Belmont, Perth,

New youth ambulance program

Building on the success of its Event Health Services youth cadetship program, St John Ambulance WA is extending its reach from metro to country regions.

A pilot program has been set up in Northam, offering youth the opportunity to volunteer as Country Youth Ambulance officers and learn valuable lifesaving skills.

“From a Wheatbelt perspective, we’re excited about offering youth engagement opportunities in the Northam community as we trial this in 2016,” Wheatbelt Regional Manager, Kalie Ashenden said.

Country Ambulance Support Manager Brenda Moore said that the upcoming community information night to be held on 2 March at the Northam depot from 6 to 7pm will result in the recruitment of a pilot group of Country Youth Ambulance officers ready to start their training.

“I think it’s going to be really popular in country areas – it represents a huge growth opportunity for us,” said Ms Moore.

St John cadet numbers had declined in the past decade and, through its ethos of continual improvement, the organisation needed to find new ways to reach out to youth.

Ms Moore said: “St John’s mission is to make first aid a part of everyone’s life and this pilot program enables us to reach an even bigger audience.”

“We have more than 200 cadets in Perth at the moment but we will give far more youth first aid training and volunteer experience when this new program is launched.”

She said St John offered an exceptional extra-curricular program for young adults looking for a career in health.

“St John would like to see more young people become event health or ambulance officers and we believe this new program will have a far greater reach in country WA.’’

Ms Moore said St John would like to thank the people who have supported the Country Youth Ambulance officer program and we are confident with your continued support St John will be able to make first aid a part of even more young lives in Western Australia.

For more information on this program, contact Wheatbelt Regional Administration Coordinator Lyndell Savage on 9621 1613.