Learn First Aid and Save a Life This Summer

20 November 2023

Aussie summers can be harsh, and we know nothing derails summer holiday plans more than an unexpected trip to Emergency.

Recognising the potential risks associated with the summer season, Australian Red Cross is urging more Australians to complete First Aid training in preparation for the summer months, when holidaymakers spend more time on the road, in the ocean and exploring outdoors.

From November to February each year, Australians face heightened exposure to summer hazards – including drowning, heat stroke, snake bites, jellyfish stings and motor vehicle accidents.

Alarming statistics from previous summers, recorded by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, revealed 20x more hospitalisations for weather-related injuries and 7x more hospitalisations for drownings or submersion injuries, compared to the number recorded in winter of the same year. Unfortunately, fewer than 5 per cent of people in Australia are trained in first aid, one of the lowest rates in the world.

Head of First Aid and Mental Health Training, Wendy Greenhalf, says the holiday period is a relaxing time of year for Australians but also a time when we need to be ready.

“Summer holidays can present multiple hazards as holiday makers are typically in the water a lot more, spending more time outside, in hot temperatures, on the road travelling, entertaining or adventuring in remote areas.” Ms Greenhalf said.

“Because of this, accidents and emergencies are more likely to happen during the summer months, however Australian Red Cross can help Australians learn how to respond effectively through first aid training, enabling them to feel empowered and confident in any situation.”

Andrew Clark completed Australian Red Cross’ First Aid training course in 2022 and recently put his skills into practice in a real-life situation.

“I was out at dinner and a family member started choking. I quickly remembered what I had learnt in the training and started giving him back blows in an upward motion, and after 5-10 seconds the food was dislodged. I can still remember the look of relief on his face.”

Get ready for summer by booking a First Aid course by Australian Red Cross, offered via virtual, blended or in-person course delivery. Available now:

  • General First Aid courses (blended, refresher or virtual course)
  • CPR Training (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • First Aid kits (motorist, backpack-friendly or modular kits)

Australian Red Cross also offers courses in First Aid for Babies and Children, Mental Health First Aid and Pet First Aid.

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