Every minute counts at a traumatic incident, and those minutes are even more precious when medical services are hundreds of kilometres away in rural and regional Australia.

CareFlight and Nutrien Ag Solutions today launched a new partnership that will upskill people in regional communities with life-saving skills in 180 locations across Australia.

“First responders, whether local passers-by, farmers or others may need to help sustain life for trauma patients until professional medical help arrives. Over more than 37 years, our teams have experienced first-hand how important those first few minutes after an accident can be,” says CareFlight CEO Mick Frewen.

“Through the Emergency Trauma Training initiative, CareFlight’s team of clinical professionals will deliver training that’s practical and targeted to those working in the agriculture industry.”

Nutrien Ag Solutions Head of Safety Richard Dovison says the more people that have these skills in their toolbox, the more lives that can be saved.

“According to SafeWork Australia, the fatality rate on Australian farms is almost eight times higher than the rate across other industries,” says Mr Dovison.

“The facts are very clear on the high-risk profile associated with working in agriculture. Failure to address these unenviable statistics will result in no improvement in the safety and health of regional communities. So, the goal for us is clear, we will help equip our ag communities with essential skills and training to protect lives and reduce fatalities.”

Mr Dovison says their 4,000 employees and farmer customers across the country work with heavy machinery, large animals and in isolated locations every day, often hundreds of kilometres from the nearest hospital or emergency clinic.

“Everyday regional Australians often find themselves at the frontline of emergency incidents, so we want to make sure our communities are prepared and confident to take the right actions that could save a life.”

The training sessions will be held over the next three years.

Click here to read how farmer David Cockbain was able to put his trauma care training in to practice.

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About Nutrien Ag Solutions

With 4,000 employees across Australia, Nutrien Ag Solutions is the largest provider of agricultural services and inputs to farmers in Australia. Nutrien operates across every corner of the country and is a key member of the rural and regional communities in which we live and work.