WFAA History

Wilderness First Aid Australia is a family owned company located in the north west of Victoria, Australia.

Our background in this field is we teach people how to keep injured people alive in the most hostile places throughout the world when there is no access to immediate medical care. Places like the Himalayas, Andes, Amazon, Africa just to name a few. We also train those who work offshore.

Along with training individuals, we also train staff for some of the largest outdoor recreation/education providers/guides in Australia.

Neil Ritchie, founder of Wilderness First Aid Australia and Wild Aid First Aid has been working in this industry since the early 2000s namely working for the world’s largest provider of wilderness medicine the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) the USA. In 2010 he opened our first company Wilderness First Aid Australia and we have grown to be the largest provider of this type of education in Australia.

Our staff work in Antarctica as senior field officers, others ski patrollers, remote medics, paramedics, nurses all who have worked Nationally and Internationally.

Our students come from all over the world for our training and are avid rock climbers, downhill mountain bikers, skiers, elite kayakers, mountaineers, etc. people who work and play in these hostile environments. Our students also travel worldwide chasing extreme sports and guiding groups through these areas.