Welcome to our website

Welcome to the Volunteer Ambulance Officers Association of Tasmania website. Whether you are a long-standing member of the association,

a new volunteer or someone who is thinking about becoming a volunteer ambulance
officer, we hope you will find the site full of useful information.

“Making a Difference” – Tasmanian’s 600+ Volunteer Ambulance Officers

“Making a Difference” is a promotional video about the valuable work done by Tasmania’s 600+ volunteer ambulance officers.
The video was funded by the Australian

Notice Board

Care Flight MediSim program for 2017

Aug 31, 2017

To all our valued Volunteer Ambulance Officers,

The CareFlight MediSim trauma care workshops is running once again in 2017. CareFlight have been training Tasmanian first responders for the last five years and the program has been very popular amongst members wanting to get some additional skills and confidence in dealing with trauma patients on scene.

The Trauma Care workshop provides high quality, simulation based trauma care training to rescue volunteers in regional and rural Australia using experienced doctors, nurses and paramedics at no cost to the participants

 The workshop is designed to complement your current training and is run by medical professionals that are experienced in the pre-hospital. They use simulation techniques to teach participants hand-on practical tips in dealing with trauma patients.

 The locations and dates are as Follows

Swansea – Nov 23rd            

Port Arthur – Nov 25th    

Margate – Nov 26th        

George Town – Nov 28th  

North West Coast – Nov 30th                 

The course covers patient assessment on-scene, crush injury, airways management (with the equipment you use), Hemorrhage control, severe burns management & spinal injuries to name a few topics. The learning is brought together with a series of scenarios in the afternoon.


 The feedback from participants has been very positive and is highly sought after by agencies around Australia.

We are inviting Volunteer Ambulance Officers wanting to receive this specialist training from medical professionals. This is free of charge to you and your agency and you may not get another chance for this training for some time.

If you are interested please email Dale Brown VAOAT Representative to CareFlight at dale.brown@ambulance.tas.gov.au to provide your expression of interest. Please nominate your preferred location. If you are successful you will be emailed a Registration form to complete and Return.

For any further details please contact me on 0455 991 888

Kind Regards

Dale Brown

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Volunteer Ambulance Officers Association of Tasmania AGM 25th November 2017

Jul 12, 2017

As you may be aware, there will be no gathering held this year. VAOAT still need to run an AGM, this will be held at The Grange in Campbell Town starting at 10am sharp on Saturday the 25th November 2017.

The program will consist of a mini one day gathering with some items happening throughout the day. Morning Lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided and we will have you leaving by 4pm on the 25th.

The event will be open to all Ambulance Tasmania Volunteer’s and registration will be done via Eventbrite, and you will be advised in due course when registration’s will open. Normal VAOAT travel reimbursement will still apply, but VAOAT are encouraging normal car-pooling arrangements.

VAOAT are looking forward to see all Volunteers on the day.

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Scholarships for volunteers

May 27, 2017

Last week the Hon Michael Keenan MP., announced the commencement of the emergency management volunteer scholarship program. The program will boost education development opportunities to ensure volunteers and their agencies are best equipped to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Eligible volunteers can receive financial support to access accredited vocational and higher education qualifications in emergency and disaster management fields. They will receive up to $12,000 for completing vocational education and training and up to $25,000 for higher education.

For more information on the application process visit the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience website.


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May 17, 2017

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First Response

Feb 05, 2017

Vol 21 No 3 is currently available. Please go to the First Response tab to download this issue.

We are currently in the process of adding past issues. Watch this space for further details.

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Photos of Volunteers

Jan 05, 2017

VAOAT are currently updating our new website and we are keen to get photos of volunteers to enhance the site. If any Volunteers out there have photos of themselves, or members of their group in uniform, can you please email them to Leith at mcharryle@hotmail.com.

Please be aware that by sending me the email with photos, you are also authorising me and giving me the permission to use these photos on our website.

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