How do I become a Medical Emergency Services Officer (MESO)?

Re-published 23rd May, 2024.

Wanting to become a Medical Emergency Services Officer/Emergency Services Officer (MESO/ESO) in mining but not sure where to start? Let us answer your questions today.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read our blog ‘What is a Medical Emergency Services Officer (MESO)?’ for an overview of the position. Within this blog we discuss how to become a MESO/ESO, plus the training and courses needed to become a MESO/ESO.

How can I work as a Medical Emergency Services Officer in Australia?

To begin, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all ESO course, or ESO training for the position. Every mine site has different requirements regarding qualifications and experience. Despite this, there certainly are some do’s and don’ts to know before you get started.

Generally, the basic entry-level qualifications for a MESO position are:

  • HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care
    • A great well-rounded healthcare course to provide you with the skills, experience and confidence to provide emergency healthcare support on-site. APC proudly offers this course throughout Australia, providing face-to-face training in Gold Coast – Queensland, Melbourne – Victoria, Sydney – New South Wales and Perth – Western Australia.
  • RII30719 – Certificate III in Emergency Response and Rescue (formerly known as MNM30605 – Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue)
    • Provides you with the fundamental skills needed to operate safely across a variety of mining and construction sites in Australia.

Despite the minimum requirement of the Cert IV in Health Care, it is suggested that students hold preference towards the HLT51020 –  Diploma of Emergency Health Care qualification (formerly known as HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science) as it provides a more in-depth knowledge of emergency pre-hospital medical care. APC’s Diploma can equip individuals with a more advanced life support scope of practice, better equipping them with the knowledge to perform patient assessments, provide advanced health care/life support and transport services to patients who may require moving to a hospital or to a waiting aircraft.

Wanting to learn more about the position first-hand? Hear from APC graduate, Nathan in the video below and how APC’s Diploma helped him secure a role as an ESO in Western Australia.

Interested in Applying?

Now that you’re read about what the role is, and what you may need to step into the position, why not get in touch with us to see how you can get on board?

APC are the leading specialist college for pre-hospital healthcare in Australia, providing students with the skills and confidence to begin a rewarding career in the industry. 

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