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Belmont, Perth,
26
August
2016
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03:50
Australia/Perth

Country Youth Ambulance Officer program launched in Bunbury

“As a region, we are developing the next generation of volunteers while also providing a valuable service to our community.”
Annette Mateljan

Partnership between St John Ambulance and Manea College gives students lifesaving skills

A unique alliance has been established between St John Ambulance WA and Manea College in Bunbury.

The college, which is a secondary school for Year 11 and 12 students that provides specialised courses in the health and medical fields, formed a partnership with the Bunbury Sub Centre back in 2013.

As a result of this partnership, St John Ambulance provides first aid training and also delivers a Cert IV in Health Care (Ambulance) to students at Manea College.

South West Regional Training Coordinator Annette Mateljan said that this year the decision was made to offer the Cert IV students the opportunity to volunteer as Country Youth Ambulance Officers (CYAO).

“This seemed to be the perfect fit for this new initiative as the students already had many of the skills required to be a Country Youth Ambulance Officer and we knew the volunteer experience would help to broaden their knowledge and lifesaving skills,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In July we had 15 Cert IV students place their applications to become CYAOs. Within a few weeks they received their uniforms and became part of the St John family.”

The CYAOs are able to register themselves as a third officer for appropriate community events that are taking place across the region. At the events they work closely with a team of experienced St John volunteers, who are happy to share their experiences and knowledge.

Ms Mateljan said these young volunteers are gaining valuable experience which will enable them to become leaders in their community.

“The standard has been set high by this inaugural group of CYAOs,” she said.

“They have been a pleasure to work with and both St John Ambulance and Manea College are very proud of their achievements.

“As a region, we are developing the next generation of volunteers while also providing a valuable service to our community.”