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Health Services at mass gatherings

For Event Health Services Providers

Elliot Williams

on 14 October 2012

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Transcript of Health Services at mass gatherings

A look at the good, the bad and the mostly emperical. Mass Gathering Health Services Why the paradigm shift? Need? Evidence? The value add... What is it? Savings to NSW Health System In 2012 Deloittes compiled a report on St John Ambulance Australia in an attempt to VALUE our contribution to NSW It showed that St John Ambulance NSW saved the State Government ~$55 million annually That's the same cost as:
-18,333 basic nights in hospital
-550 new ambulances
And is 157 times the annual donations received for the services that provide these savings. But wait, there's more! Event organisers like these services! On-site definitive care is fast becoming an expectation of not just the organiser, but also of other emergency services.
Low hospital transport rates are attractive to event organisers as it makes recurrent event applications easier if the event does not largely impact the surrounding health facilities. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!! Is there any actual benefit to patients?? Little evidence to suggest there is significant difference in outcomes for wound care, prescriptions, basic anti-emetic therapy and other basic services provided So, what are we doing to contribute to the literature?
More importantly, as the most dominant provider of event health services, should we be publishing more evidence? Elliot Williams B.Nurs
A/Deputy Superintendent, Major Events and Incidents Group
St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) CURRENT PROJECTS - Retrospective patient record reviews:
-Sydney Royal Easter Show 2010, 2011, 2012
-Tough Mudder 2012 ? Tip But if we look, we may find the picture is a whole lot bigger We may feel like we are half way there with knowing why we do what we do RESEARCH IS BORING!!! GOOD NEWS! Research has shown that by working with your friends, and understanding the potential benefit, research can be fun!
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