A Mental Health Action Plan within Wilderness First Aid

Mr Adam Kershaw1

1Survive First Aid

As a Wilderness First Aid provider Survive has recently introduced a new session within our courses to address the importance of mental health in the outdoors, and how to appropriately respond to anyone who has had a traumatic event or a emotional mental health episode. After speaking with industry operators the importance of training in Mental Health First Aid within the outdoors seems as important as training for wounds, burns, fractures etc. As such we have started to introduce teaching M.A.N.E.R.S which is a psychological first aid model developed by Ambulance Victoria. The model helps provide an action plan for either coping with a traumatic event or for helping someone who is having an emotional mental health episode.

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Adam is an experienced expedition leader that has lead expeditions within Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, South America, Asia and Central Asia for over 15 years. Originally from southern Africa he worked in Australia as the ‘Operations Manager’ of a large overseas expedition company for seven years, he was responsible for the safety and training of all participants and leaders prior to their month long expeditions.

He is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and the CEO of Survive First Aid, an Australian based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which specialises in Wilderness and Remote Area medical training and is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Trainer.

He is married with two children and loves adventure travel, is an avid skier, mountain biker and former white water rafting guide who would really like to be a better surfer!

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Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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