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My very good friend Rod Ward and I are going to Tassie for two weeks in late October this year on the Black Dog Ride. We have formed Team Desiderata (redux) and aim to raise funds for Mental Health First Aid training to help combat depression and suicide.
ROD AND I NEED YOUR HELP!
I'd say everyone, or nearly everyone is affected in some way by depression or worse, by suicide. It may not be something we have experienced ourselves but we probably know someone in our family, in our friendship network, amongst our work colleagues, someone we volunteer with or someone in our local community who has been affected.
Depression and thoughts of suicide are insidious and isolating. People feel trapped and afraid to reach out for help. But as individuals and as a community we can do so much to help those who silently suffer and one of the best ways is to start a conversation and to listen non-judgementally. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Please help the Black Dog Ride raise $200,000 to fund five hundred scholarships for Mental Health First Aid training.
Team Desiderata is trying to contribute to the larger cause by setting our target at $2000. Any amount, no matter how small cumulatively makes a difference, so please take a moment to help us reach our goal.
Alternatively just text 'DESIDERATA' to 0437 371 371.
Much appreciated!
Cheers
Roger Fance
Founder and Principal Instructor
First Aid for Motorcyclists
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After a short absence from delivering courses in Victoria, we are very pleased to announce that David Paterson, based in Melbourne, has joined our band of Motorcycle Accident Management Instructors. He will shortly be scheduling courses in Victoria and Tasmania. David rides a Triumph Tiger 800 XCa, a very nice bit of kit! He is also very active in the community including with Surf Lifesaving Australia.
Welcome aboard David!
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Recently, First Aid for Motorcyclists was selected as one of the Top 100 motorcycle blogs on the Internet. This was based on based on the followingFeedspot criteria:
Google reputation and Google search rankingInfluence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sitesQuality and consistency of posts.Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
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Hot on the heels of our new American Instructor James Reif, Kim Zidarich has joined our team as Instructor for South Australia!
Kim brings a wealth of experience teaching for the Australian Red Cross and in a variety of other adult learning environments. Combined with her passion for adventure motorcycling on her BMW 650 GS she is ideally placed to continue the Motorcycle Accident Management training program in South Australia. She is based in Adelaide but is able to travel to regional areas too.
More about Kim at http://www.firstaidformotorcyclists.com.au/our-instructors
Keep an eye out on our website in the coming weeks as we complete her induction and begin to schedule courses in South Australia.
Welcome aboard Kim!
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We are thrilled to announce that First Aid for Motorcyclists has gone International !
James Reif has joined the FAFM team as our first Instructor in the USA. James lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania and has been teaching First Aid for the Red Cross and for his Company for many years. His day job is as a Research Chemist in a pharmaceutical company. He is also heavily involved in the local community making a positive impact in people's lives through a range of activities including the Boy Scouts. James rides a Harley Davidson Road King and is an active member of the American Motorcycle Association. James has witnessed and responded to numerous motorcycle accidents and is keen to improve the public's awareness of the potential consequences of the choices they make.
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First Aid for Motorcyclists receive regular enquiries from all around Australia about when we are bringing the Motorcycle Accident Management course to their area.
As a result, we are seeking new Instructors to take the course forwards.
Earn supplementary income and make a real difference in the motorcycle community to reduce the road toll and consequences of serious injury.
For more informationclick here
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A big welcome to Charles Linsley, our new Queensland Instructor!
Charles started riding motorcycles as a means of cheap transport to work, and since then has become an active rider.
In 2012 Charles did his first long distance ride to Alice Springs on the Black Dog Ride, raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
Since then, as a Black Dog Rider, he has undertaken a number of rides, including a lap of Australia and a coast to coast ride across the United States. He is also an active member of the British Motorcycle Owners Association, Mackay.
Charles has coordinated a number of rides and is highly conscious of the need for ride safety and first aid training for motorcycle injuries.
Charles is also an accredited instructor with Mental Health First Aid Australia.
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We received this video from Graham Huggins who attended our Motorcycle Accident Management course on the Gold Coast last year and was recently at the scene of a motorbike accident.
The casualty suffered spinal injuries. Once the paramedics became aware Graham had been through our specialised training, they asked him to remove the helmet while they assisted because he had the knowledge and skills to do it correctly. The casualty had a bleeding nose before the emergency helmet removal commenced. The injured rider's Bluetooth microphone initially caused a slight problem until it was cleared out of the way. After that it was a textbook, two-person emergency helmet removal.
We'd like to congratulate Graham for his calm demeanor and investing in the training necessary to help his fellow rider. Both Graham and the casualty who is now recovering have given us permission to use this material.
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We are very pleased to announce Paul Elliott has joined the team as our new Senior Instructor for Victoria.
Paul is an experienced critical care trauma nurse and motorcycle enthusiast. He understands the importance of pre-hospital care in the event of an accident and has experience as a medical team member on multi day bike rides during which he carried out roadside management of injured riders.
He divides his professional career between working as an intensive care nurse (trauma) in a major metropolitan hospital and the delivery of nursing education. His background in emergency nursing and critical care, where the consequences of motorcycle incidents are regularly experienced, has ignited his passion to train motorcyclists to manage road accidents and to educate riders in first aid skills.
Paul will be delivering our Motorcycle Accident Management training in Melbourne and elsewhere in Victoria on a regular monthly basis.
Welcome aboard Paul!
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This is an interview of Tracy Hughes, Principal Instructor for First Aid For Motorcyclists, by Greg Hirst of the TV show Temporary Australians on Channel One aired in December 2015
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