The Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice (DCEHPP) was the successful tenderer to re-write a new Health, Emergency Care and Medical Applications (HECMA) program for the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) in Abu Dhabi. The program comprises a ‘Health and Well-being’ and ‘Emergency First Responder’ component.
The goals of the program are to increase health literacy, improve self-efficacy, enhance social responsibility, promote advocacy, handle emergencies safely and introduce students to the health sector. The program will be implemented in a number of schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and delivered to students in G10, 11 and 12.
The intention is for the program to also achieve national recognition by the National Qualifications Authority in the United Arab Emirates. This will lead to students being eligible to receive a formal qualification according to the Qualifications Framework Emirates, upon successful completion of the program. Rod Mason from the DCEHPP has been appointed project manager and is working with more than 10 staff members to develop the program.
The roll-out of the program has since commenced in approximately 69 schools under the Ministry of Education in Abu Dhabi. The remaining program resources will be completed during 2016.