RFDS recruits do Virtual Reality training


New recruits practise emergency responses through the Virtual Reality Rescue program.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) new doctors and nurses from Broken Hill and Dubbo practised attending motor vehicle accidents with the other emergency services.

Examples of the scenarios the new medicos worked through was a single car accident where a car rolled over and a person needed extracting, another was a multi-vehicle accident with several patients requiring various levels of care.

Angus Perks a Doctor from the United Kingdom said it was great to do the virtual reality exercise as it helps work out how to work together with paramedics and ambulance officers, to assess the scene for safety and then how to approach, assess, and finally help the patients from the vehicles.

”It’s always exciting to get your hands on and have a play with tools but thankfully we won’t have to do it in a real situation,” he said.


A variety of training was given over the week according to RFDSSE Team Leader Emergency Services Peter Brendt.

“In six days we have simulated heart attacks, people stuck in farm machinery, patients trampled by horses, delivering babies and COVID-19 treatment,” Mr Brendt explained.

President of the VRA Rescuer NSW Dubbo Squad Neil Sturrock explained that the virtual reality exercises have everybody attending a scene in a better position operationally and can improve the outcome for those being rescued and treated during a real emergency.

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