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Trainee Paramedic Application Information Booklet
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2014 Trainee Paramedic
Application Information Booklet
Trainee Paramedic Application Information Booklet
CONTENTS
Are You Ready To Apply?
2
Overview of Selection Process 3
Selection Criteria
3
The Selection Process
4-5
–Application
4
– Occupational Suitability
4
Testing
–Interview
4
– Referee Check and Conduct
and Service Check
4
– Working With Children
Check
4-5
– Health Assessment
5
Recruitment Timeframe
6
Unsuccessful Applicants
6
Letter of Offer and
Conditions Of Employment
6
Contacting Us
6
Further Information
6
Frequently Asked Questions
7
Form 188
Introduction
Thank you for your interest in a career with the
NSW Ambulance.
This booklet provides an overview of
our selection processes so you have an
understanding of the stages we follow once you
have submitted your application.
The Frequently Asked Questions on page 7
should answer many of the questions you may
have about the application process but should
you have additional queries please feel free to
call one of our Recruitment Officers – contact
details are on page 6.
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Are you ready to a
pply?
Will you hold an
Unrestricted Drive
rs Licence by 5
May 2014?
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Are you willing to
gain an Unrestric
ted Light Rigid
Drivers Licence as
a condition of em
ployment?
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diseases (see Fo
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– Diptheria, Teta
nus, Pertussis
– Measles, Mum
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– Hepatitis B (first
dose required be
fore you can apply
– Chicken Pox
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– Tuberculosis
Are you willing to
relocate to any pa
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Wales as require
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Do you have a go
od level of medica
l and physical
fitness to perform
the role of a Train
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What are the stages of the
Selection Process?
Application is received complete
with items from checklist
Occupational Suitability Testing
Interview
Referee and Conduct
and Service Checks
Working with Children Check
National Criminal Record Check
Health Assessment
If you are
UNSUCCESSFUL
this year you will
receive a letter
advising you that
your application
will not be
progressing further.
If you are SUCCESSFUL
you will be placed on the
Eligibility Waiting List and
may receive a Letter of
Offer for Employment for
a vacancy which arises
within 12 months of
applying.
Essentially the application process will follow these six key
stages, however these may not always occur in the order
you expect them to. We may sometimes be required to
expedite the recruitment process and several stages may
be conducted at once, or even in a different order to the one
you see above. We need to be flexible to respond to varying
demands and constraints. That said, there is a very good
chance your recruitment experience will follow the above
steps. Please be aware that this is the typical recruitment
experience of a successful applicant.
Selection Criteria for
Trainee Paramedics
1. Effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including excellent customer care
skills for a diverse range of clients.
2. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in
a team environment to support the completion of team
goals and continuity of patient care within the NSW
health system.
3. Planning and organising skills to effectively manage
own time and prioritise workload, with the ability to
manage stress and maintain performance under pressure
without negative impact on self or others.
4. Computer literacy and demonstrated ability to learn
and operate new software.
5. A high standard of medical fitness, physical fitness
and strength appropriate to perform the requirements
and duties of the position.
6. Holding a manual Australian Unrestricted Driver’s
Licence by 5 May 2014 and holding as a minimum prior
to commencing employment, an Unrestricted Light Rigid
Driver’s Licence.
7. A good driving history with a loss of no more than
6 demerit points in the last 3 years and no licence
cancellation in the previous 2 years. In addition,
Ambulance will consider all convictions, particularly
those relating to driving while under the influence of
drugs or alcohol, speeding, reckless driving, dangerous
driving or those leading to loss of licence regardless of
when it occurred.
8. Evidence of protection against the following
infectious diseases:
> Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis
>
Hepatitis B (the first dose is required by the closing date of application)
> Measles/Mumps/Rubella
>
Chicken Pox
>
Assessment of Tuberculosis (TB) status
Please see Form 188 attached at the end of this
booklet.
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Our Selection Processes
Application Stage
Your application will determine if
you are invited to progress further
in the recruitment process. Please
be aware that if you fail to include
any of the information required, your
application may be excluded at this
stage. Complete the online application
form, upload copies of the information
required.
Your entire driving record may be
further assessed prior to any job offers
being made.
Occupational Suitability
Testing Stage
The occupational suitability testing
consists of numerical reasoning, verbal
reasoning and abstract reasoning
and measures an individual’s
capacity to perform higher mental
processes of reasoning, remembering,
understanding and problem solving.
The tests are conducted online and
takes 20 minutes. Instructions and
time to practice is provided at the
time of sitting the test. Applicants
pay approx. $70 by credit card. The
receipt of payment takes 5 – 7 days
to clear. Once payment has been
received, you will receive an emailed
invitation to undertake the test.
Interview Stage
The interview is a very important part
of the selection process. Interviews
may be conducted by two or more
Selection Committee members.Your
response to the interview questions
will enable the interview panel to
gain a better understanding of your
knowledge, skills, qualifications,
abilities and personal attributes. The
panel are looking for a match between
your personal attributes, the selection
criteria and the requirements of the
position.
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Preparation
> The interview questions will be
based on the Selection Criteria.
> You may be asked behavioural
or situational questions as
well. Behavioural questions
are specific questions relating
to past experience. Situational
questions are generally a
scenario or situation that
require a response of how you
might handle the situation.
> You will be given the
opportunity to ask any relevant
questions at the end of the
interview.
> Job interviews can be quite
stressful so preparing well can
minimise your nerves.
> It is important that you make
a good impression with the
information you provide.
> You will be compared with
other applicants, therefore you
need to be competitive and
give yourself the best chance
to succeed.
Interview Tips
DO
> Research the organisation and
the position
> Dress neatly
> Arrive early or call if you are
delayed
> Relax and be straightforward
> Answer the questions you are
asked
> Be honest
> Sell yourself
DON’T
> Be negative
>Exaggerate
> Speak too little or
for too long
Referee Check and Conduct
and service check
Your nominated referees will be
contacted by the Operational
Recruitment Section to further verify
the information you have provided
throughout the selection process.
Please provide all phone numbers
and email addresses of at least two
referees who can be contacted by
phone during business hours.
Referees are supervisors or managers
who have had a close and recent
involvement in your work over the
past 12 months and who can talk
with authority about your skills,
qualifications, experience and abilities
in relation to the selection criteria. At
least one referee must be a current
supervisor.
Employment can be paid or as a
volunteer. Please note, referees cannot
be related to you by birth, marriage or
de facto relationship.
In addition to this stage of the
selection process and prior to an offer
of employment, your Human Resource
Manager (or equivalent) will be
contacted to provide a Conduct and
Service Check.
Working with Children Check and
National Criminal Record Check
Ambulance must be satisfied that
employees do not present an
unacceptable risk to the organisation,
the community or to patients. For this
reason, all applicants must consent to a
Working With Children Check. Current
Patient Transport Officers do not repeat
this specific pre-employment check.
There is a legislative requirement to
conduct background checks where
a role involves contact with children,
therefore, the role of a paramedic is
considered child-related employment.
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All child related workers
must have a WWCC prior to
commencing employment
with Ambulance and update
their status every five years
in accordance with the NSW
Child Protection (Working with
Children) Act 2012. Individuals
wishing to be engaged in child
related work are responsible
for obtaining and paying for
their WWCC number from the
Children’s Guardian. The current
cost for a WWCC is $80.
The NCRC will advise
Ambulance of any registrable
offence, sexual offences, violent
offences, spent convictions,
general criminality (drugs,
theft, fraud), apprehended
violence oders and some driving
offences. Ambulance conducts,
with your consent, a NCRC for
an applicant who has had a
successful interview. You will
be asked to complete the NCRC
consent form at the interview;
you will also be asked to bring
original documents to meet
100 points of identification.
Identification must be current
and must include at least
one type of photographic
identification that contains a
signature and date of birth. A
birth certificate or passport and
a Driver’s Licence are preferred
and will meet the 100 points
requirement. There is no cost to
applicants for the NCRC.
All applicants will be given an
opportunity to discuss any
matters as part of a structured
risk assessment process. No
applicant will be rejected solely
on the basis of a criminal record
without first participating in the
risk assessment process.
Health Assessment Stage
Applicants must be prepared to travel
to the closest available testing centre.
The pre-employment Health Assessment
is composed of two parts: the medical
assessment and the physical fitness
assessment. The health assessment will
cost applicants approximately $700 and
takes less than 2 hours (eg 105 minutes).
Medical Assessment
The New South Wales public expect a
high standard of medical fitness from
paramedics in order to ensure both public,
patient and employee safety. The medical
assessment criteria are based on the
essential requirements of the position.
Consequently, some applicants may have
medical conditions that fail to meet the
standards set by Ambulance.
Applicants with pre-existing medical
conditions are encouraged to bring
medical reports, x-rays or other medical
information to assist the doctors in
assessing their case. There can be long
delays otherwise. Should the medical
assessment reveal the necessity for
further diagnostic tests, then they are
conducted through the applicant’s own
general practitioner or specialist in order
to allow the applicant participation in the
diagnostic process.
Please note that the assessing
practitioners do not make the decision
whether or not to employ applicants,
they conduct the examination and
gather the information. The provider’s
own Occupational Physicians review
the information and then make a
recommendation regarding employment in
the specified role.
The Medical Assessment will involve a
comprehensive clinical evaluation. Actual
areas tested include:
> Lung capacity
> Vision
> Blood pressure
> Hearing
> Pulse
> Urine analysis
> Range of motion > Height & weight.
Physical Fitness Assessment
The tests you will undertake correlate
with a paramedic’s job demands and
work postures and will measure the
strength and capacity of each joint and
its surrounding tissues. Your results will
determine whether or not you have the
appropriate level of fitness and physical
capacity relevant to the demands of the
position for which you have applied.
The Physical Fitness Assessment
includes:
> Flexibility
> Strength
> Power
> Endurance
> Aerobic capacity.
There are a number of tasks that you
will be ask to demonstrate to assess
your fitness. You will receive thorough
instructions at the time of your Health
Assessment.
A few examples are:
1. hover test - you need to be able to
support your body weight between
toes and elbow with back and legs
held straight for at least 60 seconds.
2. carry load test – you will need to
demonstrate how you can safely lift
and carry two 12 kg weighted bags
(a total of 24kg), and ascend and
descend one storey of stairs twice in
less than 1½ minutes.
3. shoulder lift test – reach and lift a
12 kg weighted bag near shoulder
height and carry with the same arm.
You should start your training for this
physical fitness testing as soon as
possible and gradually increase your
workload right up until the time of your
assessment. Remember that if you stop
training you will lose the fitness you have
gained. You should always seek medical
clearance from your doctor prior to
starting an exercise program. If you are
unsure of how to train then make sure
you seek assistance from a physical
fitness expert.
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General information
RECRUITMENT TIMEFRAME
SALARY LEVELS
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
Our selection process is complex
often with several hundred applicants
and generally takes six to twelve
months. However, if there is a higher
than normal response, or if there are
fewer employees leaving ambulance
than expected, it can take as long
as two years. You will be notified
whether you have progressed. While
you may meet the selection criteria,
all applicants are being assessed in
competition with the other applicants,
therefore please do not resign from
other employment or make life altering
decisions until you receive a formal
written offer of employment from
Ambulance.
As of 1 July 2010 the base salary
levels are:
We invite you to submit an online
application. Applications will be
accepted until 11:59pm of the
advertised closing date, as stated on
our website. You can only apply via
the paramedic employment section
on our website www.ambulance.nsw.
gov.au.
UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
In addition, superannuation is
paid at 9.25% of the base salary.
Shift penalty rates increase your
base salary. For example, first year
trainees can earn up to $65,000
or more which includes the base
salary level plus shift penalty rates.
Applicants who are not progressed
will be advised by letter at the relevant
stage of the selection process.
Ambulance is unable to provide
specific feedback with regards to
testing, interview, referee checks or
conduct and service check stages.
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> Trainee Paramedic $54,908
> Paramedic Interns
$56,462 to $57,553
> Paramedic (qualified) $61,247 to $65,667
> Paramedic Specialists
$70,587 to $74,709
> Station Manager $81,446
> District Manager
$84,425
More information, including the
Operational Ambulance Officers
Award can be found on our website
www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au. This
information is regularly updated.
LETTER OF OFFER AND
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Offer of Employment letters are
issued by the Operational
Recruitment Section approximately
four weeks prior to the Induction
course commencement date.
Please note the following:
An offer of employment is subject
to your attainment of an
Unrestricted Class LR (Light Rigid)
NSW Licence or higher licence,
before you commence employment.
Please note: Ensure you include all
copies of information required (as
listed below). Incomplete applications
may result in your application being
unsuccessful.
CHECKLIST
q Copy of your birth certificate or
passport
q Copy of your Australian drivers licence
q Copy of your complete driving history
from each state/ country you have
driven in (obtain over-the-counter from
the Roads and Traffic Authority, not
on-line)
q Copy of vaccination records (complete
form 188 which is included in this
booklet)
A brief resume outlining the functions
q
and responsibilities of each job
including reasons for leaving
Copy of any qualifications or
q
transcripts of your results that you
wish to submit in support of your
application
Permanent employees of Ambulance
do not need to provide birth certificate/
passport information. Current Patient
Transport Officers of Ambulance only need
to provide a brief resume and copies of
qualifications.
Your original documents must be
brought with you to interview.
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Frequently Asked Questions
DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE WRITTEN
ANSWERS TO THE SELECTION
CRITERIA?
with written documentation to
verify you are protected against the
following infectious diseases:
No, you don’t need to respond to
these in your application, however,
you will be assessed against all of
these criteria at the following stages of
selection: submitting your application;
Occupational Suitability Testing;
Interview; National Criminal Record
Check and a Working With Children
Check; Health Assessment; Referee
Checks; Conduct and Service Checks.
Please provide a brief resume, Your
full driving history (from every state or
country you’ve lived and driven in for
more than six months within the past
ten years) and photocopies of your
Driver’s Licence and Birth Certificate/
passport. You may also submit copies
of education results and qualifications
in support of your application.
>Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis
WHY AND WHEN DO I NEED
TO GET AN UNRESTRICTED
LR LICENCE?
DO I GET A CHOICE WHERE I
WILL BE LOCATED?
You will need an Unrestricted (manual)
driver’s licence by 5 May 2014.
In order to drive Ambulance vehicles
you will also need a light rigid
(LR) licence before commencing
employment. The cost of obtaining
this LR licence can be approximately
$700. We will advise you to obtain
this when we write to you to offer you
employment.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T HAVE
MY VACCINATION RECORDS?
You will need to be vaccinated by 30
September 2013 for applications to
be eligible to apply (with the Hepatitis
B vaccination, the first dose only
is required by this date). Form 188
included in this booklet contains
information about the vaccinations
you require. Bring this to your Doctor
and ask your doctor to provide you
>Measles/Mumps/Rubella
> Chicken Pox
> TB screening
> Hepatitis B:
– minimum of 1st dose evidence
must be provided before
application closing date
– 2nd dose evidence must be
provided prior to commencing
employment
– 3rd dose evidence must be
provided within first 6 months of
employment.
There are a limited number of
positions so to avoid disappointment
please complete your vaccination
straightaway.
You will be initially appointed to a
training area – this is generally within
the Sydney metropolitan area but can
include regional areas. Then in the
second year, prior to undertaking the
Inservice 1 course, Ambulance will
give you the opportunity to express
a preference for locations which
have been deemed to be priority
vacancies – these are located in rural
areas. Ambulance will try to fulfil your
preferences but you could be posted
to any location within the State
where there is a service requirement.
This is something you may need to
carefully consider before applying for
a Paramedic position.
AM I TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG TO
BE A TRAINEE PARAMEDIC?
There is no age restriction. Applicants
do, however, need to satisfy
Ambulance’s mandatory licence
requirements (ie. unrestricted driver’s
licence) and the health assessment.
ENGLISH IS MY SECOND
LANGUAGE – WHAT LEVEL OF
ORAL SKILL IS REQUIRED?
Paramedics need to be clear and
effective communicators so your
communication skills in English will
be assessed during the selection
process. Applicants who have more
than one language are encouraged to
apply.
WHAT IF I DON’T CURRENTLY
MEET THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU
RECOMMEND?
Your future career in the NSW
Ambulance is important to us. We
recommend courses in pre-hospital
care or paramedical studies such
as those offered by Charles Sturt
University (Bathurst, NSW and
Port Macquarie, NSW), University
of Tasmania (Rozelle, NSW and
Hobart, TAS) and other approved
paramedic courses in QLD, VIC,
SA, WA and New Zealand. We also
recommend professions that help you
to understand and meet our selection
criteria which includes, but are not
limited to, nursing and customer
service.
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Ambulance website
Find out more about Ambulance at our website:
www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au
For more information:
If you have any enquiries about
working for Ambulance, you can
contact a Recruitment Officer by
ph: (02) 9320 7378 or by email:
[email protected]
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FORM: 188
Date issued: 25 January 2012
Issued by: Clinical Services
Occupational Assessment, Screening & Vaccination
Program Verification Form
Name:
Date of Birth:
Home Phone Number:
Country of Birth:
Email Address:
Mobile Phone Number:
Residential Address:
Name of University:
Student Number:
NSW health care workers must be protected against some specific infectious diseases because of both OH&S
and Patient Safety risks. The requirements listed below are NSW Ministry of Health policy and all Ambulance
employee and clinical placement applicants must provide evidence of compliance with the listed criteria.
Compliance with these requirements also provides additional public health benefit. Please complete the
questionnaire below and provide all evidence as an attachment.
Acceptable evidence includes blood test results or copies of vaccination records or cards. Statutory
declarations are not acceptable. Attach the evidence to this form.
You may need to visit your GP to complete all aspects of this program.
You must have had an ADULT dTpa (diphtheria / tetanus / pertussis) booster vaccination. Attach a
vaccination record. (A blood test is not acceptable evidence. An ADT vaccine is not acceptable – the vaccine must
contain pertussis/whooping cough.)
You must have completed a hepatitis B vaccination course suitable for the age that you had it (ie 2 doses if
given to you as an adolescent, or 3+ doses for any other age). Attach the vaccine records OR provide as much
information as you know about when or where you had the vaccine course.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------After the complete hepatitis B vaccination course, you must have had a blood test “for immunity” to determine if
the hepatitis B vaccination was successful. Attach a copy of the blood test result (hepatitis B Surface Antibody
is the name of the correct test).
Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) - if your year of birth is 1966 or after, either attach records for 2 doses of MMR
vaccine given at any stage of your life (minimum 1 month apart), or copies of positive immunity blood test results
for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
If your year of birth is before 1966, disregard this MMR section.
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FORM: 188
Date issued: 25 January 2012
Issued by: Clinical Services
Have you had Chicken Pox at any stage in your life (circle correct answer)? YES NO DON’T KNOW
a. If YES, Move on to the Tuberculosis section
b. If NO or DON’T KNOW, has a doctor ever diagnosed you with shingles? YES NO
c. If YES, move on to the TB section
d. If NO, either attach records for 2 doses of chicken pox vaccine given minimum 1 month apart, or copies of a
positive immunity blood test result for chicken pox (varicella Zoster IgG).
Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool
Have you ever had TB Screening?
YES
NO (If yes please attach record)
Have you ever had contact with a person known to have TB?
Have you ever lived or travelled overseas?
YES
YES
NO (If yes, please provide details)
NO (please include countries where you have spent
more than 3 months cumulatively)
COUNTRY
___________________
AMOUNT OF TIME IN THAT COUNTRY
__________________________________
___________________
___________________________________
___________________
___________________________________
___________________
____________________________________
Are you currently suffering any symptoms of active Tuberculosis? (If YES please provide additional details)
o Coughing for longer than 2 weeks?
YES NO
o Coughing of blood
YES NO
o Fevers / Chills / Temperatures
YES NO
o Night Sweats
YES NO
o Fatigue / Weakness
YES NO
o Loss of Appetite
YES NO
o Unexplained Weight Loss
YES NO
Final Instructions – please carefully check the listed requirements and your attachments. Ensure that all criteria are
addressed and that evidence is provided where required. Ensure your name is on all attachments. (Provide copies
only and keep your originals.)
Sign and date the form below.
Name:
Signature:
Date:
Employee applicants - forward this form with attachments to Recruitment
University Clinical Placement Applicants - forward this form and attachments to your University Clinical
Placement Administration Officer.
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