Eligibility to become a St John WA 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
For further information regarding paramedic registration, please visit the AHPRA website. Professional registration as a paramedic is a mandatory condition of employment as a paramedic.
Other requirements as a Paramedic at St John WA
For candidates to successfully be employed as an ambulance paramedic, they must meet the following minimum requirements;
- Professional registration as a paramedic with the Paramedicine Board of Australia;
- Degree in Paramedicine from a recognised AHPRA approved programs of study course provider or recognised international education provider.
- Recent experience employed and working within a jurisdictional ambulance service in Australia or internationally (St John New Zealand or London Ambulance Service for example) as a paramedic for a minimum of 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.
- Candidates that do not hold current Australian working rights, must meet the visa eligibility requirements, as outlined by the Department of Home Affairs.
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)
or Grade 2 Ambulance Officer.
Due to the visa eligibility criteria, candidates that do not hold Australian working rights will only be progressed if credentialed as an Ambulance Paramedic.
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 review and apply for other paramedical vacancy 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 and hold current Australian working rights, 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 an induction program delivered by the College of Pre-hospital Care, located in Belmont.
Upon completion of the induction program, candidates will work on-road with a St John paramedic. Ambulance Paramedic’s will complete a four-week roster on -road under guidance of a paramedic mentor to familiarise themselves with on-road
Ambulance Officer’s will complete 16 weeks of this mentoring. At the completion of the mentoring period, a report will be compiled regarding the candidates clinical, behavioural, and operational performance.
When the familiarisation process is complete, Ambulance Paramedics may be rostered with junior ambulance officers, where they will provide support and guidance with other ambulance paramedics.
A probationary period of 3 months will apply for all new employees commencing with our team as an Ambulance Paramedic or Grade 2 Ambulance Officer.
Want more information regarding the job role or a paramedical vacancy? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 086 751.
St John WA has many operational roles, outside of the traditional Paramedic position. Some of the positions that we offer to our internal Paramedics include, but are not limited to:
- Hospital Liaison Manager
- Clinical Support Paramedic
- Critical Care Paramedic
- Country Paramedic
- Area Manager
- Operational Response Manager