Remote Area First Aid Course January 2016

Climbers often find themselves in remote areas (a remote area being defined as more than one hour from definitive care, with definitive care being a permanent medical facility). Though remote first aid does not replace definitive medical care, the ability to provide immediate appropriate care to an injured or suddenly ill person could be life saving.

There is an increasing reliance on mobile phones to solve all problems, with the assumption that you can just call for help and someone will come. Help is more readily available in some places than others, but it still takes time for emergency services to respond. In some areas, rescue will depend on volunteer groups such as SES, who must be assembled and then deployed. The reality is that you could be waiting hours or even days for help to arrive.

In recognition of the importance of this type of training, we have organised for Survive First Aid to provide a remote area first aid course for CAWA members. In addition to a specially discounted rate, CAWA will further subsidise the training to encourage participation.

This nationally accredited training is recommended for anyone who spends time in the outdoors and though this course is being specifically run for CAWA members (and so tailored accordingly for climbing), it will equip you with the skills to handle remote area situations generally.

I can personally vouch for how good the training is and how life-like the scenarios are. Whilst at times confronting (fake wounds, fake blood etc), it highlights the importance of applying the skill and not just learning the theory. It’s challenging but fun and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

How Can Training Benefit You?

  • Nationally Recognised Units of Competency upon successful completion of the course
  • Develop your existing skills further and learn new skills
  • Opportunity to have your existing skills recognised with a nationally recognised qualification
  • This unit of competency can be used as part credit towards the nationally certified course Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

Students will need to complete these three areas of competency:

  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  • SISOOPS305A Provide First Aid in a Remote Situation
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to an Emergency Situation

Topics covered will include:

DRSABCD Action Plan; CPR; unconscious patient; first aid principles and guidelines; shock; planning and preparation for a remote location; wounds; fractures; dislocations; sprains and strains; spine management; asthma; burns; anaphylaxis; hyperthermia; hyperthermia; bites and stings; abdominal and head injuries.

See here for more detailed information: Remote area first aid

Date and duration: Run over 2 ½ days, Friday 29 January – Sunday 31 January 2016

Normally 3 full days, we are running it over 2.5 days to try and fit in with work schedules.

Pre-course reading required (supplied once you register)

Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 8-6 pm, Sunday 8-6 pm

Venue: Friday night and Sat will be at Department of Sport and Recreation offices in Leederville, Sunday at a quarry.

Cost: $ 300 per person (This includes CAWA subsidy. $350 paid direct to Survive and CAWA will reimburse you $50 once full payment has been made). Normally $450.

There are limited places so get in quick!

Please rsvp to me by Wednesday 16 December 2015 and I’ll provide you with further details about registration and payment: denar@climberswa.asn.au

If you would like to attend but are not already a CAWA member, you can join here: Become a CAWA member today

Dena Rao

CAWA President

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