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Kirwan State High School students took on our CPR Challenge yesterday with around 800 students from Years 7 through to 9 learning the life-saving skill. CPR is a vital link in the chain of survival and can help save a life.
Storms often follow hot weather. Paramedics have attended to a number of patients with storm-related injuries already this week, including a teen male hit by a falling tree and also a female adult and female child affected by lightning. People should seek shelter during a storm, either in a building or a vehicle, and avoid holding metal objects that conduct electricity such as umbrellas or...
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It’s important to prepare for hot weather to minimise the risk of heat-related illness. Tony Hucker, our Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety, gives some helpful tips during this radio interview with ABC.

Tony Hucker Director Clinical Quality & Patient Safety talks to ABC about staying well in the heat

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From the Texas crew,storm at the end of the day.
Summer has arrived and brings with it a warning to beat the heat. On average last summer paramedics responded to double the amount of heat-related illnesses. The mean temperature was recorded between 29 and 32 degrees, much lower than the current forecast of the low 40s for inland areas around the state.

We need to be vigilant as a community and look out for those who are most vulnerable...
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From the Texas crew,storm at the end of the day.
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day and across the state QAS staff are proudly wearing red ribbons to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Queensland is living up to its name as the Sunshine State this week with higher-than-usual temperatures predicted. Extended periods of hot weather can be fatal. We ask everyone to monitor vulnerable community members – the elderly, young children and babies as well as those with medical conditions – for heat-related illness and ensure they stray hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also,...
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A thanks like no other. Townsville resident Jeff Wright travelled to Cairns recently to reunite with paramedics Theron Goebel, Kelly Hogan, Michael Papa and Anthony Wemm, who treated him for critical injuries after a motorbike crash last year. He presented them with medals as a symbol of thanks.
Working night shifts has some perks – including watching the sunrise. Thanks to Peter Joseph and Allan Jen from Kenmore Ambulance Station for this shot from the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Severe-to-extreme heatwave conditions are forecast for central and southern Queensland and northern NSW this weekend.

Temps cracking 40C forecast for Queensland, NSW

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Normally Schoolies is a time to cut loose but it inspired one girl to become a paramedic.

CPR breathes life into teen's paramedic dreams

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These graduate paramedics are now ready to hit the road after completing an emergency driving course at Gympie last week. They learnt how to brake under pressure, reverse and other advanced driving techniques to ensure their patients arrive safely to hospital.
West Toowoomba Pony Club challenged riders yesterday to come dressed in fancy dress, a lot of work and imagination went into to creating the perfect costume.It was a fantastic celebration to end the year. There was a beautiful array of characters and their horses - special shout out to Phoebe with the most patient pony for the day, not only did Phoebe and her horse promote 000 they also...
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Ipswich paramedics attended a large bushfire at Fernvale overnight to provide medical coverage for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officers and captured these dramatic photos. With bushfire season upon us, we advise people to avoid outdoor physical activity when smoke is in the air and stay indoors and close all windows and doors. If you experience difficulty breathing or chest pain,...
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From the Cape, to the west and the south, QAS staff around the state came together today to show their support for White Ribbon Day and signed the oath to stand up and speak out to end violence against women. At various morning teas and lunches in ambulance stations, operations centres and offices, we made the pledge and showed our commitment to taking active steps to end violence against...
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QAS staff attended the Queensland Government’s 2016 White Ribbon Day Breakfast this morning held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to show the services support toward ending violence against women. The 2016 breakfast focused on the importance of leading change every day to maintain momentum toward a community free from all forms of violence.

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Paramedics treated 78 patients within the event precinct overnight at Schoolies with three patients requiring transport to hospital. Traumatic injuries once again accounted for the majority of the workload. Paramedics praised Schoolies for behaving well and cooperating with them throughout the event. Paramedics are hoping for a quiet final night without incident.

Interview with Justin Payne, Queensland Ambulance Service, on Thursday night at Schoolies

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QAS Supports White Ribbon Day 2016

White Ribbon Day is held annually on 25 November and provides us with the opportunity to speak out and work together to stop men’s violence against women. We believe that as an organisation we have an active role to play in preventing and responding to violence against women and we want to build a workplace culture that promotes respectful relationships. ...
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Exercises help our staff hone their skills and gain invaluable knowledge to assist them when responding to incidents. In this case, Gordonvale and Edmonton paramedics teamed up with Mulgrave Central Mill (MSF Sugar), to test its ‘Man Down’ alarm activation procedures. During the exercise paramedics learnt about the vests Cane Train Locomotive Drivers wear that activate if a driver suddenly...
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