Careflight Brings Free Emergency Trauma Care Training to Wagga Wagga & Cootamundra
The MediSim program focuses on reducing disadvantage and improving access to health services and health outcomes for regional, rural and remote communities. Health services can be stretched in emergencies and often the first people to arrive at the scene of a serious incident are local emergency services volunteers.
CareFlight MediSim Manager, Eliza Charlett, said those first five or ten minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
“This is where the CareFlight MediSim program comes in. We send emergency and retrieval clinical specialists to rural, regional and remote areas to deliver trauma training to local first responders,” Ms Charlett said.
“First responders, many of whom are volunteers, do an extraordinary job for their community and could be at the scene of an accident before professional medical help arrives. In rural, regional and remote areas, first responders and community members can be on their own for lengths of time, so they need to be able to manage that situation with confidence.”
CareFlight MediSim workshops are delivered at no cost to participants thanks to donations and sponsorship from the community. “The Wagga Wagga and Cootamundra workshops are being delivered thanks to the very generous partnership of two fantastic initiatives that together with CareFlight’s mission to save lives and serve the community, strengthening local capability in regional areas,” said Ms Charlett.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the NSW Government Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS), the Wagga Wagga workshop aims to enhance the recruitment, retention and capability of emergency management volunteers.
“We are grateful for the support of this government funded scheme and the opportunity to provide a collaborative approach to leadership training and the development of practical skills of volunteers in the Riverina region,” said Ms Charlett.
The Cootamundra MediSim workshop is funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to promote a shared vision of strengthening rural, regional and remote communities.
CareFlight’s MediSim program was launched in 2011 and to date, more than 6,000 participants have been trained. CareFlight has supported communities in New South Wales for the past nine years, running many training sessions across the state and equipping more than 2,300 first responders in different regions.
The MediSim program is one of a kind. Lifelike mannequins, simulated accident scenarios and a unique car crash rescue simulator aid in the recreation of a high-pressure, hands-on environment, ensuring the training is realistic, applicable and improves participants’ ability to connect learning to real-world situations.
Ms Charlett said: “The best endorsement of the MediSim program is when those who attend tell us about how valuable this practical, simulation-based training is in terms of its real-life implementation. Participants have told us about how they will apply their learnings, inter-organisation networking and cooperation, and individual skill development.”
Karyn McLeod, General Manager – Grants and Impact at FRRR said: “We all hope we never need to rely on the services of a first responder, but if we do, knowing that they are well-trained and ready to pull out all the stops, so you get the best outcome, is a comfort.”
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