For the love of your community
Building resilient communities
You care about your community. The Volunteer Ambulance Officers you see around town. They’re your neighbours and your mates. There for you in times or celebrations or when times are tough. Your community looks after you. And now you have the chance to give back.
Volunteering for St John WA is a gift. One that makes you feel a sense of belonging, a sense of place, a sense of worth. It’s the chance to be legendary. Not for money or recognition, but for that special feeling you get when you lend a helping
Lend a hand
Working with us looks like...
- Joining your local sub centre roster and attending ambulance call outs. These include emergency calls and routine patient transfers.
- Using priceless first-aid knowledge to help at community events.
- Completing regular training to keep your skills sharpened.
- Join a team of people who are on the same journey as you. Work together, learn from each other, and know that they’ve got your back.
A little about you?
This is all about becoming a crucial part of your community. You will join a team of legends who strengthen the resilience of their hometowns. They show up, stay calm, and support each other. When you join St John WA, this is what you join.
- You are over the age of 18
- You hold a full unencumbered C Class Australian driver’s licence
- You are physically able to perform CPR
- You can commit to a minimum of 5 volunteer hours per month
- You commit to completing a first aid course with St John (provided at no cost)
Join St John WA
Our training program will grant you the skills to watch over your community with confidence and care. Acquire essential life-saving skills to assist in stabilising patients enroute to hospital.
Gain invaluable experience at our ongoing skills maintenance program provided at regional sub centres. You can also expand your capabilities by participating in extra training courses like volunteer skills weekends, a volunteer ambulance officer driving course, and ongoing Continuing Education Programs (CEP).
- Provide First Aid Course
- Advanced First Aid Skills
- Ambulance Driver training
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA)
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
- Continuing Education Programs (CEP)
The application process takes approximately 15 minutes. 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. Thank you for sticking with it and helping us grow the St John regional
Find your location
With 160 locations across regional WA, there’s a place for you.
Extras you need to know
Being part of St John WA means being supported the whole way through
- 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.
To become a volunteer with St John WA, 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 unencumbered drivers’ licence (no Probationary or Learner drivers, and no more than 7 demerit points)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.