Every part of our Immersion Program is created with student safety and well-being in mind
“Regular safety briefings occur throughout the immersion in response to the particular characteristics of different places and activities. Groups carry emergency first aid, there is a vehicle available close by at all times and there is access to medical help via satellite phone as needed. The environment of the immersion is not always predictable. What is predictable is that the staff are highly attuned to changing circumstances and they are well equipped to ensure that safety is always a priority.”
Mrs Christine Clarke, Deputy Principal, All Hallows’ School
Risk management informs everything we do: Preparation, Prevention, Response
Safety is our number one priority during the Immersion Program and we use our experience working in remote regions to minimise risk at all times. This involves a three-tiered approach of preparation, prevention and response.
Preparation: Before you have even joined our program, we have already worked comprehensively behind the scenes with communities, homelands, Elders and Traditional Owners to make sure that our strict safety and security requirements are met. When the program begins, we work with the school to create a 150-page risk assessment for all activities that the group will be undertaking.
Prevention: During the immersion we stay in safe areas away from the centres of towns, we are welcomed and hosted by Traditional Owners, we hold safety briefings each morning and our Immersion Leaders are on the ground well ahead of the group to conduct a final check on all activities.
Response: We keep a remote first-aid kit and a satellite phone with the group at all times, our Immersion Leaders are certified in remote and wilderness first-aid, and we maintain transport available to the group at all times.