SJA do look at Volunteer work, if you become a Volunteer Ambulance officer and work in places like Mandurah, along side paramedics, you get to see the action up front, However mandurah is alot of shipping old people about the place.
Also the qualifications you get becoming a Volunteer Ambulance Officer, will be looked at when you do your degree with the university, and will come under recognition of prior learning, which in turn will save you money because you dont have to pay for the courses you have already passed at UNI.
Enrollments for ambulance officers start in June/July, look out on the St John Web Site as they hold a information session a few weeks into the application period, you can ask questions there.
As well as Student Ambulance Officer Recruitment they also conduct recruitment for Communications officers and Ambulance Transport Officers at the same time, Comms officers are the first cab of the rank when it comes to processing applications, i applied for this last year and had a phone call with in a week asking me to the assesment center, you should not expect to hear any thing back from SJA in till they have finished processing Comms officers and ATO's, they say around November, you should know if you have been successful or not, SJA do not give out information regarding your application, trust me i tried they dont like you ringing up and just give you the same old story, "we are still in the process of looking at applications"
All the questions can be answered at the information session once applications for the 2010 in take open, bear in mind that SJA WA is one of the hardest ones to get into because not only do you have to gain a job with SJA, and impress the HR department, but you also have to be accepted into university.
It is only a 4 year course in WA before you gain the title of "PARAMEDIC" the first year us unpaid full time study at ECU, followed by 2 years of Paid training and on road Duties at Belmont, then the final year is the internship working on the road, before becoming a paramedic.
I agree with Cannon, NSW ambulance is alot easier as NSW ambulance do all the training, and is not done at university, and you get paid
I think you got me wrong their AO. University studies are a must but maintaining your skills and applying them is just as important. WA is about 10 years behind some of the eastern states but in saying that some improvements are and have been made. I still feel somewhat perplexed that a chopper paramedic can use all his skills and greater access to essential pre-hospital drugs however once on road cant use some of these skills and nescessary pre-hospital drugs. Question Do SJA paras on road carry morph yet?