St John Ambulance Papua New Guinea launches Paramedic Programme

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 14. December 2017

St John Ambulance has launched a Paramedic Programme, the first of its kind in Papua New Guinea. This programme aims to tackle some of the most challenging situations by bringing care to people when it is most needed, wherever it is needed.

Photo by St John Ambulance

The newly formed operations team work alongside specialist police and firefighters in performing their duties. Their first deployment was with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary during the National Election. The Paramedic Programme aims to address core areas which include providing effective care to trauma patients, and paramedics to help clinic staff in health centres to manage patients presenting with serious medical emergencies. 

Matthew Cannon, the Chief Officer of St John Ambulance Papua New Guinea said: "Paramedics are highly educated and skilled emergency health practitioners who bring advanced techniques to the scene of an emergency, be it roadside or a rural or remote clinic. These health professionals undertake a university degree followed by further specialist training with St John Ambulance."

St John Ambulance in Papua New Guinea is part of the Venerable Order of St John. Follow this link  to get more information about the work of our JOIN member in over 40 countries across the world.