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					                                                                                    209 Great Eastern Highway
                                                                                            PO Box 183
                           ST JOHN AMBULANCE AUSTRALIA                                   Belmont WA 6984
                             WA AMBULANCE SERVICE INC                                Telephone (08) 9334 1436
                                                                                        Fax (08) 9334 1488
                                                                                   website www.ambulance.net.au

                                                                                     HUMAN RESOURCES
                                                                                       DEPARTMENT



        INFORMATION RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT AS A
              STUDENT AMBULANCE OFFICER


                      PRE-REQUISITES FOR EMPLOYMENT AS A

                            STUDENT AMBULANCE OFFICER



To be considered for employment by St John Ambulance Australia, WA Ambulance Service Inc., as a
Student Ambulance Officer, you must:


a      Be prepared to work according to the conditions laid down by the WA Ambulance Service.


b      Be prepared to work either on the 2.2.4 Shift Ambulances, or on the Day Ambulances as
       required by the WA Ambulance Service.


c      Have achieved the Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or the equivalent (ie.
       Secondary Graduation through the Certificate of Secondary Education or a Trade Certificate).


d      Hold a current West Australian ‘A’ Class Driver's Licence and have a good driving record.


e      Be able to speak and write English fluently.


f      Hold a current St John Ambulance Senior First Aid Certificate or be in the process of
       obtaining one.


g      Undergo the Service's Medical Examination and be physically and medically fit with weight in
       proportion to height.


h      Have Permanent Resident status and be living in Australia.


i      Successfully complete the 9 month pre-employment course (2 nights per week, 3 hours
       per night) in your own time.



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                      SELECTION PROGRAMME



APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM                         MAY 2001

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS                  AUGUST 2001 (TBC)

TESTING SESSION                                NOVEMBER 2001


PRELIMINARY INTERVIEWS                         EARLY DECEMBER 2001


PANEL INTERVIEWS                               MID DECEMBER 2001


POLICE & TRAFFIC CLEARANCE                     MID DECEMBER 2001


PRE-COURSE MEDICALS                            LATE DEC ‘01/EARLY JAN ‘02


SELECTION DECISION FOR TRAINING COURSE         LATE DECEMBER 2001


START OF PRE-EMPLOYMENT COURSE                 FEBRUARY 2002


END OF PRE-EMPLOYMENT COURSE                   NOVEMBER 2002


PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICALS                        LATE NOVEMBER 2002


POLICE & TRAFFIC CLEARANCE                     LATE NOVEMBER 2002


SELECTION DECISION FOR EMPLOYMENT              DECEMBER 2002


START DATE FOR STUDENTS                        JANUARY 2003




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                          CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

1   Hours of Duty

    a       Student Ambulance Officer during the initial Induction Course of approximately eight
            to nine weeks

            * 0800 - 1630 hours, Monday to Friday

    b       On-Road Ambulance Officer -

    *       Shift -The ordinary hours of work are an average of forty two hours (nominal 38 hours)
            per week, to be worked in a system of shifts comprising of two consecutive days and
            two consecutive night shifts followed by four days off

    *       Day -The ordinary hours of work are an average of forty three hours (nominal 38
            hours) per week, to be worked in a rotational system of shifts based on four days on
            three days off in a 20 week cycle.

2   Wages

    Paid fortnightly directly into a nominated bank account

3   Probation

    Six months probation after successful completion of the initial Induction Course

4   Annual Leave

    A total of eight weeks leave per annum (during the Induction Course the annual leave is based
    on four weeks per annum)

5   Sick Leave

    Three months per absence for any period of ill-health

6   Family Leave

    Five days per annum for any period of ill health for a dependent family member.

7   Bereavement Leave

    Four days per annum where applicable

8   Long Service Leave

    Thirteen weeks after ten consecutive years service, and every seven years thereafter.




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9      Parental Leave

       An Officer/Paramedic who has had not less than twelve months continuous service is entitled
       to an unbroken period of up to 52 weeks unpaid parental leave in accordance with the
       Ambulance Officers/Paramedics Certified Agreement 2000 - 2002.

10     Rates of Pay (Weekly)


                        Base         Shift             Shift       Meal            Gross
Classification          Rate         Allowance         Penalty     Allowance       Total


First Year (Student Officer)

Induction School        $514.15      -------           --------    ---------       $514.15
On-road                 $514.15      $164.05           $13.53      $15.00          $706.73

Year 2 (Grade I)        $520.31      $166.02           $13.69      $15.00          $715.02

Year 3 (Grade II)       $570.59      $182.06           $15.01      $15.00          $782.66

Year 4 (Grade III)      $661.52      $211.08           $17.40      $15.00          $905.00


11     Superannuation

       Invited after three (3) months to apply to join the St John Ambulance Superannuation Fund.

       If the invitation is accepted the Employee will contribute 5%, 7.5% or 10% of salary while the
       employer's contribution will be equal to 10.5% of salary.

       If the invitation is rejected, the Employer will contribute an amount equal to the legal
       requirements applicable at the time.

12     Salary Packaging

       After 3 months of continuous service the Employee will be offered the opportunity to salary
       package up to 50% of gross annual salary

13     Health Club Membership

       The Service may assist with reimbursement of health club membership fees up to a maximum
       $240.00 per annum. Alternatively an Officer may opt to receive reimbursement of only
       $200.00 initially and a further reimbursement up to $300.00 (up to $500.00 in total) dependent
       upon their sick and workers' compensation record for the duration of their membership.

14     Ambulance Usage

       No cost if a WA Ambulance Service ambulance is required for self and dependant family.

15     Termination

       Immediate termination of the Officer’s employment if they do not meet the required standards
       at any time during their training.
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                           MODULE INFORMATION FOR THE

                      ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN HEALTH SCIENCE
                        (AMBULANCE PRE HOSPITAL CARE)

* Applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning in writing, subject to being accepted for a
place in the Pre-employment Training Course for Student Ambulance Officers.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT COURSE

MODULE NAME:                 Interpersonal Communication/Social Environment

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide knowledge, skills and understanding to enable the
                             Ambulance Officer to effectively communicate, gain trust and build
                             rapport with an individual at the scene of injury or illness.

MODULE NAME:                 Cultural Studies

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide the learner with an awareness of cultural factors within
                             Western Australia that may influence behaviour so that better patient
                             communication and management is effected.

MODULE NAME:                 Anatomy and Physiology (Ambulance)

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide the learner with knowledge of human anatomy, physiology
                             and pathophysiology and thereby facilitating the provision of
                             appropriate, specialised patient care and transport in response to
                             community need.

MODULE NAME:                 Vehicle Control and Driving Techniques (3 week full-time course)

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide the learner with skill, knowledge and attitudes necessary for
                             the safe and expedient operation of ambulance service vehicles under
                             emergency and non-emergency conditions both on and off the road.

STUDENT AMUBLANCE OFFICER INDUCTION COURSE

MODULE NAME:                 Patient Extrication

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide the learner with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to
                             accommodate hazardous substances and situations in planning and
                             executing the safe extrication of patients.

MODULE NAME:                 Fundamentals of Emergency Care

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide the learner with skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate
                             to initiate continue or assist in the care of patients as determined at the
                             scene of injury or illness.

MODULE NAME:                 Administration and Policy

MODULE PURPOSE:              To provide the learner with knowledge of the role, internal
                             administration and protocols of the Western Australian Ambulance
                             Service.

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MODULE NAME:       Emergency Care Fieldwork
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with on road emergency care skills. Emergency
                   care skills, up to this point, have been taught either as an isolated drill
                   or within the context of a simulated exercise. The focus of this module
                   is to train the learner to apply those skills within an on road situation.

MODULE NAME:       Mechanical Studies (Ambulance)
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with skill, knowledge and attitudes appropriate
                   to the mechanical operations of a 4x4 and 4x2 ambulance.

2ND YEAR AMBULANCE OFFICER

MODULE NAME:       Case Studies (Ambulance)
MODULE PURPOSE:    The purpose of this module is two-fold. To provide the learner with an
                   opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge and
                   understanding necessary for the professional application of emergency
                   care skill. Secondly, to provide the learner with an opportunity to
                   demonstrate the acquisition of a variety of physical emergency care
                   skills fundamental to the practice of an Ambulance Officer.

MODULE NAME:       Research Papers (Ambulance)
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with an opportunity to research a variety of
                   psychological and pathophysiological processes relevant to the learner's
                   on-the-job experience and thereby enhance understanding and
                   competency.

3RD YEAR AMBULANCE OFFICER

MODULE NAME:       Pregnancy and Paediatrics
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with knowledge, skills and understanding to
                   facilitate the appropriate care and ambulance management of patients in
                   various stages of pregnancy and of paediatric patients.

MODULE NAME:       Advanced Emergency Care
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with knowledge, skills and understanding of
                   concepts that will help facilitate the advanced emergency care of
                   patients.

MODULE NAME:       Disturbed and Abnormal Behaviour
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with knowledge and understanding to enable the
                   Ambulance Officer to effectively manage individuals at a scene of
                   injury or illness suffering from and/or displaying disturbed or abnormal
                   behaviour.

MODULE NAME:       Interpersonal Communication: Leadership
MODULE PURPOSE:    To provide the learner with knowledge, skills and understanding to
                   facilitate effective leadership, through communications, to individuals
                   and groups.


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