St John Ambulance

Australia Presents New Ambulances To St John

Australian High Commission Minster Counsellor, Economics, Health and Infrastructure, Diane Barclay handed over the keys to St John Chief Executive Officer, Matt Cannon at St John headquarters in Port Moresby on Wednesday 27 July.

The ambulances were funded by the Australian Government as part of the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership to boost St John’s capacity to address the high number of emergency responses in NCD, Central and Gulf provinces. 

St. John Ambulance Busy Saving Lives

Among routine emergency workloads like maternal cases, heart attacks, accidents and stroke, ambulance crews were extra busy responding to many people injured through violence.

Much of this violence was related to alcohol consumption.

On Wednesday night there have been multiple cases happening simultaneously in Lae and Kokopo, which exceeded ambulance availability and resulted in delays reaching all patients quickly.

SJA Marks 65 Years of Service

St John Ambulance has been supporting the local communities by operating and providing a free emergency ambulance service, first aid education and volunteer’s services.

These have proven to be vitally important in improving our healthcare and supporting better health outcomes for the people of PNG. 

SJA Marks 65 Years Of Service

St John Ambulance has been supporting the local communities by operating and providing a free emergency ambulance service, first aid education and volunteer’s services.

These have proven to be vitally important in improving our healthcare and supporting better health outcomes for the people of PNG. 

Better equipped to save lives

The Advanced Life Support and Advanced Prehospital Trauma Care courses received earlier this month are internationally accredited. 

The courses were facilitated by Parasol EMT in collaboration with St John Ambulance and the PNG Society of Emergency Medicine.  

The courses included Advanced Life Support Level 1 (ALS1), Advanced Life Support Level 2 (ALS2) and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). The fifth day included an instructor course to prepare St John Ambulance doctors and nurses to facilitate future courses in Papua New Guinea.

SJA Officers Complete Induction

The course involves the trainees becoming competent in basic life support, defibrillation, resuscitation, emergency child birthing, and providing life support for other common medical emergencies including allergy, asthma, snakebite, bleeding, heart attack and stroke.

Having completed the induction course, the students now start their internship.
During the internship, the students work on ambulances under the supervision of a senior ambulance officer. They are mentored and will complete further studies and examination over the next 12 months.

CPL To Sell SJA First Aid Kits

St John Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Matt Canon said under the partnership, CPL will be selling a selected range of First Aid Kits in a first of its kind partnership between St. John and a retail pharmacy.

“We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with CPL, an organisation known nationally for their quality and reliability and helping people to access vital medical supplies across Papua New Guinea,” he said.

SJA Emergency Crew Attacked

This incident has prompted the Chair of St John, Dame Jean Kekedo to ask the government to make amendments to the St John Act of 1976, to make it illegal to obstruct or hinder ambulance officers performing their duties.

The incident happened at around 3.30am in Kaugere on Saturday, when an ambulance crew was responding to an emergency near the Kaugere basketball area. It was reported that two males who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, confronted the emergency crew.

Atlas Steel PNG Supports St John Ambulances

As part of their corporate social responsibility initiative, Atlas PNG contributes K1000 to St John Ambulance from the sale of every full-kit home.

The funding support will go towards assisting the St John Ambulance operations in its response to medical emergencies across PNG.

St John Chief Executive Officer, Matt Cannon, who received the cheque donation thanked Atlas Steel PNG for the generosity of the sponsorship.

“We acknowledge and thank kindly Atlas Steel for their generous contribution to the ambulance service,” said Mr Cannon.

EU Delegation, St John Renews Partnership

St John will also assist EU delegates with home medical services to help them access health care when it’s urgent, but not an emergency.  
In an important step to promoting emergency preparedness, St John is helping the EU in upgrading all its existing first aid kits and installing defibrillators (AEDs) at all its worksites in Port Moresby.