Groups com­bine to teach po­ten­tially life-sav­ing skills

South Western Times - - NEWS - AARON COR­LETT

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.

PIC­TURE: JON GELLWEILER

Ac­tiv client Brad Iseppi is taught CPR by St John Am­bu­lance South West re­gional train­ing and ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor An­nette Matel­jan.

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