Accident Scene Management Australia ltd, was established to provide training, education and advocacy for the improvement in outcomes for motorcyclists in motor vehicle accidents.
To give first responders/bystanders the knowledge, skills and confidence to take a pro active role until professional assistance arrives.
Our role is primarily education in primary response at accident scenes but our work also goes further than this; with programs for professionals and advocacy to improve emergency services response behaviours to motorcycle accidents.
A “Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” is our primary introduction to the motorcycle community, but there is more than that, to what we do.
Our role is to create a proactive and trained response by first responders from the motorcycle community to a motorcycle accident.
The World Health Organisation has recognised post crash responsiveness as part of reducing the road toll, suffering and rehabilitation in its 2010 decade of Road Safety.
ASMA also has its Six to Zero campaign which follows our parent organisation’s promotions in the USA.
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“A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist™” was developed in 1996 by an American Rider who was also a nurse, Vicki Sanfelipo.
When riding with friends she constantly heard “oh you’re a nurse you can help us if things go wrong”.
Vicki thought as a hospital nurse she didn’t know a lot about handling an “on road incident”, so she went about in her tenacious way and found that, what was being taught to the general public in First Aid, was not really best practice for motorcyclists.
Vicki also had a lightbulb moment when she thought, although she had this new knowledge, “Who would look after me, If i went down”.
So from the moment of reflection, Vicki decided to train 30 of her riding buddies to be able to look after each other and from this was born “a Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” and the development of Accident Scene Management Inc in 1996.
The course is now taught in 6 countries and provides a standardised, systematic course in best practice first responder training.
There is more to ASM than just this one course.
ASM around the world is leading the way in best practice first responder training for motorcyclists, Basic , Advanced and Professional training is done.
Advocacy in improving despatch procedures to motorcyclists are many of the things done behind the scenes.
Regular reviews by peers working in the emergency services ensure that the practices taught are up with current teaching and protocols.
Vicki Sanfelipo and Phil Lemin, in 2010, at ASM Headquarters in Wisconsin USA.
Phil returned to complete ASM training and finalise negotiations to bring ASM to Australia.
(Yes that is Vicki’s bike.)
In June 2010, Australian Paramedic and avid motorcyclist, Phil Lemin was in the United States and at motorcycle event “Americade” attended an information session by ASM trainers, and he was impressed by the common sense and in depth knowledge displayed in the course.
Phil had worked as an emergency paramedic in the Victorian high country and had responded to many motorcycle accidents in the medically remote areas.
Phil had witnessed on many occasions, men in tears at the scene of a motorcycle accidents as they admitted, “ I was so scared, I just didn’t know what to do, he is my best mate”.
Phil had always wanted to give these people the knowledge to be able to make a difference before the arrival of emergency services and was at the time developing such a course to do so.
Phil knew here in 2010 he had discovered an established credible program that would fulfil the need…Standardised, systematic approach duplicable world wide. this course offered good practical advise and best practice procedures for the motorcycle community
Why reinvent the wheel?
So Phil, was put in contact with founder Vicki Sanfelipo, and Accident Scene Management Australia was formed to bring this training to the Australian and New Zealand Motorcycle public.
2016 also sees the introduction of Singapore under ASMA’s stewardship.
ASMA wants to increase its role in providing education to the motorcycle community.
ASMA will be organising social and educational events for the motorcyclist.