1st National Sports Medical Cover Workshop (Motorsports)

In tandem with the government's aim of making sports a successful national industry, various sporting events have been organised and held nation-wide, most of which are popular with the masses and have been given their due international recognition. Medical cover is an important component in any sports event. The safety of the participants and the multitude of masses attending these sports events are the main concern of any event organiser and venue manager. Adequate knowledge of the safe handling and skilful management of medical cases, including first aid, are required of all medical personnel attending to any medical cover.
Recognising the lack of training in this field, we decided it is about time we held courses to create the awareness and educate medical personnel in this field, so as to increase their knowledge level and skill. Hiring properly trained and licensed medical personnel will ensure that they perform their duties well during the events. This is essential to ensure that the involved medical personnel are fully prepared for all eventualities during the actual event.
For this course, which is the first of its kind in the country, we chose motorsports as the theme. This theme was chosen because this type of sport event could be disastrous if accidents were to happen. Given the magnitude and variety of the topics to be covered, we have enlisted the help of various organisations to successfully meet the needs of this course. This course could not have been done without collaboration between Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), the National Sports Institute (NSI or Institut Sukan Negara [ISN]), Sepang international Circuit (SIC) and the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM).
The venue was chosen so that the delegates could have the feel of actual event coverage during the course. The course consists of lectures and practical workshops of which the participants will get hands-on experience of what, how and when to do certain manoeuvres or procedures. At the end of the course, the participants will gain more knowledge and skills to be applied when the time comes.
Commenting on the workshop, Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC said, “As the organiser of motorsports events, safety is always one of our major areas of focus. This includes training medical personnel and first responders to help everyone from participants to spectators in a variety of scenarios. For us, this is an importance area of medical expertise, and we are pleased that this national series of sports medicine cover workshops is kicking off in the field of motorsports. It has been our pleasure to work with Hospital Kuala Lumpur, the National Sports Institute and the Automobile Association of Malaysia to make this workshop a success.”
The event was officiated by Director of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) on 25th April 2016. It was attended by representatives from each organisation ie National Sports Institute (ISN), Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM). The audience consists of medical personnel from various backgrounds (doctors of all levels, paramedics, nurses, medical assistants) from government, private sectors as well as universities.
Dr Siti Hawa binti Tahir
Organising Chairperson
1st National Sports Medical Cover Workshop 2016