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The state’s largest and most trusted first aid provider, St John Ambulance, has been overwhelmed by the number of parents and grandparents responding to its first ever sale on first aid training courses with prices slashed in half.

Everyday Queenslanders are signing up in droves to learn how to save a life before the offer closes on March 5, with courses to be completed by June 30.

‘We were hoping for a big response from the community to our sale, because the spate of drownings over this summer has been heartbreaking, and we know that competent first aid in these situations can mean the difference between life and death,” said St John (Qld) CEO, Mr Alex Hutton.

“Mum or Dad will usually be first on the scene in an emergency at home, and if parents don’t know first aid, they can’t save their little one. Absolutely nothing in the world could be worse than living with that,” said Mr Hutton.

Mr Hutton said the sale was aimed at making first aid training widely accessible, especially given the deeply troubling figures released in the 2016 Royal Life Saving Report* which found Queensland to have the second highest number of drownings in the country, and with swimming pools being the leading location for drownings in children under four.

Sale prices for St John courses start from as little as $37.50 for three hours of training covering CPR, defibrillation and basic first aid – enough to confidently help save a life.

The sale also extends to workplace compliant first aid training, to help ensure all Queenslanders can help save a mate at work in an emergency.

Bookings close midnight this Sunday 5 March and can be made online at


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Near drownings

Never attempt a rescue beyond your capability. Do not become a casualty yourself and remember all first aid starts with the St John DRSABCD Action Plan.

  • Remove the person from the water as soon as possible.
  • Check pulse – if absent begin CPR immediately.
  • Call 000.
  • Always roll a drowning casualty on their side into recovery position to clear the airway.

The best solution is prevention:

  • Make sure your entire family can swim.
  • Always supervise children near water.
  • Never drink and swim.
  • Always swim between the flags.
  • Keep your first aid skills up-to-date by booking into a St John first aidcourse NOW, and don’t forget to refresh annually!

About St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance Australia is a self-funded charitable organisation with one very dedicated purpose; to prevent and relieve sickness and injury and to act to enhance the health and wellbeing of all people. How does St John Ambulance do this? By providing quality first aid products, services and training for our communities.


St John Ambulance (Qld) is the state’s largest first aid provider and trains an average 153 people every day across the state of Queensland.

Media enquiries:
Paula Price
General Manager Marketing and Business Services
St John Ambulance Australia Queensland Limited

225 St Pauls Terrace

Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
T: 0417 785 228


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