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Soccer tournament

Soccer or football?

 

This was most definitely not a point of discussion on the 10th of August during a tournament hosted by the Amanzimtoti United football club.

 

PDA was selected as the Official service provider for the tournament after being referred by a Local ILS paramedic!  The day was great and we got to meet alot of people during the course of the day.  We were amazed by the level of skills that was being displayed from a very youn age!
Well done to the organizers and all the other parties involved!

Toti 7’s

PDA Health was proud to be involved with the Amanzimtoti High School’s first 7’s tournament on the 9th of August.

 

The day started off cold and gloomy but turned out as an amazing day with teams from 12 different schools battling it out for the glory of being crowned the champions!  In the end Port Natal Took the cup, Kuswag took the shield and Clifton took the Bowl trophy.
There were plenty of matches and we managed to assist with 45 injuries!!!

 

Well done to the school, organizers, referee’s and our team for a great job!

Local Heroes

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23 April 2019 was a humbling day for Amanzimtoti and its community when 42mm of water descended upon us from the heavens above.

 

Around 07h30 a urgent message went out on a local whatsapp group surrounding a collapsed house with people still inside of it.  Stefan, Dylan and Bhaja from PDA Health went out to assist with what was reported as a building collapse with entrapment. Upon arrival we found VEMA and other essential services on scene who reported that all the occupants were successfully evacuated. We were broken hear-ted as we had to see a family’s hard work and lives fall in bit by bit.

We were then advised of a patient in a bordering property who fell. The patient was found on his floor with a suspected spinal injury and a head wound, he was eventually transported to hospital. Thank you to everyone who helped! We also went and assisted with the removal of a collapsed tree that was blocking the road.

 

 

 

Valintines Day Doula

Bronwen, our in house Doula, Was blessed with the opportunity to be part of the team that went to spoil 20 son-to-be moms on Valentines day.  The team included Netcare Kingsway’ Clinical Facilitators, Netcare Ambulance Crews, a infant massage specialist and nurses.

 

The talk was covered in the South Coast Sun and the Fever newspapers and was hosted at the Choices for Life Pregnancy Resource Center.

 

Bronwen provided the mothers with information on natural Pain management techniques that wold make their birthing journey more enjoyable!

 

#superproud

Lords and Legends Night Series

PDA Health is extremely proud to have been selected as the official service provider for the Lords and Legends Night Series where all the local high schools and Primary schools played against each other bidding for the trophy!

 

The matches were played on 2 different venues (Hutchinson Park and Scottburgh Primary school) with the finals being played at Hutchinson park.

 

Kuswag Laërskool and Hoërskool came out as the victors of the tournament!!!

Accreditation Woes

Accreditation is the most essential part of establishing a standardized training environment.  But what happens when the accreditation process falls apart or too many fingers gets poked in the pie?

 

There has been alot of talk, especially in Amanzimtoti, surrounding who is and who isnt accredited. The problem with the new accreditation is that there are too many role player to start off with.  These include:

  • Department of Labour (Custodians of the OHASA under which First aid requirements falls)
  • Department of Higher Education and Training (Custodians of the Skills Development Act)
  • Health and Welfare SETA (Training Regulatory body for the Health and Welfare Sector)
  • Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (The new regulatory body)

 

Then there is the other SETA’s including the MERSETA, TETA, SASETA, Food and Bev SETA all of which was drawn into the process at some point.

 

To allow you to understand the mass confusion in this stages, you first need to understand the background on how we arrived at this point. And please note that I am paraphrasing…

  1. Past regulations were that a training provider was required to be accredited with the Department of Labour only
  2. A notice was issued by the Department of Labour during 2017 that training providers would be required to be accredited by the HWSETA (the QAP) and approved by the Department of labour IF the provider was accredited.
  3. A short while post the aforementioned notice, another notice was issued stating that Additional QAPs were now considered including the other seta’s mentioned.
  4. A new notice was then issued that training providers needs to register with the QCTO, who will appoint a QAP, and then with the department of labour to be considered as accredited.

Now here are a few concerns that we would like to make people aware of.

  • There are a lot of discussions happening on several different levels and platforms surrounding this process.  Each and every person we have spoken to claims that they understand and is completing the process. HOWEVER, when inquiring on the details of the process that they understand, there are very few similarities between the different understandings. Thus we are asking people NOT TO BELIEVE a training provider who is talking about the accreditation process as it seems like most of what we are discussing is speculative.
  • Upon contacting the QCTO, PDA was telephonic advised that the QCTO has not yet developed the criteria or materials for the First aid and therefor training providers need to submit their application to the QCTO whom will the instruct the HWSETA to do a site visit and inspection and provide a report to the QCTO who will then do the accreditation.
  • This doesn’t seem like a problem but the issue comes in 2 sections. 1. According to our understanding, First aid Level 1 and 2 will “remain” with the HWSETA (no talks on the level 3 yet) till the QCTO has developed the unit standard but once that happens the provider would have to seek re-accreditation.  This will happens even if the original application was submitted to the QCTO who delegated to the HWSETA.  2. there are costs involved with each of the separate processes, either directly or indirectly, and if the criteria of the 2 organizations isnt aligned the training provider will have to spend all the money again which will have a roll over effect on that of the costs of the courses
  • According to several speculations, there wont be any individual unit standards like first aid level 1 (US119567) but the first aid will have to be completed as part of a entire qualification.  This will mean that candidates will have to complete several modules before receiving a certificate which would have included first aid.  Others have stated that at this point First aid will still be a stand alone course but the time frames will be adjusted.  If the latter stands true, candidates would be required to receive 15 hours of classroom training (for level 1)PLUS an addition 35 hours of nominal hours which could include workpieces, assessments, practical training etc etc.  So, yes, instead of spending 2.5 days with PDA you will have to spend approx 50hours to complete the course.  If the full qualifications are considered, we have heard numbers being thrown around like 3months of full time training.  This in itself would be financially problematic for the providers and clients as course prices would be around R9800-R15200 approx just to allow the client to comply with the GSR3.
  • We have also been told by another service provider that only people with relevant degree’s will be allowed to register for the relevant qualification.  E.g. Fire training would require someone with some sort of Fire related degree, First aid would require a medical degree etc etc. Now although this would be AMAZING in the ideal world, one has to consider the cost impact of having to pay a doctor for the training.

 

There are several things also happening surrounding this whole process, We are lead to believe that SAIOSH has established a subcommittee to establish some contact with the CI to halt or postpone the process or at least establish a final guideline without any more changes.  Further to this there can been a call for training providers to submit “section 40” applications which would, if approved, the provider from the notice issued by the Chief Inspector.

 

So to conclude, as matters are standing at this very moment, and if another notice is not issued again, Training providers are to be accredited by the HWSETA and approved by the Department of labour. This may , or may not, be with a requirement of registration by the provider, with the department of higher education and training as a college.  PDA is still seeking clarity on this part of the process.  The rest will ONLY change once the QCTO has concluded their processes and issued their materials and criteria.

 

We would, however, like to clarify that PDA does support the notion of standardized quality training as we have been requested to retrain several other providers’ candidates due to lack of quality training and non-conformance to recommended time frames, procedures and SAQA training outcomes.  We are however opposed to requiring our candidates to spend 50hours-3/4 months to obtain a certificate.

 

Till there is another Notice from the department of labour or the QCTO issues their documents, it will be businesses as usual here at PDA and the issued certificates will still be accepted by the Department of Labour.

 

New Training Venue

PDA Health is proud to announce our new training venue!!!!!!

 

As many of the local Toti Locals may have seen, we have relocated to our brand new training venue situated at 112 Inyoni Rocks Rd, Amanzimtoti!

Till this point we were conducting our training at the Weaver Conference Center after which we started conducting our training at the Beautiful Happy Days Holiday Conference Center.

We built a great relationship with the venues but have elected to establish our own venue to allow us to put our own posters etc.

Our new venue can seat 12 -20 persons at a time and is walking distance from the Amanzimtoti Main beach with a stunning View of the Indian Ocean!  With a installed air con

we can ensure that the candidates will never suffer with the intense heat!

Having our own venue can ensure that our courses can be of a higher quality!

Contact us now to book your course!

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Doula Certification

What is a doula?

“A doula (/ˈduːlə/), also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who stays with and assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother’s partner and family.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doula)

 

We are proud to have been involved throughout the course of Bronwen’s journey to become a certified Doula.  She started her journey about 3 years ago by joining a wonderful group of ladies at the Sacred Space Doula Training in JHB. 

As part of her course she was required to:

  • go to the classes,
  • read and complete reviews of 12 birthing related books
  • Attend 1 independent workshop
  • Assist with 6 births
  • Complete a portfolio of Evidence
  • write 2 exams

 

Bronwen finally completed the course with resounding results even electing to attend more workshops than the required to allow her to further her skills.  One of these workshops included A Rebozo training workshop which allow her to provide additional pain management support in an attempt to avoid medical pain management procedures.

She has already established herself in a network of midwifes, doulas and doctors with whom she works on a regular basis.

This certificate in conjunction with her HPCSA registered Medic qualification will allow her to assist a pregnant mother holistically but also assist the during an emergency.We wish you all the Best Bronwen!!!

Patient Connection

Patient treatment differs from scenario to scenario as the circumstances of each incident or accident differs. On an ambulance you usually have a short amount of time to prepare for what is to be expected based upon a set amount of information; the problem comes in with the reliability of the information. A major advantage of this is the impartiality of the medic due to the fact that they don’t know the patient or victim. At a event standby the medic needs to get to and stabilise the patient within an extremely short space of time and allot of time with limited equipment and resources. Again there is a sense of disconnect from your patient because you don’t know them and will never see them again. These disconnect or impartiality could be an advantage or a disadvantage. Let me elaborate

There are times that you have to make decisions surrounding your patient. Decisions that may temporarily inflict more pain but result in pain relief long term. Decisions that the patient may not necessarily agree with. The advantage to not knowing the patient is that you don’t have any emotions clouding your better judgement. The disadvantage to knowing your patient is that you don’t have any emotions clouding your judgement at all.

So now there is a third position you could find yourself in. Here you are approached to join the OHS team as a first aider or a medic of company who employed you. Now obviously this is as an over and above to your current role and you have daily interactions with co-workers, managers etc who you build relations, and dare I say Friendships, with. Should one of these persons become ill or injured, would you be able to provide them with the best, not the friendliest, treatment you can without letting your emotions get in the way?

There is an old believe where you should not treat the ones you love. But there are times where treating a person you may have a connection with is unavoidable.

I was recently in this position where I had to render treatment to a co-worker of mine who I had to end up sending to the hospital. This is a prime example of my topic of discussion today and yesterday. Where and how do you draw the line between your emotions towards your patient being a patient or a stakeholder in your life?

I think with this there are a few questions that you would have to ask yourself to assist you in this.

1. Is what happening to them your fault? (most probably) NO

2. Can you feel their pain? NO

3. How much do you care about that person? (for the sake of this topic) Allot

4. Will you be worth more to this person as a Medic/First aider or a friend at this point?

I believe that if you can honestly answer these questions, especially question 4, your decision as to whether to treat the patient or hand them over to another medically trained person will be answered. If you feel that that patient will need you more as a friend then a medical officer then you best request someone else to do the treatment and then don’t interfere with that officer’s treatment or decisions. You cannot treat a patient with your heart; you have to use your head.

I’m in no means saying that you mustn’t have compassion towards a patient. On the contrary, you should treat them as you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. But you must be able to know where the patient’s wellbeing should be placed in front of your feelings.

Over and out