A new chapter to save lives

March 13, 2018

St John Ambulance’s Rachel Schmidt (centre) teaches first aid skills to Sirius College students.

Sajjad Hameed gets help with his bandage from Mohammed Almusawi.

Rachel Schmidt sings a jingle to help the students remember to phone 000.

Burhaan Syed demonstates how to phone 000.

Ibrahim Mansura, Ramisa Chouwdhury and Ava Barker learn CPR.

Ayut Fatima learns bandage wrapping techniques from Rachel Schmidt.

St John Ambulance attended Sirius College on Friday to teach students the importance of first aid as part of the First Aid in Schools program.

The program aims to train 200000 Victorian primary school students in first aid this year.

St John Ambulance Victoria chief executive Gordon Botwright said the key to the program was learning how to respond to an emergency and teaching essential first aid knowledge to children from an early age.

‘‘Particularly in the home, children are often the only ones around when a health emergency strikes, so it’s important we provide them the opportunity to learn and develop real-life first aid skills from an early age,’’ Mr Botwright said.

The program is divided into three modules, tailored to the Years Foundation to 2, 3 to 4 and 5 to 6, learning and practical capabilities.

‘‘First aid techniques such as how to check for danger, clear the airways and move someone into the recovery position are practices that school kids are more than capable to apply and are proven to save lives,’’ Mr Botwright said.

Sirius College Year 6 teacher Sara Cartwright felt it was important the students refreshed their first aid skills every year and the First Aid in Schools program allowed them to do that.

‘‘Students from Foundation to Year 6 participate in the St John Ambulance incursion to learn how to save a person’s life in the event of an emergency and this allows them to be confident that they would know what to do if they found a friend or family member who wasn’t able to breath properly,’’ she said.

Students received lessons in identifying danger, bandaging, CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

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