Officer.
Upon successful outcome of the job application the candidate will be offered employment with St John.
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