The New Course

Beginning Jan 1, 2021 all training units in the health package received updates and new course codes. For us that meant a new flagship course. We decided to move to the new course asap as, on paper, it looked to be far more industry specific than the previous course. We had ‘tweaked’ the previous Remote Area course to be as applicable as possible to the Agriculture Industry, but there were limitations due to the curriculum we needed to deliver.

We are now into our 4th month delivering the new course and it’s time to see how it’s playing out.

The feedback is overwhelmingly positive! Much of the core content remains the same, however, the major new additions are exceptionally relevant and have been very well received.

The main ‘flagship’ feature is the night scenario whereby the First Aiders must find, assess, treat and transport the patient to a lit Landing Strip/pad. I was a little concerned for this one at the start as it relies on a group member playing the role of the patient. Well, I had nothing to worry about. The patient performances have been, across the board, fantastic and realistic. So, well done to all of you who have played this role.

It is an extended scenario that has created value to all participants as well as making sure the night component of interacting with aero-medical services is covered off (something that should be done at least once a year anyway, another box ticked!)

Helmet removal has also been a valuable inclusion. Whilst covered in many courses prior to this, it was mainly information only. Now it is part of the curriculum. A good move.

And the Planning for Remote Activities topic has moved to an Ag Industry specific document/process. This is a huge improvement over the old planning process which assumed city dwellers were taking their friends out hiking or similar. It really has been a chance to dig deep on some topics and find some gaps in knowledge. It also has been a forum to dig out some information from across a range of work activities and participants work experience.

Thank you to you all for participating so well and positively. The training run has been the most fun I’ve had in a long time and it’s down to the people I meet who make it that way.

All the best, Stay safe

As ever, if you have any questions/comments please don’t hesitate to email info@ruralandremotefirstaid.com.au

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