Outback First Aid – Our Story

20160723_144631sNewcastle’s Robert Watson had done his Medilife First Aid Training over many years when he was employed in the steel industry. Now retired, he and his wife Coralie continue to do the refresher training, “just in case” they are ever called on to help in an emergency situation.  Their spiral bound  First Aid for Life course books are kept with a first aid kit in the boot of their car.


P1290923xsIn July, during a 6,000 km road trip through inland Queensland, Coralie developed some chest pains one afternoon on the road. It was a few hours after lunch, and she assumed it was indigestion. However the pain became worse, and worse. They were 1 hour out from Emerald, and it was a further 2 hours to their overnight stop… in a tiny town which almost certainly didn’t have a hospital. The pain was severe enough that Coralie thought it might have been a heart attack, but – from memory – Robert asked, “Do you have a crushing feeling on your chest, and are you sweating a lot?” The answer was, “No”, and Coralie added, “and I don’t have pain radiating to my left arm!” But they pulled off the road and dug out their first aid book.

The signs and symptoms  listed included the three they remembered, plus Anxiety, Nausea, Shortness of breath and Pale/grey skin colour.

On that basis, they agreed that there was no immediate need to panic or get upset, and they continued on to Emerald Hospital Emergency Department. Coralie was wired up to their machines and it was quickly determined that she was not having a heart attack, so that was good news. Further tests suggested that she had had a particularly severe bout of reflux, coupled with dehydration. Over the course of 3 hours she was attended to by the doctors and nurses, who all reinforced that going to see them was the sensible thing to do, and they were always happier to release people than to have to admit them with something serious.

The travel plans were changed, and they stayed in Emerald for the night … in a motel directly opposite the hospital. “Just in case!” added Robert.

Thank you Robert and Coralie for sharing your experience.


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Holiday safety – alcohol, driving and empty homes

Leaving Home for the holidays

  • house-insurance-419058_640Ensure the house is securely locked, including windows usually left open
  • Cancel newspapers and redirect your mail or have it collected by a friend
  • Put pets into a boarding kennel or have friends visit them often
  • Tell neighbours or friends who can check on the house, you are away and whom will be at the house legitimately – e.g. gardeners, pet minders
  • Secure your garage or, if unable – move items such as bikes inside the house
  • Consider security devices, including light timers etc.
  • Do not leave cash in the house and locate jewellery in a safe place
  • Ensure your lawn is cut, the property tidy and stop all deliveries
  • Avoid leaving the answering machine on and turn the phone volume down

Young people and alcohol

Young people and particularly those under the age of 18 are vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol.cocktail-594173__180

  • In Australia alcohol is a key factor in the three leading causes of death among adolescents; unintentional injury, homicide and suicide.
  • Over one in five (22%) of all hospitalisations of young people aged 15-24 years old are alcohol related.
  • Of all those hospitalised, 30% of young men and 23% of young women are hospitalised because of an alcohol related assault.

As well as the serious and obvious health consequences of underage drinking, alcohol places the drinker and those around them at considerable risk of harm. Alcohol use, particularly excessive use can increase young people’s risk of becoming a victim and / or an offender of alcohol related crime, often violent crime such as sexual assault, physical assault, robbery, driving accidents, violence and antisocial behaviour offences.

Driving distractions and crash risk

Distractions that divert attention from driving increase your risk of crashing.

automobile-160339__180Recent research suggests that at least 14 per cent of all crashes involve the driver being distracted by something inside or outside the vehicle. As many as one in ten fatalities have been directly attributed to driver distraction. Yet even though surveys have indicated that 98 per cent of people believe that using a mobile phone while driving, for example, is very dangerous, 28 per cent of people admit to doing it themselves.

Typically, the two biggest distractions inside the vehicle are other passengers and adjusting the sound system. Research has also shown that drivers using mobile phones and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) while driving are also much more likely to be involved in crashes. Text entry into a GPS unit while driving can be extremely dangerous. Sending and receiving text messages on a mobile phone while driving is also extremely dangerous, and is also illegal.

8 Facts about coconut oil

1. Healthy Fat Coconut oil contains a “healthy” form saturated fat. Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Lower Diabetes Risk Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

3. Restore Digestive Balance Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Boosts Immune System Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats which contain anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system.

5. Boosts Metabolism  Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system and keep weight off.

6. Slows Fine Lines Coconut keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

7. Cooks in High Temperatures Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature, unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

8. Stops Sugar Cravings Because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, if you cut down on sugar and replace with coconut oil you will feel less ‘ravenous’. Most of us do not realise but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

Source: Body&Soul - Michele Chevalley Hedge

Medilife Endorsed by NSW Institute of Teachers

Medilife Pty Ltd. has recently received endorsement as a provider of Institute Registered professional development at the level of Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

The scope of endorsement for Medilife Pty Ltd. is for:

  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher
    • ­   4.4.2 for the course Perform CPR (HLTCPR211A)
    • ­   4.4.2 for the course Apply First Aid (HLTFA311A)
  • NSW Professional Teaching Standards at the level of Professional Competence
    • ­   5.2.7 for the course Perform CPR (HLTCPR211A)
    • ­   5.2.7 for the course Apply First Aid (HLTFA311A)

Medilife takes the stress out of compliance

We have interviewed over 1000 small to medium enterprises about the new code of practice for workplace first aid.  Our findings?

Most workplaces have a rudimentary emergency plan at best and more than 90% are not even aware of the new code of practice.


The Forgotten H in WHS

It’s all too easy to be so focused on the safety aspect of WHS that the H – Health – gets forgotten. You may have effective safety systems in place to alert, minimise and monitor safety risks. Can you say the same when it comes to health risks?

Workplace safety and accident prevention are obvious and important areas to manage. Lost time caused by injury is a major problem and the effects of a serious accident on a worker, their family and the workplace are far reaching. Rightly a workplace should do everything it can to lower the risk of a serious accident.

But that’s only half the story in the workplace.


It’s official! Who gives you great service and great training? We do!

Our focus has always been on providing our students with the best possible. It could be the best learning environment, the best support or the best service, we are always looking for ways to improve.

Every year AQIS, the government body that looks after training organisations, produces a report, scoring Medilife and other training companies in range of Quality and customer satisfaction areas.

In our most recent report, Medilife rated above average in 16 of 17 categories. Some areas we are really proud of include:

  • 96 out of 100 rating for overall employer satisfaction compared to an average score of 84
  • Our students rated us 89 out of 100 rating for Trainer quality compared to 83 average score and 82 for similar sized training companies
  • Our support staff scored 95 out of 100 for their hard work. This is 14 points above the industry average of 84.

You can download the full report here.

If your looking for a great training experience for you or your staff, call us now on 1300 130 385 or take a look at our training options and see just what we can offer you.


Don’t Panic – Best Practice Emergency Managment

You need to ensure that you are calm and in control in the first few moments of an emergency, be it first aid, fire or any other emergency.

The best way to manage the feeling of panic is to be properly trained and familiar with best practice emergency response. Different situations will call for different action plans, but there are some key factors that can be applied to all emergencies:

  • Assess the situation – What is really happening? Is it safe for me to take action? How do I protect myself and those around me?
  • Get help on the way – Using the knowledge from your assessment of the situation you can decide: Do I need help? What kind of help is best?
  • Manage the situation – What can I do safely while I’m waiting for assistance? How can I care best for the people and property affected by the emergency?

Learn best practice emergency response

All Medilife courses are based around best practice emergency response. We work with industry partners and bodies to ensure that what we teach are the safest and most effective methods of response.

Kit Restocking Service

It’s important that all your WHS systems are functioning smoothly and effectively.

Managing and restocking first aid kits can be an challenging area. Stock gets old, goes missing or just isn’t used because it’s not what you need.

To help you manage your systems efficiently, Medilife provide a complete restocking service which has been uniquely designed with small businesses in mind.

Restocking is provided quickly and easily with a minimum of fuss. We give you control and make sure you only have what you need.