CORONAVIRUS NOTICE FOR STUDENTS
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. However, St John is continually reviewing the advice of the government and health authorities and taking all necessary steps to minimise and manage the risk to students and trainers (refer below).
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.
Queensland health has stated that social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of virus.
Social distancing includes:
- Stay home as much as possible
- If you can, work from home.
- 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.
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 should not be attending:
- Have tested positive to COVID-19, or
- Have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or
- Are showing symptoms of fever or shortness of breath, a cough or a respiratory illness, or
- Have returned from overseas in the previous 14 days.
- Transitioning to lower risk training and assessment formats:
- For face-to-face courses that don’t require practical demonstration of competency using physical equipment (e.g. mental health and TAE) we are reducing the class maximum to 9 students
- From 20 April, limiting the offer of face-to-face format public First Aid courses to “Assessment Only” (AO) format (with eLearning mandatory) with a maximum of 4 students per class
- From 20 April, suspending all other traditional face-to-face format public First Aid courses that cannot be delivered in the AO format with a class maximum of 4 students (we had already commenced the reduction from larger groups to a maximum of 10 students per class but now we are taking the limit even lower)
- From 20 April, offering online training by Virtual Classroom for selected courses (e.g. mental health)
- Where there is a critical need by corporate or community clients to train their staff or members, St John will be establishing bespoke on-site arrangements that meet the required standards for COVID-19 safe training
- Implementing social distancing in classrooms by:
- allocating space for students to be at least 1.5 metres apart at all times, and
- Ensuring students are provided with at least four sq. metres of floor space each
- Implementing improved classroom infection control procedures by:
- Eliminating any contact between students (e.g. bandaging a manikin instead of a person)
- Limiting the sharing of classroom equipment as much as possible
- Disinfecting all equipment before it is used by another student
- Educating and enforcing hand cleaning and hygiene practices with students
- Providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where 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.
Should you attend a St John face-to-face training course?
- 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 from overseas in the 14 days prior to their course date must not attend any St John training course.
- Those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus should also stay at home (self-isolate/quarantine) and not attend a St John Training course for 14 days after last contact with infected individuals.
- Those who are showing symptoms of fever or shortness of breath, a cough or a respiratory illness should not attend a face-to-face training g course, and if not already done, should seek medical advice.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule your course.
This statement is current as of 6 April 2020