9 September 2017 is World First Aid Day

9 September 2017 is World First Aid Day

06 September 2017

This Saturday is World First Aid Day, an international initiative founded in the year 2000 to promote the importance of first aid in saving lives and preventing injury. A common misconception among people is that “it won’t happen to me”. The truth is, however, that thousands of Australians get injured and hospitalised every year due to unforeseen events. And the need for first aid does not discriminate – regardless of age or gender, background or health status, accidents can happen anywhere and anytime, to any of us. Worryingly though, only one in four Australians is First Aid trained and confident to step up and apply their skills in an emergency.*

At St John Ambulance SA, our mission is to make first aid part of everyone’s life and hence we believe that many more people should be trained, equipped and prepared to provide first aid when the need arises. By increasing the number of trained first aiders across the state of South Australia, the number of preventable deaths in homes, work places and public spaces is likely to decline, resulting in a more resilient and prosperous community. You cannot put a price on a life saved, a fact that makes first aid training a small investment every Australian should make.

It’s Showtime!
World First Aid Day coincides with the Royal Adelaide Show, which will come to an end on Sunday 10 September. This year, part of our Show stand in Jubilee Pavilion is dedicated to one of St John SA’s iconic community projects: First Aid in Schools. In line with this theme we will have some special activities for kids at our stand on Saturday 9 September. From 1pm to 3 pm, kids can get hands-on practice in first aid skills with our Kids CPR challenge and Bandaging “Master Class”: A qualified St John First Aid Trainer will teach the kids how to correctly apply bandages, with our giant Johnny Bear doubling as a patient.

Making First Aid a part of everyone’s life – here’s what you can do
If you had an accident or sudden health emergency in public, you would hope for someone to help and provide first aid, so why wouldn’t you educate yourself to be able to do the same? Getting trained in first aid does not need to cost a lot of time or money. Here’s a few simple steps you can take:

  • Complete a first aid course to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to act in an emergency
  • Refresh your CPR skills each year – regular practice will ensure you are confident to take action immediately and don’t need to stop and think
  • Have a fully-stocked first aid kit that is appropriate to your needs
  • Ideally, have access to a defibrillator at your work, local sports club or community club – there may be opportunities to fund defibrillator purchases through grants, so talk to St John about your options and let us assist with completing the necessary paperwork for grant applications!**

Even at a young age children can be real lifesavers, and more so if they are first aid trained. If you have kids in primary school, you could suggest St John’s First Aid in Schools program to the teacher or school. It’s a free program that is interactive and fun for the kids, teaching them skills for life. You can find out more about First Aid in Schools at our Royal Show stand where little legs can take a break in our kids area while colouring in a Johnny Bear or completing first aid related quizzes or puzzles. Moreover, the kids can test their existing first aid knowledge in the interactive First Aid Challenge – not only on World First Aid Day but for the whole duration of the Show.

So save the date and visit St John at the Royal Adelaide Show this Saturday 9 September for World First Aid Day!

* A national weighted study of 2702 respondents conducted by Roy Morgan Research.
** Applications for grants through the Active Club Program close on 25 September 2017 – don’t miss out and call St John SA today!