Published 24th October, 2023.
Australian Paramedical College (APC) is excited to officially announce its latest Industry Partnership with Salus Group’s Queensland Emergency Medical Services (QEMS). Located in Queensland, this opportunity comes with Clinical Placement and employment benefits. Not only are HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care and HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care students able to complete their hands-on experience with the QEMS team, they are also eligible to apply for positions of employment upon graduation.
Clinical Placement is an essential as part of a student’s Certificate IV and Diploma studies. This practical component combines all they have learnt over the last year and places them in a supervised pre-hospital environment. Before this stage, students have already completed most of their theory and have been deemed satisfactory within the relevant Clinical Workshop/s. For Certificate IV students, 80 hours of Clinical Placement is required whereas for the Diploma, 160 hours is needed, which is broken down into 40-hour and 120-hour blocks.
At APC, we direct the responsibility of Clinical Placement to students, allowing them to choose where they conduct it. This choice was made by APC due to our diverse cohort. Each student has different aspirations for their future, and as a college we don’t want to limit where they gain their industry experience. Despite the many benefits, Clinical Placement can be daunting for someone who may be new to the sector. Partnering with organisations such as QEMS means we can provide direct placement pathways to students who wish for guidance and support.
Students have the opportunity to participate in minor and major events while being closely supervised by a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and medics. QEMS are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, ensuring their preparedness for any situation at any time.
Upon graduation, individuals have several pathways they can take but the first for many is gaining employment within the healthcare sector.
A huge positive of APC creating strong industry partnerships with established organisations across Australia means that employment pathways can now be offered to students almost immediately after graduation. As QEMS are an employer of not only medics but paramedics and nurses too, upskilling professionally within the company is welcomed – further allowing you to grow as the company grows too!
Grant Geddes is the Chief Executive Officer of Salus Group. In operation for over five years now, he is excited to get this partnership up and running, sharing, “Salus Group is a multi-faceted business that specializes in providing essential medical services such as Community Paramedic Programs, Medical Education, First Aid Supplies, Event Medical Services, Corporate Medical and Security Services, Pre-employment Medicals, Sleep Apnoea Assessments, Hospital-in-home, Mobility Aids, Disability Aids, and NDIS Registered services. Our mission is to ensure that individuals and businesses are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to deal with emergencies and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.”
Dr Simon Sawyer, APC’s Director of Education is also excited about the prospects that this partnership opens. He shared, “This partnership is exactly what our Queensland students need. A high-quality healthcare provider that will work around the needs of our students, whilst also meshing perfectly with our other current QLD Industry Partners”.
Looking to change careers, upskill, or even give back to your community? If so, you’ve come to the right place! APC is Australia’s leading education provider for emergency and non-emergency healthcare.