First aid fu­ture

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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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d488870

Michael Varugh­ese, Kyla Squir­res, Shel­ley PS sci­ence spe­cial­ist Bradley Carle, St John com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Jane Heath and Rachel Be­vis.­mu­ni­ d488870 Pic­ture: David Baylis

Michael Varugh­ese, Kyla Squir­res and Rachel Be­vis took part in a vir­tual re­al­ity first-aid trial with St John Am­bu­lance.

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