St John Takes Pressure Off Hospital Emergency Departments at Schoolies

St John Takes Pressure Off Hospital Emergency Departments at Schoolies

25 November 2014

A team of over 30 St John personnel treated more than 350 young people over the weekend at the 2014 Schoolies Festival providing massive relief for hospital emergency departments.

The team from St John, the state’s leading provider of first aid and event health services, included a range of qualified doctors, nurses, first responders and advanced responders who worked in shifts at the state-of-the-art St John Medical Centre during the festival.

"St. John provided a critical service to both the young people at the festival and our State’s own emergency services," said CEO of St John SA, Sharyn Mitten.

"Rather than flood our hospital services with calls for help – festival goers were able to present at the St. John Medical Centre and receive immediate assistance from our fully skilled personnel.

"I’d like to sincerely thank our hardworking and dedicated team, who selflessly volunteered their own time to work alongside police, paramedics and the event organisers to keep our young people safe," she said.

The most common issues treated by St John at this year’s event were alcohol-related, which is consistent with previous years. The breakdown of medical and assistance provided over the Schoolies festival was as follows:


No. people treated

Main treatments provided by St John

Friday 21 November 2014


Intoxication, sprained ankles, asthma, lacerations.

Saturday 22 November 2014


Intoxication, suspected drug effects, stomach pain/food poisoning, sprained ankles, lacerations.

Sunday 23 November 2014


Intoxication, suspected drug effects, soft tissue injuries and minor lacerations, ankle/knee injuries.


Unfortunately there will always be people who do the wrong thing and can suffer consequences, sometimes serious. However, it’s important to note that they are in the minority," said Ms Mitten.

"The majority of Schoolies at the festival enjoyed themselves and celebrated in the right way.

"With this year’s festival now behind us, it’s important for parents to continue to talk with their teenage children about partying safely and responsibly with their trusted friends. And in turn, the severe risks and consequences of poor decisions."