Groups combine to teach potentially life-saving skills
THE importance of all people knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation was highlighted at a session at the St John Ambulance South West regional office in Bunbury on Tuesday.
St John’s South West regional training and services coordinator, Annette Mateljan, hosted a group of Activ clients to teach them the lifesaving skill.
Mrs Mateljan said one of the clients — Brad Iseppi — volunteered at the centre every Thursday.
“He comes in every week and does various jobs around the centre and he has always wanted to do a CPR course,” she said.
“So we brought in Brad with a few of the other clients and took them through how to do CPR and I also taught them about how to wrap bandages.
“Some of them see seizures and emergencies and you never know, by teaching them, they might be able to help in an emergency situation.”
Ms Mateljan said it was the first time the two organisations had worked together to conduct a session.
“I think all the members of the group enjoyed the sessions and it’s a good life skill,” she said.
Activ support worker Ann Spencer said learning how to do CPR was one of Mr Iseppi’s goals and she was pleased he was able to do it with a group.
“Brad has been volunteering for a few years and he really enjoys it – he gets to hop in the ambulance with other staff members and run around the centre,” she said.
Activ client Brad Iseppi is taught CPR by St John Ambulance South West regional training and services coordinator Annette Mateljan.