Ambulance Service Medal (Australia)
|Ambulance Service Medal|
Obverse of medal and ribbon
|Awarded by Australia|
|Eligibility||members of an Australian ambulance service|
|Awarded for||distinguished service|
|Established||7 July 1999|
|Last awarded||2015 Australia Day Honours|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)|
|Next (lower)||Emergency Services Medal (ESM)|
The Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian ambulance service. The ASM was introduced in 1999.
Awards are made by the Governor-General, on the nomination of the responsible minister in each state and territory. The total number of awards made each year must not exceed the following quota:
- one award for each 1,000, or part of 1,000, full-time permanent members of a state’s ambulance service
- one award for each 5,000, or part of 5,000, part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members in a state
- one award for ambulance members in each of the ACT, NT and the combined External Territories.
Recipients of the Ambulance Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "ASM".
- The Ambulance Service Medal is circular and of silver and bronze tones. The front of the medal displays the Federation Star superimposed on a modified Maltese cross, which is representative of ambulance services. This rests on a bed of Australian wattle. The Federation Star is surrounded by twenty-four balls signifying the twenty-four hours per day the Ambulance Service is available to the community.
- The back of the medal bears the inscription ‘For Distinguished Service’.
- The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features a chevron or V-shaped pattern. The angles are derived from the open end of the arm of the cross. The chevrons are in alternate red, white, red, silver-grey.
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