Accessing the unconscious patient’s phone

A correspondent from St John Ambulance (I’m not sure of which state) says: A colleague mentioned that they recently attended a patient, who I presume was unconscious, and had used the patient’s thumbprint to access their locked iPhone, allowing them to call a relative and obtain the patient’s past medical history. They were also able […]

Assisting NSW police with a search warrant

A correspondent with NSW SES asks questions that I am assured are entirely hypothetical rather than relating to actual event.   Perhaps an interesting training room discussion? On conducting a Search Warrant on a private residence, the NSW Police find they are unable to access the ceiling space.  They call the SES for assistance. Can the […]

Operating a “Rail Emergency Response Unit”

A correspondent asks Is it legislated that a rail operator must provide an emergency service such as Rail Emergency Response Unit to respond to rail related incidents within the Sydney Metro area? For the Sydney Rail Emergency Response Unit see their FaceBoook page at There is no specific legislation that says a rail operator must […]

ADF medics and drugs

This is a long question, so I’ve broken it up with answers and comments along the way. I have just finished reading serval of your posts relating to “What is a paramedic’s authority to practice”? (19 August 2014) and “Doctors Delegating authority to carry drugs” (20 August 2014). I found the explanation of “authority to […]

A new publication

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new text – Disaster Health Management: Primer for Students and Practitioners (Routledge).   As the attached flyer says: Edited by Gerry FitzGerald, Queensland University of Technology, Mike Tarrant, Queensland University of Technology, Peter Aitken, Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University, and Marie Fredriksen, Queensland University of Technology. Disaster Health Management is the first […]