St John SA leads the way in online first aid training

09 April 2020

St John Ambulance SA has been providing first aid services to the South Australian community for over 135 years and will continue to do so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the introduction of innovative new online first aid training options, St John makes it safe and easy for members of the public to be first aid ready at all times.

“We are very excited to be able to adapt our first aid training offering to the public with the introduction of our new online training options. Our core first aid course, Provide First Aid, is now available in an online format with an individual skills assessment to gain certification in line with all RTO legislative requirements while embracing social distancing guidelines,” said St John Ambulance SA Chief Executive Officer, Mark Groote.

“The health and safety of our volunteers, staff and clients is obviously our number one priority. While we have always had the highest infection control standards in the classroom, we have increased this further with the introduction of a private assessment centre for individual skills assessments that minimises human contact with the strictest infection control equipment and procedures in place for those that require immediate first aid certification.

“For those that do not need first aid certification straight away, we encourage them to still complete the online first aid training and book in their skills assessment for a later date when things have returned to normal. That way, they are still gaining the vital first aid knowledge the course offers – and what better time to learn or refresh first aid training from the comfort of your home.”

For individuals that are usually pressed for time or have been meaning to do first aid training, the new St John Provide First Aid (online) course makes this achievable.

Participants learn a range of vital skills, including management of unconscious, breathing and non-breathing casualties using the DRSABCD action plan; how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a defibrillator; management of a variety of injuries and medical conditions, such as chest pain, stroke, asthma and anaphylaxis and more.

“In just three to four hours you can complete the Provide First Aid e-Learning module and be equipped with lifesaving skills and knowledge. When you come to do your individual skills assessment, it will take less than two hours of your time. It really is a great way to get your first aid qualification and a productive way to fill some of that spare time at home.

“Our mission is to create stronger communities through first aid, and now more than ever we see the need to strengthen our community and build skills to support one another. In the last financial year, we trained over 50,000 South Australians in lifesaving first aid – we want to retain and even increase that community capacity at this time so that when we come out of this, South Australians are even better equipped to support one another with lifesaving first aid knowledge,” Mr Groote said.

Today St John also introduced an online version of the Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course in the same format as Provide First Aid with online learning and individual skills assessment components. Watch this space for future online first aid training options.

Click here to enrol in one of these online courses or you can call 1300 78 5646 or email courses@stjohnsa.com.au.