Colin Brown Head of Education and Training with CareFlight talks with Dave and they  look back on the  specialist evidence-based trauma care training to first responders and professionals from various organisations in Hobart as part of its unique community education MediSim program this weekend.

The MediSim program focuses on building resilience in local communities by improving access to health services and outcomes across Australia. Health services can be stretched in emergencies and often the first people to arrive at the scene of a serious incident are local community members.

MediSim workshops are one of a kind and are provided at no cost to participants. Lifelike mannequins, simulated accident scenarios and unique simulation equipment 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.

Colin Brown Head of Education and Training with CareFlight, said those first five or ten minutes can mean the difference between life and death for the patient. “Our suite of medical simulation-based workshops aim to build a robust chain of integrated medical care nationwide. First responders do an incredible job for their community and can be called and at the scene of an accident before additional medical help arrives,” Ms Charlett said.

“First responders need to be armed with the skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to emergencies and help save lives. Through our partnership with local health services and emergency organisations, we are reinforcing the links in the chain of care by ensuring that a hospital-level of care is available as soon as an incident occurs.”

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The MediSim workshops are part of CareFlight’s grassroots initiative to create a safer and healthier society. In collaboration with local groups and their members, CareFlight is building confidence in the emergency response abilities of locals in the Hobart community. CareFlight’s Community Education workshops are coordinated by experienced doctors, paramedics and nurses who train first responders in a local community.

Participants in the upcoming CareFlight Community Education workshops include members from local St John Ambulance Tasmania, Surf Life Saving Tasmania, and State Emergency Service Tasmania. Thank you to Allport Bequest for supporting CareFlight’s mission to build resilience in communities and empower locals to save lives in the minutes after an incident.

CareFlight continuing success in Tasmania

CareFlight’s MediSim program was launched in 2011 and more than 6,500 participants have been trained free of charge to date. CareFlight has supported communities across Australia for the past ten years, running close to 450 training sessions across the country, equipping many in different communities. Since 2013, 35 Tasmanian trauma care workshops have been hosted, educating more than 580 Tasmanians.

“We hope to continue liaising with organisation and individuals in Tasmania to bolster confidence in health outcomes by delivering integrated medical care to local first responders across the state and various community groups,” said Ms Charlett.