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More than three-quarters of Australians are willing to use First Aid training to save their colleagues in the workplace, but less than half have never completed the training to do so, a survey* by St John Ambulance Queensland has revealed.


On the eve of World First Aid Day (September 9), St John, a self-funded, leading First Aid training provider, is calling for at least one person to be First Aid trained in every workplace in the country.
St John Ambulance Queensland CEO, Mr Alex Hutton said incidents including trips, falls and even sudden cardiac arrest were commonplace in Australian workplaces.
“The tragic reality is that without immediate First Aid, CPR or even a shock from a Defibrillator, your employee or your colleague could die within minutes,” Alex said.
“As an employer, and even as an employee, we’re all responsible for the health and safety of our colleagues, and it’s important to understand the risks facing Australians in the workplace.”
Sudden cardiac arrest is the largest cause of death in Australia and is far more lethal and unpredictable than a heart attack as the heart stops beating altogether, often leaving the victim unconscious.
The St John survey also revealed Australians were more willing (86%) to make a coffee for their colleagues than use First Aid to save their life (78.5%).
Despite their good intentions, only a minority (20.7%) of those willing to provide First Aid to a colleague is confident to do so.
Participants were asked how recently they had completed First Aid training, with 43.5% having never completed training, and only around 10% undertaking it in the last 12 months.
More than half of those surveyed also indicated they were only “somewhat confident” to respond to an incident and provide first aid in their workplace.
“We’re committed to ensuring that there is at least one person educated and prepared to provide First Aid in every home, workplace and gathering,” Alex said.
“We also have the vision to ensure that 90% of victims of sudden cardiac arrest receive CPR.”
“We know that lives are saved when more people are equipped with practical CPR and First Aid training.”
To celebrate World First Aid Day, St John Ambulance is hosting free 30-minute CPR training sessions around the country.
To attend Queensland’s CPR Open Day and receive FREE non-accredited CPR and AED demonstrations, please join us at St John Ambulance, 278 Margaret St, Toowoomba City QLD 4350, from 10:00 am to 12 noon on Saturday 9 September 2017.
For more information, please visit our Facebook page at or to book a First Aid course for your workplace head to
For further information, please contact:
Paula Price, GM of Marketing
Mobile: 0417 785 228
About St John Ambulance Australia
St John Ambulance Australia is dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. The nation’s largest and preferred First Aid training provider, St John is a predominantly self-funded charity that has been providing services to Australians for over 130 years. St John is committed to promoting the importance of First Aid in the community to build community resilience and believes there is no better place to start than at school. This is paramount to St John Australia’s mission of making First Aid a part of everyone’s life. In 2015 alone, St John trained almost 800,000 Australians in First Aid. The First Aid in Schools program allows St John to start this training earlier with younger Australians. 

*Survey of 1,014 Australian adults, August 2017 commissioned by St John Ambulance (Victoria).

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