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Student Ambulance Officer


Student Ambulance Ofcer Information Pack





The Application Process

For General Admission

The Application Process for Students with Prior Learning

The Selection Process



Student Ambulance Ofcer Information Pack

It takes a special person to become
an Ambulance Ofcer. They are
courageous, caring, condent and
patient. They put themselves in the
front-line of medical care everyday,
making life changing decisions.
In reading this Information Pack,
youre taking an important rst step
towards a highly rewarding career.
Youll nd all the information about
this exciting role right here. Discover
whats involved, how best to apply
for a student position and meet the
required selection criteria which
follows your application.

What it Takes to Become an

Ambulance Ofcer
The role of an Ambulance Ofcer and Ambulance Paramedic is to respond to emergency calls
from the public, assisting with pre-hospital care within the State of Western Australia.
St John Ambulance is the ambulance service provider for Western Australia. Were a progressive
community organisation, caring for people across two and a half million square kilometres, the
largest area in the world covered by a single ambulance service. Each year we transport more
than 200,000 people across the state and teach over 140, 000 people life saving rst aid skills.
The role of our Ambulance Ofcers and Paramedics can be extremely stressful however it is very
rewarding. To be successful you will be required to demonstrate the following traits:

Excellent customer service

The ability to commit to shiftwork

Excellent communication skills both written

and oral

The ability to make critical decisions under

high pressure situations and time constraints

The ability to remain calm in

stressful situations

Awareness of Occupational Health

and Safety

Demonstrate leadership abilities

Knowledge of the Perth Metropolitan Area

Dedication to maintain procedures and

adhere to set standards and guidelines

Willingness to contribute to the community

Effective time management

The ability to multitask
Excellent attention to detail

If you feel you possess all of the above criteria

this could be the career for you.

St John Ambulance is an
equal opportunity employer

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How to become a St John Ambulance

Student Ambulance Ofcer
Candidates applying for a position with St John Ambulance as a Student Ambulance Ofcer are
applying for a place in the Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) degree at Edith Cowan
University, which will be followed by employment as a Student Ambulance Ofcer.
To be eligible to apply you will need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia
who is eligible for full time employment.
To be considered for a place on our Student Ambulance Ofcer program you must also:
Have at least three years life experience
after nishing school.
Have excellent health and tness levels.
You must complete a Medical Questionnaire
as part of your application and you will be
required to attend a tness test.
Possess a current Apply First Aid Certicate
or equivalent rst aid qualication.
Qualications obtained from other training
bodies may also be considered. If the Apply
First Aid Certicate is older than 12 months,
a Basic Resuscitation Certicate needs to
be undertaken and evidence of completion
supplied with your application. For course
bookings and verication of acceptable
equivalent certicates, contact First Aid
Services & Training on (08) 9334-1233.
Possess as a minimum, a current WA
C Class Drivers Licence (previously known
as an A Class Drivers Licence) and have
a good driving history. Probationary Drivers
will not be considered. A loss of licence or
serious trafc convictions in the last four
years, or an accumulation of seven demerit
points or more prior to applying will deem
your application as unsuccessful.
Have proof to sit for, or hold a Light Rigid
(LR) license. This will be required when
commencing employment with SJAA WA,
please visit
licensing/20662.asp for more information

Provide copies of a current national police

clearance and Working with Children Check
which can be obtained from the Post
Ofce. Plus trafc infringements and trafc
convictions reports, these may be obtained
from your local police station.
Demonstrate eligibility to enter university.
You can achieve this eligibility in one of the
following ways.
Attain a minimum Tertiary Entrance
Ranking (TER) of 55, (updated annually in
August, please check the ECU website
for current information) within the last
ve years.
Sit a STAT Test through TISC with a
minimum score of 140 in written English
and 110 for multiple choice. Further
information regarding STAT can be found
at the TISC website or
by calling (08) 9318 8000. Your proof of
STAT results must be provided to St John
Ambulance prior to the offer of a place.
Note: An application for recognition of prior
learning may be submitted when there is
previous completion or current study of a
university degree. In addition, a completed
Certicate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
may also be considered as an equivalent.

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The Recruitment
The process all applicants undertake
is to ensure St John Ambulance WA
employs Student Ambulance Ofcers
of the highest standard who are the
best t within the organisation.
Information Session
The informal session is designed for
candidates to come to our Head
Ofce to nd out more about the
position and the recruitment process.
The session will involve speakers from
different areas of the organisation,
including Ambulance Operations,
College of Pre Hospital Care the
Recruitment and ECU.
This session enables applicants to
gain a better understanding of the role
and make the decision to submit their
application for the position of Student
Ambulance Ofcer.

The Application Process

As part of your application, you will need to
provide the following:
Cover Letter
Explain why you would be suitable for the
position you are applying for.
What has motivated you to apply for this
position at St John Ambulance?
Outline any other relevant attributes
or information that would support
you application.
Provide personal and contact details.
Application Form and
Medical Questionnaire
Please note you will not be able to
apply for this position until applications
open. Applications are to be completed
online by visiting our website
Please select the Ambulance Services and
follow the steps in our online application
form. This will also take you through a
Medical Questionnaire which must be
completed. This health questionnaire relates
to the position you are applying for and duties
you must be able to do.

Personal details such as residential address,

contact telephone numbers, email and
residency status
Academic qualications
Previous work experience (in chronological
order from most recent)
Any other achievements/accomplishments
which you feel may be relevant to the position.
Statement Addressing the
Selection Criteria
This Statement is your opportunity to
demonstrate your experience, knowledge and
skills as relevant to the position.
The Selection Criteria will be made available
when applications open and the STAR method
should be used as a guide when completing
the selection criteria.

The STAR Method explained:

Situation Give an example of a
situation you were involved
in that resulted in a
positive outcome

Describe the tasks involved

in that situation


Talk about the various

actions involved in the
situations task


What results directly

followed because of
your actions.

Candidates must submit a resume with
their application which outlines a complete
history of their employment and education.
Resumes should include the following
information as a minimum:

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Current Apply First Aid Certicate

How to Lodge Your Application

ECU Requirements

You can organise to sit an Apply First Aid

course by booking online at or by
phoning (08) 9334 1233, there are many
options available from exible learning to
two day courses.

All applications must be submitted online.

Please visit
and follow the links to the Student Ambulance
Ofcer page. Please note applications will not
be accepted until applications are open.

If you are applying for entry in Semester 1 you

will be required to apply through TISC. Please
visit the TISC website for
future requirements.

National Police Clearance

Police Clearances can be obtained from your
local Post Ofce, however they can take some
time to arrive, therefore it is recommended
that you apply for a Police Clearance prior to
submitting your application. A receipt of you
applying for a National Police Clearance will be
accepted as part of your application.

Please contact the Recruitment Team via or by phoning
08 9334 1465 if you need assistance in
lodging your application.
Your Completed Application will Need
to Include:
Cover Letter
Application Form

Current Drivers License

Medical Questionnaire

A current drivers license must be scanned

and attached with your application.


Trafc Infringements and

Trafc Convictions
Both documents can be obtained from your
local Police Station. These documents can
be no older than three months and must be
submitted as part of your initial application.
Proof of Working Rights
You must provide proof of Australian
Citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency
Status with eligibility for employment
in Australia.
Proof of Eligibility to Enter University
Previous qualications such as a Degree,
Diploma or Cert IV. A STAT results or intentions
to sit the STAT test.
Two professional Referees
It is your responsibility to advise your referee
that they may be contacted for a reference
check and to ensure they will be available.

You must upload with your application proof

of meeting ECUs English and Academic
Requirements. Proof must be in the form of
ofcially certied copies (unless entry is being
met using WA Year 12 results or previous
ECU studies).
If you are applying for mid-year entry for
Semester 2, you will be required to apply
directly to ECU. Please contact ECU student
recruitment for further information.

Copy of full C class Drivers License

Statement addressing the selection criteria
Proof of Australian Citizenship or Permanent
Residency and rights to work
Proof of eligibility to enter University
(previous qualications or intentions
to sit STAT)
Two professional Referees
At Interview you will Need to Provide
Copies of:
Current Apply First Aid Certicate or
equivalent (a receipt or booking conrmation
is sufcient for application, but course must
be completed prior to offer of employment)
A current National Police Clearance or
receipt of obtaining Police Clearance
Trafc Infringements and Trafc
Conviction Reports
Proof of identity such as a Birth Certicate
or Passport
Eligibility to enter University
Note: Applications for Student Ambulance
Ofcers MUST include all of the above.
Applications not addressing the selection
criteria or not supplying required
documentation may not be considered.
Late applications will not be accepted.

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Assessment Centre

Psychometric Testing

Assessment Includes:

The Assessment Centre allows candidates to

demonstrate aptitude, communication and
team work skills. The Assessment Centre
does not include the testing of knowledge
and technical skills which relate to the position
being applied for.

Designed by psychologists, psychometric

assessments are used to assess a candidates
abilities, personality, motivations, values and

Body Mass Index (BMI) or

Percentage Body Fat

Assessment consists of group exercises,

conducted under the supervision of an
assessment panel. If you are invited to an
Assessment Centre, it is important to be
yourself and not act in accordance with what
you think the assessors are looking for. It is
advisable that you are on time and wear smart
but comfortable clothing.
Interviews are also conducted as part of
the recruitment process. The interview will
be conducted by a selection panel of two
interviewers and may include a St John
Ambulance WA Manager and a representative
from the Recruitment Team.
The interview will give you the opportunity
to ask any questions that you may have
concerning the position.

Functional Capacity and

Medical Assessment
The Functional Capacity and Medical
Assessment Evaluation is the physical
component of the recruitment process.

A healthy range for BMI or percentage body

fat will be required.
Blood Pressure
Measurement of blood pressure and
cardiac risk screening, readings to be within
normal limits.
Musculo-skeletal Review

Work as a Student Ambulance Ofcer

with St John Ambulance requires a level of
physical tness. As part of the recruitment
process your levels of physical capacity will
be assessed. This information is intended
for applicants to judge whether their own
physical capabilities are sufciently high to be
considered for the positions or whether further
physical preparation may be required.

Relevant medical history and any injuries are

noted -some injuries will not preclude applicants.
Assessed through a step test with recovery
heart rates recorded. Fitness to be at a
good level.
Strength Tests
Upper body Push-ups
Lower body Squats (including sustained
semi-squat), lunges, sustained
kneeling, standing forward bend

Stability, sit-ups and

trunk rotation

Hamstring Flexibility
Demonstrate average to good
hamstring exibility.
Series of Power Lifting Tasks
Demonstrate appropriate manual handling
techniques while lifting and carrying a variety
of loads up to 30kg. For example: carrying
a 20kg crate over a distance before placing
item on a high shelf. Tasks can include
sideways walking.

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Training and Development

Successful applicants will undertake an
undergraduate Bachelor of Science (Paramedical
Science) degree at Edith Cowan University
(, as well as an internship
to become a qualied St John Ambulance
Paramedic. The education and training program
is outlined below. For further course information,
go to: and search for
Paramedical Science.
Year One (Pre-employment Unpaid)
One year full-time study.
Many of the units are available externally for
those located in remote areas.
Two week full-time driver training course.

Years two, three and four comprise of a

combination of paid on the job training as
well as university studies at ECU and the
College of Pre Hospital Care.
Year Two (Employed)
Full-time Induction Course held at
St John Ambulance State Ofce in Belmont,
comprising of university units encompassing
mandatory organisational components. This
course will commence either late January
or early February for the Semester 1 intake
and July/August for the mid year intake.
On successful completion of the Induction
Course you will commence on road duties
as an Ambulance ofcer and continue
to have support from The College of
Pre Hospital Care, in addition to working
with an allocated on road Paramedic tutor.
Completing units of the degree program
and log books.

Year Three (Employed)

Working full-time with a senior Paramedic
whilst completing the required units of the
degree program.
Year three includes a full-time study block
in the College of Pre Hospital Care and
hospital placements.
Year Four (Employed)
Working full-time with a Senior Paramedic
whilst completing the required units of the
degree program.
Year four includes a full-time study block
in the College of Pre Hospital Care, to be
completed prior to attaining the level of
Ambulance Paramedic. Those successfully
completing this year and having successfully
completed and passed all components of
the degree, will be eligible to receive the
Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)
from ECU.

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Course Outline



Year 1 Semester 1

Cultural Studies


Health Communications


(OL) Human Structure and Function

NST2106 (OL)

Mental Health Problems and Disorders

Year 1 Semester 2

Clinical Skills for Paramedical Practice


Introduction to Pharmacology

PST1101 (OL)

Introduction to Paramedical Practice


(OL) Systems Physiology


Year 2 Trimester 1

Introduction to Pathophysiology


Foundations of Paramedical Practice


Foundations of Paramedical Practice 2

Year 2 Trimester 2

Paramedic Practicum 1


Pre Hospital Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues

PST2106 (OL)

Pre-hospital Diagnostic Techniques

Year 2 Trimester 3

Hospital Practicum for Paramedics


Advanced Paramedical Practice 1


Trauma Studies for Paramedics


Year 3 Trimester 1

(OL) Paediatric Studies for Paramedics


(OL) Obstetric Studies for Paramedics

PSP 3105

Clinical Practicum

Year 3 Trimester 2
NST3209 (OL)

Evidence based practice in healthcare


Primary Health Care

Year 3 Trimester 3

(OL)Medical Studies for Paramedics


Advanced Paramedical Practice 2

A one year internship consisting of on road duties. Must demonstrate appropriate attributes
associated with becoming a senior ofcer of an ambulance crew and be mindful of the
organisations policies and procedures regarding operational duties.

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Remuneration, Workplace and Benets



During your rst year while studying at ECU

you will be undertaking an unpaid study
component. After completing the rst year
of your Paramedical Science Degree you will
become a paid St John Ambulance Employee

As a Student Ambulance Ofcer your training

at the start of your second year is completed
at The College of Pre Hospital Care. Once
you are a Student Ofcer, Operations you
are allocated a roster and a Depot in the
metropolitan area.

Rates of Pay - Ambulance Ofcer/ Paramedic

From 01 July 2011
First phase of three increments (5%)

Base Rate

Hourly Rate


Student Ofcer
College Pre Hospital Care



Student Ofcer Operations




Ambulance Ofcer Grade 1




Ambulance Ofcer Grade 2




Shift Penalty

Total Weekly

Total Annually












After graduation to a Ambulance Paramedic level you start at AP1 and move up to AP3 with years of service Ambulance Paramedic AP1






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Country Posting
Be prepared to accept a posting of up to one
year at a country location after becoming a
Paramedic. Paid ofcers are currently located
in the following locations: Albany, Australind,
Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie,
Dawsville, Geraldton, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie,
Norseman, Northam and Pinjarra.
Vacancies not voluntarily lled at any of the above
locations will be lled by allocating postings to
ofcers for up to two years. Whilst candidates
will be asked to number the towns according to
their preferences St John Ambulance WA cannot
guarantee that the allocated posting will be one of
the candidates top preferences.
Hours of Work
The ordinary hours of duty shall be an average
of 38 hours per week plus reasonable additional
hours specic to each roster. Ambulance
Ofcers and Paramedics generally work a 2/ 2/
4 roster which includes 2 days, 2 nights and 4
days off on a rotation basis. The day shifts are
10 hours and night shifts 14 hours.
Other rosters may include;
4 days on, 4 days off
4 days on, 3 days off
Please note that these rosters are subject
to change.
Career Development
There are many opportunities within St John
Ambulance WA to gain experience in different
areas of the organisation. Paramedics are able
to apply for postings in the country and Industrial
Paramedic Services. Other opportunities include
Team Leaders, Clinical Team Leaders, on road
tutors and secondments into the College of Pre
Hospital Care or Volunteer Ambulance Studies.

As well as these roles there is the opportunity to

progress into management roles, from Station
Managers through to Operational and State
Managers at our Head Ofce.
Whilst attending the Induction course in the
College of Pre Hospital care, you will not work
public holidays or weekends. In your rst
year of employment you will have an annual
leave entitlement of four weeks which will be
allocated in a block.
In your second year of employment you will
have an annual leave entitlement of four weeks
and will work weekends and public holidays
as per roster.
From the third year the annual leave entitlement
is a total of 8 weeks per annum, and will work
weekends and public holidays as per roster
comprising of four weeks Annual Leave and four
weeks other leave. A leave block is allocated
to all Ambulance Ofcers and Paramedics in
accordance with the Leave Roster.
A probation period of six months applies
to Student Ambulance Ofcers on
commencement of induction school.
A uniform will be provided by St John Ambulance
WA that reects the professional image of the
organisation. It is designed to ensure a safe,
functional and comfortable uniform to meet the
needs of an Ambulance Ofcer.

Salary Packaging
An employee may, with the agreement of
St John Ambulance, enter into a salary
packaging arrangement upon completion of
their probation. This enables employees to
salary package expenses from your pre-tax
salary up to a predetermined limit each year.
Health and Wellbeing Allowance
A Health and Wellbeing Allowance has been set
up to reimburse employees for expenses relating
to gym memberships and tness programs.
Upon completion of your probation you become
eligible for an annual allowance each year.
Free Ambulance Cover
All employees of St John Ambulance are
entitled to free ambulance cover which
extends to dependent family members.
Paid Parental Leave
After 12 months of service employees
are entitled to paid parental leave of up
to 12 weeks at base pay. Parental leave
provisions are included in the relevant
award or agreement.

For furth er information on

th is position please email au
The information contained within this
document is correct at the time of
publication. Please note that entry,
prerequisites and conditions of
employment may change without notice.

Copyright St John Ambulance WA, 209 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont, WA 6104

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