Delegate Peter Griffey joined 20 paramedic students from the Sunshine Coast University for this years ‘Trauma Island’ training weekend on Fraser Island.
The weekend training focuses on practical trauma scenarios and is run by the Sunshine Coast University Paramedics Association (SCUPA). The students were challenged by the attending nine clinical leaders through a variety of scenarios from road traffic crashes, burns envenomation to a final multi casualty scenario on the beach. Our sponsorship went towards delegate attendance and student involvement.
Whilst not all hard work and no play, all present enjoyed the creature comforts of USC's Dili Village and the crystal clear waters of Eli Creek, Fraser dingos and even a breaching whale. A tour of Fraser Island Ambulance Station highlighted the clinical challenges of working in isolated remote locations.
Apart from the students being able to participate in scenarios to develop their clinical skills, it also gives them the opportunity to speak with our delegates about our union and the role United Voice plays in advocating for pay, conditions and industrial representation for ambulance officers.
Peter gives a big thank you to all the participants and the organising committee, especially Emma Williams, Steve Hannay and Nigel Barr.