About Sandpiper Australia

Sandpiper Australia is a registered charity with the express purpose of ensuring Rural Clinicians have access to a standardised bag and equipment to ‘value add’ on scene during an out-of-hospital emergency in rural Australian communities.

The Sandpiper Bag is a standardised bag of life-saving medical equipment designed to allow Sandpiper Clinicians to deliver early and advanced interventions for patients with time-critical needs.

Sandpiper Australia’s vision is to close the trauma gap in rural Australia through the development and maintenance of a National Rural Responder Network. 

Sandpiper Australia aims to promote advocacy and funding for a network of Sandpiper Bags. These prehospital bags will be stocked with appropriate emergency responder equipment, enabling rural clinicians to respond to incidents in their community when appropriate and to ‘value add’ on scene.

Sandpiper Bag in bush

We envisage that the Sandpiper Bag will become a focal point of community fundraising and advocacy to improve pre-hospital care across rural Australia.

sandpiper bag

Use of a standardised Sandpiper Bag supports a National Rural Emergency Responder Network; a system of rural clinicians equipped and trained to ‘value add’ to prehospital incidents in rural communities.

This is consistent with position statements of both the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in regard to the role of rural clinicians in prehospital care. These position statements and more reading can be found under More Resources.