First Aid, your holiday lifesaver

First aid - 24 Mar 2023

Every minute counts in a crisis, that is why ahead of the upcoming Easter School holidays St John Ambulance Queensland is urging those living in the Sunshine State to get trained in First Aid.

Whether you plan to head away on the road, into the great outdoors, or stay home accidents do happen, but ahead of the holidays there is still time for First Aid training

Heading out on the road? The latest statistics show 85 per cent of road accident fatalities could be avoided by administering basic First Aid before Paramedics arrive. During a cardiac arrest those who receive bystander CPR have a higher survival rate than those who do not receive treatment.

Staying home over the holidays? Many Queenslanders use the time at home to work on those much overdue DIY tasks. Not to scare you, but recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show 6,600 Australians were hospitalised last year after failing from a ladder, 17 thousand were injured after using tools or machinery.

Camping, Caravanning, Bush-Walking? Even in the great outdoors it is so important to be prepared with 29,900 Australians treated in hospital for bites, stings, and sporting injuries last year alone.

Short of time? No problem, accredited training takes one day, or just four hours with pre-learning options available.

The good news is that St John Ambulance Queensland teaches skills and techniques to treat shock to stings, and everything in between.

St John Ambulance Queensland has been an integral, trusted  part of the community for almost 140 years and is Australia’s leading provider of First Aid courses, half a million Australians train with us annually.

We offer training in locations across the state from Cairns to the Gold Coast.

The following courses are on offer:

Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) HLTAID009

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a casualty who is unconscious and not breathing normally, in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines. CPR is a lifesaving technique which can sustain life until an ambulance arrives. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, to describe alternative methods for delivering rescue breaths and how to manage a victim of drowning.

Provide first aid HLTAID011

The flagship St John Ambulance first aid course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide a first aid response to a casualty. It is suitable to both people in workplaces and members of the public who want training in first aid.

Provide first aid in an education and care setting HLTAID012

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)

The course applies to early childhood workers and educators who work with school age children in outside school hours care and vacation programs and are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthma and anaphylactic emergencies. This course meets the regulatory requirements as stipulated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority.

Occupational first aid skill set

HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid
HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
HLTAID016 Manage first aid services and resources

The most advanced St John course, specifically designed for people employed as occupational first aiders and those aspiring to be employed as one. This course equips students for emergencies in a high-risk work environment and provides the skills and knowledge to perform advanced first aid to a in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC). This course includes Provide advanced first aid (HLTAID014), Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy (HLTAID015), and manage first aid services and resources (HLTAID016).

The holidays are also a good time to check your current first aid kit, is it well stocked, do your need to refresh your skills around how to use the products?

Home First Aid Kits

St John Ambulance Queensland household first aid kits are an essential must have for every home. With a few key medical supplies on hand, you can stay prepared for any number of common injuries and accidents that occur around the house.

Camping and Caravanning Safety First Aid Kits 

Whether you’re travelling to a remote location or the first responder on the scene, our field first aid kits have been designed for rapid response to situations requiring urgent emergency care.

Injuries in remote areas can become serious quickly. The Camping Safety Kit comes with all the First Aid and personal safety tools just in case you get hurt, lost or bitten in the outdoors.

Car Safety First Aid Kits

In a motor vehicle accident you only have minutes to act. The Car Safety Kit has high quality first aid items to treat injuries common to motor vehicles, and useful safety items to ensure you are safe on the road whenever and wherever first aid is needed.

Boat Safety First Aid Kits

For boating enthusiasts injuries can happen both on and off the water. The Boating Safety Kit is housed in a water-resistant container with all the first aid equipment needed for effective treatment of basic injuries.