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Becoming a paramedic

Graduates of the Council of Ambulance Authorities accredited university degrees are eligible to apply for contract employment with SAAS as paramedic interns. These are listed here:
SA Ambulance Service offers a Paramedic Internship for graduates who have completed, within the past three years, one of these recognised degrees. Applications may be accepted from those who have graduated more than three years ago, providing you can provide sufficient evidence showing you have maintained currency and professional development. (You may contact the panel chair at the time of recruitment to seek advice on what may determine sufficient professional development.) The SA Ambulance Service Paramedic Internship is specifically designed to support recent graduates from university in the transition to their new role as a paramedic.
The SA Ambulance Service Paramedic Internship is a 12 month facilitated educational and operational program. On successful completion of the internship program, graduates can apply for ongoing employment with SA Ambulance Service should such positions be available.  
SA Ambulance Service has two intakes into the Paramedic Internship per year, and it is anticipated that there will be 16 places available across SA Ambulance Service both in the January and July intake. However, this will be confirmed when offers are made.
Applications for each intake will be advertised several months before each intake via local print media and also on the SA Health Careers site.
Qualified paramedics from interstate and overseas (visa pending) can also apply to work in South Australia. Please email
Ongoing education is an important part of a career as a paramedic. This includes annual reaccreditation and regular training days.
Paramedics can undertake additional training to become an intensive care paramedic, extended care paramedic or a rescue paramedic with the Special Operations Team.
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