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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
In the lead-up to 2002 Bali bombings, Dr Wood’s team ran an exercise on one of Woodside’s oil platforms off the north-west shelf, teaching the paramedical teams and first aiders burns management. 22 Project Manager • COVER STORY do in a disaster, or do it as close to the same as we possibly can, then we’re more efficient.” Part of the disaster response plan was working out just how to implement the training – a major project in itself. “We had a list of recommendations about training, looking especially at education opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone,” said Dr Wood. For example, the Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) course offers a multidisciplinary approach, teaching participants what the priorities are for police or fire and rescue, and what their roles and priorities are. The course provides a framework to work in that is away from the processes and people participants work with on daily bases. “It teaches you how to interact with other agencies,” Dr Wood said. Project: public education As well as training the professionals, effectively managing a disaster means educating the public – those people who will be first on the scene and are not necessarily health professionals. “ You know, I consider the first responder to be the person there. I became very passionate about first-aid, to be honest, because I saw people doing extraordinar y things that saved lives and that saved the quality of life. “ We thought: ‘Okay, if we want to upskill people who are in the frontline response then we need to educate them’, so we decided to start a burns management program so people understand the nuances of the first 24 hours of burns, and we do a lot of teaching.” In the lead-up to the 2002 Bali bombings, Dr Wood’s team ran an exercise on one of Woodside’s oil platforms off the north-west
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