The RemoteMed team is always looking out for motivated and interested people to join the organisation.  RemoteMed offers many opportunities to learn, practice your skills and meet like-minded people.  To find out more about joining the RemoteMed team, check out our FAQs below.

Staff FAQs

Why volunteer with RemoteMed?

To practice your first aid/medical skills in interesting and challenging environments - RemoteMed specializes in working in outdoor and challenging environments.  To provide effective patient care in remote environments you must be proficient in the outdoors, be an effective team member and be able to improvise.

To practice your outdoor skills to assist with first aid and medical service – First Aid and pre-hospital care in remote places requires outdoor know-how.  Skills in navigation, search and rescue, operating in hot/cold situations, making shelters, radio operation, nutrition and fatigue management are critical.

To maintain your clinical practice hours (recency of practice) – engagement with a licensed First Aid provider may count as practice hours for your profession.  Formal advice is pending, but indications are that, at least for paramedics, this would be the case.

To work with, learn from and to meet like-minded people – there is no substitute to learning on the job and by working with knowledgeable people.  RemoteMed staff have health care and outdoor experience and knowledge.  They love being outside and helping others.  They want to contribute.  They want to learn.  Mostly, they want to use their gear!  (the outdoor gear, not the serious medical stuff of course).

RemoteMed will provide skills training – We commit to providing 2 one-day skills sessions every year and in turn it is expected that staff (yes that means volunteers) will participate in these.  Training and skills maintenance is required by all licensed First Aid providers. 

Because we support communities –RemoteMed provides services to support events that are for the well-being of communities, be they remote outdoor sporting events, niche interest events or general community festivals.  All these activities enhance the resilience and well-being of communities. 

What’s the difference between a volunteer and a staff member?

None. There is no difference between volunteering or being a staff member, in fact anyone working with RemoteMed on a particular day are considered Staff for the duration of that event.  There are numerous clinicians who provide oversight and deliver First Aid and pre-hospital patient care services during contracted events.  All these clinical roles operate on a voluntary basis. At times RemoteMed may also have other non-clinical operational volunteer staff to support search and rescue, training or communications. RemoteMed has two people managing the business part time - a CEO (Duncan Maughan) and a General Manager (Noreen Krusel). 

Volunteering at events- what does RemoteMed provide?

RemoteMed does not pay operational staff.

 However, for clinical staff we will cover your event-related expenses including accommodation (usually camping or basic cabins), your associated meals and a small stipend to help with fuel costs.  We provide all the medical kits and supplies as well as basic apparel (hat, vest) which identifies you as a RemoteMed responder.  At this stage (2022) we cannot provide full outdoor protective clothing and you will need to use your own.

For other operational staff we will negotiate a mutually agreeable arrangement depending on the situation.

First Aid Clinical Staff Levels

The clinical roles we can offer are prescribed in the Non-Emergency Patient Transport and First Aid Services (First Aid Services) Regulations 2021.  They are defined as follows:

Group A: Health Professional

Requiring a Bachelor Qualifications and Professional Registration (Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Clinical Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Dentists etc) OR equivalent.

Group B: First Responder

Responder Level 1: a person who has undertaken first aid training, and is competent to provide, basic first aid and management of anaphylaxis.

Range of Qualifications: HLTAID 001 (CPR), HLTAID 002 (Basic Life Support), HLTAID003, 223000VIC (anaphylaxis) OR equivalent]

Responder Level 2: a person who has undertaken first aid training and is competent to provide advanced first aid, including basic emergency life support, casualty management, anaphylaxis management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation:

Range of Qualifications: HLTAID 004 (first aid in education care), HLTAID 005 (first aid in remote situations), HLTAID 006 (first aid), HLTAID 007 (advanced first aid), HLT 31120 (CERT 3 nonemergency transport), HLTSS 00027 (Occupational first aid), 22300VIC (anaphylaxis) Or equivalent]

Responder Level 3: a person who has undertaken training in, and is competent to provide, advanced first aid including the management of an emergency first aid response and the management of staff members, facilities, equipment and records used to provide a first aid response:

Range of Qualifications: Certificate IV in Health care (HLT41020), Diploma of Emergency Health Care (HLT50120), Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) Or equivalent.

Operational Staff roles

RemoteMed offers other operational roles to complement clinical services.  Examples of these are:

Search and Rescue – this role includes people who are current and active members of Search and Rescue Organisations

Communications Officer – this role requires proficiency in radio operation and could be met by people who are active amateur radio operators or those who perform other communications roles

What happens after I submit an Expression of Interest?

  • We will acknowledge your application and make contact to have an initial chat to clarify each other’s expectations
  • If we wish to proceed, you will need to send us your resume. This should include your qualifications and experience relevant to the roles you are interested in.
  • Your application will be assessed
    • RemoteMed management will assess non-clinical role applications and will determine competency requirements.
    • All clinical roles must, by regulation, be assessed by our Clinical Oversight Committee.  This Committee is responsible for overseeing the clinical scope of practice for each clinical staff member, and subsequently determining the relevant competency requirements.
  •  You will be notified of the outcome, and we hope to welcome you on board!

What happens once onboard with RemoteMed?

RemoteMed will try to make it easy for you.  We will provide an induction and access to information via our intranet.  We will provide two days of training each year which will be focused on achieving and maintaining competency requirements.  Most importantly, we will seek your input and your contributions to improve the way we work and to support each other.

We will have an event calendar available to allow you to choose which events you would like to attend.   To get the most out of your volunteering experience and to provide a great service, pre-event familiarisation is important.  Event information and pre-event briefings will be made available.  After the event your contributions to post event reviews will be required.  Wherever possible, these are held just after the event and are in the form of a guided discussion.

Expression of Interest

More questions?

Please call 0488 608 766 or email enquiries@remotemed.com.au.

+61 488 608 766

PO Box 48
Beechworth VIC 3747
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