Learn­ing the ropes of first aid

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BREATHS per minute and chest com­pres­sions were on the minds of St John’s Pri­mary School stu­dents last week with all year lev­els par­tic­i­pat­ing in the First Aid in Schools Pro­gram, as part of their P.E classes.

The pro­gram was fa­cil­i­tated by St John’s Am­bu­lance who helped en­gage the stu­dents and un­der­stand how to re­spond in a se­ries of dif­fer­ent first aid sit­u­a­tions.

St John’s Am­bu­lance VIC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gor­don Botwright said the not-for-profit aims to train 200,000 stu­dents across the state in 2018.

“Of­ten chil­dren are the only ones around in a health emergency, so we be­lieve it’s crit­i­cal to pro­vide Vic­to­rian chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand their First Aid knowl­edge and skills,” Mr Botwright said.

All grades ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fer- ent lev­els of train­ing with Grade 5/6 stu­dents look­ing at the es­sen­tial dan­ger, re­sponse, send for help, air­way, breath­ing, CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion (DRSABCD), where they were able to prac­tice the re­cov­ery po­si­tion and com­pres­sions of CPR on dummy’s.

While Prep 1/2’s learnt learn about burns, snake bites, blood noses, cuts and also prac­tised call­ing an am­bu­lance and what the 000 caller would ask them.

PE teacher Melinda Wat­son said she found that the kids re­ally learnt a lot and it was a re­ally valu- *While stocks last able ‘child friendly’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant and it could save a life if they are the other per­son when some­one is in dif­fi­culty,” Ms Wat­son said.

“Rachel the in­struc­tor has put ev­ery­thing in an easy to re­mem­ber for­mat with ac­tions.

“Stu­dents have loved it and can re­cite what was learnt.”

Stu­dents were given a take home brochure to pro­mote dis­cus­sion at home and a web ad­dress where par­ents could go and do a test of their own first aid knowl­edge.

GET­TING HANDS ON: Stu­dents were able to learn the meth­ods of re­sponse when some­one is in dan­ger. While (in­set) Grace Bur­den, Ma­bel Til­ton and Tay­lor Hamill joined other kids in tak­ing home some in­for­ma­tion to keep the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing.

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