A team of qualified medics and skilled volunteers have commenced patrolling the streets of Gladstone’s night entertainment precinct as part of the Queensland Government’s Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy.
Local community service organisation Community Solutions commenced the state government funded Safe Nite Out Service in the Gladstone region in September.
The service, which operates between 11 pm and 3 am on Friday and Saturday nights, delivers a series of foot and vehicle patrols as well as first aid assistance staffed by a qualified medical practitioner.
Wearing bright blue, high-vis shirts and jackets and travelling in a Safe Nite Out van, the outreach team support patrols who are intoxicated and requiring support on the street.
The service provides for patrols to seek basic first aid, have “time out”, rehydrate or access support for any other reason relating to the adverse effects of drugs or alcohol.
“The first weekend on the street was well received by the public, police and patrons,” Community Solutions Health and Wellbeing manager, Tendai Dawkins.
Ms Dawkins said the service had been designed to work cohesively with existing local services and stakeholders.
“We are looking forward to building on our existing relationships with venues and security to deliver a safe and consistent message,” she said.
“Community Solutions has been successfully operating the Safe Nite Out service on the Sunshine Coast and in Rockhampton since mid-2016,” she said.
“Our service model is informed by 17 years’ experience delivering the successful Street Angels service on the Sunshine Coast; partnering with licensed venues, local Council and police.”
“We have developed strong relationships with nursing, community service and paramedic students as well as police cadets, who have a genuine interest in the service, as well as a requirement to obtain real-life experience as part of their studies,”
“Community members are also welcome and encouraged to volunteer. All of our volunteers are trained in the delivery of first aid and working with emergency services. Our volunteers also receive cultural awareness training and where applicable support to obtain a Blue Card,” she said.