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Become a Paramedic

If you would like to join Ambulance Victoria as a qualified paramedic, you must hold a recognised degree in Paramedic Studies and have suitable experience.

To apply as a graduate paramedic, you must have completed, or be in your final year of, a recognised university course.

The paramedic course is generally a three-year degree and teaches students the fundamentals of their medical training including anatomy, biology and physiology.

Ambulance Victoria recognises university courses accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities. A list of these courses can be found on the CAA website.

To work as a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria, you must be a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, be an Australian Permanent Resident or hold a full unrestricted work visa. You must also hold a full Victorian driver’s licence or have held a probationary licence at P2 for at least one year.

Experience in the non-emergency stretcher transport environment provides an invaluable stepping stone for transition to emergency operations with Ambulance Victoria.

How to apply for a Graduate Ambulance Paramedic Role at AV

We invite interested applicants in their final semester of study to submit their application for the role of Graduate Ambulance Paramedic.

To apply for a position, please click ‘Paramedic Vacancies’ below to submit your application online.

Please note, once you have registered your details, you will receive an email requesting that you submit scanned certified copies of the following documents before your application is assessed;

  • National Police Certificate (must be through Australian Federal Police or State Police Service, no third party reports will be accepted)
  • Driving History Report (including statement of demerit points and convictions)
  • Proof of right to work in Australia (Passport/visa/Birth Certificate)
  • Front and back copy of your driver’s licence
  • Most recent Academic Transcript

Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. You will be contacted in due course via email to advise of assessment activities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse and indigenous Australian backgrounds.

Paramedic Vacancies

How to apply for a Qualified Ambulance Paramedic Role at AV

AV invites interested applicants to submit their application for the role of Qualified Ambulance Paramedic.

To apply for a position, please click ‘Paramedic Vacancies’ below to submit your application online.

Please note, once you have registered your details, you will receive an email requesting that you submit scanned certified copies of the following documents before your application is assessed;

  • National Police Certificate (must be through Australian Federal Police or State Police Service, no third party reports will be accepted)
  • Driving History Report (including statement of demerit points and convictions)
  • Proof of right to work in Australia (Passport/visa/Birth Certificate)
  • Front and back copy of your driver’s licence
  • ALS Paramedic qualifications (or equivalent) within a service recognized by the Council of Ambulance Authorities

Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. You will be contacted in due course via email to advise of assessment activities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse and indigenous Australian backgrounds.

Paramedic Vacancies

What Being a Paramedic Involves

Being a paramedic is about a lot more than lights and sirens and rushing to help someone in need. Paramedics perform clinical procedures, administer drugs, maintain patient records and decide the most appropriate medical facility to take someone to.

Paramedics help people in non-life threatening situations too, from sporting injuries to routine transport between hospitals and health services.

On any given day, a paramedic may:

  • Attend medical emergencies and accidents which may require the administration of advanced life support.
  • Assess, treat and manage the patient’s treatment en-route to hospital
  • Perform invasive techniques such as intravenous canulation, administration of pain-relieving drugs, fluid resuscitation in the trauma setting and advanced airway management.
  • Lift and place patients on stretchers, load the stretchers into ambulances and transport patients to hospital.
  • Prepare patient care records and other written reports on the state of a patient’s injuries and the treatment provided.
  • Triage patients to the most appropriate medical facility.
  • Provide routine transport for patients from home to hospital and return, e.g. for patients requiring further treatment or specialised treatment such as occupational therapy and chemotherapy.
  • Perform daily vehicle and equipment checks, making sure that ambulances and medical supplies (including drugs) are accounted for, and that equipment is in good working conditions.
  • Attend public gatherings such as large sporting events, where accidents or other health emergencies may occur.

Ambulance paramedics work on a rotating roster. The roster covers seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Rosters are provided at least four weeks in advance to ensure adequate planning time.

There are some key skills you need to be a good paramedic:

  • A caring and empathetic nature and highly developed communications skills
  • The capacity to remain calm, think clearly and act quickly in stressful situations
  • Team work and self-reliance
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • The ability to follow instructions and guidelines
  • A good level of health and physical fitness