Expedition Medicine

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

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Expedition Medicine

Expedition Medicine

Expedition Medicine began with the pursuit of knowledge…

During early September, in the heart of the Tassie wilderness, a mixture of Outdoor Recreation students and Doctors were thrust together on a week-long intensive course.  Add to this mixture a group of highly talented instructors, orchestrating medical and trauma based scenarios with a mad glint to their eye.  The result was nothing short of magical.

… The instant the scenario unfolds there is a moment of chaos.  Screams and cries for help draw us to the scene. Then, a leader emerges and the wheels start to churn, gathering momentum. We work as team, tackling head on whatever our head torches reveal to us from out of the darkness. Each individual has their role to play.  We grow together in confidence and mutual respect quickly becomes friendship and before long we are a well-oiled, disaster management machine.

The scenarios are designed to test us; our strengths, our weaknesses, our endurance, both physical and mental.  The scenarios cement the fact that out here in the wilderness, the rules are different. You are the front line; there are those who are relying on you and who look to you for aid.

Over the course of the week, we are tested time and again, until our responses are second nature. That initial moment of chaos no longer holds any sway; we simply take a deep breath and RESPOND.

Thanks to Expedition Medicine we can travel out into the wild places of the world, toolboxes brimming, armed to the teeth with the common thread that had joined us all on this epic journey from the start – The pursuit of knowledge and skills to help SAVE a life.

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