Belmont, Perth,

St John Ambulance ready for busy Australia Day

More than 150 St John Ambulance Paramedics, Event Health Officers and Volunteers will look after the massive crowd at the Australia Day Skyworks in Perth on Monday, 26 January.

St John Ambulance, the state’s premier provider of event medical services, will operate eight first aid posts on the City and South Perth foreshores, as well as stations in Kings Park and Crawley, in anticipation of large crowds.

St John Event Health Operations Manager Jae Smith said more than 40 Metropolitan Ambulance vehicles, rapid response cars and bicycles will be deployed, along with the newly commissioned Mobile Command Centre.

“We are expecting another big crowd at the Skyworks celebration and this year we will also have the opportunity to make use of our Mobile Command Centre,” Ms Smith said.

“It allows us greater mobility and provides a more effective communication platform which is incredibly important at large events such as the Australia Day Skyworks.

“Over recent years, we’ve noticed a steady decline in the number of alcohol-related incidents requiring first aid. Hopefully that trend continues this year and everyone can enjoy the Skyworks without major incident.”

Ms Smith advised people to avoid excessive sun exposure and keep hydrated, especially if you plan to stake out your spot on the river foreshore early in the day.

“In all likelihood, the weather will be quite hot and that means there is a heightened risk of things such as heat stroke and dehydration,” Ms Smith said.

“It’s vital to slip, slop, slap and regularly reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Also, seek out shade wherever possible.

“It’s also very important to drink plenty of water, especially when drinking alcohol on a hot day as it can quite easily lead to dehydration if people aren’t careful.”

In addition to the Skyworks, St John will also have first aid centres at several citizenship ceremonies and local government Australia Day celebrations, as well at the Friendship Games.

“Most importantly, we’re just asking people to be sensible and not overdo the celebrating. By all means we encourage people to enjoy themselves, but just be respectful of yourself and of others around you,” Ms Smith said.

“If for whatever reason an emergency situation develops, especially if you’re amongst a crowd, call triple zero (000) and we will get assistance to you.”

Additional information:

  • St John Event Health Services has been providing medical services at WA events for more than 111 years.
  • Last financial year St John attended 2,151 community events and provided aid to 12,561 people.
  • In 2013/14, St John volunteer event health officers contributed more than 60,000 hours of work to the community.