Free first aid training for parents and carers at Target Kalgoorlie
Every year, more than 300 children in Australia are killed as a result of injuries occurring at home, and a further 60,000 children are hospitalised due to accidents.
In a bid to counteract this, St John Ambulance WA and Target have formed a partnership to provide a free first aid training course for parents and carers of children under the age of 12 at the Target Kalgoorlie store on Tuesday, 20 March 2012.
Goldfields Regional Manager, Andrew Hirst said it is St John Ambulance WA’s aim to ensure at least one member of every Western Australian household is trained in first aid.
“Providing free first aid training courses through stores such as Target Kalgoorlie is a wonderful opportunity to educate parents and carers about the importance of first aid,” Mr Hirst said. “The partnership with Target enables us to educate more members of the public on accident and injury treatment and prevention, equipping them with skills that could potentially save a child’s life.”
Mr Hirst said the four-hour first aid course is designed for parents and carers of children aged 0-12 years. It covers the first aid skills required when dealing with incidents such as choking, fractures, insect bites, child and infant resuscitation, poisoning, burns and scalds. This is one of around 160 courses being held in Target stores nationwide over the next twelve weeks – a program which will see an additional 2,500 people in Australia trained in first aid.
Target Kalgoorlie Store Manager, Jackie Elliot said the partnership with St John Ambulance WA is one of Target’s many initiatives this year and is a key component of the company’s community relations strategy, which focuses on ‘safe, happy families’.
"St John Ambulance WA delivers a very important service and we are delighted to be hosting this free training course which will provide 20 carers of children in our local community with the opportunity to learn these vital life saving skills,” Ms Elliot said. “There are still a few limited places available so I encourage anyone who cares for a child to take advantage of this free course and register now as the skills you learn could help save a child's life.”
The free course, which includes a light lunch, will be held from 9.30am until 2pm on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at the Target store in Kalgoorlie (located at the corners of Cassidy and Egan Streets, Kalgoorlie). The course is limited to 20 places and members of the community can register by calling St John Ambulance WA on 1300 106 499.
In 2011, St John Ambulance WA trained more than 148,000 people in first aid. Courses start from as little as two-hour courses, covering topics including resuscitation (CPR), choking, burns, managing fractures, bleeding, allergic reactions and sudden cardiac arrest.
For more information, or to register in a first aid course, contact St John Ambulance WA on Tel: (08) 9334 1233 or www.stjohnambulance.com.au