The Emergency Medical Information Book (EMIB) is top of the list as a best seller… with more than 1 million copies distributed, this remarkable book is saving lives. Rotary Clubs have taken on distributing the EMIB as an ideal Community Service Project.


If you don’t have one of these books and you live alone, have any medical conditions and /or take prescription medications, you should get one. The Emergency Medical Information Book contains everything a paramedic needs to know about you as their patient—medical history, medications, and allergies - so they can confidently treat and get you to hospital without delay.

Associate Prof Bill Griggs AM ASM, Director, Trauma Services Royal Adelaide Hospital gave a positive testimonial for the EMIB.

"I have seen the Rotary Emergency Medical Book in use on many occasions over a number of years. A consistent and easily accessible record of key medical information can be vital and even life saving. I have personal experience where the information gathered by paramedics, and passed to hospital doctors, has enabled key life saving medical treatment to begin earlier than otherwise would have been possible. This has saved lives. I thoroughly recommend it".

Conceived by Rob Snell, a Senior Paramedic with the Modbury Station of the SA Ambulance Service, he came up with the initial concept for the book in response to a hurdle that many paramedics were facing on the job. “It is essential that paramedics and other health professionals have as much information as possible about their patients’ medical condition.” Before the development of the EMIB, paramedics were using crucial minutes searching for a patient’s medical records, or trying to get a verbal medical history from them or whoever was with them. This was obviously quite challenging in situations where people are distraught or not able to speak.

The Emergency Medical Information Book (EMIB), first launched as a pilot project by The Rotary Clubs of Tea Tree Gully, Modbury and Golden Grove was very successful in SA and is now a national tool for paramedics in all Australian States and New Zealand.


A life-saving device the Emergency Medical Information Book is directed at the elderly, chronically ill children and adults, who may have the need to call the Ambulance Service for urgent assistance. In fact the book contains all the information needed, including medical conditions, prescribed medications, GP, medical and carer contacts if a patient is admitted to hospital. Not bad for a gold coin donation!Many ‘book owners’ have requested additional books, so they can use them at work or when travelling on holiday. In fact some organisations running out-door activities have requested participants to obtain and fill out the book with relevant information.

The national roll-out of the project was coordinated by Rotarians from the Tea Tree Gully Club, who created a marketing package and made initial contact with national ambulance services. The positive acceptance by paramedics and medical institutions throughout Australia has resulted in a truly National Rotary Project that has seen more than 1 million books being distributed since its launch.

Many Australian Rotary Clubs have adopted this project as their ideal community service project, as this enables clubs to be actively involved with the local residents and demonstrate the value of Rotary in the Community. In addition the book is a good talking point when making contact with prospective Rotarians. A project committee established with the three original clubs are continually promoting the EMIB Project and via a dedicated WEB Site  publish many articles and responses from Rotary Clubs and members of the community.

The community value of this project has attracted many organisations wishing to embrace the Emergency Medical Information Book, which resulted South Australian Lions Clubs voting to support the project and then at a national convention in May 2010, all LIONS Club districts in Australia then voted to take on this valuable community project.  

There is no doubt that a small idea has developed into a great project for the Community and for Rotary.

Contact Details:
Project Chairman   PDG Peter Rostron