GoodSAM is the world's most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform.
GoodSAM is set up to work with ambulance and pre-hospital services to enable qualified bystanders to provide life saving care in emergencies.
The app enables those with a Royal Life Saving First Aid certificate to register on the app and help the community.
GoodSAM is also the world's largest public AED Registry, and have also launched the world’s first mobile AED tracking system.
The app allows alerters to dial the emergency services, and at the same time notify nearby qualified responders (including those with a First Aid certificate) of a medical emergency.
By alerting responders of an emergency, GoodSAM connects those in need with those who have the skills to provide critical help before the emergency services arrive.
Royal Life Saving Queensland is the first Queensland organisation to register with GoodSAM.
Holders of a current Royal Life Saving Queensland First Aid certificate are able to register as a responder on the app.
Please consider downloading the app and registering as an Alerter or Responder.
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New research reveals about as many as one‐in‐six people who swim in rivers is under the influence of alcohol.
A study conducted by RLSS and James Cook University surveyed locals and tourists at four river locations (one in Queensland).
Researchers used a breathalyser to gauge if people were swimming under the influence of alcohol.
A total of 684 people were surveyed and breathalysed across 16 days at the four research sites.
Amy Peden (National Manager of Research and Policy) said the study found 16 percent (1 in 6) of swimmers recorded a positive blood alcohol content (BAC) and seven percent were over the legal driving limit.
In the past decade, 1,995 men have drowned. Men are four times more likely to drown than women, with males accounting for 80% of all drowning deaths.
A culture of risk taking behaviour among men can be dangerous around water, and when combined with alcohol and/or drugs it is often fatal.
Almost a quarter (24%) of male drowning deaths involved alcohol alone. Of the men who had been drinking and subsequently drowned, 67% would have failed a random breath test with a recorded a blood alcohol content above 0.05%.
Tips For Looking Out For Your Mates:
Stand up to your mates if they suggest swimming or taking out a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
"Woah, easy there. Where do you think you're going? Not in your state mate."
Suggest alternative activities away from the water when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Challenge your mates to a round of ping pong, watch your favourite sport on the tele, or take a good ol' nap.
Enjoying the water before any drugs alcohol consumed
Not leaving them alone if they’re under the influence around water
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