Belmont, Perth,

St John delivers more first aid training

St John Ambulance Western Australia had a record-setting year in 2013/14, training 220,748 people in first aid, up from 190,226 the previous year.

The State’s largest first aid trainer recorded an increase of 30,522 students (and 16 per cent) from the previous year.

The school-based free First Aid Focus program topped the 100,000 mark for the second successive year and more than 25,000 completed the senior first aid qualification, Provide First Aid.

St John Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said the community was responding to the St John message of encouraging more and more people to learn first aid.

“Our goal is very simple. We would like first aid to become a part of everyone’s life and we are encouraged by the results of the past year,” he said.

“We strengthen community resilience when more people learn first aid.

“Having a community trained in first aid is the first link in the chain of survival so that chain becomes stronger when more of the WA population learn first aid.”

Mr Ahern said the Break the Barrier marketing campaign had assisted St John in promoting the first aid message and encouraging more people to train.

“The community response to this campaign has been great and we are proud to have raised the profile of training even further,” he said.

St John trained 171,845 people in the metropolitan area and more than 43,000 in regional WA. The increase in people training in regional WA was 72 per cent.

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Useful facts

  • 104,919 school students trained for free through First Aid Focus program
  • First time ever a St John organisation in Australia has trained more than 200,000 people in a year
  • St John has been teaching Western Australians first aid continually since 1892; 122 years
  • In the past five years, St John has increased its number of first aid students by 52 per cent