Belmont, Perth,

St John prepares to help veterans mark Anzac Day

In one of its biggest logistical operations of the year, St John Ambulance Western Australia is putting the final touches on preparations for Anzac Day 2016.

This year, St John Ambulance event medical officers will attend 40 remembrance services across metropolitan Perth, including the Kings Park Dawn Service and the Perth Anzac Parade.

St John Event Health Services General Manager Phil Martin said as well as drawing larger numbers each year, Anzac Day presented a unique set of circumstances requiring considerable logistics.

“The Dawn Service and Anzac Parade, in addition to the smaller community services, engages a wide range of ages,” Mr Martin said.

“In particular, the high number of elderly people attending both events is quite unique and requires specific planning. As a result, the mobilisation of people and resources that goes into Anzac Day requires almost 12 months planning.”

On Anzac Day, St John will deploy nearly 150 Event Ambulance Officers across 45 posts, with 20 staff at Kings Park for the Dawn Service and a further 33 at the Anzac Parade along St Georges Terrace.

Mr Martin said the most common issue seen on Anzac Day was people failing to take their medications.

“Because of the early start, participants can forget to take their tablets before they go, or fail to take their next dose or their inhalers with them and this can result in adverse side-effects,” he said.

“It’s a good idea to pack your medications in your bag or jacket pocket the night before so you can’t forget them.”

However, if you do forget, Mr Martin said St John will be there to help.

“Fainting, dehydration, shortness of breath and heat exhaustion are also very common on Anzac Day and it’s important that people receive treatment immediately from St John if they begin to feel unwell,” he said.

Additional information:

  • This year, St John Ambulance will be at a total of 40 Anzac Day events across the metropolitan area, with 149 paramedics, event health officers and volunteers in attendance.
  • Last financial year St John attended almost 3,000 community events and provided aid to 17,500 people.
  • In 2014/15, St John volunteer event health officers contributed more than 70,000 hours of work to the community.
  • St John Event Health Services has been providing medical services at WA events for more than 112 years.

For further information, contact:

St John Media and Public Relations Manager Dennis Bertoldo: 9334 1237