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Red Cross calls for compulsory first aid training in schools


On World First Aid Day, Saturday 10 September, Red Cross calls on governments and partners around the world to make first-aid training and education a priority for all.

Friday September 9, 2011

On World First Aid Day (Saturday 10 September) Red Cross calls on governments and partners around the world to make first-aid training and education a priority for all.

As the first minutes after a serious injury are considered crucial, having someone trained in first aid on the scene can make a real difference and save lives.

Alarmingly, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures indicate that fewer than a third of Australian households have one member who has received first aid skills training in the previous three years.

Margot Hurrell, National Quality Manager, First Aid and Safety at Red Cross College said, "these starling figures should encourage every Australian to learn first aid."

"The Australian Red Cross recommends that at least one person in every household has a current first aid training certificate," she said.

Red Cross is also recommending training for every person applying for a driving licence and the introduction of legislation to make first aid training and education compulsory in schools for both teachers and students alike.

Recent world events are an indication that we are increasingly exposed to factors which put individuals in potentially dangerous situations. The recent spate of devastating natural disasters around the world, such as the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand as well as Australian flooding events, also exposed more people than ever to the risk of serious injury.

To celebrate World First Aid Day and encourage everyone to do first aid, Red Cross College are offering 20 free Apply First Aid courses in each State and Territory. To claim your free course be one of the first 20 in your State or Territory to contact Red Cross College on 1300 367 428.

Red Cross is the largest provider of first aid training and services in the world. World First Aid Day is an opportunity to recognise the efforts of first aiders and focus attention on the life saving potential of even a basic first aid course.

For more information on Red Cross First Aid including training courses and kits visit www.redcross.org.au/firstaid or ring 1300 367 428.

For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact Tina Peter, Media Adviser on 0459838429 or tpeter@redcross.org.au.

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