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					                                ACT AMBULANCE SERVICE
                       INTENSIVE CARE PARAMEDIC INFORMATION
                                          Revised October 2008


SERVICE DESCRIPTION:

The ACT Ambulance Service, established under Section 40 of the Emergencies Act 2004,
operates as one of the four operational arms of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA),
which form part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Under the Emergencies Act 2004, the agencies of the ESA, including the ACT Ambulance
Service (ACTAS) ACT Fire Brigade, ACT State Emergency Services and ACT Rural Fire
Service work in collaboration to:

      Protect and preserve life, property and the environment; and
      Provide for effective emergency management; and
      Provide for the effective and cohesive management by the commissioner of the state
       emergency service, the ambulance service, the fire brigade and the rural fire service;
       and
      Recognise the value to the community of all emergency service members, including
       volunteer members.

A Deputy Commissioner, responsible to the Commissioner ESA leads the daily functions of
the ACTAS and a number of other ESA support agencies including ESA Training,
Communications and Fleet and Procurement.

The ACTAS is a progressive organisation, with responsibility to provide pre-hospital
emergency care and transport to the people of the Australian Capital Territory and its
immediate surrounds.

As an Intensive Care Paramedic Service, ACTAS is able to offer the highest level of pre-
hospital emergency care to the community. All ACTAS units are crewed by at least one
Intensive Care Paramedic. Additionally, all Trainee Officers successfully completing the
course provided by ACTAS are trained to Intensive Care Paramedic level.

The ACTAS operates from seven stations within the Australian Capital Territory and provides
seven double-crewed Intensive care ambulances on-duty twenty-four hours a day as well as
non-urgent patient transport services. In addition, the ACTAS crews an aero medical rescue
service for the ACT and southeastern NSW utilising a Bell 412 helicopter based in the
Canberra suburb of Symonston.

ACTAS operates one of the most modern fleets in Australia of Intensive Care vehicles, non-
urgent patient transport and specialist vehicles including 4WD, Operational Support and
Single Response Units. Additional specialist fleet capability has recently been introduced
including CBR / USAR trailer and a bariatric vehicle due for delivery in early 2009.

The ACTAS responds to approximately 2700 incidents per calendar month. This includes
medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, sporting accidents, and routine medical
transfers. The respective percentages of cases are approximately: 80% urgent and 20%
routine.




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ACTAS non-urgent patient transport vehicles are crewed by Ambulance Support Officers who
receive training to Cert III (Patient Transport) and Cert IV (Call taker / Dispatch). This allows
Ambulance Support Officers to cross crew between the Communications Centre and non-
urgent patient transport services.

ACTAS members engaged in crewing the Bell 412 helicopter hold Intensive Care Paramedic
qualifications and have completed a Cert IV (Aeromedical Retrieval and Rescue).

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

Intensive Care Paramedics will be employed under the terms and employment conditions of
the ACT Public Service and the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) Union Collective
Agreement 2007 – 2010. Officers appointed to the ACTAS are subject to an initial period of
probation prior to appointment being confirmed and satisfactory completion of any required
clinical training requirements.

SALARY RANGE

The annual salary range for the offered positions is $69,179 - $78,389 (including shift
penalties & Advanced Clinical Skills Allowance - ACSA). ACT Intensive Care Paramedic
starting increments are worked out by the number of year’s service. I.e. 8 years prior service
prior to employment with the ACTAS = 3 years student + 5 years = increment level 5 or 6
depending on the applicants anniversary date.

ADVANCED CLINICAL SKILLS ALLOWANCE

Payment of the ACSA, which is payable for all purposes (currently $6,106 pa) is subject to
satisfactory completion of any prescribed period of supervised clinical practice and
assessment. Once completed, members are issued with an Authority to Practice by the Chief
Officer of the ACTAS which entitles the member to payment of the ACSA.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR RELOCATION COSTS

Financial assistance is available to successful applicants recruited to the ACTAS from
interstate. The pre-determined ceiling is $12,000 for singles, increased by $2,000 for each
dependant (maximum of six dependants). Reimbursement above six dependants will increase
by $1,750 for each additional dependent. Applicants must note that relocation support
payments made to a member recruited from interstate may be subject to repayment under a
sliding scale if the employee terminates their employment with the ACTAS at less than 36
months service and does not commence employment with another ACT Public Service agency
within one month.

PROFESSIONAL OFFICER CLAIM

Under the terms of the ACT Ambulance Service Union Collective Agreement 2007 – 2010,
the parties are committed to a classification/work value review of classifications involved
with Intensive Care Paramedic functions. (Professional Officer Claim).

The parties have agreed to the engagement of an independent arbitrator, who may be a
member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to consider changes to the nature
of the work of Intensive Care Paramedics in the ACT since 2002 with both parties committed
to accepting the outcome of the arbitration without appeal. An additional base pay rise of 4%
is also due for all ACTAS members on 2nd April 2009.


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                                   ACT AMBULANCE SERVICE
                                    INTENSIVE CARE PARAMEDIC




IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ THIS THOROUGHLY

PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

Selection Criteria are designed to help relate the factors in the definition of efficiency to the
requirements of the particular position being considered. They have been established with
reference to the duties of the position to be filled. They call for certain abilities,
qualifications, experience, standards of work performance and personal qualities relevant to
the duties of the vacant position. The Selection Criteria and Duty Statement are attached. All
important Selection Criteria are of equal weight.

Application should be made using the Job Application Cover Sheet. When preparing your
application, address each Selection Criterion individually taking into account your abilities,
qualifications, experience and personal qualities relevant to the position of Intensive Care
Paramedic.

You should prepare your application on the basis that the selection panel has no prior
knowledge of you. Each of the Selection Criteria should be addressed in sufficient detail to
enable the panel to consider your application.

NB: You should ensure that you provide examples to substantiate your claims. In addressing
the Selection Criteria you should avoid making unsubstantiated claims. Please see the
Statutory Declaration on the last page.

As a general guide, applicants should allow the equivalent of about one typewritten page per
criterion. Please take care with your writing if preparing handwritten documentation
(typewritten applications are preferred).

WORKPLACE DIVERSITY

The ACT Ambulance Service is an equal opportunity employer, and aims to ensure that fair,
equitable and non-discriminatory consideration is given to applicants.

SHORTLISTING ON THE BASIS OF APPLICATIONS

The purpose of short listing is to identify applicants who warrant further investigation. Short
listing is usually restricted to those who have demonstrated strong claims for selection. It is
not necessary for the Selection Advisory Committee to make an assessment of every applicant
against every criterion - failure to demonstrate claims against one or more of the key criteria
may be sufficient to exclude an applicant from further consideration. On the basis of the
written application the Selection Advisory Committee may shortlist a group of applicants who
will be considered further in the assessment process.

It is important therefore, that your application be well substantiated.

APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS PANEL WILL SHORTLIST FOR
INTERVIEW.
If you are not short listed for interview, you will be advised in writing.


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THE SELECTION PROCESS

AVAILABILITY FOR FURTHER STEPS IN THE SELECTION PROCESS

As an applicant you will be regarded as being available for further selection processes from
the date applications close. Where possible, 10 working days notice will be given of further
selection details to short listed applicants

Applicants will be expected to attend at their own expense. The process of selection is
outlined further in this document. Prior to each stage in the selection process, you will be sent
specific information relevant to the next step.

If necessary, clinical assessments and interviews for the advertised positions will be held
in the Sydney metropolitan region.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION

Officers who are being considered for appointment will be required to undertake a medical
examination. This will be performed at the expense of the ACTAS. An offer of position will
be dependant on satisfactory outcome.

DRIVING RECORD

Your driving record will be reviewed. You are required to have no recent suspensions and
must be carrying no more than 50% (maximum) demerit points. It will be your responsibility
to obtain a point’s demerit transcript from the relevant motor transport authorities in your
State or Territory. You will also have to bear any associated costs.

NB: this should be included with your application.

COMPETENCY BASED DRIVING ASSESSMENT

Applicants may be required to undertake a competency based driving test. This will be
conducted by ACTAS staff involved in the ACTAS Driving Standards Programme. Details of this
test will be provided to applicants.

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

As a further component of the selection process, all applicants will be required to undertake a
written test of clinical knowledge. This will cover basic anatomy and physiology, disease
processes and general priorities and principles of ambulance management. It will be in a short
answer / case history format. The panel is well aware of the differences in specific
management between organisations, and therefore, the test will be structured and assessed to
take this into account.

FUNCTIONAL TEST

Following review of the medical examination, a work related functional (physical) test may be
scheduled for those who are deemed medically suitable for the position. Full details of this
test will be provided with the medical examination documentation.

INTERVIEWS

The interview represents the final point in the selection process. All interviews will have
broadly the same structure and each applicant will be given the opportunity to respond to
similar areas of questioning. This will not preclude flexibility in pursuing individual leads or
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exploring particular areas of interest or experience of applicants. As a general rule, all
interviews will be conducted face to face.

At interview, written communication skills will be assessed. The Selection Panel will present
a list of general topics, and the applicant will be required to write approximately one A4 page
on a topic of their choice.

REFEREE / SUPERVISOR REPORTS - (Not required until interview)

Two written referee reports should be made available to the interview panel. You should
ensure that referees have a copy of the Referee/Supervisor Report, which will be sent to
applicants called to interview. Referee reports should be from persons who have recently
supervised your work and who can offer comments against the Selection Criteria. Referees
will preferably include your current supervisor.

The Selection Advisory Committee will contact your current supervisor/employer and/or other
persons familiar with your work, whether or not they have been nominated as a referee.
The service will request more general information about your previous employment including
any disciplinary action taken, absenteeism, clinical issues including qualifications, period of
employment, and general work ethic.

Applicants who are considered for employment will be given the opportunity to comment on
any adverse referee or supervisor remarks if these would affect the outcome.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain written referee reports.

It is also your responsibility to ensure that your referees read the advice section of the referee
report, and frame their report according to this advice.

FINAL ASSESSMENT

Final assessment and recommendation of those applicants interviewed will be based on their
written application, referee / supervisor reports, abilities demonstrated during the selection
process, including interview and information obtained from current or previous employers in
relation to your work.

Following the interview, the Selection Advisory Committee will then submit recommendation
to the Deputy Commissioner – ACT Ambulance Service.

POLICE CHARACTER CHECK

Applicants who are considered suitable to be offered a position as an Intensive Care
Paramedic will be required to agree to the ACT Ambulance Service obtaining a police
character check. Appointment is dependant on a satisfactory result. You are at liberty to
refuse this check, however no job offer will be forthcoming.

EMPLOYMENT CHECK

Applicants who are considered suitable to be offered a position as an Intensive Care
Paramedic will be required to consent to the ACT Ambulance Service contacting your current
and previous employers. The Service will request general information about your employment
history including disciplinary action, absenteeism, current qualifications and period of
employment. Appointment is dependent on a satisfactory result.



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As the information is protected under the Privacy Act 1998 you will be asked at interview to
sign an information release form. You are at liberty to refuse, however no job offer will be
forthcoming.

IMMUNISATIONS

Prior to commencement of employment, successful applicants will be required to provide the
Service with evidence of current tetanus and hepatitis B immunisation.

WHERE AND WHEN TO APPLY

Applications, marked CONFIDENTIAL should be addressed to:

The Recruitment Officer
Shared Services Centre
Recruitment Services
GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601

or by email (preferred method) to: jobs@act.gov.au. Applications should be marked received
by Shared Services Recruitment no later than 2 weeks post date of advertisement (i.e. 10th
November 2008).

Your application should contain:

   a completed Application Cover Sheet;
   a brief employment history;
   a statement addressing each of the Selection Criteria;
   a points demerit transcript from the relevant motor registry authority in your state or
    territory; and
   completed Statutory Declaration.

Application Checklist, Application Coversheet and Referee's Report proforma can be located
and downloaded at: www.jobs.act.gov.au/application_information

CONTACT OFFICERS

For advice on specific ACT Ambulance Service clinical requirements please contact:

Mr Howard Wren
General Manager – Clinical Services
Telephone: (02) 6207 9996
E-mail: howard.wren@act.gov.au

For advice on general conditions of employment please contact:

Mr Craig Hooper
General Manager – Resource Development
Telephone:     (02) 6207 8127
E-mail: craig.hooper@act.gov.au

STATUTORY DECLARATION

The attached Statutory Declaration must be completed and submitted as part of your
application. By completing the declaration, you are certifying that all the information supplied
in your application is true and correct.

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                                           Commonwealth of Australia
                                         STATUTORY DECLARATION
                                        Statutory Declarations Act 1959
1 Insert the
  name, address      I,1
  and
  occupation of
  person making
  the declaration

                     make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations
                     Act 1959:
2 Set out matter     2
  declared to in
  numbered
  paragraphs
                         1. I declare that all academic and professional qualifications
                            submitted with my application for the position of (INSERT
                            POSITION TITLE) are genuine. I give my permission for the
                            relevant educational or training institution to be contacted for
                            verification of my qualifications.

                         2. I declare that the employment history submitted with my
                            application is accurate. I give my permission for my previous
                            employers to be contacted for verification of my employment
                            history

                         3. I understand that any false statements concerning                                            my
                            qualifications or employment history may lead to dismissal

                         4. I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false
                            statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under
                            section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and I believe
                            that the statements in this declaration are true in every particular.
3 Signature of       3
  person making
  the declaration


4 Place
5 Day                Declared at 4                                                on 5                            of 6
6 Month and
  year
                     Before me,
7 Signature of       7
  person before
  whom the
  declaration is
  made (see
  over)

8 Full name,         8
  qualification
  and address
  of person
  before whom
  the declaration
  is made (in
  printed letters)

                         Note 1 A person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an
                         offence, the punishment for which is imprisonment for a term of 4 years — see section 11 of the
                         Statutory Declarations Act 1959.
                         Note 2 Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against the Statutory Declarations Act
                         1959 — see section 5A of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959.




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A statutory declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 may be made before–

(1) a person who is currently licensed or registered under a law to practise in one of the following occupations:
            Chiropractor                                Dentist                          Legal practitioner
            Medical practitioner                        Nurse                            Optometrist
            Patent attorney                             Pharmacist                       Physiotherapist
            Psychologist                                Trade marks attorney             Veterinary surgeon

(2) a person who is enrolled on the roll of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory, or the High Court of Australia, as a legal practitioner
(however described); or

(3) a person who is in the following list:
            Agent of the Australian Postal Corporation who is in charge of an office supplying postal services to the public
            Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
            Bailiff
            Bank officer with 5 or more continuous years of service
            Building society officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
            Chief executive officer of a Commonwealth court
            Clerk of a court
            Commissioner for Affidavits
            Commissioner for Declarations
            Credit union officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
            Employee of the Australian Trade Commission who is:
                      (a) in a country or place outside Australia; and
                      (b) authorised under paragraph 3 (d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955; and
                      (c) exercising his or her function in that place
            Employee of the Commonwealth who is:
                      (a) in a country or place outside Australia; and
                      (b) authorised under paragraph 3 (c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955; and
                      (c) exercising his or her function in that place
            Fellow of the National Tax Accountants’ Association
            Finance company officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
            Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this list
            Judge of a court
            Justice of the Peace
            Magistrate
            Marriage celebrant registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
            Master of a court
            Member of Chartered Secretaries Australia
            Member of Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
            Member of the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants
            Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
            Member of the Australian Defence Force who is:
                      (a) an officer; or
                      (b) a non-commissioned officer within the meaning of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 with 5 or more years of
                             continuous service; or
                      (c) a warrant officer within the meaning of that Act
            Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants or
                the National Institute of Accountants
            Member of:
                      (a) the Parliament of the Commonwealth; or
                      (b) the Parliament of a State; or
                      (c) a Territory legislature; or
                      (d) a local government authority of a State or Territory
            Minister of religion registered under Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
            Notary public
            Permanent employee of the Australian Postal Corporation with 5 or more years of continuous service who is employed in an
                office supplying postal services to the public
            Permanent employee of:
                      (a) the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority; or
                      (b) a State or Territory or a State or Territory authority; or
                      (c) a local government authority;
                      with 5 or more years of continuous service who is not specified in another item in this list
            Person before whom a statutory declaration may be made under the law of the State or Territory in which the declaration is
                 made
            Police officer
            Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, of a court
            Senior Executive Service employee of:
                      (a) the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth authority; or
                      (b) a State or Territory or a State or Territory authority
            Sheriff
            Sheriff’s officer
            Teacher employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution



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