Learning vital skills to save lives
Lynn Norris can’t express enough how vital first aid knowledge can be in saving lives.
The Seymour GOTAFE campus first aid trainer said first aid was an important skill for everybody to learn to ensure families, friends and neighbours received the right treatment and support in an emergency situation.
‘‘First aid saves lives, it’s as simple as that,’’ Ms Norris said.
‘‘It’s just a good skill to have. You never know when it will be needed, and an ambulance isn’t always around the corner.
‘‘Anyone who has the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond quickly in an emergency can be a real hero, whatever their age.’’
Provide First Aid is a twoday course, which will run at the Seymour GOTAFE campus on two Wednesdays (May 31 and June 7) from 9 am until 5 pm. The cost is $180 per person.
The course provides skills and knowledge in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and teaches students how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on adults, children and infants.
The course also covers a broad range of first aid techniques, such as caring for an unconscious person, as well as management and treatment of asthma and anaphylaxis, choking, injuries from head to toe, stroke, epilepsy and trauma management.
‘‘The majority of people don’t know how to do CPR, and that’s a huge concern,’’ Ms Norris said.
‘‘It’s recommended you renew your first aid certificate every three years because of the changes that occur in that time, and you should renew your CPR every year.
‘‘If you don’t use, you lose, so it’s important for people to keep first-aid certificates upto-date.’’
The course is suitable for anyone who is looking to upskill or learn the new rules and techniques for first aid, and for those who require a certificate for their career.
Ms Norris said more grandparents were undertaking the training to ensure safety is paramount when they are looking after their youngest family members.
There are also additional courses in asthma and anaphylaxis training that can be undertaken, while GOTAFE can also provide customised training at workplaces.
To find out more about first aid courses, phone 1300 468 233 or visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au
Life-saving skills: Seymour GOTAFE campus first aid trainer Lynn Norris will run a Provide First Aid course later this month, teaching students CPR and how to use a defibrillator.