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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5 Tips to creating a better culture of workplace health and safety

 How can you improve the current workplace culture toward Work Health and Saftey?

1. Frequent and informal communication.

imagesCommunication between workers and management on safety management raises workers’ awareness of and can potentially contribute to a positive preventative safety culture. People work more safely when they are involved in the decision making process.



images (1)2. Set the example.

Managers that model behaviour by making a personal contribution to WHS consultation can significantly change the way their team thinks about health and safety in the workplace.




3. Reward positive contributions. download (1)

This has lasting effects to culture change. An organisation is formed to achieve certain goals and objectives by bringing individuals together on a common platform and motivating them to deliver their best. It is essential for the employees to enjoy the workplace for them to develop a sense of loyalty towards it. The organisation must offer a positive atmosphere to the employees.



download4. Promote team building activities.

Conduct training programs, workshops, seminars and presentations to upgrade the existing skills of the employees and to bind the employees together. Team building improves communication, boosts morale, increases motivation, improves productivity and a fun way to learning effective health and safety strategies.




personal responsibility5. Make it personal.

Personal safety responsibility, control and rational judgment are essential to a good health and safety culture. An organisation is said to have a strong work culture when the employees follow the organisation’s rules and regulations and adhere to the existing guidelines.

Allowing personal responsibility within organisational guidelines gives employees ownership of their responsibilities and personal satisfaction.



Information source: comcare

How Can Employers Benefit From Staff Training?

First aid training is not only a requirement for all businesses in Australia, there are additional benefits to employers. Providing ongoing training and refreshers benefit not only staff, but the employer, the business and the bottom line. Is your workplace struggling with staff motivation? Not sure how to build your team up?

Here are just 5 of the key benefits of providing workplace training.

  1. Help to keep employees motivated
  2. Help to reduce boredom in the workplace
  3. New skills and knowledge can help to create positive attitudes amongst staff
  4. Being sent on courses can help workers feel valued by their employers, leading to worker loyalty and higher staff retention
  5. Less stress at work as employees are more confident and capable in their roles. This in turn can lead to less stress related sickness absence

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.


What is an Emergency Plan?

To be properly prepared for an emergency situation your workplace needs to have an emergency plan.

More than just a list of actions, an emergency plan is a documented set of instructions giving clear directions on what to do in an emergency. It explains clearly and simply what workers and others in the workplace need to do to protect themselves and if needed evacuate the premises.

An emergency plan must include the following emergency procedures:

  • An effective response process to emergencies
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Who should notify emergency services and how.
  • Arranging medical treatment and assistance, including first response
  • Effective communication systems between the person coordinating the emergency, emergency services and all people in the workplace.


M.I.S.T. – Expand Your First Aid Vocabulary

MIST is an important acronym used by first aiders and others. It is designed to help a first responder gather and pass on important information that will affect the casualty’s treatment. When you call for an ambulance or take a casualty to hospital, it can help you to have all the essential information ready to give to the medical professional.

The 4 parts of MIST are:

  • Mechanism
  • Injury/Illness
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Treatment

Lets look at each of these in detail: