The name Hatzolah comes from the Hebrew word “Lehatsil”, meaning, “To save”.
Hatzolah provides a free Emergency Medical Responder service for Melbourne’s Jewish community. Hatzalah operates primarily within the suburbs of East St Kilda, Balaclava, Caulfield, Caulfield North, Caulfield South, Elsternwick, Elwood, Ripponlea and St Kilda.
Hatzolah responds to any medical emergency – from a fall, to a chest pain, to a car accident – just call the Hatzolah emergency number 9527 5111.
Hatzolah’s operations are funded fully by donations from the community.
Hatzolah currently has 26 voluntary Responders who have undertaken training programs that include the following:
• Level Two First Aid;
• First Responder Program that included Semi Automatic Defibrillation Accreditation and Oxygen Therapy;
• Ongoing and refresher training; and
• A number of Hatzolah Responders are qualified to administer Anginine, Ventolin and Penthrane.
Hatzolah Responders are reaccredited on their defibrillators every six months, and currently respond to an average of three emergency calls per day.
Hatzolah is funded entirely by beneficiaries within its target community. Hatzolah has never received any government funding.
Hatzolah Responders utilize the following equipment:
• Fully stocked emergency bag including first aid, oxygen and suction equipment, Anginine, Ventolin & Penthrane.
• Heartstart 3000QR, Heartstart FR2 and Cardiac Science PowerHeart Defibrillators.
• Communication Equipment • Motorola Two Way Radio
To provide a professional, high level of Emergency Care, to members of the Jewish Community, in a predefined area, within an efficient timeframe
AIMS OF HATZOLAH
Hatzolah’s aims are as follows:
1. To provide a timely and efficient response to all medical emergencies.
2. To provide basic life support in those vital first few minutes, as part of the chain of survival concept, until the ambulance arrives.
3. To facilitate training of all members of the identified community in first aid.
4. To assist ambulance officers in dealing with patients whose first language is not English.
5. To provide cultural and emotional support to members of the identified Jewish community in emergency situations.