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SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval

Join a world class professional emergency medical retrieval team
SAAS MedSTAR is South Australia's unique 24 hour emergency medical retrieval service dedicated to providing the people of South Australia with the highest level of emergency medical patient care, treatment and transport from any location in the state to the most appropriate medical facility.

The SAAS MedSTAR team consists of a core group of highly trained doctors, nurses and paramedics. Staff members usually spend a dedicated six or twelve month period with the team and many bring extensive pre-hospital and retrieval experience from overseas. Team members are exposed to additional training, accreditation and observational experiences.

SAAS MedSTAR coordinates medical care, transport and retrieval of patients and provides:

  • A rapid, high-level clinical response for patients requiring critical care and transport
  • Support to metropolitan and rural health practitioners
  • Consultant led statewide clinical coordination with training opportunities for junior staff
  • High level transport between hospitals for the critically ill and injured
  • A rapid response forpre-hospital trauma care
  • Access to a variety of transport platforms (road, helicopter, turbo prop and jet) for pre-hospital and retrieval work
  • Specially trained teams providing emergency transport and care for children from birth to 16 years of age and women in obstetric emergencies
  • Support in medical and surgical emergencies and response anywhere in the state
  • Medical response to mass casualty incidents and disasters
  • Interstate and international repatriation of patients.

SAAS MedSTAR is unique internationally because the dedicated paediatric and neonatal retrieval service (SAAS MedSTAR Kids) works together and is co-located with the adult service. SAAS MedSTAR Kids provides a highly trained doctor and nurse team 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond for stabilisation and inter-hospital transport of critically injured and ill children and neonates throughout the SA Health regions.

For more information about the service, go to the SAAS MedSTAR website.

Why join SAAS MedSTAR?
"Every day I come to work my clinical skills are needed somewhere different - let's face it, I could be going anywhere in the state!

Experience in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine gives you something you just can't get in conventional hospital practice. It poses a truly unique challenge to the way you approach the sick and injured patient, whilst allowing you to develop as a practitioner too.

The diversity is remarkable. One day you're stabilising critically injured patients after an outback vehicle crash then managing them at 6,000 feet for the hour flight to the nearest trauma centre. The next, you'll be part of a major training exercise learning how to engage the resources of the fire, police and ambulance services to guarantee the best clinical management of the unstable patient in a remote location."

Dr Dan Ellis, Clinical Director, MedSTAR

Current opportunities
To find out more about the opportunities that currently exist to join our world class professional medical teams, click on the following links:

Click here to apply - applications close on 31 July 2017 

Or if you have any queries or want to know more, email us at medstar@health.sa.gov.au or contact:

A/Prof Andrew Pearce BSc Hons FACEM
Clinical Director, Retrieval Co-ordination
SAAS MedSTAR
+61 8 8154 4201
andrew.pearce@health.sa.gov.au


Dr Jane Cocks
Clinical Director, SAAS MedSTAR Kids

SAAS MedSTAR
+61 8 8154 4217
jane.cocks@health.sa.gov.au

Working flexibly with SAAS MedSTAR
SAAS MedSTAR provides staff with access to flexible working arrangements through:

  • Flexible rostering which allows work/life balance
  • Full time or part time positions
  • A range of benefits including sick/carers leave and parental leave.

SAAS MedSTAR offers competitive remuneration packages and access to outstanding professional development allowances.

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