Built to give back
We never set out to be a big corporate business. We set out to help, empower and inspire, and make first aid more accessible to more parents. We were established with the ambitious aim of giving every parent access to first aid knowledge - even if it meant providing free sessions pro bono. That philosophy still underpins how we operate today.
The Parentmedic Movement is the first organisation to democratise first aid and break down the socio-economic barriers to first aid information.
And, we are the first organisation dedicated to measuring the impact of this access, particularly in reducing the burden on local health services and emergency departments. Through our work, more parents will be able to help their unwell child out of hours, and know if and when to present to hospital. (See Our research [link to Research section below])
All our Educators and Licencees are encouraged to provide discounted or pro bono services to disadvantaged communities. Our educators have run sessions in prisons, in youth mothers groups, and for families experiencing crisis. We provide training to not for profits such as Save The Children, Salvation Army and Launch Housing for the homeless.
Our philosophy is locals teaching locals.
Just some of the ways we support and empower communities includes:
- Free sessions to all Ronald McDonald Houses, for families of seriously ill children.
- Free sessions in libraries and swimming pools
- We run sessions in Mandarin, and aim to deliver first aid in many other languages.
- We provide culturally-sensitive programs to Aboriginal communities.
Our measurable outcomes
We achieve measurable outcomes and pursue ongoing research.
Measurement and assessment is a core part of how we provide our training. We measure our clients’ knowledge and confidence levels before and after a session; and just as importantly, we measure the impact of this knowledge once they’re back in real life.
This measurement is invaluable not only to continuously improve our training but to demonstrate the impact of our training on reducing the burden on public health services such as hospitals and after hours services.
We are passionate about strengthening further research into measurable outcomes and are currently pursuing options with universities to expand this research.
We are open to participating in research projects and have the capacity to do so, with 100 Licenced Educators serving thousands of parents, and measurable systems in place. Contact us [link to contact form] if you’d like to discuss research projects.
Reducing the burden on the health system
We’ve already found a substantial increase in confidence in parents about when and if to present to Emergency Departments, and a decrease in using EDs for minor issues.
As part of our work, we educate community members where to seek help if their child is unwell, what services are available and when to seek which service.
The outcome of additional education is:
- The parent is more confident to know what service to seek and when
- The parent is able to identify a deteriorating child and therefore seek help earlier preventing dramatic decline in child’s health and presentation to emergency departments
- The parent is able to have a source of trusted information rather than using un-trustworthy services or websites.
We know from health data that emergency departments are bombarded with individuals who are new to the country or from lower socio economic areas.
We are committed to reaching and educating these communities, through non-intimidating training in their own language. We are proudly “locals teaching locals”.
From day one we have been continuously advocating with government and government agencies to promote the need for parents to have better access to information-only first aid.
We have met with councils, social services, and the Department of Health, to advocate and be the voice for parents who lack the opportunity to learn basic child health, safety and first aid.
In our free community sessions, and in our contact with health agencies, we are supporting parents, opening up opportunities for parents and democratising first aid.
We are passionate about the need for information-only first aid, and for ensuring that the information provided by first aid professionals is current, correct and regulated. (See more on how we work as a peak body