Learning the ropes of first aid
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.