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

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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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Desert Change

Jan 24, 2017

Desert Change – President Pat Goes to the Red Centre

When he accepted the nomination for his fourth year as President, Pat Taylor expected to be a Bicheno resident for years to come. But lives change, and interesting job offers come up rapidly, so within six weeks of our AGM Pat had been offered his dream job as a first aid instructor with St John Ambulance in Alice Springs. He’ll be running courses in a wide area of central Australia, getting used to big skies rather than broad oceans, and talking more about snakebite and heat stroke than diving emergencies.

So, the lifetime beach boy has become the desert man.

Pat joined the VAOAT Board as Vice President in 2011, and then took over as President when Pam Fanning retired in 2014. His time as President has been characterised by quiet diplomacy and achievement: everybody likes Pat and feels they can talk to him. Many of the Board members consider him a good friend, and his wise counsel is often sought. His presidency continued the strong relationship with Ambulance Tasmanian management, and he is respected by all who have dealt with him.

Pat Taylor has also been in SES longer than his 20+ years as a VAO at Bicheno, and is enormously well known and liked in the district. They will miss him at least as much as we in the VAOAT will. The measure of Pat’s contribution as President is that he has left an organisation strong and resilient, and able to cope with his sudden departure. Vice President Wayne Doran will step into the Presidency role in the short term, and the Board will co-opt a Vice President as necessary. We will keep members informed of any other Board changes.

To Pat Taylor we say an enormous thank-you. We have enjoyed your company, your wisdom and your contribution to the VAOAT. The community of Alice Springs is gaining a good man and citizen and we are sure they will appreciate it.

We hope you don’t miss the ocean too much. Thank-you, goodbye and good luck.

Dianne Coon


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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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Jeremy’s holiday on the road

Dec 31, 2016

Holidays for Jeremy Benson are not typical of your average university student – he doesn’t lounge around the house and he doesn’t backpack South East Asia. Nominated for a Tasmanian Young Achiever Award, Mr Benson spends his holidays tirelessly volunteering with Ambulance Tasmania in Wynyard.


At 27-years-old, the third year paramedic student has embarked on a long journey to be where he is today.

Mr Benson has been nominated for the Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service and Volunteering Award.

Humbled by his nomination, Mr Benson said there are many good volunteers who “do just as much” as he and are “equally deserving of recognition”.

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Gathering 2017

Applications are currently open for the 2017 Gathering. If your volunteer unit would like to apply to host this years gathering, can you please send an email to Dianne Coon at info@tasmanianambulancevolunteers.asn.au

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