Goldfields students confront the reality of road trauma

Press Release

St John WA – Goldfields Region’s annual simulation exercise (SIMEX) was held at the Goldfields Art Centre 2022 in August.

The free event was open to all students in years 10, 11 and 12 throughout the region.

Highlighting the dangers of irresponsible driving while using mobile phones and texting while driving, the SIMEX showed the students the reality of road trauma.

Year 11 and 12 Eastern Goldfields College and John Paul College students acted as the casualties and first responders to the simulated crash scene, and treated and managed multiple casualties until medical aid arrived.

Featuring the attendance of local paramedics/volunteers, police officers and DFES representatives demonstrated first-hand how a crash scene was managed and the consequences for the driver.

Thanks to the support of local businesses all participating students were trained in the HLTAID011 Provide First Aid course prior to the SIMEX.

St John Goldfields Regional Training and Service Coordinator Louise McQuiggan said it was never too early to learn potentially life-saving skills.  

“Hopefully by what we are doing here, the kids will be more prepared. If they don’t know what to do in an emergency situation like this, how can they save someone’s life?”

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