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Students see road rescue from the inside

Published 09/08/2013

A class of student paramedics has received some hands-on training from Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

Volunteers hosted more than 40 Ballarat University student paramedics - currently in the final year of their Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine - at a training session at the SES South West Regional Headquarters in Bell Park.

South Barwon SES Deputy Controller of Training, Caroline Taylor, said it was an excellent opportunity for them to work with SES in a controlled learning environment.SES volunteers work with student paramedics

South Barwon SES Volunteers worked closely with the students to give them a hands on feel on methods of road rescue.

Senior Lecturer of Paramedicine at Ballarat University Ken Whittle said it was an extremely worthwhile exercise and a fantastic opportunity for the students to work in a calm and controlled environment before having to do it “for real”.

“The students have not stopped talking about their experience. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” Mr Whittle said.

“Giving the students the knowledge of what the road rescue provider can do for them to give the patient the best possible care is certainly an invaluable tool. If the students can learn what we can do to create the safest and best extrication path for the casualty, and how long it generally takes, then they can make more controlled decisions on the road” Ms Taylor said.

South Barwon SES Media Liaison Officer Scott Clark said it was an opportunity that doesn’t always present, and it was grabbed with both hands by the University and the SES Volunteers.

“You can explain to students in the class room the benefits of removing the roof of a vehicle, but actually giving them a chance to be involved in that, and see how much room they have to work, and how extrication is much easier on them and the patient is more of an eye opening experience.” Mr Clark said.