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In Our Community

March 2017

Message from the CEO

Many of you may have read Friday’s article (3 March) in the NT News regarding the lease of my property to St John. The article implies that St John has not followed due process in entering into this lease. This is simply not the case.

St John has commercial arrangements in place to rent three homes including one owned by me. I have never hidden this, in fact I was happy to assist our organisation during a time when Darwin experienced severe accommodation shortages at the height of the Inpex boom. St John is proud to be able to offer accommodation to our staff and volunteers when necessary. These properties enable us to accommodate new employees relocating to Darwin and for our internal training programs and volunteers.

The Board of St John acknowledge the great work our Ambulance staff and Volunteers perform and believe the good name of St John as an ethical Organisation is a paramount consideration of the Board as we all work hard on delivering strong corporate governance and policies around what we do.

It is disappointing that the article in the NT News does not reflect or contain much of the material we provided to the journalist. Unfortunately, the article has created concern for our people and diverted the public’s attention away from the excellent work that is delivered by you all every day across the Northern Territory. In the last twelve months, our service:

  • received 50,174 emergency calls to 000
  • attended 51,758 patients
  • transported 36,878 patients to hospital

Our volunteers also provided more than 40,000 hours of first aid service to the community. That equates to 4 volunteers working every hour of every day during 2016. I would like to thank you all for your role in making this happen and I look forward to helping keep us all on track for more this year.

Ross Coburn
Chief Executive Officer

Click here to download a PDF of this media release.



March 2017

Blood Donations Save Lives

St John Ambulance saves 123 lives through blood donation

St John Ambulance was today named the highest community blood donation group in the Northern Territory at the Australian Red Cross Blood Services’ annual Red25 awards presentation held in Darwin yesterday (February 28).

St John Ambulance staff made 41 donations last year as part of the Red25 annual challenge held by the Blood Service – saving the lives of 123 people needing blood products, including much needed plasma.

Members Church of GOD International and Kormilda College came second and third in the Red25 Community Category for NT with respective blood donation tallies of 39 and 33 blood donations.

Red 25 is the donation program of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service which aims to rally corporate, government and community organisations and groups together to achieve 25 per cent of the annual blood donations needed by Australians.

The Blood Service is always in need of new donors to help combat seasonal donor shortages around long-weekends, Darwin’s wet season and Easter and Christmas.

A great way to become a new donor this year is to start or join an existing Red25 group.

Last year, 112 Red25 groups from Darwin made 3163 donations, collectively saving the lives of 9489 Australian patients needing blood products, including those suffering from cancer and blood diseases and blood loss through trauma, surgery and childbirth.

In 2016, the Power and Water Corporation (196) made the highest number of donations in the Government division, while INPEX Australia Pty Ltd (143) tallied the highest number of donations in the Corporate groups.

To join Red25 call the Red25 team on 1300 886 524 or visit

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit



January 2017

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Support St John at Grill’d

This January, St John Ambulance Australia are delighted to be participating in Grill’d Local Aussie Heroes. This program delivers donations from purchases made at restaurants back to not for profit organisations.

The Australian public has an opportunity to have their say on which local Australian charity gets their dollars when they visit Grill’d – they just need to purchase a burger and place a token in one of three charity jars. St John will be proudly on one of those jars in each of their 124 stores nationally, and we encourage everyone to visit Grill’d to support St John in January.

Funds raised through Grill’d will go directly towards the St John First Aid in Schools Program, which provides primary school children with the First Aid skills to save a life. Depending on their age group, children will learn anything from how to call Triple Zero 000 to CPR, bandaging, bleeding and all the DRSABCD steps. As an example, in Victoria we know of at least 12 lives that have been saved as a direct result of the program, with our little heroes often saving the lives of their own parents and siblings.

The program is self-funded by St John through proceeds from First Aid Training and Equipment sales; however contributions from foundations, trusts and organisations like Grill’d will enable us to train more children.

In fact, if St John receives the most tokens across all stores, we will receive enough funds to allow us to train an additional 3000 children. And when our goal is to have every primary school student in Australia trained by 2020, all contributions count. So get to Grill’d in January, enjoy a delicious burger and the kids will thank you for it!

Click here for the media release.



April 2016


Today marks a momentous step forward for the training opportunities available for those seeking to pursue a career as an Ambulance Paramedic in the Northern Territory. St John are very delighted to partner with CQ University in Queensland, to offer exclusive training opportunities and pathways for students enabling them to study everything from basic first aid right through to Diploma and Batchelor level courses. For all of the information on this exciting opportunity, click here for the media release.



January 2016

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After 10 months of negotiations, the Chief Minister on behalf of the NT Government announced in the 19th January, the new 5 year Ambulance Services Contract to be run by St John Ambulance NT which we are very excited about. The new contract covers growth for the areas of service delivery that are required to provide staff support and better patient outcomes. The SJANT exec team will be holding info sessions across the Northern Territory over the next 2 weeks to brief staff and answer any questions.

Click here to read the joint press release, confirming the new contract.



June 2015

The City of Palmerston Council recently purchased 6 AEDs from St John Ambulance NT which have been placed in community venues around the city.  Click here to see a short video featuring the Mayor of Palmerston and experts from St John Ambulance NT.