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St John Qld remains open as current first aid and CPR accreditation is mandatory for some workers, e.g. childcare workers and electricians, and first aid and CPR training is an essential service to the community.


Compliance with Queensland Health Directions

  • St John Queensland is compliant to current Queensland Health Directions
  • Currently the key relevant direction is the Non-essential Business Closure Direction (find out more here). Training and education services have not been directed to shut down under this direction.
  • Should this change, St John Queensland will notify currently enrolled students.


Social distancing

Queensland health has stated that social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of virus.


Social distancing includes:

  • staying at home when you are sick
  • avoiding gatherings if they are not essential
  • staying 1.5 metres away from other people as much as you can
  • avoid touching others such as shaking hands, kissing or hugging.

There’s no need to change your daily routine but practicing social distancing can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk. Find out more here.


Some steps St John is taking:

St John has conducted a risk assessment and implemented procedures to protect your health and safety, including:

  • Screening students before they attend courses and excluding those who have symptoms of cold/flu
  • Maximum of 10 participants, at four sq. meters apart
  • Increased disinfection of Manikins, other resources and the classroom
  • Minimising contact with other students by performing many procedures such on themselves or on training manikins
  • Where contact with other students is required it is kept to the minimum, and students must wash hands before and after contact, gloves are provided when required.


Should we be using face masks in training?

Queensland Health states:


“Based on current advice, only people who have travelled overseas, are unwell and have access to a face-mask should use it. For anyone else who does not have symptoms, a face-mask is not necessary.” Read more here.


To limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), St John Qld further advises the following: 

  • Those who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) must not attend a St John training course until they have been given a medical clearance.
  • People who have travelled in the 14 days prior to their course date to a country or region at high or moderate risk for COVID-19 must not attend any St John training course. These countries include mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and any other country as determined by the Australian Government. 
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus should also stay at home (self-quarantine) and not attend a St John Training course for 14 days after last contact with infected individuals.
  • Those who are diagnosed with a confirmed case of coronavirus within 14 after attending their St John training course must advise St John Qld immediately on 1300 ST JOHN (785 646).


Courses can be rescheduled at no cost if individuals are admitted to a health facility or required to self-quarantine as a result of coronavirus concerns. Please phone 1300 785 646 or email to reschedule your course.


This statement is current as of 24 March 2020.

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