First aid future
SHELLEY Primary School students have undertaken some futuristic first aid training thanks to a new St John Ambulance program.
SHELLEY Primary School has taken part in a schoolbased trial of a virtual reality first-aid course.
The school was among the first in WA to take part in the St John Ambulance First Aid Skills program.
Year 5 to 6 students stepped inside a 9sq m virtual reality pod to practice first aid techniques.
The First Aid Skills technology allows users to respond to a virtual emergency via a virtual reality headset, which guides users through CPR, defibrillation and the St John Ambulance action plan.
Sensors linked to a resuscitation mannequin provide feedback on the rate of compression during CPR and breathing frequency.
Teacher Bradley Carle said it was important for students to put their first aid skills into practice in a realistic environment.
“Having the ability to be in a virtual reality world and experience treating an injury or performing CPR is allowing students to understand what is involved and how to learn life saving skills,” he said.
As a St John volunteer for the past 22 years, Mr Carle said he recognised the benefits of the new program immediately.
The school opened the event to parents.
Michael Varughese, Kyla Squirres, Shelley PS science specialist Bradley Carle, St John community education officer Jane Heath and Rachel Bevis.
Michael Varughese, Kyla Squirres and Rachel Bevis took part in a virtual reality first-aid trial with St John Ambulance.