Adam - Director/Instructor
Adam is a former high school teacher here in the ACT. For the past 5 years Adam has been working in the emergency services as a Fire Fighter. Adam has also been involved with Surf Lifesaving Australia since 1998, as a volunteer and a professional Ocean Lifeguard.
Adam started up ACTWell First Aid Training in 2012 after attending several serious First Aid instances with emergency services and realising there was a real need to inform the public about the importance of early CPR!
“Having attended a few cardiac arrests I am all too aware that most of the time, bystanders don't start CPR early enough”.
So with some experience under his belt, a background in education and a passion for raising First Aid awareness, Adam decided to spread the word, and that is when ACTWell First Aid Training opened its doors.
Ben - Director/Instructor
Ben has had an interest and a passion for first aid for the past fifteen years and during this time has worked in a multitude of first aid roles, both professionally and as a volunteer.
Ben worked as a surf life saver in Australia, as well as a pool lifeguard in the United States. For the past six years, Ben has been employed in the Emergency Services as a fire fighter, requiring both a theoretical and practical knowledge of first aid, as well as teaching first aid to other employees.
Ben has been working as an ACTWELL First Aid instructor since 2014 and loves the values that make up this company. Ben enjoyed working here so much that in 2016 he became a Director and Co Owner.
“I strongly believe there is a necessity to educate the public on the importance of early and effective CPR. Having attended many serious first aid incidents with the Emergency Services, I am well aware of the benefits of having bystanders that are both willing and well trained to perform CPR.
I am passionate about providing quality first aid instruction in a fun and engaging way, instilling people with the required knowledge and confidence to enable them to use it in real life situations.”
Ben has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and worked in the ACT public school system for many years as a teacher’s assistant. “I look forward to continuing to teach within my capacity as an ACTWELL First Aid Instructor.”
Alana – General Manager/ Instructor
With 14 years’ experience Managing Safety in the Construction Industry, Alana has worked through Corporate and Commercial Management roles incorporating best practice in Health, Safety and Environmental Management to become a part of the Management Team at ACTWell First Aid and Training.
After winning the Master Builders Association Award in 2015 for WHS in Civil Industry, Alana has taken on a new challenge with a focus on implementing best practices, ensuring all employees, contractors and stakeholders go home safe everyday and ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety, quality and environmental protocols and policy, integrating Communication, Consultation and Education into everyday practice.
“My passion for effective and detailed first aid training came from a personal event. I have held First Aid qualifications since I was 17, but none of the training I had received prepared me for a real emergency event that cost the life of someone I love. Over the years, I have seen, rendered assistance and investigated countless workplace incidents and fatalities. Then I met Adam and Ben. I knew I had found a place where not only could I make a difference, but saw the difference they were making with the training and services they provide, their passion was infectious.”
With a detailed understanding and commitment of Work Health and Safety legislation, regulations and Codes of Practice, Alana brings a passion to the Industry, changing behaviours and cultures to gain a positive outcome through education, championing and understanding of client requirements.
Alana is a qualified Lead Investigator and facilitator of First Aid, Fire Safety and WHS, including the Cert IV WHS, Traffic Control, Asbestos Awareness and Mental Health First Aid.
Jackie – Instructor
Jackie studied a Bachelor of Paramedic Science in Brisbane, Queensland and has spent the last 2 years travelling across Australia, working for a private medical company who provide paramedics, doctors and nurses to major events. Jackie’s experience goes much further than just performing CPR.
“I like to give basic background information in order to help first aiders understand why we do things and why first aid is always changing. I think first aiders underestimate just how important they are in helping us do our job as Advanced Life Support clinicians. So I work hard on making sure you feel comfortable enough to take on that important role if you are ever needed. My focus is typically on quality CPR throughout my courses,because I believe Basic Life Support is the first integral link in saving a life. I want my students leaving with the knowledge and confidence to be able to do their best in every first aid circumstance.”
Jackie joined ACTWell in 2016 and thoroughly enjoysher time working alongside ACTWell's other Trainers, providing the best first aid courses in Canberra.
Brendan – Instructor
Brendan has recently returned to Australia after spending 6 years serving in the British Army as a Combat Medic. This is where he developed a passion for first aid, having firsthand experience of how effective basic First Aid is and how important the first responder’s role is.
As a company medic his responsibilities included writing and implementing medical plans, instructing and educating soldiers in his company, and delivering primary health care and pre-hospital health care overseas and in the UK. Also, to keep clinically current Brendan participated in medical placements constantly throughout his time in the Army in British Ambulance services and within Accident and Emergency departments throughout the UK.
“I am proud to an Instructor at ACTWell, as I get the opportunity to provide good quality, realistic first aid training to members of the public, who may one day use these skills to save a life”
Brendan has completed his Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support course and his class 1 Combat Medic course, Cert IV Training and Assessment and all first aid qualifications.
Brendan’s real passion is remote area healthcare which he wishes to follow in the future within Australia. Brendan now divides his time up between studying nursing, working in mental health and Instructing a variety of First Aid courses with ACTWell.
Phil - Instructor
Phil comes from a background in radio, having spent 12 years working at local radio stations Mix 106.3 and HIT 104.7.
In 2012 he joined the Emergency Services and has been working protecting the community with Emergency Services ever since.
“I’ve been heavily involved in sport all my life, through which I’d completed many First Aid courses, however, I’m not sure theyprepared me for the real thing. The best part about ACTWell is the passion of the presenters and the fact that we give a realisticand practical guide to navigating a First Aid emergency.”
Phil came on board in 2017 and has applied the delivery skills that come from a radio background with the practical experiencegained from working in the emergency services to help continue the quality program the ACTWell customers have come to expect.
Phil holds a Cert IV in Public Safety, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert IV Media and Communications all first aid and fire qualifications.