St John Ambulance WA volunteers play a vital role in communities throughout Western Australia.
When you become a volunteer ambulance officer you are taking a step toward becoming one of our most precious community resources, helping to ensure that the country communities of WA have access to high quality ambulance services and pre-hospital care.
Coming from all walks of life, volunteers may be parents or retirees, full-time, part-time or shift workers – even students. No matter what they do, it's their generous contribution that helps us maintain essential services right around the State.
You too can help make a difference in your community by volunteering.
It is easy to join! To be successful you will be required to submit an application (see below) including details required for an up to date police clearance and complete our medical questionnaire.
The minimum commitment expected from you
- 1 Shift per month
- 1 training session per month
- Participate in the sub centre roster to attend ambulance calls. This includes emergency situations and routine patient transfers.
- Attend public events to provide first aid services.
- Attend training regularly to maintain skills
- Complete accurate records for ambulance jobs
- Work effectively with your partner on ambulance jobs and with other members of the sub centre
- Act in a way that promotes a positive image of the organization at all times
- General duties associated with maintaining vehicles and the sub centre to the required standard.
Volunteer ambulance officers receive the highest quality training which equips them with the essential basic and intermediate life support skills to assist them in stabilising patients en route to hospital. St John Ambulance WA Ltd provides training at its sub centres for all volunteers and training is conducted to a level at which the volunteer will feel comfortable, confident and ready for the road.
In addition to the initial training, an ongoing skills maintenance program for volunteers is also provided at local sub centres, in cooperation with your regional training coordinator.
St John volunteers can also undertake other training courses, including:
- volunteer skills weekends,
- a Volunteer Ambulance Officer driving course,
- ongoing Continuing Education Programs (CEP).
Other benefits include:
- Free first aid training
- Free uniform
- Free Ambulance Cover (including immediate family members)
- Reward and recognition for your outstanding contributions to the organization
- Comprehensive wellbeing and support services
- Opportunity to attend the Annual St John Ambulance Conference
Although there are no fitness requirements, a completed medical questionnaire is required as part of our volunteer recruitment process. This questionnaire will be reviewed and if any medical conditions exist, we may require clarification and sign off by your general practitioner. If a pre-existing medical condition does exist that prevents you from carrying out specific duties, we may have another volunteer role more suitable for you.