Expedition Medicine

Expedition Medicine

On the 23rd July, TasTAFE’s Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students took part in an intensive 8 day Expedition Medicine course.  This course was situated at Paton Park, North Motton and consisted of realistic, high pressure scenarios, classroom training and group catering.

We started our week at 6am on a Saturday morning with a 4 hour drive ahead of us.  All efforts to enthuse the group were unsuccessful – Mexican wave, gangsta music and even ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ didn’t raise the crew from their sleepy state!  As usual, upon arrival at the venue, the group established a positive morale which stayed around for the whole week.

We entered the course at a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) level and finished with Advanced WFA concepts and applications.  This included Intramuscular injections, life threatening bleeds, long-term patient care and evacuation procedures.  Furthermore, the course was designed for us to apply our specialist rafting & climbing skills in rescuing patients and efficient evacuations.

Students began this course expecting to build upon WFA skills but what we received was so much more.  The instruction and teaching delivered, combined with intense scenarios encouraged us to think outside the box, problem solve and apply the theory in a practical and efficient way.  Students developed in personal leadership, first aid and teamwork and by the end of the week, it had been one of the most rewarding experiences within our course so far.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers who were involved in making this course happen!

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Photos – Matt Jones

RTO Code:  60142

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