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Flying Doctors launch safety course for miners

RFDSThe Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) has launched three online training courses designed to deliver health services to mining communities across rural and remote Queensland.

Nino Di Marco, CEO of the RFDS in Queensland said the training courses , including Rural and Remote First Aid; Survival and Self Aid, were ideal for workers in the mining and resources sectors, and developed so participants could  learn up-to-date and relevant skills, drawn from our extensive experience at a time, place and pace that suits them.

“We have developed these flexible courses to teach essential first aid and survival skills to ensure those living and working in isolated areas are safety conscious and able to deal with medical situations until medical help arrives,” Mr Di Marco said.

The Rural and Remote First Aid Course teaches the theory and practical skills essential for First Aid management in a rural and remote setting.  The course includes a hands-on workshop and assessment and is a minimum requirement of Queensland’s Workplace Health and Safety legislation. Topics include: the Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillate (DRABCD) action plan, trauma management, treatment for shock, bleeding and poisoning. Once the online theory is complete, participants can attend the hands-on workshop at a nominated location where practical assessment of skills will also be conducted.

The Survival Course helps participants understand the essentials for survival and awareness of the safety, responsibility and knowledge necessary to help themselves and others. Every year hundreds of people venture into Australia’s harsh landscape for adventure or employment. To return home safely, it is imperative to make rational decisions in potentially fatal situations. This online course, with face-to-face assessment at a nominated location, provides an overall understanding of survival situations in isolated areas and a greater awareness of safety, responsibility as related to survival, in addition to the knowledge to assist participants and others.

The Self Aid Course enables participants to administer First Aid and treat illness or trauma when alone, until medical help arrives. It specifically addresses the psychological elements of self aid and survival. Topics include: relief of pain, making safe and ensuring protection from further harm, seeking medical assistance when immediate help may be far away.

On completion of the Rural and Remote First Aid participants will receive National Training Certification accredited with WorkCover, while the Self Aid and Survival courses provide RFDS certificates of completion.

These training courses have been developed under the auspices of the RFDS’ new commercial division, RFDS Queensland Services.  Any profits derived from the activities of RFDS Queensland Services will extend the reach of the Flying Doctor’s skills and professionalism, and facilitate the development of new programs that meet modern day health care needs for those living, working or travelling across rural and remote Queensland.

For further information on our range of first aid training courses please visit www.rfdstraining.com.au

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AMSJ April 2022