Welcome To
Acadia Broadcasting NewsThe Latest and Greatest ContentYour Trusted Local Source


An ambulance is parked outside the QEII hospital emergency department on April 4, 2024. (Jacob Moore/Acadia Broadcasting)

Nova Scotia hiring 30 paramedics from Australia

By Jacob Moore Apr 25, 2024 | 1:30 PM

Nova Scotia will hire 30 new paramedics from Australia in the 2024-25 year.

The first 13 workers will start in July, with the rest starting in early 2025, according to a news release from Nova Scotia Health.

Health Minister Michelle Thompson says one of the most important solutions for the health-care system is attracting workers.

“Nova Scotia has a lot to offer – not just an exciting career, but a place to call home in communities from one end of the province to the other,” she writes in the release.

Government and health-care officials visited Australia between Feb. 26 and March 1 for the recruitment, where they had one-on-one meetings with job candidates.

The scope of a paramedic’s practice in Australia is similar in Nova Scotia, and the newly hired paramedics will work for Emergency Medical Inc. across the province.

The government says Australia is a “key recruitment market” for health-care roles. Other organizations are working to get more health-care professionals from Australia to come to the province, and the Health Department says it’s working with “several physician candidates.”

“As additional team members, they will have a positive impact on current paramedics’ work environment. Their knowledge and skills will add to our service delivery, benefiting the care Nova Scotians receive,” writes Matthew Crossman, chief operating officer of Emergency Medical Care Inc.