The Alfred 6 Hour is a charity Mountain Bike Race raising funds in support of Emergency and Trauma care at the Alfred Hospital.

The target for this year’s Alfred 6 Hour is $15,000. With your support these funds will be used to purchase  ECG machines, Vital Signs monitors, and Computers on Wheels for The Alfred’s expanded trauma service, a purpose built facility dedicated to the early recovery of trauma patients.

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The Alfred 6 Hour is based in the picturesque mountain town of Bright

Bright, North East Victoria, has a great affiliation with cycling not only mountain bikes but road as well with some of Australia’s most popular cycling events including the Tour of Bright and the Alpine Audax Classic. Bright also hosted the Australian Mountain Bike Championships for the three years.

The Bright Mountain Bike Park continues to grow in popularity with over 60km of dedicated MTB single track all within 5km of the centre of town. The Alpine Cycling Club together with the Alpine Community Plantation group are working hard to establish a world class facility with trails for all abilities that are graded and mapped.

Endurance Mountain Bike events have become the most popular on the MTB calendar, match this type of event with the perfect venue for hosting such an event and the Alfred 6 Hour is born.

Why are we called the “Alfred 6 Hour”?

The Alfred 6 Hour raises funds to support critical care services at The Alfred.

The Alfred has provided critical care and emergency services since it’s opening in 1871 and, currently, the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre is one of Australia’s busiest emergency departments and treats the majority of Victoria’s major trauma patients. The Alfred treats more than 65,000 patients a year – a figure that rises between 3% and 5% each and every year.

The ‘public face’ of the hospital, the Centre is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a leader in trauma and critical care. It’s open to all – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For yet another year, funds from The Alfred 6 Hour will be used to help the hospital provide even better care to our patients suffering from serious trauma injuries.
This includes supporting The Alfred to take the next step in patient care. The Alfred is currently transitioning from a predominantly paper-based medical record system to an integrated, electronic
medical system. This evolutionary new system of connected continuous care will enhance the way we treat our patients – helping us provide even better care, improved efficiency and increased
safety measures.

But to provide the best medical care, we must invest in the best equipment. Your support will help us make use of the new system, and give the highest level of care to the people who need it most.
For example, we are currently fundraising for three much-needed pieces of equipment: ECG machines, Vital Signs monitors, and Computers on Wheels (COWs).  ECG machines are quick, non-invasive tools that record the electrical activity of patients’ hearts using electrodes placed on the skin. They not only save time, but help provide patients with a better continuity of care by allowing their critical information to be accessed by various clinicians anywhere in the hospital.

Vital Signs monitors provide information about a patient’s physical state, including their oxygen levels and heart rates. This allows clinicians to see if patient’s condition requires immediate
intervention.  COWs are central pieces of equipment on the hospital’s new system of connected continuous care.  They allow Alfred staff members to document crucial patient information, order pathology tests, view X-rays, and access a patient’s full medical history – all from the bedside.

All funds raised by The Alfred 6 Hour race will go towards helping patients with serious trauma injuries not only survive, but thrive.

So please enter the race, donate or help us promote the event.

Thank you for your support.