Twelve teams, including participants from Bulga open cut, West Wallsend and Drayton, were put through their paces in realistic and high-pressure simulated events to test their first aid skills.
The competition made use of 45 volunteers – including actors – to increase the realism of the scenarios.
CS Health Partnership and Innovation manager Kristy Prior said skilled, on-site first aid teams were an important asset for local mines, especially those in remote areas.
“The skillset of a first aider is really quite broad and includes the ability to identify hazards, keep a casualty calm, assist with pain relief where possible, provide leadership and work together quickly with others,” she said.
“These skills are critical in the event of a medical emergency, whether it be at work to assist a mate, out in the community or helping a family member at home.”
Prior said the number of participants had doubled since last year, which showed the industry’s support for the event.