Learn­ing vi­tal skills to save lives

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

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.

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