Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference (ROAR) 2021
The Rural Outback and Remote Paramedic Conference is designed specifically for paramedics and allied health professionals working in rural, outback and remote locations.
The Integrated Model – challenges and the response to Tropical Cyclone Seroja
This presentation will discuss The Integrated Model that is used in Western Australia. More specifically, the region that Maxi covers at present – Exmouth to Shark Bay and the challenges involved. Maxi will discuss how the model works and what roles are carried out by the Community Paramedics in regions such as this. Not only is it a clinical role but has many different aspects from Training, Local Emergency Management through to Wellbeing Support. The Volunteer component of this model faces many challenges including resource availability, distances covered and location/environmental factors. The preparation and response to Tropical Cyclone Seroja and how it led Maxi from preparation in Exmouth to response in Kalbarri – 800kms away, will also be discussed.
Biography: Maxi McDonald
Maxi is 38 years old, originally from Kilkenny, Ireland and has been living in Western Australia for just over 15 years now. Maxi’s journey with St. John started almost 10 years ago and since qualifying he has spent the majority of his Paramedic career in rural Western Australia with secondments in Volunteer Education and as a Community Paramedic. Maxi thoroughly enjoys the Community Paramedic role and the challenges that come with it, which can be quite diverse depending on the location. Outside of work, Maxi likes to switch off down at the coast, catch up with friends and get away camping.