Never too young to learn first aid
More than 100,000 West Australian school children have attended a free St John Ambulance Western Australia first aid lesson this year.
The 100,000th student was among a group of pre-primary students trained at Wembley Primary School on Monday, 16 December.
The First Aid Focus program is aimed at school students from Kindergarten to Year 12. About 350 schools have taken up First Aid Focus this year and approximately 20 per cent of all students trained lived in in regional WA.
St John First Aid Training General Manager Jane Mahon said making first aid training a part of everyone’s life was a priority for St John.
"We are delighted that so many young West Australians have done this course," said Ms Mahon.
"To reach 100,000 this year is a brilliant achievement and we are also expecting some other outstanding results in other training courses later in the financial year."
First Aid Focus is grouped into three age-related courses: Kindergarten-Year 2; Primary and High School; with each run by experienced St John Ambulance First Aid Trainers, who introduce basic first aid skills that are appropriate to the age group.
"With the younger age groups, we explain what an emergency is – it’s something that Mum or Dad can’t treat – so they understand that you don’t call triple zero (000) if you scrape your knee – and what to do in an emergency," explained Ms Mahon.
"By the time they reach high school, we’re teaching students basic CPR skills and introducing them to our click2save online course, which we’re encouraging all Year 12 students to do before they head to their leavers’ celebrations this year. It could be the difference between losing a friend or saving their life."
First Aid Focus was developed as part of St John’s mission to ensure at least one person is every Western Australia household is First Aid trained.
Since its inception in 2009, almost 400,000 students have been trained by St John through First Aid Focus.
For more information phone: 9334 1259 or visit www.stjohnambulance.com.au/firstaidfocus/