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ACU students learn about safety

An article by David Jeans in the Ballarat Courier, October 5 2013 describes how 30 final year paramedicine students from Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus learnt about airbag safety, rescue scenarios, disconnecting the battery and mechanical safety.

ACU students learn about safety
David Jeans, Ballarat Courier, October 5 2013

Paramedicine students were shown a motor vehicle accident through the lens of other emergency agencies yesterday.

During a mock scenario of a motor vehicle accident orchestrated at Fiskeville's Fire Training Centre, 30 final year paramedicine students from Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus learnt about airbag safety, rescue scenarios, disconnecting the battery and mechanical safety.

MICA paramedic Brendan Walker said the exercise was to enhance inter-agency co-operation to effectively share responsibility. "The main message we drill into the students is to make sure you are in control of the situation, don't let the situation control you," Mr Walker said. "Paramedics have to make sure their senses are under control before they perform on a patient."

ACU lecturer Amy Brown said it was the first time her students had been given a tutorial on how the other agencies operated during a motor vehicle accident. "What they are taught is so focused on what ambulance does, this exercise broadens the perspective," Ms Brown said. "We are at an intersection here, there is so much going on that a paramedic has to be aware of, dealing with traffic, where to co-ordinate the helicopter.

"They could be first on scene and be by themselves for up to 15 minutes."

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