BHP supports St John WA with purchase of lifesaving equipment for wider Goldfields region

BHP and St John
  • St John’s Kambalda Sub Centre has received more than $36,000 from BHP’s Nickel West Kambalda project for the purchase and installation of a Corpuls3 monitor and defibrillator,
  • The advanced defibrillator equipment allows for the continued provision of high-quality emergency services in the wider Goldfields region,
  • The new equipment offers a much wider range of healthcare management options for patients during the 45-minute trip from Kambalda to Kalgoorlie.

BHP Nickel West Kambalda is supporting St John WA with servicing the wider Goldfields community, after committing more than $36,000 for the purchase and installation of a Corpuls3 monitor and defibrillator for the local sub centre.

A Corpuls3, a state-of-the-art defibrillator system, supports continual monitoring of patients during the 45-minute trip from Kambalda to Kalgoorlie. This piece of lifesaving equipment is an upgrade from the previously used Phillips Heart Start FR3 monitor.

St John’s Kambalda Sub Centre forms part of St John WA’s country network, which covers the largest area of any single ambulance service in the world. The Kambalda volunteers service half of the Shire of Coolgardie region, spanning 18,423 square kilometres.

The provision of this new piece of equipment from BHP means the St John WA volunteers in Kambalda can continue to deliver the highest quality of care across the region. BHP has been proactive in approaching the St John Kambalda team to discuss how they can support, working towards a common goal of supporting the healthcare needs of the local community.

The funding was obtained following a meeting at a community event between the Kambalda Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services Captain, also a BHP employee, and the St John Kambalda Sub Centre Chairperson. With the community in mind, the process quickly began to secure the new state-of-the-art equipment.

Kambalda Sub Centre Chairperson, Tammee Keast said they are so grateful to receive funding and support from the Kambalda BHP operations.

“We hope this will be the start of a fantastic working relationship to continually improve the emergency services in our community. It’s only through the support of local organisations like BHP that we are able to continue to offer and improve our service,” said Mrs Keast.

“As a remote sub centre, we often have to travel long distances with our patients. Having the most advanced technologies on hand ensures we can continue to provide high-quality emergency medical care to our community.”

BHP Kambalda Operations Manager, Dan Gray said they were pleased to be able to fund the purchase and installation of this advanced defibrillator for the local community.

“St John WA’s work in the regional areas of our state is expansive. We appreciate the hard work the volunteers put in, specifically in the wider Goldfields area. We feel privileged to be able to support the Kambalda Sub Centre so they can continue the amazing work they do in the community and the support they provide to our mine sites,” said Mr Gray.

There are 160 St John Ambulance locations operating in country Western Australia, serviced by more than 3200 dedicated volunteer ambulance officers.

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19 August 2021

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