Perth,
09
May
2012
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17:58
Australia/Perth

Newman calls for more volunteers

As the town of Newman grows in population, so too does the need for more volunteers. The St John Ambulance WA sub-centre is currently looking for more volunteers to operate the local ambulance service in the Newman region. The sub-centre is run solely by volunteers with the support of local CommunityParamedic, Chris Hopkins. 
“Our volunteers are invaluable to the local community here in Newman,” Mr Hopkins said.


“They dedicate their spare time to caring for the health and wellbeing of a community which continues to grow on the back of increased activity in nearby mining precincts. For this reason, we’re currently looking for more people from the community to put their hands up to volunteer. “There are many ways you can be involved as a volunteer with St John Ambulance WA. These include driving the ambulance, transporting patients or providing First Aid. As a volunteer with St John Ambulance WA you receive free training to a level at which you’re comfortable, confident and ready for the road. We also offer further training when required.”


Mr Hopkins said that volunteering with St John Ambulance WA is highly rewarding, not only in the skills you learn and the friendships you make, but also in knowing you are making a contribution to your local community. ends

Background


• St John Ambulance WA is a vital component of the Western Australian health system ensuring that communities living in regional areas have access to high quality emergency ambulance services.• In addition to providing ambulance care, St John Ambulance WA transfers patients between hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, and works closely with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in administering medical assistance to those in need. • St John Ambulance WA is a world leader in the provision of First Aid training, training more than 145,000 people a year. • St John Ambulance in Western Australia covers the largest area of any single ambulance service in the world – 2,525,500 square kilometres or 33% of the total landmass of Australia. There are 160 St John Ambulance locations operating in country WA stretching from Christmas Island to Albany, Esperance, Eucla and Wyndham.• St John Ambulance WA has around 4,000 volunteers across the State who collectively contribute more than three million hours a year to ensure local communities have access to emergency ambulance services.

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