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St John WA launches Australia first Auslan interpreting service

St John WA has become the first emergency service in Australia to provide Auslan interpreting services for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.   Through a trailblazing partnership with Convo Australia, all St John WA ambulance crews and health centres have access to interpreters around the clock, at the touch of a button.  Convo Australia…
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20 Years in Green: the highs, the lows and the in between

2024 marks 20 years since the class of ‘04 officially joined the St John WA team. Sixteen of the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates are still donning their greens today, working across different areas of the organisation. Two decades is an incredible feat – and a lot has changed since 2004. Obama became a household name,…
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Paramedic Class of 2002 reflect on more than two decades of service and friendship

It might come as a surprise, but it’s true: 2002 was more than 20 years ago. In the time since then, Pluto lost its status as a planet, the iPhone was introduced, social media changed how we communicate, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It’s been a tumultuous 22 years. That’s a long time…
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Emergency services give young drivers a road safety wake-up call

St John WA helped put the devastating reality of road trauma under the spotlight this week in a live crash re-enactment in front of 15,000 high school students.   The confronting scenes were part of RAC’s annual bstreetsmart event which drew a record crowd of Year 10-12 students from nearly 140 schools on March 26…
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MinRes digs deep for St John WA Onslow Sub Centre’s new off-road ambulance

St John WA Onslow Sub Centre is one step closer to purchasing a new off-road ambulance thanks to a $50,000 donation from Mineral Resources (MinRes). The funding boost is set to help the volunteer-run sub centre purchase a new $350,000 four-wheel drive ambulance to reach isolated emergencies quickly and safely. The small but dedicated team…
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Preparation key as first responders put to the test in mock Optus Stadium emergency

First responders were put to the test in an immersive drill at Optus Stadium to practise how they would keep the community safe if a major emergency was to strike during a big event. St John WA staff and volunteers worked alongside WA Police and Optus Stadium staff to respond to a simulated mass casualty…
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Heartwarming survival story inspires first-of-its-kind drivers first aid campaign

It has been nearly 20 years since Nicole Tolhurst first met Rod Baltovich, but it is a moment she has been grateful for every day since. Nicole, then 24 years old, was slumped over the steering wheel of her car after being knocked unconscious when it was sent careering into a brick wall in 2007.…
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​​New road campaign puts keys to save a life in the hands of every road user​ 

St John WA has joined with the Road Safety Commission to encourage every road user to spend 15 minutes to learn how to potentially save a life if they encounter a crash.   The joint campaign, called Anyone can save a life, was launched ahead of the Easter long weekend and asks every driver to spend…
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South West primary school students empowered with lifesaving first aid skills

Hundreds of South West primary school students have gained vital first aid skills to use in an emergencythanks to a helping hand from Bendigo Bank. St John WA (SJWA) has begun the roll-out of its free First Aid Focus program to about 1500 students across five local primary schools made possible by Bendigo Bank’s Community…
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‘Superstar’ mum delivers identical twins on the bathroom floor with help from St John WA

A Morley mum who gave birth to identical twin boys on her bathroom floor in under 16-minutes has been reunited with the St John WA team who helped the trio through their remarkable delivery. Amy Turner was at home alone with her three sons, all under six-years-old, when she felt her first contraction on the…
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A brand new defibrillator and weather-proof cabinet has been donated to Doon Doon Roadhouse.
 
The life-saving equipment, publicly accessible 24/7, has been donated by St John WA thanks to generous support from the public and partners. Thank you to community paramedics Simon and Cian of St John WA - Wyndham for helping to organise this vital device for the community.
Last years Total Solar Eclipse was a once in a life time event for many, but luckily @jnfestivalwa is continuing to be a staple on the calendar.

The St john WA team attended the event and we can't wait to see this festival grow in the coming years. 💚
Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the devastating attack in Bondi over the weekend, and our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of the victims and injured. 

Our hearts are with @nswambulance, @nswpolice, bystanders, staff, and shoppers who showed incredible bravery when faced with the unimaginable. 

This incident has impacted the nation and we encourage anyone in distress to please seek help.

@lifelineaustralia is available 24/7 on 13 11 14. Please seek help if needed.
It's Auslan Day and the perfect time to announce our partnership with deaf-owned and operated service @convoaus 💚.

The partnership allows St John WA ambulance crews and St John WA Health Centres to access certified interpreters in real-time via video call, changing the way patients access our vital services. 

As the first emergency service in Australia to provide Auslan interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing patients and their families we're excited to see the impact this has on the WA community. Learn more via the link in our bio.
Congratulations to our Ambulance Transport Officers who have now commenced on-road duties. 🚑

If you see them out and about remember to treat them with kindness as they serve the WA community. 💚
Chick this out! 🐣

A good old fashioned Easter bonnet competition is exactly what the team needed after working the Easter long weekend last week. 

We think they did an egg-ceptional job of celebrating while serving the WA community.
Shout out to St John WA - Kalbarri volunteer ambulance officer Dan for this epic shot. 📸

He's one of many talented photographers that volunteer for us and we can't wait to see what else he captures for the team in green.
Meet Peter Geraghty, an unsung hero in the St John WA family, and recently named finalist for the RAC WA Volunteer of the Year award.

This legend's been a rock for the Kununoppin Sub Centre for a whopping 43 years. Serving as a volunteer ambulance officer and a respected committee member, Peter’s lifelong commitment to rural healthcare in the Wheatbelt is unmatched.

He’s been described as someone who shies away from the limelight, preferring to let others shine. That's just the kind of guy he is — selfless, generous, and humble.

But this kind of dedication deserves recognition. Hats off to you, Peter. 

Join us in congratulating Peter in the comments – whether he likes it or not! 👏💚

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Time flies when you're saving lives. 🚑

It's been 22 years since the induction class of 2002 joined the team. During that time they've formed life-long friendships and shared some truly unique experiences. One thing that hasn't changed is their dedication to the people of WA, with 11 members of the group still serving as paramedics more than two decades on.

See what they had to say about being a paramedic for more than two decades using the link in our bio.
Check out the link in our bio for a reminder on how to give way to an ambulance. 

Following these simple tips helps us help those in need.💚
St John Urgent Care is open this long weekend. 

The team treat a range of non-life threatening injuries or illnesses on a walk-in basis, for when it's urgent but not an emergency. Our state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities across Perth have been established to handle a range of issues, common treatments include:

🦴Sprains or broken bones
🩺 X-rays
🪡 Stitches & glue for cuts
🐜 Insect bites
👂🏻Minor eye & ear problems
😰 Minor burns
Distracted driving, speeding, and intoxicated driving can have devastating consequences. This year 15,000 students witnessed these first-hand at @rac_wa bstreetsmart.

The annual event aims to show young drivers the reality of road trauma and the irreversible impact it can have on all involved.

Learn more about the event and how to stay safe on our roads using the link in our bio. 🔗
Thank you @mineral_resources for your generous donation to the St John WA Onslow team. 

The funds will go towards the purchase of a new four-wheel drive off-road ambulance which will enable the team to better serve the community. Learn more about the impact of this contribution in the link in our bio.🚑🔗
It's smiles for miles at the Perth Caravan and Camping Show. 😁

Visit us at site 350 for snake bite and defibrillator demonstrations, show-only discounts on our range of first aid kits, our travelling museum highlighting 130 years of St John WA in the community, volunteering, and so much more. 

We're here all weekend so don't be shy, come and say hi! 👋
Today is Close the Gap Day. 
 
St John WA has facilitated first aid courses as part of a pilot in our regions using local language and First Nations community leaders. 
 
Engaging First Nations leaders to expand on how we provide training to all members of our community is a reflection of the St John WA Reconciliation Action Plan, and with more courses planned soon, we look forward to working with communities to create more inclusive spaces for learning these vital skills.
You're never too young to learn life-saving skills, and thanks to a generous donation from @bendigobank, hundreds of South West primary school students have now gained vital first aid skills via the St John WA First Aid Focus program. Learn more using the link in our bio. 🔗
A lot can happen in 16 minutes - in mum Amy's case you can deliver twins ... at home! 👶👶

Amy had been preparing breakfast for three of her children when she suddenly went into labour.

With the help of communications officer Keta over the phone, baby one was safely delivered, before paramedics Cassie and Lauren arrived in time for baby two - with some assistance from STORC midwife Laura.

Click the link in our bio to learn more about this remarkable birth story. 🔗
It's not every day you deliver your own baby, but when little Charlie decided to arrive after just 19 minutes, paramedic Kad did just that. 

With support from the St John WA team over the phone, Kad helped his wife Darcie deliver their new arrival while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. 

Check out the full story using the link in our bio.
St John WA would like to congratulate our very own Medical Director Dr Gayle Christie, who was invited to speak at VESPIIA’s inaugural WA First Responders – International Women’s Day event this week 🚑

Dr Christie joined the panel to discuss this year’s theme “Count Her In: Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress” by drawing on her experiences in the industry and *spoiler alert* she’s a bit of a trailblazer.

There's no better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to recognise one of our own. 

To read the full story, tap the link in bio 🔗

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This International Women's Day, St John WA is ditching the cupcakes and the morning tea – we're celebrating by recognising the incredible women in red and green.

We're proud to celebrate the women of St John WA who have been honoured as CAA Women in Ambulance Award winners for 2024! Lauren D’Arcy, Nicki Foster, Pamela Toyne, Belinda Marsh, Katy Aviles, and Karen Stewart are shining examples of dedication and leadership in ambulance services. 

Tap the link in bio to find out more about this year's winners 🔗

Join us in congratulating our six honourees and the exceptional work they do in WA 💚⬇️ #IWD2024 #InternationalWomensDay #CAAAwards
How would you spend your 30th wedding anniversary? Maybe you're hitting up your fave restaurant, or checking in to a hotel for the night ... not these legends.

This week, Bridgetown vollies Sheryl and Paul celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary — on road! Covering the emergency day team, the two spent the day on shift, helping patients and keeping our community safe.

Sheryl is an Emergency Medical Technician, as well as the driving force behind Bridgetown Sub Centre, working tireless hours behind the scenes to ensure the centre runs smoothly. Paul originally volunteered as a support driver to Sheryl, and now he's a fully fledged Ambulance Attendant.

We're very lucky to have such an incredible pair in the green team. Happy Amboversary, you two! 

Help us show these unsung heroes some love in the comments 💚
Let's hit the road, Jack! 🎓

This weekend, we welcomed these talented legends to the St John WA team, beginning their on-road duties on Sunday. Congratulations to our newest Paramedic Intern graduates.

Starting their on-road journey, they'll be gaining invaluable experience before advancing to become Ambulance Paramedics.

Their commitment to serving our community and saving lives is truly commendable. Join us in welcoming them to the green team! 💚
Not to toot our own horn, but St John WA's Urgent Care placements have been getting rave reviews from Perth's future nurses!

The Clinical Facilitation program is celebrating back-to-back placements already confirmed with Curtin Uni, North Metro TAFE, and more. 

So, what's the hype? 

At Urgent Care, students are exposed to diverse real-life patient presentations — with no two days alike. 

With a focus on practical learning and mentorship, this program is not just producing competent nurses but also raising the bar in nursing education and shaping the nurses of tomorrow.

To read more, tap the link in our bio 🩺

A brand new defibrillator and weather-proof cabinet has been donated to Doon Doon Roadhouse. The life-saving equipment, publicly accessible 24/7, has been donated by St John WA thanks to generous support from the public and partners. Thank you to community paramedics Simon and Cian of St John WA - Wyndham for helping to organise this vital device for the community.

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St John WA - Carnarvon had a brilliant time attending Jamba Nyinayi Festival in Coral Bay alongside representatives from St John WA - Dawesville and Perth metro over the weekend. The inaugural Jamba Nyinayi Festival was launched as part of the Total Solar Eclipse in 2023 and saw a staggering 1,500+ in attendance, meaning it just had to be on the calendar for 2024. It's a unique opportunity for the Baiyungu community to invite people of all cultures, communities and nationalities to “come together” and experience indigenous arts and culture. It's something we're proud to be a part of. 💚 Learn more about the festival ⬇️ and perhaps we'll see you there in 2025. https://jnfestival.com.au/

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Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the devastating attack in Bondi over the weekend, and our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of the victims and injured. Our hearts are with NSW Ambulance, NSW Police Force, bystanders, staff, and shoppers who showed incredible bravery when faced with the unimaginable. This incident has impacted the nation and we encourage anyone in distress to please seek help. Lifeline is available 24/7 on 13 11 14. Please seek help if needed.

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St John WA is proud to partner with Convo Australia. We've been working together to ensure ALL members of the WA community have access to our vital service, and look forward to seeing the impact the partnership will have on pre-hospital care in WA. Learn more https://news.stjohnwa.com.au/st-john-wa-launches-australia-first-auslan-interpreting-service/

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Today is Auslan Day and we've got some exciting news to share. St John WA is proud to be the first emergency service in Australia to provide Auslan interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing patients and their families, via our partnership with Convo Australia. CONVO Australia allows ambulance crews and St John WA Health Centres to access certified interpreters in real-time via video call, allowing for better care of patients and their needs whether it's an emergency or general appointment. Learn more about the partnership and how it is helping St John WA to serve all members of the WA community ⬇️ https://news.stjohnwa.com.au/st-john-wa-launches-australia-first-auslan-interpreting-service/ #auslanday #deaflife #auslan

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Sending our love to the Tougher family, friends, and colleagues, and hope everyone smiles and thinks of Steven when they don their own #sillysocks4steve 💚

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Congratulations to our Ambulance Transport Officers who have now commenced on-road duties. 🚑 If you see them out and about remember to treat them with kindness as they serve the WA community. 💚

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Chick this out! 🐣 A good old fashioned Easter bonnet competition is exactly what the team needed after working the Easter long weekend last week. We think they did an egg-ceptional job of celebrating while serving the WA community.

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Shout out to St John WA - Kalbarri volunteer ambulance officer Dan for this epic shot. 📸 He's one of many talented photographers that volunteer for us and we can't wait to see what else he captures for the team in green.

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Meet Peter Geraghty, an unsung hero in the St John WA family, and recently named finalist for the RAC WA Volunteer of the Year award. This legend's been a rock for the St John WA - Kununoppin Sub Centre for a whopping 43 years. Serving as a volunteer ambulance officer and a respected committee member, Peter’s lifelong commitment to rural healthcare in the Wheatbelt is unmatched. He’s been described as someone who shies away from the limelight, preferring to let others shine. That's just the kind of guy he is — selfless, generous, and humble. But this kind of dedication deserves recognition. Hats off to you, Peter. Join us in congratulating Peter in the comments – whether he likes it or not! 👏💚 St John WA - Kununoppin Volunteering WA RAC WA

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Time flies when you're saving lives. 🚑 It's been 22 years since the induction class of 2002 joined the team. During that time they've formed life-long friendships and shared some truly unique experiences. One thing that hasn't changed is their dedication to the people of WA, with 11 members of the group still serving as paramedics more than two decades on. See what they had to say about being a paramedic for more than two decades ⬇️.

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Here's an oldie but a goodie. Take a look at this reminder of how to give way to an ambulance. Following these simple tips will help us help those in need. 🚑

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St John Urgent Care is open this long weekend. The team treat a range of non-life threatening injuries or illnesses on a walk-in basis, for when it's urgent but not an emergency. Our state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities across Perth have been established to handle a range of issues, common treatments include:🦴Sprains or broken bones🩺 X-rays🪡 Stitches & glue for cuts🐜 Insect bites👂🏻Minor eye & ear problems😰 Minor burnsCheck out our opening hours here: https://brnw.ch/21wIm3D

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Stay safe this Easter long weekend, especially on our roads. Take regular breaks, make smart decisions before getting behind the wheel, and remember - you, too can save a life. Doing our free 15 minute online course before heading on your long weekend adventure could make all the difference.

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Kura Bear couldn't resist trying their paw as the Easter bunny today. Kura wishes everyone a happy and safe long weekend, especially all those working to keep our communities safe this long weekend. 💚

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A whopping 15,000 high school students faced the harsh reality of road trauma at RAC WA bstreetsmart this week. The annual event features a live re-enactment by emergency services to show what really happens when a crash occurs, and highlight the consequences of distracted driving, speeding, and intoxicated driving. Learn more about the powerful event below. https://brnw.ch/21wIi7W

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St John WA Onslow is now $50,000 closer to gaining a new four-wheel drive off-road ambulance thanks to a generous donation from Mineral Resources. The new ambulance will allow the team of dedicated volunteers to better serve the people of the Pilbara, especially in off-road situations. 🚑

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It's smiles for miles at the Perth Caravan & Camping Show. 😁 Visit us at site 350 for snake bite and defibrillator demonstrations, show-only discounts on our range of first aid kits, our travelling museum highlighting 130 years of St John WA in the community, volunteering, and so much more. We're here all weekend so don't be shy, come and say hi! 👋

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Today is Close the Gap Day. St John WA has facilitated first aid courses as part of a pilot in our regions using local language and First Nations community leaders. Engaging First Nations leaders to expand on how we provide training to all members of our community is a reflection of the St John WA Reconciliation Action Plan, and with more courses planned soon, we look forward to working with communities to create more inclusive spaces for learning these vital skills.

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Thanks to a generous donation from Bendigo Bank, hundreds of South West primary school students have now gained vital first aid skills. The donation of $20,000 has provided the students with First Aid Focus training which they can use in an emergency situation - and potentially save a life. The training, delivered by the St John WA Youth and Community Engagement team, breaks first aid down into age-appropriate modules, so even the littlest members of the community can help someone in need. https://news.stjohnwa.com.au/south-west-primary-school-students-empowered-with-lifesaving-first-aid-skills/

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This is what it looks like when St John WA, Western Australia Police Force, and Optus Stadium collaborate on a mock mass trauma scenario together. These major exercises are crucial for ensuring we stay at the top of our game by working together to help keep the people of WA safe.

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