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Little books, BIG impact

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

GP Superclinic’s Doctor Maher Aljarmakani, patient Gary Dolan and Lion’s Club Secretary Barry Hancock with the Emergency Medical Information Book. PICTURE: Callum Marshall GP Superclinic’s Doctor Maher Aljarmakani, patient Gary Dolan and Lion’s Club Secretary Barry Hancock with the Emergency Medical Information Book. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

The Broken Hill Lions Club are encouraging locals to record their key health information in small medical books as part of an initiative that will help make it easier for medical professionals to quickly identify an individual’s medical history and specific requirements. 

Compact and with magnets on the back, the Emergency Medical Information Books (EMIB) are designed to help out in situations where quick treatment and care could be delivered by paramedics or other healthcare professionals.

Broken Hill Lions Club Secretary Barry Hancock said the booklets were incredibly useful for individuals to possess. 

“So the booklet is designed to be (compact).  You can put it in a purse or bag or stick it onto the fridge,” he said.

“The idea is people fill out all their (key health) information in the book. So things like pension number, Medicare number, private health insurance and all that on one page.

“Then on other pages, their medications, medical information and conditions, as well as their medical history.”

Barry said that the booklets would be particularly helpful for those who weren’t aware about how strong their medications were.

“One of the biggest advantages to this is that (it could address the concerns of) people who’ve been taken to hospital and know what medication they’re on, but (not) what strength they’re on,” he said.

“We’ve spoken to quite a few people who’ve been in this situation of not knowing what strengths they were on. With these booklets we can put all that information in there.”

He said the initiative, which had been run by the club in the past, had been worth brining back.

“We did this about seven or eight years ago. Being the Secretary I decided it’d be a good idea if we did it again so we put it past the members and they unanimously voted for it,” he said.

“We thought it was a good project when we did it before so that’s why I pushed to start doing it again.

“While it’s an initiative of our Lions district, other service clubs can have access to this if they’re prepared to do it.”

Barry said they’d already handed out a lot of booklets and were getting ready for more to be delivered.

“We’ve had them handed out at all the doctors’ surgeries and at the Willyama Visual Arts Centre as well,” he said. 

“About four hundred have been distributed so far and that was to Quota members and their partners as well as a few other places which have said that it’s a good idea.

“We’ve got about a hundred left and about another five hundred coming in. They’ll be arriving in about another two to three weeks’ time.

“As long as people keep emptying the boxes, we’ll keep buying more.”

The Lions Club Emergency Medical Information Books can be picked up at the GP Superclinic, South Medical Centre, Nachiappan Surgery, Williams Street Surgery and at the Willyama Visual Arts Centre. You can also visit the EMIB website at http://emib.org.au/ and order one online.

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