SA searches for new Paramedics

7 June 2017

SA Ambulance Service has embarked on an international recruitment campaign to bolster its ranks of qualified paramedics as part of a boost to frontline staff. 

The recruitment drive is part of a $16 million investment in SA Ambulance Service under Transforming Health.

SA Ambulance Service Chief Executive Jason Killens said it is targeting New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and Ireland as well as Australia with recruits hitting the front line this year.

“It’s an exciting time to be on the front line of the South Australian health system, as we prepare to open the most advanced hospital in the world and embark on a reform of our service that will better meet the needs of communities today and into the future,” Mr Killens said.

“The State Government has committed to recruiting extra qualified paramedics as part of our health reforms. We have already recruited a number of new paramedics, but we are now casting the net wider to attract the most highly skilled in the world to care for South Australians.”

SA Ambulance Service serves 1.7 million people and operates across one million square kilometres, spanning rural landscapes and cosmopolitan cities.

Paramedic Chris Smith moved to Victoria to complete his training and then worked as an engineer; he recently returned home to forge a career with the ambulance service.

“I would recommend any interstate or overseas experienced paramedics to apply for positions within SA Ambulance Service, especially those wanting to come and experience our South Australian relaxed beach and wine region lifestyle,” Mr Smith said.

“The job satisfaction that you get as a paramedic at SA Ambulance Service is outstanding. It is highly rewarding to feel like you are really putting something back into the community.”

Current recruitment is aimed at sourcing qualified paramedics and complements the SA Ambulance Service’s investment in its intern program, which has three intakes per year. Although they have completed their education, interns are required to work with ambulance providers to complete a period of practice in order to gain Authority to Practice.

As well as recruiting new paramedics, the investment into SA Ambulance Service has led to new ambulance stations in metropolitan Adelaide, including the new Noarlunga station, which opened last September.

New stations will also be built in the North and West to service regions experiencing population growth. Another twelve ambulances will also hit the road.