St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association Australia was established under Scottish Charter on 5 April 1976 by the Director General St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association, Dr Daniel Strachan, OBE.
Under the patronage of legendary WWII Surgeon, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ernest Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE, the first Australian Director was Major
General Sir Denzil MacArthur-Onzlow, CBE, DSO, ED, with Vietnam War Doctor, Group Captain William Land, AM, RFD, AE, appointed Surgeon-in-Chief.
The first Companies were formed at: RAAMC Military Hospital Healesville, Victoria, and St. Kilda Private Hospital, Victoria. On 2 September 1980 these units merged with the Ballarat East Company established at Begonia Hospital, Victoria.
Over the years the organization grew steadily, and members served in many countries including: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chechnya, El Salvador, Iraq, Lebanon, and Rwanda, assisting a wide variety of Non-Government Organizations. This activity is now coordinated out of Scotland.
On 1 January 2012, Charity Status was granted and St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia Inc. became a Public Benevolent Institution.
In 2006 we rebranded ourselves as St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia Inc. We now undertake public duties at Highland Games, RSL marches, The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation Camps, to name a few. In 2016 we also began in partnership with Australian First Aid, offering training courses in First Aid.