NSW Ambulance Vocational Trainee Paramedic

Publish Date: 10/5/2019

NSW Ambulance Vocational Trainee Paramedic.

If you live in New South Wales, you’ve always admired the NSW Ambulance service; and you are thinking about becoming a paramedic, then the NSW Ambulance Vocational Trainee Paramedic option could be one pathway. Despite the laws dictating all new Paramedics must hold a Bachelor of Paramedic Science from an approved university, there still exists the opportunity to become a NSW Ambulance Paramedic through the trainee paramedic pathway. Although this seems like an easy option, it’s proving more and more difficult to get into the service using this option.

NOTE: this page is purely for information only. Find out more on the NSW Ambulance website.

UPDATE: It is a requirement to hold a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree in order to apply for a position via traditional channels.

There are three pathways to becoming a paramedic with NSW Ambulance;

  1. Trainee Paramedic (Vocational ) pathway (check for availability on the NSW Ambulance website)
  2. Paramedic Intern (Graduate) pathway (requires a degree and registration with the Paramedicine Board and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA)
  3. Qualified Paramedic pathway. (must be registered with the Paramedicine Board and AHPRA)

Trainee Paramedic (Vocational entry)

Applicants who have no prior medical experience can apply for the Trainee Paramedic (vocational entry) role. Through the Trainee Paramedic vocational entry training pathway, you will undertake the nationally-accredited Diploma of Paramedical Science (this has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care over three years, delivered by the NSW Ambulance Education Centre, Rozelle, Sydney. A minimum of 8 weeks training is undertaken at NSW Ambulance before going out on road.

It is important to note that the NSW Ambulance vocational entry pathway is very competitive and, moving forward; NSW Ambulance will be focusing toward Graduate Entry Paramedic Interns, and would recommend that students look into this pathway.

Here is a direct link to NSW Ambulance Paramedic positions on their website.

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The Role: NSW Ambulance Vocational Trainee Paramedic

NOTE: The vocational trainee pathway may not be available – please check with NSW Ambulance first.

NSW Ambulance Paramedics provide front-line out-of-hospital-care, medical retrieval and health related transport for sick and injured people in an emergency or non-emergency setting. Paramedics accurately assess and document patient health and medical needs to determine and implement appropriate paramedical care in line with NSW Ambulance policies and procedures.

NSW Ambulance Paramedics complete a rigorous training and education program to gain their initial qualification. Paramedics must engage in an on-going professional development program to maintain their Certificate to Practice – ensuring that their clinical and technical skills are of the highest standard and follow approved protocols, pharmacology and clinical procedures as per the medical standard.

To be a successful applicant, you must be able to demonstrate:

– An ability to abide by the accepted standards of conduct and performance.

– Computer literacy and use of web based programs.

– Planning and organising skills to effectively manage your time and prioritise workloads, with the ability to manage stress and maintain performance under pressure without negative impact on yourself or others

– An ability to work autonomously and also to develop professional relationships and work collaboratively as part of a team.

– An ability to communicate appropriately with integrity, empathy and respect for ethical and professional standards including patient confidentiality and sensitivity.

– An ability to apply work health and safety policies to safeguard self and others whilst undertaking the responsibilities of the role.

– Analytical capability to assess and evaluate a situation and determine appropriate action whilst also accepting responsibility for the impact of that action.

Find out more on the NSW Ambulance website.

Develop your career as a medic/paramedic

Do you love thought of helping people when they need it the most and ultimately giving back to your community. Do you dream of an amazing career in pre-hospital emergency health care, saving lives and enjoying the freedom to work in different locations every day? Deciding to study and work your way through the different levels and streams takes time and a firm mindset. Like everything in life, if you put in the work, you’ll be rewarded.

Choose from these qualifications

The following qualifications whilst comprehensive and through, will not be enough to get you a job as an Ambulance Paramedic – you’ll need a Bachelor of Paramedic Science for this. However, by studying the Certificate IV in Health Care and one extra unit from the Diploma of Paramedical Science, this can be sufficient to get you into uni and also qualify you for study credits against the degree. What this means is, you won’t have to re-learn some subjects and your transition into university life will be a lot more comfortable.

HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport – Work in patient transport as a driver and assistant. The perfect role for people who love driving and helping people. If you enjoy talking and being helpful, then this is a very good place to start. 6-12 month study – that’s all.
HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care – Become equipped with the clinical skills to be classed as a Basic Life Support Medic and work in your community as an event medic and the like. The opportunities are endless. Consider the next time you go to a sports event or outdoor convert, or even the next time you take the train; there may be a Certificate IV in Health Care medic close by waiting to assist.
HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care – Following on from the Certificate IV, Basic Life Support Medic skill set, diploma-qualified practitioners are highly trained in advanced airway management, cardiac arrest and ECG monitoring – plus a more comprehensive scope to administer drugs and medications.

Study online, and attend clinical workshops to get that hands-on experience.

Call APC on 1300 377 741 or tell us a little about yourself by completing a career pathway plan

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