The Year 12 Outdoor Education class for 2024 took part in the Year 12 Ready Program, participating in a 3-day Remote Area First Aid course run through Red Cross Australia. Students completed learning modules in the classroom, covering foundational First Aid knowledge, such as DRSABC, providing CPR and using defibrillators, placing casualties into the recovery position and performing basic bandaging techniques. Students learnt about recognising and administering help to asthma and anaphylaxis sufferers. Day Two and Three saw students presented with evacuation scenarios, including lifts, carries and coordinating the use of a stretcher to move a casualty, with more complex scenarios taking place as the students practiced their First Aid.
The group enjoyed using make-up and fake blood to create realistic scenarios that could be faced in outdoor environments and were able to work in small groups as First Aid responders dealing with multiple casualties in remote environments. Scenarios such as vehicle and bike accidents, camp cooking and burns, sprained ankles in tricky locations and unprepared hikers suffering from heatstroke tested the group in coordinating with each other, communicating with UHF radios and performing their best care with limited supplies and out of easy access from Emergency Services.
The Remote Area First Aid course gives the students confidence heading in to their camps and excursions for Year 12 and helps them to understand the importance of preparation and risk management prior to these opportunities. Students involved in the course will attain a certificate in Remote Area First Aid that is current for 3 years.