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Low-levels of first aid training

Last Updated: 12 October 2017
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The Red Cross recently released data showing that less than 5% of Australian's have completed a first aid course.


We have all heard the phrase ‘safety first’ and we should all be aware that being prepared is the best strategy for any emergency situation. Medical emergencies and dangerous situations happen all the time and we are never sure when they will occur. First aid training can literally save people’s lives and there are many other benefits – a small time invested into learning first aid can produce a lifetime of advantages

At its most basic, first aid is the initial assistance given to a victim of injury or illness. Comprised of relatively simple techniques that can be performed with rudimentary equipment, first aid is usually carried out by a bystander until professional medical assistance arrives. Here are a few of the benefits that learning first aid can provide:

  • It affords people with the ability to provide help during various emergency situations.
  • First aid helps ensure that the right methods of administering medical assistance are provided
  • Your home will be safer - If an accident occurs at home to a family member, friend or even yourself you can act quickly if you know how to deal with the situation before an ambulance arrives
  • Your work will be safer - If an accident occurs at work, employees may be able to prevent any further injury to the victim
  • Your kids will be safer - As described above accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Learning first aid can be a lifesaver for your children
  • You will be more employable - First aid is a skill and can greatly enhance your resume. Being a first aider requires good verbal and written communication, leadership and the ability to handle stresful situations. These are all very deisrable traits for employers.

The Australia Resuscitation Council published a report outlining:

Participation in Basic Life Support training courses is known to increase bystander CPR and improve the outcomes of victims.
Australian Resuscitation Council (2013, March). Guideline 10.1 Basic Life Support Training. Retrieved from https://resus.org.au/

Now this might seem like an obvious outcome however as stated above: Less then 5% of Australians have completed a first aid course.

So what can you do about it?

Here are Skills Force Australia we provide a variety of first aid and CPR courses designed to ensure you receive the most up-to-date and effective training. Our most popular course HLTAID003 - provide first aid combined with HLTAID001 - provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation covers the following:

  • DRSABCD action planfirst aid kit
  • Managing the unconscious breathing casualty
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) including automated External Defibrillator AED
  • Choking
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Burns
  • Medical emergencies including: chest pain, asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, strokes, seizures, hyperventilation and fainting
  • Shock
  • Safety and risk management
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries
  • Chest and abdominal injuries
  • Legal issues
  • Infection control