St John Scholarship

Awarded to a St John volunteer providing them with a pathway to paid work in the emergency healthcare sector. 

Supporting Growth in Pre-Hospital Emergency Healthcare


The demand for qualified Medics and Registered Paramedics is due to increase in Australia over the next five years.

To help support this demand and provide an exciting opportunity for St John’s volunteer community, APC is offering a Scholarship to an eligible and deserving volunteer.

This is a rewarding opportunity for the successful individual who is already positively contributing to their community through their volunteering efforts. Studying at APC will help the St John volunteer gain a nationally recognised qualification, obtain paid employment and ultimately help save lives.

APC is delighted to support a deserving recipient in their study journey and collaborate with our Industry Partner St John to help create positive employment opportunities in the healthcare sector.

Scholarship Snapshot


Enrolment status:
Future APC Student
Student type:
Funding type:
Full fee
Scholarship duration:
18-24 month course*
Number awarded:
May vary
Applications open:
Currently closed


*Dependent on study load

What’s the process?

St John WA Head of Country Ambulance Operations, Justin Fonte, shared “Our volunteers have already shown they have an amazing aptitude for emergency pre-hospital care and this nationally-recognised diploma will give them the language to communicate much of the skills St John already delivers to its country patients.”

He added that being able to complete clinical placement hours with St John paramedics in their regional teams would help increase the confidence of volunteers when interacting with the broader healthcare sector, particularly country hospitals.

Scholarship FAQs

The scholarship is exclusive to St John volunteers in Western Australia.

APC encourages anyone who has a passion for helping people and is looking to build their career in the healthcare industry to apply.

To be eligible for the APC scholarship, the following must be met:

  • Age: Be at least 16 years of age (parental consent required if under 18)
  • Education: At least year-10 high-school or equivalent
  • Residency: Be an AUS/NZ citizen, AUS PR, or hold an approved temporary visa
  • Driver’s license: Hold a current driver’s license*
  • Technology: Have regular access to a computer and internet, and be comfortable with online study and assessments

*You may apply and enrol holding your learner’s (L) licence, however, you will need a provisional licence (P) before attending Workshop 1 (approximately 12 months into your preferred course).

Pre-intake checks include:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy: You will complete a short quiz to check basic English and math skills, and help us better support you through your course (unless already holding equivalent or higher qualification).
  • Health: Medical declaration to ensure you are fit to study

Clinical Placement checks, prior to the time of placement:

  • Evidence of National Police clearance
  • Working with Children’s check (blue card)

At APC we look for commitment, passion and the like to ensure you will be committed to completing the course.

We want to see our students succeed and give people of all backgrounds the chance to enter the healthcare industry.

The scholarship recipient will be selected upon suitable eligibility and their application, which will be carefully reviewed by APC and St John WA.

St John WA Volunteer: Scholarship Recipient

Meet Jodie

One of our scholarship recipients Jodie Thomson said her work as an EMT in the Avon Valley had opened her eyes to the invaluable role first responders played in saving lives, particularly in rural settings.

Jodie has since commenced her studies with APC on a full-time scholarship which will enable her to apply for paid work in the healthcare industry and provide more employment opportunities, in addition to her incredible volunteering efforts.

The humility of holding a patient’s hand, empathy of listening, reassuring and acknowledging family members, assessing a scene, having the courage to ask questions and make decisions, and to work as a team is all such as a privilege,” Jodie shared.


Supporting Regional WA Volunteers

Earlier this year, APC had the privilege of awarding six regional St John WA volunteers with APC scholarships to study emergency healthcare.

Since the HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care is predominantly delivered online, these deserving recipients are able to continue volunteering and working throughout their studies.

The APC scholarship recipients include:

  • Phillip Stewart, Williams Sub Centre
  • Jodie Thomson, Northam Sub Centre
  • Abbey Hay, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Sub Centre
  • Jack Hanson, Carnarvon Sub Centre
  • Claire Stringer, Kalbarri Sub Centre
  • Beth Trezona, Tambellup Sub Centre

Ready to learn more?

Take a closer look at our courses and have a chat to one of our friendly Course Advisors to find out how APC can help you create that amazing career you’ve always dreamed of.