The next Sirius Instructor Training will take place April 4 to 11, 2018. This intensive and demanding eight-day program is one of the reasons Sirius has earned a reputation as a leading provider of Wilderness First Aid training programs in Canada. To apply for the training or for more information on becoming a Sirius instructor visit Instructor Job Opportunities. For additional questions, contact our office.
For more than 25 years, Quebec-based Sirius Wilderness Medicine has provided complete medical solutions, advanced care, medical infrastructure and training in some of the most isolated and harsh regions of Canada.
Sirius has remained a leader in the field through its development and implementation of an advanced telemedicine system specifically designed for remote mining and exploration sites.
“Telemedicine has enabled us to dramatically increase the level of medical care we make available to workers” states Dr. Marc Gosselin, Sirius’s Medical Director. More than mere videoconferencing, telemedicine integrates a complete medical system with a secure communications system, allowing Sirius to provide specialized medical support in areas where medical care is severely limited if not outright inaccessible.
Dr. Gosselin explains that most medical problems arising on remote work sites cannot be adequately treated by first responders. Medical evaluation by Sirius physicians and the medical team through the telemedicine system can make all the difference. Minor and non-urgent conditions may be treated on-site reducing patient discomfort, lost time, work disruptions and costly evacuations. Serious and urgent conditions are identified quickly so critical care and rapid evacuation may be mobilized without delay. Projects of virtually any size can have immediate access to a doctor and a secure means of transmitting patient data.
Sirius’s telemedicine system integrates several critical elements:
- A secure communications system that can transmit comprehensive information, including patient condition and critical data, to the Sirius on-call Physician.
- A team of physicians and healthcare professionals with vast experience in remote site medicine, emergency medicine and occupational health and safety.
- An integrated and secure data management system of worker health information and clinical data.
- Installation of operational medical clinics in all environments.
- Advanced medical equipment, supplies and pharmaceuticals that have been specifically developed to support the telemedicine system.
- Specialized training in advanced prehospital care for client personnel in the field, who may have to deal with difficult medical emergencies in cases of delayed evacuations.
- Follow up and monitoring of patient care through all levels of medical care.
Telemedicine is an attractive option for the mineral exploration industry, according to Sirius President Bob Washer, because it
1) Offers rapid access to an emergency physician who will support on-site personnel in cases of more severe medical conditions.
2) Enables personnel to treat minor medical problems on site, thus reducing the need for costly evacuations and decreasing work time losses.
3) Can be adapted to all levels of on-site care (from first responder to nurse), making it both flexible and scalable.
In addition to a comprehensive telemedicine system, Sirius also provides an array of specialized services so clients can focus on their own specialization knowing that the health and safety of their workers is getting the priority treatment it requires – both before and during their time in the field:
- Industry-recognized occupational health and safety training for people working in remote regions
- Expertise in risk analysis and OHS compliance
- Simulations and critical event scenarios allowing companies to test their emergency response capacity and ensure worker safety
- Development of Emergency Response Plans and Evacuation Plans in tandem with local and regional health services
- Worker injury prevention programs and remote Fit to Work evaluations
For more information, call 877-982-0066
The course calendar includes programs that are available to anyone who would like to register for wilderness first aid training or recertification. Most courses are offered in the fall and spring sessions. Courses are regularly added to our calendar, so check back frequently.
NEW THIS FALL: We are now offering the bridge course (50hrs) in Whistler from Nov 27 to Dec 1 at the HI Whistler
We will also offer the bridge course in Ste-Adele, in French – Nov 27 to Dec 1
Detailled course calendar
We are very excited to welcome Carl Grondines to the Sirius team.
As our new Director of Clinical Services, Carl will supervise the implementation of Sirius’s medical practices in remote clinical environments. He will recruit, train and supervise our pool of nurses, paramedics and other medical support personnel and advise our clients on occupational health and safety requirements and medical service needs. Carl has a bachelor degree in nursing sciences from the University of Montreal. He has more than 20 years of clinical nursing experience, including in emergency medicine, critical care and remote community medicine, and extensive experience in nursing management.
Sirius hosted its annual Instructor Seminar on 17-19 February 2016 in Val David, QC. The Seminar provides an important opportunity for Sirius instructors from across Canada to refresh and update their advanced medical and teaching skills and knowledge. Presentations included a review of head injuries and concussion, hypothermia, heat strokes and hydration by our medical director Marc Gosselin MD. Technical skills sessions included coverage of basic CPR , head injuries and immobilization. As always, it was a dynamic and lively weekend and great to reconnect among colleagues again.
Sirius is seeking to fill two full-time positions for Bilingual Remote Industrial Paramedics (ACP and PCP).
Please visit our Employment Opportunities page for details.
Sirius is currently at the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange in Toronto from March 6 to 9, 2016.
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) represents the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry. The PDAC Trade Show is the world’s leading Convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration, with approximately 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees from more than 100 countries.
Please visit our team at booth 547 or call 877-982-0066.
Sirius hosted its annual Instructor Seminar on 19-21 February 2016 in Sainte-Adèle, QC. The Seminar provides an important opportunity for Sirius instructors from across Canada to refresh and update their advanced medical and teaching skills and knowledge. Presentations included a review of the current standards of soft tissue wound management by our medical director Marc Gosselin MD. Technical skills sessions included coverage of injections, airway management and immobilization. As always, it was a dynamic and lively weekend and great to reconnect among colleagues again.
Sirius is welcoming applications for our 2016 Instructor Training.
The Sirius instructor training is an intensive 8-day program that takes place once a year in the spring. In 2016, it will take place March 23-30.
We look for candidates who fit the Sirius profile and qualifications and who have solid skills and extensive experience in the following three areas:
- working or traveling in remote regions
- paramedical field
Pre-requisite for the instructor training: Wilderness First Responder certification from Sirius Wilderness Medicine.
All applicants to the instructor training program undergo an extensive interview process with the Sirius team in November to determine whether they fit the Sirius profile. For more information please see our Instructor Job Opportunities page.