About EMR – Bealiba

LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
Call 000 then 0438 580 426
To talk to a EMR Vehicle
On the Road: UHF12.

Emergency Medical Response is a Privately Held FREE Volunteer Community Pre-Ambulance Emergency Medical Care Service and local provider of Event First Aid, Fire and Stand-by Emergency Medical Response Services. We are equipped to respond to cardiac and respiratory emergencies and provide FREE assistance to calls for help from community members in areas surrounding Bealiba, Dunolly, Moliagul, Tarnagulla, Emu, Archdale and Natte Yallock.

In a life threatening or time critical Medical Emergency please call: 000, or 112 from your mobile, for an Ambulance.

Emergency Medical Response is ready to respond to any type of local incident and provide the Emergency Medical Care needed until our handover to Ambulance Victoria for transport to Hospital. We don’t listen to radio scanners or chase after incident reports on the internet. If you need help or see an accident that requires medical assistance call: 000, or 112 from your mobile.

Ambulance Victoria provides pre-hospital care for patients experiencing medical emergencies and is also the only organisation in Victoria permitted to provide Emergency Medical Transport to Hospital by road and air.

As a local rural organisation ourselves, we know how hard it is for rural event organisers to find all the money needed to run events and we are more than happy to provide First Aid Coverage and Stand-by Emergency Medical Response Services coverage at Market Days or Street Festivals from as little as $242.00 inc. GST / day for low risk events (subject to availability). We are also available ON-CALL for any Emergencies within the Shire.

We carry $2 million Professional Indemnity / Medical Malpractice and $10 million Public and Products Liability insurance coverage. Our crew of volunteer responders work under the direction and guidance of our in-house PAEIMA accredited Extreme Sports Medic & EMT-Advanced Care Technician. All volunteers are covered by our own Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Cover. A volunteer reimbursement policy is also in place to ensure that our Volunteers do not incur “out of pocket” expenses in their volunteering role.

 

 

Why EMR – Bealiba?

It simply comes down to the location of Dunolly, Dunluce, Mount Hooghly, Archdale Junction, Archdale, Dalyenong, Bealiba, Emu, Cochranes Creek, Goldsborough, Inkerman, Painswick, Moliagul, Murphys Creek, Tarnagulla and Waanyarra and surrounding areas have in relation to the current Ambulance Stations. These areas are all located in a dead zone between all the current major Ambulance Stations.

Data recently released by the Heart Foundation shows the CENTRAL Goldfields Shire had the highest rate of heart attack in the state from 2007-08 to 2011-12, with an average of 17 heart attacks per 10,000 persons.

In a life threatening or time critical Medical Emergency please call: 000, or 112 from your mobile.

The Ambulance Victoria Stations marked on the map portion below with a Blue Square have Multiple Paramedic Crews – ALS, while the filled in Grey Circles are Single Paramedic – ALS + ACO (On Call Night Shift). The Green Circle represents the approximate location of the Emergency Medical Response operations base in Bealiba.

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It is simply impossible due to the distance for a Priority 0 (Code 1) Ambulance to get to Bealiba within 20 minutes from any of the current Ambulance Stations in Maryborough, Avoca, St Arnaud, Inglewood, Castlemaine or Bendigo. A call to ESTA on 000 normally takes about 4 minutes to complete and a page to be sent out to the responding unit. EMRs response time within Bealiba is as low as 4 minutes.

In February 2013, it took nearly 40 minutes for three AV Ambulances and the HEMS3 (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) to arrive after EMR at a car versus a tree single @+70km/hour vehicle car accident in Bealiba with three occupants with one having serious difficulty in breathing in the back seat due to seat belt fractures of their right seventh and eighth ribs, a partially deflated lung and a Lacerated Liver (with internal bleeding).

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In December 2014, it took nearly 35 minutes for a Ambulance Victoria ALS Ambulance and the HEMS3 (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) to arrive at an explosion in Bealiba where a male had suffered full circumference burns to both legs and arms as well as his face and was flown to the Alfred Hospital. The St Arnaud Ambulance crew took 34 minutes to arrive with HEMS3 out of Bendigo taking 35 minutes to be heard overhead. This delay was simply due to Bealiba’s location in relation to these Ambulance Victoria resources, but every minute was felt by the patient who was in extreme pain with a pain score of 10 out of 10.

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Ambulance Performance
and Policy Consultative Committee

In January 2015, the Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee was established. The Hon Jill Hennessy MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulances Services chairs the Committee, bringing paramedics and a range of key organisations together with Ambulance Victoria to improve Ambulance Victoria’s service performance and culture.

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In March 2015, the committee released an interim report that included emergency response times for 2013-14, which were withheld by the previous government. The report found that in recent years almost 60 per cent of all emergency calls were classified as code one, but paramedics found on arrival that such a response was not required. It also revealed paramedics reported considerable fatigue and low morale, and close to 45 per cent of ambulance officers said last year they would not recommend the service as a good place to work.

The report recommends greater collaboration between health services for emergency patient care, improving community awareness about when to call triple-0 and better training to improve call-taking and dispatch services.

The table below shows the response times for Ambulance Victoria’s St Arnaud, Maryborough, Avoca and Inglewood Branches.

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Response time percentile – What does it mean?

A response time percentile is a measure that tells us what percentage of patients experienced a response time at or below a certain time. For example, a 50th percentile (also known as the median) of 20 minutes means that 50 per cent of patients experience a response time of 20 minutes or less. Similarly a 90th percentile of 60 minutes means that 90 per cent of patients experience a response time of 60 minutes or less.

In other words, for 90% of us in Dunolly, it may take up to 30 minutes 47 seconds for a Code 1 Maryborough Ambulance to reach us and up to 60 minutes and 6 seconds if the emergency is less acute (Code 2).

When we look at Bealiba, for 90% of us in Bealiba the response time percentile worsens when you consider that a ambulance may arrive from St Arnaud or Avoca instead. It is simply impossible, due to the distance, for a Code 1 Ambulance to get to Bealiba within 20 minutes from any of the current Ambulance Stations in Maryborough, Avoca, St Arnaud or Inglewood.

In a life threatening or time critical Medical Emergency please call: 000 or 112 from your mobile for an Ambulance. 

A call to ESTA on 000 may take about 4 minutes to complete and a page to be sent out to the responding unit. The Emergency Medical Response response time within Bealiba is as low as 4 minutes and Dunolly just 14 minutes if we are available to respond. You can also talk to a Emergency Medical Response Vehicle On the Road on UHF12 as we do monitor the local Dunolly UHF Talk Channel when out and about.

The Committee’s full interim report that details the challenges facing ambulance services in Victoria and the reform opportunities for the future can be found at:
http://docs.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/Ambulance-Performance-and-Policy-Consultative-Committee-Interim-Report

In a life threatening or time critical Local Medical Emergency please call: 000 or 112 from your mobile for an Ambulance. Then call: 0438 580 426 for FREE Volunteer Pre-ambulance Emergency Care from Emergency Medical Response (if available) while waiting for the Ambulance to arrive in areas surrounding Bealiba, Dunolly, Moliagul, Tarnagulla, Emu, Archdale and Natte Yallock in Central Goldfields Victoria.

While we operate as a privately held business in order to maintain our vehicles and medical supplies, we still need help from the community to keep our Community Response vehicles on the road.

If we’ve helped someone you know, or if you simply would like to support our FREE Volunteer Community Pre-Ambulance Emergency Medical Care Service, please click on the Donate button below and show your support!

EMR receives no government or shire funding and is funded solely from the proceeds of Event Services, First Aid Training, the sale of First Aid Kits and Defibrillators, and critically, the generosity of people just like you!

We carry $2 million Professional Indemnity / Medical Malpractice and $10 million Public and Products Liability insurance coverage.

Base Location:

Emergency Medical Response
44 Reeces Rd, Bealiba VIC 3475

Hours: 24/7 365 Days a year

LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
Call 000 then 0438 580 426
To talk to a EMR Vehicle On the Road: UHF12