Community Health Support (CHS) launched its 24/7 First-Line Medical Response Service a few short months ago. Since then over 1500 households have registered, and CHS is receiving multiple calls per day for medical response and advice. In addition to its response service, CHS has continued to provide free first aid training for community members and organisations, provided communal event coverage and consulted to community sites and synagogues to ensure that their AEDs, first aid kits and procedures are maintained.
A huge leap forward has been the donation of a dedicated vehicle for CHS volunteers to utilise for responding to medical incidents in the community. The branded vehicle, which has been dubbed “Rescue Rover” after an online poll, has helped solidify CHS’s presence in the community as a professional first response service. Two additional vehicles will be on the road before the end of the month. One is thanks to a generous donor and the other is part of a federal government grant. The Stronger Communities Program supports the Australian government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. CHS was successful in round eight of this initiative as nominated by Allegra Spender MP.
Executive director Jesse Lenn said: “We are so proud to unveil a fleet of dedicated CHS response vehicles, which help ensure our first responder volunteers are fully equipped and able to respond promptly to administer lifesaving treatment to members of our community.”
The inclusive ethos of CHS has allowed it to amass a pool of over 60 volunteers across Sydney. This includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals, as well as community members who have committed themselves to training to become advanced first responders, completing a Certificate II in Medical Service First Response.
CHS chair Jeff Engelman remarked: “I am so heartened with the community’s immediate and overwhelming support and warm reception of CHS. Our success would not be possible without our outstanding volunteers, generous donors and buy-in from over 25 communal organisations, including CSG and JewishCare, with whom we work closely.”
You can call CHS 24/7 on 1300 247 679 (CHS NSW) for any medical incident that requires a response or advice.
For more information visit www.chsnsw.org.au