Fuelling Change: Viva Energy joins forces with CareFlight to empower remote communities

CareFlight's Remote Trauma Course, co-sponsored by Viva Energy, enhances lifesaving skills in remote communities, fostering resilience and positive change for improved emergency response capabilities.

13 Mar 2024
  • Viva Energy
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CareFlight's Remote Trauma Course, co-sponsored by Viva Energy, enhances lifesaving skills in remote communities, fostering resilience and positive change for improved emergency response capabilities.

In a collaborative effort to enhance emergency response capabilities and empower individuals in remote communities, Viva Energy proudly announces its co-sponsorship of the Remote Trauma Course (RTC) hosted by CareFlight in Katherine, in the Northern Territory on 5 March 2024.
CareFlight, a distinguished provider of aeromedical services, has been at the forefront of delivering educational excellence through highly specialised, evidence-based practical workshops for over a decade. The RTC, a testament to CareFlight's commitment to saving lives, not only imparts essential lifesaving skills but also fosters a culture of preparedness and resilience within remote communities.

The course, developed specifically to address trauma incidents in areas with limited access to immediate medical assistance, provides participants with hands-on training using lifelike medical mannequins, simulated accident scenarios, and specially designed simulation equipment.
Lara Miller, Head of Operations – Education and Training at CareFlight, said: "Our Remote Trauma Course is not just about imparting skills; it is about fostering a culture of preparedness and resilience within remote communities."

What sets this course apart is its focus on inclusivity and cultural sensitivity. The recent RTC in Katherine not only tackled typical trauma scenarios encountered in the Territory but also incorporated interactive learning methods like storytelling and yarning circles to resonate with participants from diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
Local clinic staff in Katherine expressed gratitude for the course, stating: "This course went beyond imparting knowledge; it instilled confidence and empowered us to be effective first responders in our communities."

Viva Energy has enthusiastically joined as a co-sponsor for the RTC and extended its support to various other community courses, demonstrating a commitment to supporting positive change, including initiatives in the Northern Territory such as CareFlight's Sick and Injured Kids in the Bush and Infant Care Workshop.
Jo Powell, Community Manager at Viva Energy, stated: "We are proud to partner with CareFlight in their mission to enhance emergency response capabilities in remote communities. This collaboration aligns with Viva Energy’s commitment to support initiatives that improve access to community services, particularly in remote locations where access to healthcare resources can be challenging."

Viva Energy's long-standing support for CareFlight includes being the main fuel supplier and naming rights partner for the CareFlight NT Rescue Helicopter. They have also been dedicated supporters of the Indigenous Employment Pathway Traineeship Program and scholarship initiatives.
Both CareFlight and Viva Energy remain steadfast in their commitment to driving positive change and fostering partnerships that empower individuals and communities to thrive, especially in remote regions.

About CareFlight

CareFlight is an Australian aeromedical charity established in 1986. It is the primary aeromedical, search and rescue service in the Top End of the Northern Territory and delivers a broad range of services including emergency, rescue and patient care and transport. CareFlight’s mission is to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community by taking a hospital-level of care directly to patients. CareFlight doctors and nurses use helicopters, turbo-prop and jet aircraft and road vehicles throughout Australia and internationally. Medical teams are specially trained to care for seriously injured people who need emergency treatment at the scene of an accident and seriously ill people who need to be moved between hospitals for specialist care. 

Website: www.careflight.org   
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CareFlightTopEnd
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CareFlight_NT   

About Viva Energy

Viva Energy (ASX: VEA) is a leading convenience retailer, commercial services and energy infrastructure business, with a history spanning more than 120 years in Australia. The Group operates a convenience and fuel network of more than 700 stores across Australia, and exclusively supplies Shell fuels and lubricants to a total network of more than 1,300 service stations.

Viva Energy owns and operates the strategically located Geelong Refinery in Victoria, and operates bulk fuels, aviation, bitumen, marine, chemicals, polymers and lubricants businesses supported by more than 20 terminals and 60 airports and airfields across the country

Our community program aims to have a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.  We support programs that seek to improve access to community services and enhance First Nations employment.

For more information visit www.vivaenergy.com.au/community

Image courtesy of CareFlight