Royal Flying Doctors launch new mine safety program

The RFDS, QLD Mines Rescue Services, and St John Ambulance have launched a dedicated medical training program for mine rescue teams.

The three new mining specific courses will make use of RFDS Flexible Learning options, an online learning platform to help accelerate learning, prior to completing the courses with practical hands-on instruction.

These courses include the Advanced Surface Medical First Responder and the Advanced Underground Medical First Responder courses, which will train mine rescue teams in advanced emergency first aid and trauma management. 

Topics for training include advanced oxygen systems, triage, and incident scene management.

An introductory Mine First Aid course is also available to surface miners.

All of the courses are nationally recognised and certified.

Speaking on the partnership RFDS CEO Nino Di Marco said he was looking forward to helping to improve safety in QLD mines.

"We are delighted to have worked with the QLD Mines Rescue Service to provide valuable training that will significantly contribute to the safety and wellbeing of not just individual mine sites, but the overall QLD mining community," he said.

QLD Mines Rescue chief Wayne Hartley added that "this is a significant step forward in the delivery of the ital components of first responder rescue training".


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