Event Health Officer

Trained to manage a range of medical scenarios – from basic first aid to complex clinical interventions at community and public events.

Commitment: 60 hours annually
Location: Join your local divisions in one of 14 metro locations
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Why become a volunteer Event Health Officer?

Taking the step to volunteer with our Event Health Services team opens up an array of opportunities for different experiences and interaction with St John and your community. As a volunteer with us, you will attend a wide variety of community events and perform an essential role in safeguarding the health of the public.

As a volunteer, you are given the training, support and confidence to feel ready in your role to help the local community.

Is this you?

  • Are you interested in clinical volunteer work?
  • Are you over the age of 18 and able to work in a professional workplace?
  • Are you friendly with a strong desire to help others?
  • Do you enjoy working in a team?
  • Are you physically able to perform CPR?
  • Have time to volunteer at events with an expectation of at least 5 hours per month, and attend fortnightly training and divisional nights?

What your role involves

  • Ensure first aid skills are maintained by completing the required annual continuing education programme
  • Respect St John WA values
  • Represent St John as a professional and positive organisation at all times
  • Work effectively with other team members and other service personnel at all times
  • Provide professional and appropriate first aid care as required in accordance with St John policies and guidelines
  • Maintain the safety and wellbeing of self and others
  • Clear expectation to volunteer for at least a minimum of 5 hours per month
  • Expected to a minimum of 1 meeting per month at your home division each year
  • Ongoing Continuous Education Programme (CEP) completed monthly at your division
  • Assist in any other area as requested by your Divisional or Operational Manager

Skills required

  • Positive attitude
  • Great communication and presentation skills
  • Initiative and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work in a team

The application process

  • Step 1 - Apply to become a volunteer - click HERE.
  • Step 2 - If your application is successful, you will be offered a volunteer position with Event Health Services and will be contacted for next steps.
    • This application will take about 20 minutes to complete. If you cannot complete the application right now, you can click 'Save Progress' to save your work and come back at any time within the next 14 days.
    • You will need to upload a copy of your driver’s license so have a digital copy ready (you can take a photo of it with your smartphone).
    • You will also need an up-to-date National Police Clearance. There’s a link on the application form to organise this—remember you can save your application form at any stage and come back to it.
    • We also require you to complete a medical questionnaire as part of the application. All these steps are there to ensure your safety and the safety of the people you’re helping.

The Onboarding Process

  • Complete the St John WA Volunteer Online Induction
  • Attend Welcome Induction
  • Attend Division Orientation
  • Complete Provide First Aid course or submit evidence of current certification
  • Successfully complete clinical training over 6 days with variation of training days available
  • Ongoing Continuous Education Programme (CEP) completed annually at your division
  • Complete minimum 5 buddy shifts, treating 5 patients as part of the Milestones program
  • Attend a minimum of 1 meeting per month at your home division each year
  • Volunteer for at least 5 hours per month as a minimum


Skills you will develop

Being an Event Health Officer will develop your communication and clinical first aid skills, as well as build your confidence by allowing you to engage with a wide variety of people by bringing lifesaving skills to the community.

Being part of a large volunteer team will help you connect with other likeminded volunteers in the Perth area. You will also form part of the St John WA Event Health Services team at thousands of public events annually, making a difference to people’s lives.

This program engages people of all ages, and our volunteers derive a great deal of satisfaction from the sharing of knowledge and bringing lifesaving skills to the people of Perth.

Free training available

  • St John WA Welcome Induction
  • First Aid Course (Provide First Aid - 1 day)
  • Continual Education Program monthly through Division
  • St John Event Ambulance Officer training and Level 2 (Event Ambulance Officer) St John WA qualification
  • Internal Specialised Roles include:
    • Command Training
    • Communication Training
    • Response/Retrieval Training
    • Client Liasion Training
    • Area Co-ordinator Training
    • Volunteer Recruitment Officer
    • Volunteer Support Officer
  • All our volunteers are provided with the necessary training to enable them to carry out their role. To continue to operate in your role, you must maintain the competencies required and an appropriate level of fitness as roles are physically demanding.


Volunteering locations

Divisions located North and South of the river in metropolitan Perth.



Additional information

Benefits to you
  • Free ambulance cover for yourself, spouse and dependents, as specified by St John Ambulance WA 
  • Free uniform
  • Free training in all skills and clinical training relating to your volunteer role
  • Annual St John Conference and dinner dance in Perth, to which all volunteers are invited, with cost heavily subsidised.
  • National and international recognition for your volunteering and community contribution
  • Access to all Volunteer Member Benefits including corporate discounts and other ad hoc offers and specials.
Required documentation

To become a volunteer with St John Ambulance Western Australia, you will be asked to complete an online application, including a medical questionnaire and the following:

  • National Police Clearance (Valid within the past 6 months)
  • Current Photo ID (Driver’s Licence, Passport or WA Photo/Proof of Age Card)
Ongoing training

All our volunteers are provided with the necessary training to enable them to carry out their role. To continue to operate in your role, you must maintain the competencies required and an appropriate level of fitness as roles are physically demanding.


All information concerning our volunteers is treated as strictly confidential at all times.


Your volunteering for St John Ambulance should not cost you anything. We will reimburse all legitimate out of pocket expenses incurred during your time volunteering with us. You should talk to your supervisor to confirm what expenses you can claim.

Award & recognition

St John Ambulance has a long history of recognising the outstanding contributions volunteers make to the organisation. We seek to recognise all volunteers and there are a number of distinguished national awards that you can be eligible for including our internal reward and recognition program.

Workplace Behaviour Policy

Volunteers at St John are expected to abide by the work place behaviour policy and relevant procedures. The policy and procedures are available for view on the intranet.

Safety Injury & Support Services

Volunteers will be informed of the Occupational Safety and Health requirements applicable to volunteers. Safety Injury and Support Services provide extensive information about their services and policies on the intranet.

Wellbeing & Support Services

St John places a very high value on the health and wellbeing of their volunteers and provides an extensive support network through its confidential Wellbeing and Support program, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.